Pradip Phanjoubam

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.....

Kashmir changed, so also India

Jammu & Kashmir’s special status as a state of India, guaranteed by Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution has been done away with by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. Not only this, J&K’s status has been degraded to that of a Unio.....

Trials outside court

A child dying unnatural death will always remain a tragedy. But a child committing suicide will always arouse extreme public interest and understandably outraged suspicion. Normally children do not do this unless in a state extreme chronic depression or e.....

Fight poverty not the poor

The paralysing strike by wage earners engaged in sand and stone quarrying along river beds to protest the government’s recent ban on all forms of unlicensed sand mining needs a closer look. The government’s intent obviously is honourable, and meant to con.....

Shrinking aspirations

It is alarming to note the manner in which aspirations in Manipur by and large have been systematically shrinking in size and scope. Today, it is as if young people see no other handle to success in life than securing a government job – any government job.....

Galileo’s fate haunts again

The idea of the public intellectual, or that of the missing public intellectual, is now beginning to engage Manipur’s public sphere. Better late than never, as they say. From all walks of life, the best and most committed minds now need to step out of the.....

UAPA made more draconian

The Bill for the amendment of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, UAPA, that the ruling BJP has just recently introduced and pushed through the Lok Sabha, and is now awaiting passage in the Rajya Sabha, is to say the least, disturbing for several reas.....

Problem solving

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.....

Shame and scandal

The Manipur High Court ruling, or abstention from making a ruling, on the question of the legality of turncoat Congress MLA, Th. Shyamkumar, who betrayed his party to join the BJP immediately after the last election, of not only not being disqualified and.....

Nagaland’s new Governor

Nagaland will soon have a new Governor and he is none other than the current interlocutor of the Naga peace talks, R.N. Ravi. A retired Indian Police Service officer with a long stint in the Northeast as Special Director Intelligence Bureau. Before his ap.....

Work as worship

The resignation by the Vice Chancellor of India’s path breaking, new age, Ashoka University, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, recently comes as a surprise. But what is even more curious from the point of view of the state of academics in Manipur is the reason for his.....

History’s pitfalls

If history was merely about records, probably there would not have been such a fuss about it. But the fact is, it is not, and rightly so too, for records, indispensable though they may be, are not in themselves complete stories and they have first to be g.....

Corruption untamed

If there is one scourge that has not left the Manipur government, not necessarily the present dispensation alone but many more over the decades, it is the stigma of official corruption. The current government at the very outset of their term made tall cl.....

Colleges in doldrums

We have written on this subject so many times before, but we feel it still remains important to continue to remind the government of the day that they must take serious note of the state of higher education in the state. We refer of course to the state’s .....

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Handbooks for eight legislations released in six local dialects including Manipuri

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23-Aug-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Ekta Parishad demands solution for landless indigenes in coming assembly

Ekta Parishad demands solution for landless indigenes in coming assembly

IMPHAL | Aug 22 While demanding the government to provide legal document or patta for landless and homeless indigenous people residing without any patta, Ekta Parishad has urged the government to come up with a solution in the coming assembly session s.....

23-Aug-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Home delivery service of packaged drinking water fails customers after collecting payments

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23-Aug-2019 / A Staff Reporter

MPCC, CVOs extend condolences

IMPHAL| Aug 22 Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) have extended condolences over the demise of ex- president of Tamenglong district congress committee, G. Soihiam Haomei who passed away on August 22 A release signed by chairman of MPCC. M. Ol.....


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