IFP Editorials

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 .....

Necessities of Critical thinking

On January 16, Manipur Legislative Assembly invited public views and suggestions (solicitations) from the general public on the Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Second Amendment Bill), 2018 that proposes to enable manufacture of alcoholic beverage for human co.....

CAB and NE

Even as the controversy over the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, recently passed by the Lok Sabha rages in the Northeast region, especially in Assam, heats up, speculation are rife as to whether the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling BJP does not have a major.....

Amendment and Endamagement

Two negatives do not necessarily make a positive except maybe in arithmetic, but in the case of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 initiated as “Atonement for the wrongs of Partition” as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had claimed in a rally held on Jan.....

Work culture vital

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. Undoubtedly, some will return with bitterness too. The.....

Can the subaltern swear?

Whenever the word ‘subaltern’ is mentioned, it would definitely ring a bell to thousands of students currently pursuing their post-graduation degree, specifically those who are studying ‘New Literature’ or ‘Post-Colonial Literature’ in Universities across.....

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.....

Ending archaic customs

The Triple Talaq Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha and awaits passage in the Rajya Sabha before it is sent for Presidential assent and then become law. In all likelihood, the Bill will be stalled in the Rajya Sabha where it is being debated and the Op.....

Disruptions, Delays and the Democratic Process

Democracies are measured by the number of voters; and India, discounting the People’s Republic of China, has been considered as the world’s largest democracy since its independence. As India is also home to the world’s largest number of impoverished peopl.....

Is consumerism progressive?

For a marginalised section of a larger society, it should be considered the right move to ride along the wave of globalisation and embrace the brave new world. If the inevitable changes are shielded off, it would definitely result in stagnancy which may v.....

The thin red line between Fact and Fiction

Truth maybe stranger than fiction; but when the real world starts to resemble the features a novel especially a dystopian one, it is an alarm, a wake-up call for the people. A majority of the population might not agree that such a dystopia, say from Marga.....

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.....

A reminiscence of the glorious past

A fortnight ago, the UN observed ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ on November 2 commemorating the death of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, two French journalists who were killed during their duties in the year 2013. T.....

Ignorance, Impunity and Imbalance

“Ignorance is bliss” can be considered as probably the worst adage ever in the history of humankind. It is conventionally defined as: lack of knowledge or information. But is ignorance really bliss? Or is it just being lazy or being apathetic to the issue.....

Latest News

Man found dead under mysterious circumstances

Locals of Takyel Kolom leikai blocked NH 37

IMPHAL | Apr 21 A 46 year old man was found dead under mysterious circumstances today at Yarou Bamdiar which falls under the jurisdiction of Nambol police station. The victim was identified as Phijam Muhindro, son of Ph. Nodiyachand, resident of Takyel.....

22-Apr-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Withdrawing of house guards, escort personnel was act of revenge: O. Joy

IMPHAL | Apr 21 “The withdrawal of house guards cum escort personnel provided for NCP outer candidate, NEIDP outer candidate and former minister, O. Joy by an order released on April 19, was an act of retaliation by the ruling government following the .....

22-Apr-2019 / A Staff Reporter

‘VAT, goods and service taxes cannot be levied on betel leafs’

IMPHAL | Apr 21 Justice, Kh Nobin, High Court of Manipur has quashed and set aside the notification order for the inclusion of Kwamana (beetle leaves) among forest products. The order to include beetle leaves as forest products had been released by .....

Macha Leima observes its Golden Jubilee

IMPHAL | Apr 21 Manipuree Chanura Leishem Marup (Macha Leima) today celebrated its 50 years of existence by observing the Golden Jubillee of the organisation at Lamyanba Shanglen today. Editor of Macha Leima magazine, Haobam Seityabati said the wo.....

22-Apr-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Proxy voting planned by BJP was allowed at Andro AC: Meghachandra

MLA, K. Meghachandra briefing to media at MPCC conference hall

IMPHAL | Apr 21 “The video uploaded on social media about the supposed humiliation of a police constable was intended to spread lies. The people should be aware of the actual scenario of the incident at the polling station in Andro assembly constituenc.....

22-Apr-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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