IFP Editorials

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.....

Ningol chakouba reflections

Amidst all the politics and politicking, we are here once again on the doorstep of an enchanting human story told in purest poetry. Yes, we refer to Ningol Chakouba which is barely a month away now, which today is no longer just a Meitei festival but of s.....

Arms and the man

In his book “My Century”, a collection of 100 inter-linked short stories celebrating the 20th Century, each of the 100 stories summarising the mood of each year of the century from the German perspective, Gunter Grass characterises the atmosphere in pre-F.....

Disparities widening

The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for Central Government employees have been accepted with little or no modification by the Union cabinet. Many Central Government employees were optimistically expecting the Cabinet to enhance the entitlements .....

On complacency and lethargy

It can be said that the state of Manipur in its history, has not witnessed a massive state wide famine born out of natural causes which lasted for several years and the general people do not have in their memories, of extreme sufferings resulting out of a.....

Rescuing MU

It is sad to think Manipur University has come to such a pass that it is in today. In an unprecedented verdict on two Public Interest Litigations, which together sought the High Court’s intervention to end the ugly impasse and to restore normal academic r.....

MU crisis and transparency

In all probability, the beleaguered Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof. K. Yugindro Singh, was under the impression that all that he has said and written to different persons and office will remain only with those persons or offices. He therefore gave different ac.....

Reinventing this land

The warning signals have never been in short supply though few have ever taken note of them. The frequency of these signals is also on an alarming rise in the present times. All of them in some way or the other indicate why reinventing the idea of Manipur.....

Upgrade Imphal addresses

We have written on this theme many times before, and we write again to remind those contending to form the next government of a pressing need of today. It may not command the passion as many of the emotive issues political parties in contentions are flagg.....

Education as enabler

Perfect social and economic equality is a myth, which is perhaps why a perfect Communist state too has always been a dream too far. It is not uncommon for this dream to turn into a nightmare too. Nobody has done a better parody of such dream chasers than .....

Manipur as Wonderland

Imagine a land where there is no law. If that is possible, you are either in the amazing dream world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, which we all have read either in the original or else as abridged versions of it, or more likely in illustrated co.....

Manifold MU crisis

There are two ways of looking at the larger problem of the Manipur University, both detrimental but legally unrelated. One is the general failure of the MU even while it was fully functioning. There are many indices for this apart from the fact that in al.....

Judicial activism awaited

Something is rotten in the state of Manipur. First, there was the unprecedented manner in which a strike by teachers and students of the Manipur University to have a mere vice chancellor removed was allowed to atrociously cause the loss of nearly three mo.....

Raw democracy

Manipur has known it all the while, but Britain too found it out the hard way not so long ago, how very dangerous a resort to democracy of the streets can get. What you often end up getting from such recourses is un-sanitised justice and not always easily.....

Devil and deep sea

The way the Manipur University crisis unfolded and how it continues to remain unresolved, especially in the wake of the atrocious raid on September 20 night at the university campus, would make anybody rethink the relevance of individual liberty upon whic.....

Ending the MU entangle

Right at the beginning of the Manipur University strike to have the vice chancellor Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey removed, we had cautioned that in the end the university may have to settle with an arrangement that Nagaland University once went through on acco.....

MU subterfuge

There is a subtle subterfuge in one of the reasons forwarded for the action against the Manipur University in the dead of the night on September 20, an argument which was also echoed by the chief minster in a lengthy appeal on radio and cable TV for retur.....

MU road ahead

So much has happened in the past three months or so since the campaign at the Manipur University began by a great section of the MU community to oust vice chancellor Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey, currently under suspension pending an inquiry against him for d.....

Overkill at MU

When something becomes absolutely needed in the life of a person or community, even dodging popular norms would have a credible excusable explanation. As for instance, though killing a human is a crime, if done in self defence it is excusable under the la.....

Frying pan to fire

The Manipur University is no stranger to trouble, but today it is in a crisis unprecedented in its entire history of 38 years since its founding in 1980 as a state university. The university became a central university only in 2005. In what can only be de.....

Unity against diversity

Manipur is a train wreck waiting to happen on the way to nowhere as is clearly evident from the many issues plaguing the state and the inability of the government to address them properly. From the way the present state mechanism seems to be functioning, .....

Shrinking playfields

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. But no work and no play would probably make Jack a lumpen. Once upon a time the local playfields everywhere in the state, but especially in the valley area, were teeming with life and activities after school and .....

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10-Dec-2018 / A Staff Reporter

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