Pradip Phanjoubam

Chaos on horizon again

Silence they say is the biggest enemy of the democratic system. Manipur, more than any other place should be in a position to have a grip of the truth in this cliché. Those who should be speaking up on issues, maintain deafening silence when their voices .....

Reclaiming history

As to how history has come to be considered an important legitimising factor for claims of nationhood can be seen in the frantic manner in which so many different communities are racing to “reconstruct” or in the jargon of many others, to “reclaim” their .....

Ministry trouble must end

Regardless of all the desperate denials by those locking horns in the BJP-led State government, it is everybody’s knowledge that there is an ongoing and very serious tug-of-war between supporters and dissenters of chief minister, N. Biren Singh. A string .....

Slandering the media

The manner in which some ruling party MLAs and ministers have been trying to malign the media, blaming the latter for the political instability they themselves have brought to the state by their greed for lucrative portfolios and spoils of office is at be.....

Human hand miracle

About 3.2 million years ago, human ancestors began walking on two legs. This is an old story that was pieced together after the discovery of the skeletal remains of a female Australopithecus in Ethiopia in 1974 by a team of scientists. These scientists we.....

Rapprochement model

Another anniversary of the June 18 uprising in the valley to protest the unconditional extension of the NSCN(IM) ceasefire “without territorial limits” in 2001, a move of the then BJP government at the Centre which had seemed to many to be an imminent thr.....

Identity strongholds

Is there really a need for Manipur to feel so very vulnerable about its culture or for that matter its identity? We for one do not think so. This paranoid sense of being under a cultural siege all the time, which is not peculiarly a feature of Manipur alo.....

Looming future shock

Of all the north eastern states, Manipur must rank as the most problematic. This story is not just about insurgency and the complex maze of conflicting interests it has created, but also very much about a singular lack of leadership commitment to steer th.....

Federalism concerns

Some of the concerns that plague the idea of federalism are unlikely ever to be resolved. Indeed, many of the problems and prospects of federalism as scholars of political science and sociology have been grappling with cannot but be described as intimidat.....

Hunger for success

In this competitive world, only an insatiable craving for success can guarantee a position at the top. While Manipur slips alarmingly on too many fronts, there are a few areas where motivation, ambition and talent have had a happy intersection, launching .....

Enlightened self-interest

There are selfish interests, and there are enlightened self-interests. The former creates problems while the latter settles them. One of the challenges before peacemakers and policy-makers today is to separate the two clearly. In international diplomacy .....

Environment challenge

Another World Environment Day passed by yesterday, June 5. While this is good to earmark a day dedicated to this onerous issue so that the entire world has the opportunity to focus their collective concern and energy to this emergent situation, what needs.....

Will it be business as usual?

In actuality, there is little to distinguish one government and another. They are different by and large during election times, when election manifestos are being drawn up and tall promises are being made. Once the elections are over, it is generally gove.....

Greatness redefined

The influential American journal Foreign Policy’s annual list of what its editors consider the top 100 contemporary public intellectuals, together with similar lists of other well-known American journals, such as Time, have a story to tell. The latter mag.....

Selling Manipur

There is a fairly accurate way of diagnosing Manipur’s developmental problems, given the fact that many of these problems are manifested openly before the eyes of even the ordinary citizen. Take for instance the case of the black toppings on most of the s.....

Readiness is all

Nothing or nobody is infallible. So many sitting MPs and other big wig politicians who did not manage to win back their seats in the Parliament have proven how painfully true this is. Many of them had pumped themselves up with so much hot air while in pow.....

Art and violence

It is a welcome development that dead bodies, especially horribly defaced victims of violence, have slowly but surely disappeared from the front pages of local dailies. Once upon a time, it was almost the thumb rule for the media here to grade newsworthin.....

Amoebic short sight

A fascinating question posed by German philosopher Karl Popper in All Life is Problem Solving (Routledge Classic), a collection of essays by him, in the opening essay by the same name, should provide new insights into many of the problems faced in the Nor.....

Interesting times

At times like the present, it is difficult not to be reminded once again of the much-quoted Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times”. The idea is, the average peasantry, or citizenry in the modern times, a time of no social churning, therefore n.....

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.....

Exit polls drama

The results of the exit polls on last Sunday are currently the preoccupation nationwide. However, before going into the implications of these predictions, it would be to the purpose to lead this discussion with a paragraph on a development in Manipur whic.....

Majority can falter

The exit polls have predicted the ruling NDA will emerge as the clear majority giving the BJP-led coalition a second term in power at the Centre. This is however only a prediction and the actual result can differ greatly. The fact is while exit polls are .....

Future in making

The results of the Class 10 or High School Leaving Certificate Examination, HSLCE, conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur, BSEM were declared on Saturday. A week earlier the results of the class 12 exams conducted by the Council of the High.....

Mother’s Day reflections

Another Mother’s Day has just gone by. It was also a day the social media was rife with postings by practically everyone on nostalgic memories of their mothers, and this was expected in these days of the internet, when personal stuffs that would in the ol.....

The king and the beast

Despite so much said on the matter, nobody seems moved. The imposing figure of a monarch taming a rogue elephant was once upon a time the most prominent landmarks of Imphal city, but today it has been reduced to a caricature. For decades, the king and the.....

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CM inaugurates Behiang police station

CM inaugurates Behiang police station

CHURACHANDPUR| Jun 24 Chief minister, N. Biren Singh today inaugurated a police station at Behiang village located under Singat sub division, Churachandpur district. The CM was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues, Agriculture minister, V Hangkhanl.....

CPI state unit reaffirms its stance against alleged govt inefficiency

CPI state unit reaffirms its stance against alleged govt inefficiency

IMPHAL | Jun 24 Communist Party of India, Manipur State Council reaffirmed its stand to struggle collectively with the public against and various issues paralysing the State pertaining to alleged government inefficiency. Speaking to media during a p.....

25-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Sahitya Parishad confers literary awards

Sahitya Parishad confers literary awards

IMPHAL | Jun 24 Manipur Sahitya Parishad (MSP) conferred its Sahitya Ratna Award to noted writer, Khumanthem Prakash Singh and Sahitya Bhushan Award to distinguished writer, Kshetrimayum Bira for the year 2019. The awards were presented by renowned .....

25-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Court reserves bail order for Yamthong Haokip

IMPHAL | Jun 24 Special Judge, NIA Manipur court today reserved Yamthong Haokip’s bail till June 27 for releasing him on health ground as he is presently in judicial custody. The hearing of NIA’s objection submitted against MLA Saikul assembly const.....

25-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

78,000 suspected WY tablets worth around Rs 1.5 crore seized

IMPHAL | Jun 24 A team of Imphal East unit commando today arrested a drug dealer with 390 packets of suspected WY tablets at Telipati near Kalimai Mandir. The drug peddler has been identified as Gandhi Kalidas Debar alias Das, 29, son of late Munith.....

25-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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