Editorials

The pitfalls of misrepresentation

With a surge of enthusiastic writers who are attempting to revisit our myths, ancient culture and folk narratives, digging for ideas and bringing them back to the fore with a fresh perspective, it is evident that there is a thirst amongst the people, part.....

Mob violence, injustice and women victims

The recent act of violence committed against a woman, her child, and a man by an unruly mob speaks volumes about a society that has refused to come out of the shackles of patriarchal debauchery. The three were subjected to the worst kind of humiliation th.....

Collective stagnation and redundant grand narratives

When one takes a critical look at contemporary issues that have besieged a region like Northeast India, it has become amply clear that there is a necessity to dismantle certain grand narratives which had caused undue stagnation of ideas and reproduction o.....

Democracy, cartography and territoriality

Colonial cartography rooted in the ideology of British India has been perpetuated as a legacy in mainstream Indian “nationalist imagination" with over-zealous sentiments in the post-colonial period. This tradition has consolidated the idea and practice of.....

Media, populism and hyper-nationalism

Stuart Allan's introductory essay titled “Hidden in plain sight – journalism’s critical issues” to the book Journalism: Critical Issues edited by himself begins with a quote from George Orwell that says “At any given moment there is a sort of all-pervadi.....

Normalising aberrations in Northeast India

When the citizens are made to see the means as an end and there are no tangible efforts to correct lopsided political, economic and administrative objectives, aberrations of the worst kind are spawned. This leads to further distortion of all procedural ap.....

Waiting for a judgement, the Babysana case

Interesting developments keep cropping up regarding the issue of Babysana’s unnatural death case. The public is still questioning whether it is a murder or suicide, but who will decide the ultimatum? The judiciary has been approached by the accused person.....

Deepening stereotypes and biases

Factual inconsistencies and under-representation are related to the creation of stereotypes and biases. However, it has become increasingly difficult for all to understand the creation of stereotypes in an age of globalisation, digital technologies and en.....

Art, patronage and age of turmoil

Roy Shaw, a former British Secretary-General of the Arts Council in his book “The Arts and the People” (1987) argues that the glories of the Renaissance were “produced not because of, but in spite” of bloodshed, social and political turmoil. He goes on to.....

Of flags, symbolism and contours of a peace deal

Flags representing nations and communities are imbued with psychological meanings generated by years of signifying core cultural and ideological values. Flags keep collective memories alive. It has become a symbolic necessity for reinforcing collective co.....

Value system and recovery of ideology

Contemporary scholars and thinkers in Northeast India seem to have distanced themselves from probing deeper into how a society composed of numerous communities have traversed through shifts and turns in value system as a result of their encounters with ei.....

Infrastructure, services and conceptual poverty

The logic of linear modernisation has always given extra emphasis on infrastructure development. Hence, infrastructure building has been one of the main focus areas of developmental initiatives. Scholars have also noted that this model with over-emphasise.....

Need for a wake-up clarion call

“Hundred percent satisfaction guaranteed’ is probably the catchphrase of the Ad industry and often a recurring term in government PR activities. Of course, there is no doubt that the BJP-led government in both the country and the state is well versed in .....

Knee-jerk reactions and protest fatigue

Since the dawn of Indian independence, most states in Northeast India have heard and witnessed the voices of dissent and protests against the indifference of the ruling regimes on issues of public interests. While the knee-jerk reactions of the government.....

Knowledge production and ‘unique’ histories

Any serious engagement with history empowers us to understand the process of knowledge production. However, what seems to be part of an emerging bigger discourse on the history of communities, women, gender, and culture, we are hesitant to project a durab.....

Collective imagination, food and identity

There are numerous ways of imagining and constructing views on identity of a community or even a nation. The simplest of the ways include defining a community or nation through acquired cultural values and perceivable differences. It is interesting to not.....

Monopoly over ‘marketplace of ideas’

In recent times, there have been some serious studies conducted on the dynamics of media in the age of globalisation and post-globalisation. The dynamics under focus include how certain new regimes helped shape new orders and create perceptible impact on .....

Roads, development and strategic interests

The huge investment made in developing roads and highways by countries around the world has been considered the key to rapid economic development. However, analysts and observers have also pointed out that the history of developing roads, bridges; highway.....

Unlearn to learn

It has been reported that the introduction of ‘no school bags day’ in the State has been met with a mixed responses from the general public. Though most teachers have welcomed the much needed measure for the young students, some parents have expressed dis.....

Act East Policy and trans-national trade

India introduced the Look East Policy (LEP) in 1991 with an objective to reorient the country’s foreign relationship with East Asia and Southeast Asia (SEA). The primary objective of the LEP was to spur economic, political and strategic relations with th.....

Act East Policy and trans-national trade

India introduced the Look East Policy (LEP) in 1991 with an objective to reorient the country’s foreign relationship with East Asia and Southeast Asia (SEA). The primary objective of the LEP was to spur economic, political and strategic relations with th.....

Ethnic polarization and collective decay

Entrenched resistance to communal and ethnic polarization in India is as old as the dawn of independence. However, the issue of polarization has been kept afloat till today vis-à-vis the ideological divide between prominent political entities in the count.....

Travails of knowledge production and history

In contemporary times, it has become increasingly difficult to disentangle oneself from the question: Why do we get affected by ‘history’ or our own ‘understanding of history and identity’ constructed by others? Or how does one construct identities based .....

Will the Naga issue be stuck in neutral gear

It’as quite an interesting development cropping up between the NSCN-IM and Indian government cease fire peace talks. At one side is the most effective underground organization operating in the entire northeast, one of the oldest with a huge support system.....

History as a process

If history is a process, there is no gainsaying that it can change its course, which is also why the present is important. A neglect of the constituents which have shaped history and more importantly, which will shape history for the future, can be disast.....

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State cabinet approves ‘Stand-Up Manipur’ scheme

IMPHAL | Oct 12 The State Cabinet today approved the ‘Stand Up Manipur’ scheme under the existing Start Up Manipur Scheme. The scheme will provide subsidy and soft loans to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, OBC, Women and Minorities of the State for se.....

13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter
13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

RN Ravi to meet Naga representatives on Oct 18

IMPHAL I Oct 12 The Government of India representative and interlocutor for the Naga peace talks, RN Ravi, who is also the Governor of Nagaland will hold a consultative meeting with the “primary stakeholders, Church leaders and civil societies” at 2.30.....

13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

UCM reaffirms stand against any division on ethnic lines

UCM president Sunil Karam briefing media at its office

IMPHAL | Oct 12 “Every community in the State should be consulted by the state government before placing any political aspiration and demand to the Centre. We are all prepared to resist if the NSCN (IM) peace talks outcome compromises state’s territori.....

13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Flat tyre halts Air Asia passengers for 24 hrs at Imphal airport

IMPHAL | Oct 12 More than 150 passengers were left stranded for nearly 24 hours at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport (BTIA) after one of the rear tyres of a Delhi bound Air Asia flight deflated before taking off yesterday. When IFP went to enqui.....

13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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