Editorials

Rapprochement model

Another anniversary of the June 18 uprising in the valley to protest the unconditional extension of the NSCN(IM) ceasefire “without territorial limits” in 2001, a move of the then BJP government at the Centre which had seemed to many to be an imminent thr.....

Politics and overdraft

The trouble Manipur government is in today is unfortunate but it must be said it was expected considering the constitution of the government and the brand of loyalty-scarce politics Manipur is known for. The tensions which have now blown over were however.....

Educational gaps and threats

Most of the major issues in the world and especially in the country will be perfectly understandable if we remind ourselves that we are 50 percent Banana and 96 percent Chimpanzees. Setting jokes aside, it is a fact that human beings are also animals albe.....

Identity strongholds

Is there really a need for Manipur to feel so very vulnerable about its culture or for that matter its identity? We for one do not think so. This paranoid sense of being under a cultural siege all the time, which is not peculiarly a feature of Manipur alo.....

Looming future shock

Of all the north eastern states, Manipur must rank as the most problematic. This story is not just about insurgency and the complex maze of conflicting interests it has created, but also very much about a singular lack of leadership commitment to steer th.....

Federalism concerns

Some of the concerns that plague the idea of federalism are unlikely ever to be resolved. Indeed, many of the problems and prospects of federalism as scholars of political science and sociology have been grappling with cannot but be described as intimidat.....

Hunger for success

In this competitive world, only an insatiable craving for success can guarantee a position at the top. While Manipur slips alarmingly on too many fronts, there are a few areas where motivation, ambition and talent have had a happy intersection, launching .....

Enlightened self-interest

There are selfish interests, and there are enlightened self-interests. The former creates problems while the latter settles them. One of the challenges before peacemakers and policy-makers today is to separate the two clearly. In international diplomacy .....

Environment challenge

Another World Environment Day passed by yesterday, June 5. While this is good to earmark a day dedicated to this onerous issue so that the entire world has the opportunity to focus their collective concern and energy to this emergent situation, what needs.....

Will it be business as usual?

In actuality, there is little to distinguish one government and another. They are different by and large during election times, when election manifestos are being drawn up and tall promises are being made. Once the elections are over, it is generally gove.....

Greatness redefined

The influential American journal Foreign Policy’s annual list of what its editors consider the top 100 contemporary public intellectuals, together with similar lists of other well-known American journals, such as Time, have a story to tell. The latter mag.....

Selling Manipur

There is a fairly accurate way of diagnosing Manipur’s developmental problems, given the fact that many of these problems are manifested openly before the eyes of even the ordinary citizen. Take for instance the case of the black toppings on most of the s.....

How much did you get from this?

Recently, there has been a number of under trail prisoners making their escape swiftly in spite of the surveillance. Many have overridden the system which is supposed to keep the criminals in check and away from the public. Drug lords have used money and .....

Readiness is all

Nothing or nobody is infallible. So many sitting MPs and other big wig politicians who did not manage to win back their seats in the Parliament have proven how painfully true this is. Many of them had pumped themselves up with so much hot air while in pow.....

Ethnos and demos

George Lucas’ super hit classic, “Star Wars” is captivating in much more than one way. One of these is by his stretch of imagination whereby he conjures up a situation in which fundamentally different creatures of intelligence having to share a galaxy in .....

Art and violence

It is a welcome development that dead bodies, especially horribly defaced victims of violence, have slowly but surely disappeared from the front pages of local dailies. Once upon a time, it was almost the thumb rule for the media here to grade newsworthin.....

Amoebic short sight

A fascinating question posed by German philosopher Karl Popper in All Life is Problem Solving (Routledge Classic), a collection of essays by him, in the opening essay by the same name, should provide new insights into many of the problems faced in the Nor.....

Interesting times

At times like the present, it is difficult not to be reminded once again of the much-quoted Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times”. The idea is, the average peasantry, or citizenry in the modern times, a time of no social churning, therefore n.....

Will secularism survive?

It is often remarked, “There was a time when Religion used to rule the world, and it was known as the Dark Ages.” And as pessimistic and opinionated will be the view that India will become a nation heading towards a theocracy with the Modi led BJP governm.....

Dynamic identity

Few works of art has more convincingly portrayed the irreconcilability of racial identities than in French existentialist author Albert Camus well known short story, “The Guest” set against the backdrop of the Algerian resistance movement against French c.....

Harangued schools

The HSLC exam this year was prominent for one more thing. Students of some of the front ranking Catholic Mission schools, in particular Little Flower and Nirmalabas, have considerably thinned down their presence in their usual spots – the first 20 rank ho.....

Exit polls drama

The results of the exit polls on last Sunday are currently the preoccupation nationwide. However, before going into the implications of these predictions, it would be to the purpose to lead this discussion with a paragraph on a development in Manipur whic.....

Majority can falter

The exit polls have predicted the ruling NDA will emerge as the clear majority giving the BJP-led coalition a second term in power at the Centre. This is however only a prediction and the actual result can differ greatly. The fact is while exit polls are .....

Future in making

The results of the Class 10 or High School Leaving Certificate Examination, HSLCE, conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur, BSEM were declared on Saturday. A week earlier the results of the class 12 exams conducted by the Council of the High.....

Who wants to plan ahead?

Well, everyone just received a shocking reminder that we all have been walking on the footpaths in a city along with a heavy crowd under buildings which are more than 100 years old! After the incident, IMC officials are now scrambling to their feet for pa.....

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Change of guard likely in BJP-led state govt says insider source

IMPHAL | Jun 17 Even as Education minister Radheshyam underplayed the leadership crisis within BJP as a mere ‘family matter’, there are indications of a possible change of guard anytime before August this year, most probably after July 26. According.....

18-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

CM meets union minister of environment

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh meets Union Minister Prakash Javedkar

IMPHAL | Jun 17 The chief minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh met with the union minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javedkar today and apprised him of the various activities being taken up by the state government for conserva.....

‘NE indigenes will determine own future if CAB is legislated’

MANPAC convenor, Yumnamcha Dilipkumar speaks to media persons

IMPHAL | Jun 17 Expressing apprehension over the probable reintroduction of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill tomorrow during the monsoon session of 17th Lok Sabha, Manipur People against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (MANPAC) today reaffirme.....

18-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Shops, residence gutted by fire

Shops, residence gutted in fire at Phoubakchao Phou-oibi Keithel

THOUBAL| Jun 17 A fire which occurred around 9:40 pm of last night at Phoubakchao Phou-oibi Keithel totally set ablaze seven shops and a residence destroying properties worth around several lakh rupees. Phoubakchao Phou-oibi Keithel lies under Mayang I.....

Special trail of infamous BT road firing incident begins

IMPHAL | Jun 17 Session Judge, Imphal West started the special trail for the case of infamous BT road fake encounter which occurred on July 23, 2009 and fixed the next prosecution witness hearing on July 15. It was transferred by High Court of Manip.....

18-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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