IFP Editorials

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.....

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.....

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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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