Pradip Phanjoubam

Imperfection is a given

These are bad times for Manipur. Though the danger has still not been put to rest, the state can take some solace in the fact that in the past, even after reaching the edge of hell, and everything seemed lost, the hills and valley have not actually gone t.....

MU and spirit of law

Nothing can be more welcome than the release of the jailed Manipur University teachers and students today, not for anything else than the fact that their arrest seemed so unfair and prejudicial on the part of those who arrested them. It may be recalled th.....

Memories of wounds: how much to forget

Trauma history has a tendency of haunting its subjects for a long time, sometimes causing serious psychological hurdles for entire societies in coming to terms with what 19th century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said in one of his most quoted line.....

A whiff of impunity in AFSPA

There is a clever subterfuge those opposed to criticisms of the Armed Forces Special Power Act, AFSPA, resort to. Whenever such an issue arises, they work up an equivocation to suggest those against the AFSPA are also against the army. This is mistaking t.....

Army in a warless future

A petition by 356 army officers to the Supreme Courts against any move to dilute the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA, brings to the fore once again some of the vexed issues associated with this Act and its application. In a somewhat r.....

Out damned spot, I say!

In the manner the ghost of the alleged systematic custodial killings during 2009-2012 by a unit of the Dimapur based 3-Corps Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, 3-CISU, is returning repeatedly to haunt this Indian Army formation, it is difficult not to be.....

Civil(ising) Armed Forces Special Powers Act

The scathing indictment by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR, on July 4 that the Central Bureau of Investigation tasked by the Supreme Court to investigate the veracity of the charge of 1528 fake encounter killings.....

Media in Kafka’s Castle

Practically every university in India today has a full-fledged journalism faculty variously named as Mass Communication Department, Media Study Department etc. The objective is self-evident from the names of these departments. Mass media is acknowledged a.....

Citizenship Bill revives old fears in Northeast

The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 has once again revived memories of a 150-year old festering sore in Assam, and indeed the entire Northeast region. Even as surveys are underway bill for the introduction of the bill, an age old fissure bet.....

Abolish or restructure Governor’s post

The sordid drama in Karnataka is over. While there is no doubt it was an unseemly tussle between the political parties in contention for power in the wake of the hung verdict voters of the state delivered, it must still be said that while it is understand.....

Book Review: Touching as a memoir but analyses too casual

Sanjoy Hazarika’s Strangers No More: New Narrative from India’s Northeast has many flashes of brilliance, and interestingly most of these are the passages anecdotal in nature. The book therefore would have shone much brighter if edited down to these flash.....

Rising cost of medical studies

It is quite an irony that while higher education in the government sector remains practically free, the costs of education in private schools and universities are hitting the roof. When it comes to specialized professional courses, such as engineering and.....

Ahead by ten fingers

Scientists tell us that about 3.2 million years ago, human ancestors began walking on two legs. This is an old story, and the clinching evidence for this, as many of us will remember, came with the discovery and piecing together of fragments of the skelet.....

Ahead by ten fingers

Scientists tell us that about 3.2 million years ago, human ancestors began walking on two legs. This is an old story, and the clinching evidence for this, as many of us will remember, came with the discovery and piecing together of fragments of the skelet.....

Intriguing source of political legitimacy

Exactly where do politician, in particular in the Northeast states, draw their legitimacy is a puzzling question. While in power, they end up reducing politics to a mass orgy of selfish pursuits and misuse of power, yet their electorates remain so forgivi.....

Has BJP taken over the Northeast?

(First published in New Indian Express. The article argues the BJP’s impressive performance in the recent Assembly elections in the three Northeast states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, is confined to a psychological arena, for on the statistical pla.....

NE Assembly Elections and Portents; Three shades of a BJP surge

(First published in Indian Express) Much has been written and talked about after the assembly elections in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, the results for which were declared on March 3. In much of these analyses, the picture portrayed has been that of .....

How BJP won without winning in Nagaland

(First published in Economic and Political Weekly) Nagaland politics is probably at its nadir at this moment. The events of the few months before the Assembly election, the results for which were declared on 3 March 2018, demonstrate this. Moreover, the .....

Human rights and wrongs

The Manipur High Court early last month, in a long and dragging Public Interest Litigation, directed the Manipur government to revive the Manipur Human Rights Commission, which has been allowed to lapse after the end of term of the last of two commissions.....

Time to change the Naga question

The unexpected turn of events in Nagaland on the eve of the state Legislative Assembly election scheduled on February 27 is yet another indication how intractable the problem of peace in the state is. Responding to a call for “No Election Before Solution”.....

Simon Commission encounter as an important marker of how identities form in the Northeast

The representation made by a delegation of leaders of the still nascent Naga Club to the Simon Commission in 1929 was indeed a heroic assertion of the Naga identity and the increasing sense of unity, integrity and autonomy that the Naga Club was giving th.....

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One CRPF jawan killed in grenade explosion, another injured

One CRPF jawan killed in grenade explosion, another injured

IMPHAL | Oct 20 A CRPF personnel was killed and another sustained seriously injuries when a grenade exploded inside a truck carrying supplies. Police said the incident occurred around 6.10 pm near Nagamapal Phougeisangbam Leikai under the jurisdicti.....

21-Oct-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Sanctioning of huge amounts of money goes in vain if there is no transparency in work: CM

National ST-ST Hub at Darbar hall, Raj Bhavan

IMPHAL | Oct 20 Manipur is lucky to be one of the hotspot of biodiversity but it is not utilised properly said the governor of Manipur, Najma A. Heptulla while delivering a speech as the chief guest of National ST-ST Hub at Darbar hall, Raj Bhavan toda.....

21-Oct-2018 / A Staff Reporter

MOU signed to promote trade, friendship and education between two business groups of India and Myanmar

MOU signed to promote trade, friendship and education between two business groups of India and Myanmar

IMPHAL | Oct 20 In order to promote friendship, trade, socio-economic development and to increase mutual understanding between India and Myanmar, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between two business groups of the two countries today at t.....

21-Oct-2018 / A Staff Reporter

‘Extra-curricular activities is key to bring changes in society’

NSUI organises interaction programme with Congress leaders

IMPHAL | Oct 20 Students should give importance to both academic and extra-curricular activities during their educational period to gain all-round perfection which would put the society on the right track, said former MLA, Ng. Bijoy in an interaction p.....

21-Oct-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Man shoots himself to death at Moreh

MOREH | Oct 20 At around past 2 pm today at Premnagar Leikai, Moreh ward no. IV, a non-Manipuri who had been residing at the area shot himself to death using his double barrel licensed gun. The man has been identified as Anand Kumar, 38, who had bee.....


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