Editorials

Bandh fatigue

If there is anything desperately overdue on the part of the Manipur government, it is in asserting its presence and authority in the affairs of the state. The state has been in total chaos for a long time and it is time to put a halt to the decay process......

Babysana Part 2

The prolonged agitation of Babysana’s case still lingers but the momentum of the protest has seemed to settle down a bit. But various civil bodies still continue to organise sit in protests at different localities of different districts and assembly const.....

Does truth triumph

They say truth triumphs. But how can anybody be so sure. After all, one gets to know of only those truths that have actually triumphed and not of those that failed to make a mark, and who knows there may have been plenty of these in human history – as a t.....

Theatre state

The announcement by the chief minister yesterday that he has instructed the state director general of police to set up a police network to keep a close tab on drugs trafficking in the state is welcome, but hides more implications of what has happened than.....

Promise or ultimatum

The elusive Naga solution is just around the corner, so says those at the helm of things. Indeed a recent news of great interest to many in Nagaland and Manipur indicated the PMO has given a 3-month deadline for the Naga peace talks to reach a final agree.....

Get tourism USP right

Manipur always goes to the extreme. The passion so abundant in the place is admirable but it can often also be ridiculously misplaced. Take for instance the dream that has been worked up about making the state a tourist paradise. Many now have been led to.....

Missing electric meters

After a couple of years of smooth run since the introduction of prepaid meter system and the corporatisation of the state power distribution under the Manipur State Power Distribution Corporation Ltd., introduced during the past government, the system is .....

Independence devoid of Freedom

On August 15, 2019, India celebrated its 72nd Anniversary of Independence. Befitting the occasion when India was liberated form the yoke of British colonialism, on the midnight hour, he said, “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, Ind.....

Heart and mind

We have said it before, but it is something which deserves to be repeated every now and then still, considering Manipur continues to be hopelessly trapped in an unenviable blind alley. A seemingly simple suggestion in problem solving strategy runs like: “.....

Resurrecting history

The prospect of writing history, especially when it involved wars, must be so much simpler for those who won. In fact, it is often said, and convincingly too, that in wars nothing else matters but winning. A powerful outlook, not easily refutable, but nev.....

Ecology concerns

Manipur’s distinctive geographical feature marked by a surprisingly flat central valley with a large fresh water lake and surrounded by hill ranges running roughly north to south is identifiable from pretty high up in space. Well, none of us can claim to .....

Let 100 flowers bloom

There is a lesson for those in power currently amidst the tectonic move they are introducing to homogenise nationality and nationalism in the country, from the manner festivals in Manipur, traditional as well as newly reinvented ones, are inching towards .....

Dire need of mental hospital

Concerning the death of Babysana, the affidavit filed by the police to the Imphal West Cheif Judicial Magistrate on August 4 pointed out that suicide is likely the case. The findings also indicated that driven by constant harassment and physical abuse by .....

Upgrade Imphal addresses

We have written on this theme many times before, and we write again to remind the government of a pressing need of today. It may not command the passion as many of the emotive issues political parties in contentions are flagging as their pet projects now,.....

Return rule of law

It is truly confounding that there are so many too quick to paint the media as tainted for being critical of the government of the day. They obviously do not understand that the media’s primary duty as the much trumpeted fourth estate, is precisely to do .....

What now in Kashmir

Kashmir’s status has been changed in a way that can only be described as humiliating for Kashmiris. The question is, would the matter end here. As of now, nothing is known of how the Kashmiris will react, for no independent information is emerging from th.....

Kashmir changed, so also India

Jammu & Kashmir’s special status as a state of India, guaranteed by Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution has been done away with by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. Not only this, J&K’s status has been degraded to that of a Unio.....

Trials outside court

A child dying unnatural death will always remain a tragedy. But a child committing suicide will always arouse extreme public interest and understandably outraged suspicion. Normally children do not do this unless in a state extreme chronic depression or e.....

Babysana case : Homicide or Suicide ?

So, everyone wants to know what really happened with Babysana Chanu ! It’s quite an interesting case and perhaps there may be more than what meets the eye. Babysana’s corpse was found by one of the students inside the hostel and the school authorities cau.....

Fight poverty not the poor

The paralysing strike by wage earners engaged in sand and stone quarrying along river beds to protest the government’s recent ban on all forms of unlicensed sand mining needs a closer look. The government’s intent obviously is honourable, and meant to con.....

Past lesson for present

On August 3, 2015 the signing of the Framework Agreement between the NSCN(IM) and the BJP government at the Centre would be completing four years. So much water has flowed down the many rivers of the region, even the interlocutor of the Naga peace negotia.....

Shrinking aspirations

It is alarming to note the manner in which aspirations in Manipur by and large have been systematically shrinking in size and scope. Today, it is as if young people see no other handle to success in life than securing a government job – any government job.....

Galileo’s fate haunts again

The idea of the public intellectual, or that of the missing public intellectual, is now beginning to engage Manipur’s public sphere. Better late than never, as they say. From all walks of life, the best and most committed minds now need to step out of the.....

UAPA made more draconian

The Bill for the amendment of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, UAPA, that the ruling BJP has just recently introduced and pushed through the Lok Sabha, and is now awaiting passage in the Rajya Sabha, is to say the least, disturbing for several reas.....

Haste for Justice

“Justice delayed is justice denied” has been the war cry of the public ever since the incident of the death of Ningthoujam Babysana Chanu, a standard VII student of Standard Robarth School, who was found hanging in the hostel of the school. With the fam.....

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Kuki Think Tank Group alleges Federation of Haomee leaders of being NSCN-IM mouthpiece

IMPHAL | Aug 25 In the interest of peaceful coexistence among different communities in the state, Kuki Think Tank Group (KTTG) has appealed to leaders of Federation of Haomee (FOH) to refrain from playing the tunes of their Tangkhul leaders in the NSCN.....

International drug smuggler arrested with 40 Lakh WY tablets worth Rs 400 crore

Customs division also seize 1 lakh WY tablets worth Rs 10 crore THOUBAL | Aug 25 Thoubal District Police has arrested an international drug smuggler and three others along with WY (Amphetamine tablets) worth Rs 400 crore in the international market .....

Ukhrul Police clarify there was no sidelining of rape complaint

UKHRUL| Aug 25 The Ukhrul Police has given a clarification in regard to the news item under the headlines “DDK Imphal program executive accused of raping staff on multiple accounts” published in a local daily on August 23. As per information made .....

BJP’s policy is not only ‘divide and rule’ but also ‘divide and ruin’: Gaikhangam

IMPHAL | Aug 25 Strongly reacting to the atrocities and gross violation of human rights following the recent abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir by the BJP led NDA government, president of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), Gaikhan.....

26-Aug-2019 / A Staff Reporter

JAC urges State govt. to prioritise employees’ demands

IMPHAL | Aug 25 Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of All Manipur Trade Unions’ Council (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees’ Organisation (AMGEO) has urged the State government to bring their demands on the floor of the two-day 8th Monsoon Ses.....

26-Aug-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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