Pradip Phanjoubam

A little deconstruction

There was a great deal of truth in the often-heard charge that paralysing Imphal for months by the myriad strikers and habitual bandh callers is no less serious or atrocious than economic blockade on the national highways by protesters in the hills. If th.....

Imagined homelands

More than ever before, it should be clear to every peacemaker watching the developments in Manipur that no solution to the complex problem facing the state can be solved in isolation. This is because none of these issues exists in a vacuum. Further up the.....

Turncoat MLAs’ fate

It is not at all unusual anywhere for politicians to change their party affiliations. In fact there are those who believe this is in keeping with the exercise of an individual’s fundamental freedom to dissent which gives democracy its unique meaning and p.....

Encouraging competition

The government has been talking of revitalising government school and college education in the state for quite some time now and if this intent goes beyond rhetoric, we will be amongst the first to join the standing ovation. The task hardly is going to b.....

Transparency necessary

Mere profession of goodwill by the state administration cannot be all that is needed to defend against the wide perception and frequent vicious allegations that it has been unscrupulously hijacked by the interest of the majority community in the state. Wh.....

Perspective prisons

As it is often said, when answers to certain questions seem impossible to pin, the best policy may be to change the question. The semantic simplicity of the statement makes it sound almost in jest, but the profundity of it is evidenced in the fresh vision.....

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.....

Price of democracy

A classic Doordarshan interface of the late former President of India KR Narayanan nearly two decades ago, with the redoubtable and learned interviewer Rajiv Malhotra, brought out one interesting point among many. Narayanan, it may be recalled, was himsel.....

Tradition and sane society

In the face of the ever metamorphosing and increasingly chaotic reality that has come to define Manipur, it is pertinent to periodically check on the hold even the society’s most cherished values still commands. Although a little less frequent these days,.....

ILPS question

The Supreme Court striking down an appeal by Nagaland to have the Inner Line Permit System extended to the Dimapur non-reserved area carries plenty of portents for Manipur and the rest of the Northeast. The mood of the court is, there should be no restric.....

Grand to mundane

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.....

Knowledge power

One of the great things that modern democracy did has been to break the knowledge monopoly that the ruling elites zealously guarded through the ages. This thesis is argued with power, clarity and conviction in a well-researched, sadly not published paper,.....

How boomerangs work

The new BJP-led coalition government is midway through the term of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly. Unfortunately for them, they are also going through a severe mid-life crisis threatening to overturn the ministry, or even end their innings to altog.....

Handling passion

Manipur must stand out of the crowd for one more very obvious reason. It is a land of paradoxes – paradoxical thoughts, paradoxical ideas and paradoxical responses to any given situation. It is a place that can find time for celebrations amidst bitter, vi.....

DM Univ and JNIMS

The existential crisis at Manipur’s newest university, the DhanaManjuri University, is unfortunate, but it must be said this is only another manifestation of an endemic problem of attitude of those in power in the state through the decades. This attitude .....

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 .....

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Reward for good performance, punishment for illegal acts is the principle: CM

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh hands over award to additional superintendent of police NAB, Thounaojam Brinda

IMPHAL | Jul 16 “Rewards for performing good jobs and punishments for illegal activities is the principle of the present State government,” said chief minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh today at an Awards Distribution ceremony held in connection with .....

17-Jul-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Govt appoints new administrator for IMC

MAHUD Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar speaks to media person during press conference

IMPHAL | Jul 16 State government today appointed joint secretary of Manipur Administrative Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD), Ksh. Lemba as administrator of Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC), a day after suspension of IMC for six months. Addres.....

17-Jul-2019 / A Staff Reporter

‘Failed’ candidate revealed as 3rd position holder

THOUBAL| Jul 16 A candidate who reportedly failed to clear the recently conducted BSc Geology Honours Final Semester exam conducted by Manipur University (MU) has been revealed to be the 3rd position holder of the whole State. The concerned candidate .....

Anal leaders prohibit burial

IMPHAL | Jul 16 The Anal community led by its noted leaders from across Anal homeland held a public meeting today at Chandel Christian village in relation to issues surrounding the desecration of former chief of Challong village, D. Thamnok Lamkang’s b.....

Dijamani’s bail plea rejected by court

IMPHAL | Jul 16 Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West has rejected the bail application filed by murder suspect Naorem Dijamani after bail hearing, today. Naorem Dijamani, presently lodged at Sajiwa jail Manipur as a prime suspect in murder of his .....

17-Jul-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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