Pradip Phanjoubam

Confounding voting behaviour

With the voting for the Manipur Inner Parliamentary Constituency held today, the fates of 19 candidates, eight for the Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency and 11 for the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency, now lay sealed as digital data in the .....

Resurrecting history

The prospect of writing history, especially when it involved wars, must be so much more simple for those who won. In fact, it is often said, and convincingly too, that in wars nothing else matters but winning. A powerful outlook, not easily refutable, but.....

Hospital rampaged again

The attack by enraged family attendants of a patient who expired at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institution of Medical Sciences, JNIMS, tells of a deep malaise in the Manipur society today. Lest it is forgotten, let it be reminded that this malaise is also a swo.....

Missing knowledge bank

The vacuum in scholarship especially in the areas of social sciences left by our intellectual classes whose profession is precisely to think and expand the horizon of thoughts in the society, is being filled in at best by untrained thinkers, sometimes ref.....

Reinventing ourselves

What would be the shape of Manipur 20 years hence? The challenges to its physical structure is one thing, but even if it could be taken for granted that its map would remain intact, can we say the same about its psychological and spiritual landscapes. The.....

Pay reparation

Arrested journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem will finally be released. An order to this effect, which had been kept reserved by the Manipur High Court for reasons the court knows best, has finally been pronounced, and verdict is clear – his arrest under the.....

Cycle as continuity

On the Meitei lunar calendar, yesterday (Saturday) marked the beginning of another New Year. The day is known as Sajibu Nongma Panba amongst the Meiteis (the first day of the month of Sajibu) and is celebrated as Cheiraoba. Unfortunately as in most other .....

Handling post truth

It is often said the greatest crime that the media can commit is to create false consensus. However in this age of what has been described as post truth, where creating false consensus has become routine, it no longer easy to say what honest media is anym.....

Development as remedy

The old question of whether it is a necessary condition for peace to precede development continues to haunt everybody genuinely concerned with the affairs of the trouble-torn states of northeast India. While the ideal situation should be one in which peac.....

Something is rotten

For unexplained reasons, a judgment on the fate of jailed TV journalist, Kishorchand Wangkhem, charged for criticising the chief minister N. Biren Singh and his current party, the BJP, on Facebook, is kept reserved, although the hearing is over. He has be.....

Vote and the liberal spirit

Elections are the best possible way of evolving the nearest thing to a consensual will in a multi-opinion situation. But what is also true is, elections have the nasty tendency of dividing up electorates into “camps”. This must have been why elderly advic.....

The tipping point

Manipur’s problems today are too overwhelming for anybody to come up with a single magic formula to resolve them. The problem of insurgency with roots planted deep in the historical milieu of the place, the unenviable economic and political circumstance, .....

Manipur melting pot

As much as the ethnic mosaic in Manipur is complex, a solution to its ethnic problem is going to be as difficult. There are too many factors to cover, too many rising ethnic aspirations and nationalisms, each, as Prof. Gangmumei Kamei once said long ago i.....

Secessionism of the elite

If there was one event which marred the extended Yaoshang celebrations, it was what happened at Utlou in which Leikai folks barged into an elite private residence and broke up what has been described an expensive bingeing orgy in the name of Yaoshang. The.....

Silence of Yaoshang

Five days of deafening media silence beginning today on account of Yaoshang (Holi) awaits the state. The overwhelming response from the reading public every year has been that the break is too long, and this is a logical observation. It is unthinkable tha.....

The last man

The idea of democracy as the end of history as postulated by Francis Fukuyama, (End of History and the Last Man) despite whatever counter arguments, remains among the most thought-provoking theses that grew out of the political developments in the last pa.....

Defining modern

The connotations of the word “modern” are many and much beyond the simple and straight dictionary (Oxford Concise) meaning that defines it as “of the present and recent times”. In painting and architecture, the word can become a technical classification o.....

Corruption monster

Corruption it does seem is more a state of mind than a material condition. This is what is making it so much more difficult to nail. While official corruption deservedly has been exposed to much more public condemnation, it would be far from the truth to .....

Higher education Perestroika

In no sphere of life is Manipur failing more than in higher studies. Without giving the urgency this failure deserves, all seem to have come to treat this too as just another abnormal situation Manipur has come to normalise. Nothing can spell the doom of .....

Patriarchy’s gatekeepers

On the morrow of the celebrations of the International Women’s Day, it would be interesting to reflect on who exactly have been the gatekeepers of the patriarchal order so condescendingly oppressive to the idea of female emancipation through much of human.....

Survival question

Maybe we are being alarmists when we say taking cognizance of the dangers posed by the shifting pattern of rainfall as well as unpredictable seasonal fluctuations in temperature we are witnessing is a survival question, but then, there is every indication.....

Identity as choice

The intriguing nature of identity continues to fascinate scholars and politicians alike even to this day. Endless reams of newsprint spent on the subject as well as endless series of scholarships on it haven’t been able to bring about a conclusive answer .....

Silent revolution

It hasn’t really been a revolution to the extent that major IT hubs all over the world has seen, neither has it brought in the big dollars that this revolution has come to be identified with, but it will come as a surprise how the information technology h.....

Overhaul education

Amidst all the clamor for the inclusion of Meiteis in the list of Scheduled Tribes of India by a section of this community, let those leading the agitation be reminded that the status, even if it comes about, can only make marginal difference to the commu.....

ST demand dissected

Of all the symptoms of the increasingly claustrophobic siege mentality amongst the Meiteis today, the demand by a good section of them now for Scheduled Tribe status under the Indian Constitution must rank as the foremost. There is also however another se.....

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82.75 percent voters turnout in State LS poll

Chief Electoral Officer of Manipur PK Singh speaks during press conference

Senapati records the highest and Jiribam the lowest IMPHAL | Apr 19 In the recently concluded parliamentary election for Manipur, as much as 82.75 percent of total electors exercised their democratic right of franchise to elect their representative,.....

20-Apr-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Nimaichand Luwang apologizes for reaction on Manung Hutna

Nimaichand Luwang apologizes for reaction on Manung Hutna

IMPHAL | Apr 19 BJP spokesperson, Nimaichand Luwang today apologized by stating that he was sorry to the people of the State for his reaction during Manung Hutna, a discussion programme broadcasted on Impact TV, a local news channel. He became furio.....

20-Apr-2019 / A Staff Reporter

De-recognise CPI for violation of MCC: Rajen

IMPHAL | Apr 19 Personal secretary to chief minister, Salam Rajen Singh has today written a complaint to electoral authorities to derecognise Communist Party of India (CPI) for violation of election Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in the recently held seco.....

20-Apr-2019 / A Staff Reporter

CPI, Congress demand fresh poll in more than 25 polling stations

IMPHAL | Apr 19 Pointing out huge malpractices and misconduct in the inner Manipur parliamentary constituency (IMPC) election which concluded yesterday, the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Congress party have demanded fresh polls in more than 25.....

20-Apr-2019 / A Staff Reporter

CM secretariat refutes allegations of skipping queue

IMPHAL | Apr 19 The Chief Minister’s Secretariat has today clarified that the news item alleging that chief minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh, had jumped the queue to cast his vote in the election to the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha Constituency, is beref.....


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