Pradip Phanjoubam

History as a process

If history is a process, there is no gainsaying that it can change its course, which is also why the present is important. A neglect of the constituents which have shaped history and more importantly, which will shape history for the future, can be disast.....

Introspection vital

When you point your index finger at somebody, there are three other fingers, other than the thumb, pointing back at you. There is something about this rather curious metaphor that makes you want to return to it every now and then, especially while taking .....

Streamlining Imphal traffic

Practically every sane driver on the Imphal road would have welcomed the new traffic laws just announced that would put stiff penalties on traffic several extremely irritating and indeed dangerous offences, but most particularly the use of mobile phones w.....

Chaos internalised

Can chaos be described any other way than what we are witnessing in Manipur currently? Everybody is a law unto himself, beginning from those who commit daylight murders to those who protest these atrocities. Why only in terms of violence, the chaos is mar.....

Entrepreneurship fate

One of the most enduring quips, some say first made by maverick American businessman of the 1970s and 1980s, Lee Iacocca, ex-president of the country’s once third largest automobile company Chrysler, and one of the most rabid critics of Japanese business .....

Creative loneliness

Much has been written about the likeness of the movie version of Superman to Jesus Christ. Superman is an alien from the destroyed planet Krypton and the only son of a famous scientist there, sent to earth with the mission to be the saviour of the world. .....

Reinventing revolution

For the good or the bad, the revolution in Manipur has slowly but surely entered a new era. The most important marker of the beginning of this transition came about a decade and half ago, when wide public disenchantment threw up a situation in which a gro.....

State media’s journey

To borrow a Dickensian cliché, these are the best of times and these are the worst of times for the Manipur media. These are the best of times largely because of the rapid technology jumps it has been witnessing. A little over two decade ago, no newspaper.....

The public intellectual

The list of 100 top “public intellectuals” of the world that the influential American journal “Foreign Policy” selected and published each year has been a matter of some very interesting debates. The question is, who exactly is an intellectual? And equall.....

Golden Triangle widening

Is the drug menace we are faced with a policing problem or a social one? This question may sound cliché, but nonetheless it is one which has not been answered adequately and satisfactorily in Manipur. In recent times, there is a renewed drive against drug.....

Abnormal as normal

Manipur’s myriad problems do not certainly present a straightforward visage, layered as they are in a maze of hierarchical quagmire of problematic propositions, and each of the hierarchy again mired in their own strata of endless problems and sub-problems.....

Traffic getting worse

As everywhere else in the country, the increase in the number of vehicles on Imphal roads has been phenomenal in the past one or two decades. This increase has been in direct proportion to the growth of the Indian economy and with it the quantum leaps gov.....

Dying water bodies

A lot many water bodies have died out from the Imphal Valley. In their footsteps may follow the rest of the remaining natural water bodies in the valley, including we dare say, Loktak. Purely from common sense, the lifespan of a lake in a land-locked vall.....

Does truth 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.....

Theatre state

The announcement by the chief minister yesterday that he has instructed the state director general of police to set up a police network to keep a close tab on drugs trafficking in the state is welcome, but hides more implications of what has happened than.....

Awareness programme on child rights held

IMPHAL| Aug 20 A one-day Awareness programme on Child Rights with focus on JJ Act, 2015, POCSO Act, 2012 and Prohibition of Child Marriage was held at Pantha Community Hall, Chandel district on August 20. It was organised by the Manipur Commission for .....

Promise or ultimatum

The elusive Naga solution is just around the corner, so says those at the helm of things. Indeed a recent news of great interest to many in Nagaland and Manipur indicated the PMO has given a 3-month deadline for the Naga peace talks to reach a final agree.....

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.....

Missing electric meters

After a couple of years of smooth run since the introduction of prepaid meter system and the corporatisation of the state power distribution under the Manipur State Power Distribution Corporation Ltd., introduced during the past government, the system is .....

Heart and mind

We have said it before, but it is something which deserves to be repeated every now and then still, considering Manipur continues to be hopelessly trapped in an unenviable blind alley. A seemingly simple suggestion in problem solving strategy runs like: “.....

Resurrecting history

The prospect of writing history, especially when it involved wars, must be so much simpler 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 nev.....

Ecology concerns

Manipur’s distinctive geographical feature marked by a surprisingly flat central valley with a large fresh water lake and surrounded by hill ranges running roughly north to south is identifiable from pretty high up in space. Well, none of us can claim to .....

Let 100 flowers bloom

There is a lesson for those in power currently amidst the tectonic move they are introducing to homogenise nationality and nationalism in the country, from the manner festivals in Manipur, traditional as well as newly reinvented ones, are inching towards .....

Upgrade Imphal addresses

We have written on this theme many times before, and we write again to remind the government of a pressing need of today. It may not command the passion as many of the emotive issues political parties in contentions are flagging as their pet projects now,.....

What now in Kashmir

Kashmir’s status has been changed in a way that can only be described as humiliating for Kashmiris. The question is, would the matter end here. As of now, nothing is known of how the Kashmiris will react, for no independent information is emerging from th.....

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Manipur is for all, it belongs to no particular community: Suresh Babu

IMPHAL | Oct 15 “The state of Manipur is for all and the ancestral land belongs to no particular community; the misunderstanding between the communities and state government that may affect people’s sentiments will also be solved soon.” Chief secret.....

16-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Acute shortage of ART drugs resurfaces in State

Acute shortage of ART drugs resurfaces in State

PLHIVs feel ignored by MACS, govt By Donald Sairem IMPHAL | Oct 15 Even though Manipur is among the states with highest HIV/AIDS prevalence, the state is yet again facing acute shortage of Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to be provided to People Liv.....

16-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Refrain from making provocative statements on ‘Anglo-Kuki War’, appeals UNC

IMPHAL | Oct 15 The United Naga Council (UNC) appealed to the Kuki ‘brethren’ to restrain from making provocative statement and activities in commemorating the centenary of the ‘Anglo-Kuki War 1917-19’ which is to be organised by Kuki Inpi Manipur. .....

Total shut down paralyses normal life

IMPHAL| Oct 15 The 12-hour general strike imposed today by Coordination Committee (CorCom) and Alliance for Socialist Unity - Kangleipak (ASUK) severely affected normal life in Manipur valley with all activities coming to a standstill. The total sh.....

16-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Roadside fuel businesses run low due to fewer bandhs

Roadside fuel businesses run low due to fewer bandhs

By Lelen Vaiphei IMPHAL | Oct 15 Bandhs and strikes in the state paralyse daily activities of the state. Every individual ceases their daily work in support of the bandh or either to avoid any untoward incidents, but it is a common scene to witness .....

16-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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