Editorials

Defeat into victory

It was a pivotal event in the history of Manipur, but one, it must be added in retrospect, destined to happen. It was a time when the British were solidly consolidating their empire, 34 years after it had conclusively dismantled and discontinued another e.....

Big offence, lame excuse

News from the government establishment in the past few days have been startling. First there was the report of the award of contract for the development of a custom-made finance management software called Finance Budget and Expenditure Regulation Software.....

Babuji and Nepotism

There are various cases of misusing public office and of recent, the state government has set up an anti-corruption cell to check such malpractice. However, it is questionable how firm the stand of the present government on curbing corruption is. Recentl.....

Drug problem

Is the drug menace we are faced with a policing problem or a social one? This question may sound cliché, but nonetheless it is one which has not been answered adequately and satisfactorily in Manipur. In recent times, there is a renewed drive against drug.....

Grand to mundane

There is a measure of inevitability about it but all the same there is a lot to lament about it too. The tendency in recent times has been for grand movements to be reduced to businesses as usual. And this is happening in practically every field, beginnin.....

Dynamic identity

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

Cost of medical studies

It is quite an irony that while higher education in the government sector remains practically free, the costs of education in private universities are hitting the roof. When it comes to specialized professional courses, such as engineering and medical, th.....

Tackling immigration

In the politically correct stances of unconditionally denouncing xenophobia and racism, what is often ignored is the embedded notion of a certain hegemony of idea. Often these stances are pushed as ideological positions, be it from the right or left wings.....

Rape is never a propensity

In a universal way, eating, sleeping, walking or jogging and working are human’s normal daily activities within the 24 hours of a day. So far, nothing has changed in the routine though there has been a massive alteration in the way of living in each and e.....

Modernity gone haywire

The traffic chaos in Imphal is yet another picture of how successful Manipur has been in grappling with the issue of modernity. Apart from all else, the issue is also about a certain preparedness of mindset that must accompany the transition, or else comi.....

Multiplicity of identity

To continue with the discussion on identity which IFP, as also many others in Manipur have been ever ready to indulge in, it must be said there can be few more pleased with the publication of Amartya Sen’s book “Identity and Violence: Illusion of Destiny”.....

Employees and public

Governments are infamous for making promises they cannot keep, but the Manipur government through the decades has distinguished itself for the habit of issuing threats that it cannot carry out. The manner in which cease work strikes by state government em.....

Identity as fiction

It is not uncommon anymore for trouble to spring up amongst any of the communities on the question of conversion. This does not necessarily have to be when the conversion happens from one faith to another, for very ugly troubles have been witnessed even i.....

The banana republic

Has Manipur reduced to a banana republic? Signs are, it has been one for at least a couple of decades, and that this is not about to change just as yet. The unfolding scandal over the illegal withdrawal of a huge sum of money, running into several dozen c.....

The Manipuri pride – a strategic essentialism?

From a psychological point of view, it is a fact that a certain degree of pride is necessary for representing self respect, dignity and acceptance to the existing realities surrounding an individual or a community. Psychologist, Leon F. Seltzer says, “Hea.....

Change as growth

Coexistence, and indeed all notions of federalism, is about making reasonable compromises by all parties involved so that a new common space is created. There is in this sense, nothing very bad about compromises. In fact, resolving deep differences will h.....

Missing philosopher king

An idea of extreme relevance in today’s Manipur, but one which came to be articulated way before the Christian era, is Plato’s much discussed and debated the notion of the “Philosopher King” in his classic The Republic. Obviously Greece would have been a .....

Things fall apart

The balance between modernity and tradition is extremely tricky and problematic as is demonstrated at practically every issue that confronts the state, and indeed the northeast. This is so because, in our opinion, the place is only out of the “pre-modern”.....

The song must not fade

Bertolt Brecht once wrote: Will there be songs in dark times? / Yes. / Of dark times. These words, pregnant with his characteristic intuitive brilliance, have also proven prophetic. There is poetry in life, even in its darkest times. In retrospect, even t.....

Lambs inside Chakravyuha

Amidst the din over the chief minister, N Biren Singh’s recent speech a cultural-religious function organized by the Gujarat BJP government at Madhavpur, ostensibly leaving him beleaguered, another Manipur government order making Good Friday a full workin.....

Revisiting modern

The connotations of the word “modern” are many and much beyond the simple and straight dictionary (Oxford Concise) meaning that defines it as “of the present and recent times”. In painting and architecture, the word can become a technical classification o.....

Holding power to account

In good times as well as in bad times, the role of a healthy media is to hold power to account. Never taking anything the government, any government, say as gospel truth and to always suspect and be sceptical of those who wield power must remain the defin.....

Saving private jobs

Union government employees now enjoy the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation for a hike in their salaries. This is decadal exercise and as expected the hikes have been liberal. As discussed before in these columns, as per predictions this has understandab.....

Ten fingers ahead

About 3.2 million years ago, human ancestors began walking on two legs. This is an old story that was pieced together after the discovery of the skeletal remains of a female Australopithecus in Ethiopia in 1974 by a team of scientists. These scientists we.....

Too little too late

The advancement of medical science has healed the world in many ways. Although there is rise in new diseases with the change in time, medical science always tries to bring out the cure. Health is everything, and when it deteriorates it takes lives and tha.....

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Governor Najma Heptullah pays floral tribute

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24-Apr-2018 / A Staff Reporter

CM wants judiciary to deal cyber criminals

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24-Apr-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Finance department clarifies on Finance Software utilisation

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24-Apr-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Heisnam Basantakumar Award, 2018 conferred to Keisham Priyokumar

Th. Radheshyam hands over award to Keisham Priyokumar

IMPHAL | Apr 23 : Education, labour and employment minister Thokchom Radheshyam today, conferred the first Heisnam Basantakumar Award, 2018 to the eminent writer Keisham Priyokumar, popularly known for his story ‘Nongdi Tarakhidarae’. The Heisnam Basant.....

24-Apr-2018 / A Staff Reporter

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