IFP Editorials

Quality or Quantity Education

As the popular saying goes ‘Quantity is not synonymous to Quality’; and it is especially true in regard to education in the country which has a long way to go despite government initiatives like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan which was launched in 2001 to address .....

Empathy bondage

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 .....

The voice of protest

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it,” said Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Martin Luther King who was one of the most outs.....

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......

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.....

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 .....

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 .....

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.....

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.....

Our Rice, Our Rights

Other than the word ‘haq’ which has its roots in Urdu, the word generally used to express the term ‘rights’ in Meeteilon or Meitei language is ‘chak-thung’ which can also be roughly translated as ‘a share of cooked rice.’ Manipur being located closer to S.....

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.....

Latest News

State cabinet approves ‘Stand-Up Manipur’ scheme

IMPHAL | Oct 12 The State Cabinet today approved the ‘Stand Up Manipur’ scheme under the existing Start Up Manipur Scheme. The scheme will provide subsidy and soft loans to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, OBC, Women and Minorities of the State for se.....

13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter
13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

RN Ravi to meet Naga representatives on Oct 18

IMPHAL I Oct 12 The Government of India representative and interlocutor for the Naga peace talks, RN Ravi, who is also the Governor of Nagaland will hold a consultative meeting with the “primary stakeholders, Church leaders and civil societies” at 2.30.....

13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

UCM reaffirms stand against any division on ethnic lines

UCM president Sunil Karam briefing media at its office

IMPHAL | Oct 12 “Every community in the State should be consulted by the state government before placing any political aspiration and demand to the Centre. We are all prepared to resist if the NSCN (IM) peace talks outcome compromises state’s territori.....

13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Flat tyre halts Air Asia passengers for 24 hrs at Imphal airport

IMPHAL | Oct 12 More than 150 passengers were left stranded for nearly 24 hours at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport (BTIA) after one of the rear tyres of a Delhi bound Air Asia flight deflated before taking off yesterday. When IFP went to enqui.....

13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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