IFP Editorials

Empowerment and Exploitation

There is a reason why there is a separation between the military and the police; while the former fights the enemies of the state or country, the latter serves and protects the people. But, when the military serves both the roles, then the enemies of the .....

Working Class Hero

When John Lennon released his song ‘Working Class Hero’ in early 1970’s, the then rocks star received a fair amount of criticism for the closing lines of the lyrics, “If you want to be a hero well just follow me.” Critics pointed out that Lennon was broug.....

Climate justice

The UN backed global save the environment campaign slogan is “Your Planet Needs You: Unite to Combat Climate Change”. It is both an appeal to every one of our consciences as well as an alert that the global ecology is at a critical juncture and that it is.....

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.....

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 .....

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.....

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.....

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.....

Limits of freedom

What is happening in Manipur today once again has underscored why rule of law is important, and even if any section of the public is unhappy with any law, it does not help to resort to lawlessness. It is precisely this understanding which makes democracy .....

Vietnam lesson

It will come as no surprise that there is an exodus of young aspiring professionals away from the state. In a way it is good, for if and when they return, they will bring back new skills and outlooks. But there is also a fairly good chance a majority of t.....

Chadong Tragedy- A mirror of insensitivity

‘The pleasure of tragedy’ is immediately an uncomfortable phrase and rather reminiscent of Schadenfreude, especially when the word ‘tragedy’ does not mean a play dealing with tragic events, having an unhappy ending and one concerning the downfall of the m.....

Caught in Crossfire

The prevailing issues in this salad bowl of a state, have been more or less desensitised to the population as the absence of law and order, crime and violence have benumbed their senses. Though the public has learn to accept the fact that these existing p.....

Empathy connects

The ironic yet beautiful thing about empathy is, it is born out of an awareness of humanity’s shared tragic predicament. As well-known American economist and social theorist, Jeremy Rifkin writes in “The Empathic Civilisation”, there can be no empathy in .....

A Crack in the Mirror

With the ongoing emphasis given on parliamentary polls in the Country and State, the public seems to be more concerned with the “future” or the assurances of politicians when they are elected. Although the concerns are legitimate, it would be rather unwis.....

Victim and victimhood

The familiar term “Oedipus Complex” is often grossly misunderstood. The idea, as we all know comes from the Greek mythology, made famous by the Sophoclean play, “Oedipus Rex” where king Oedipus, by a cruel turn of fate, marries his own mother, Jocasta, fr.....

Puberty education vs Talibanism

One of the most common expressions heard and being talked about on a frequent basis amongst the people of Manipur are the words ‘Athingba Thamjinba’ which can be roughly translated as putting a strict prohibition on something or banning some entity. Civil.....

Election fever

Elections are a carnival in Manipur. It is curious to note that it has seldom been the issues for which people take to the streets on which elections have been fought and won in the decades that have gone by, and as we have noted in these same columns a w.....

Chaos and it tolls

It has been reported before and it is still true that psychiatry wards in the hospitals in Manipur are showing a general upswing of cases. This should ring the alarm bells for everybody, in particular the government. It cannot be just a matter of people c.....

To Vote or NOTA

With the recent announcements from the Election Commission of India, the world’s biggest democracy will soon be holding a six-week-long election process; and for the state of Manipur, the first phase of the Parliamentary elections (Lok Sabha) will be hel.....

Back to Middlemarch

There is nothing new about the understanding that politics and governance are related by two different entities. The first generally tend to project itself as grand and visionary, while the latter is generally left to complete the rather mundane but vital.....

Does truth always 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.....

Our “Tribal” characteristics

One of the key features which defines the advancement of an empire or a civilisation is its military power or the tactics of warfare used during battle. Advancement of martial arts, weaponry and fortifications for defence of territories are the essential .....

United against division-downfall of the CAB

Like a bad dream, the issue of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019 is over, at least for now. And amidst all the communal tensions regarding the Naga Framework agreement and other minority related issues, it was indeed a rare occasi.....

Hello China, Bye Bye China

When Mark Zuckerberg addressed a forum at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2014, he stunned the crowd by opening his speech and conducting an entire Q&A session in Mandarin. As Facebook is almost completely blocked in China, some interpreted that it was .....

Latest News

Reward for good performance, punishment for illegal acts is the principle: CM

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh hands over award to additional superintendent of police NAB, Thounaojam Brinda

IMPHAL | Jul 16 “Rewards for performing good jobs and punishments for illegal activities is the principle of the present State government,” said chief minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh today at an Awards Distribution ceremony held in connection with .....

17-Jul-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Govt appoints new administrator for IMC

MAHUD Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar speaks to media person during press conference

IMPHAL | Jul 16 State government today appointed joint secretary of Manipur Administrative Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD), Ksh. Lemba as administrator of Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC), a day after suspension of IMC for six months. Addres.....

17-Jul-2019 / A Staff Reporter

‘Failed’ candidate revealed as 3rd position holder

THOUBAL| Jul 16 A candidate who reportedly failed to clear the recently conducted BSc Geology Honours Final Semester exam conducted by Manipur University (MU) has been revealed to be the 3rd position holder of the whole State. The concerned candidate .....

Anal leaders prohibit burial

IMPHAL | Jul 16 The Anal community led by its noted leaders from across Anal homeland held a public meeting today at Chandel Christian village in relation to issues surrounding the desecration of former chief of Challong village, D. Thamnok Lamkang’s b.....

Dijamani’s bail plea rejected by court

IMPHAL | Jul 16 Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West has rejected the bail application filed by murder suspect Naorem Dijamani after bail hearing, today. Naorem Dijamani, presently lodged at Sajiwa jail Manipur as a prime suspect in murder of his .....

17-Jul-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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