Pradip Phanjoubam

Hailing peacemakers

It seems only yesterday. If we were to take a deep breath and reflect on the situation in the state exactly a year ago, it would seem almost unreal. About this time two years ago, the state was in a state of unprecedented turmoil, with different forces sh.....

Past as prison

There is a tendency in Manipur of things to always return to square one. The avenue for a way out of this depressing stagnancy eludes the imagination of one and all, including our leaders, intellectuals and the numerous NGOs in the field of social works. .....

Manipur’s gender story

December 11 is Nupi Lal Day, Manipur’s moment for celebrating its own story of gender power. By coincidence, the previous month of November serves as a worthy herald of this day, its calendar marked by many milestones in the state’s recent history. If not.....

Human rights and wrongs

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. It is quite a telling irony that just a week ago, the Manipur cabinet welcomed the extension of the Disturbed Area Act, and by that virtue, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act as well. Even more confounding i.....

Bad foundation danger

Legacies shape life and therefore creating legacies is a serious enterprise especially in the public sphere. This truism is no better illustrated than in an article in a London journal some time ago on how bureaucracies live on forever and that a preceden.....

Nation notion

An interesting theory of the evolution of the nation, but one that has disappointingly failed to be backed up by events on the ground, may yet prove to be a sumptuous food for thought amidst the present day turmoil the post colonial world is witnessing. W.....

Enigma of fate

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.....

Weak link in education chain

A chain is as strong as its weakest link. The strongest chain therefore will break at its weakest link when exposed to tension. In the educational chain starting from the lower primary school, or in popular parlance, the nursery school, to the specialize .....

Education as empowerment

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 theses is argued with power, clarity and conviction in a well-researched, sadly not published paper,.....

Sedition woes

The arrest of local TV journalist Wangkhemcha Kishorechandra for the third time in three months for criticising the government on social media is simply atrocious. The last two arrests of the man in very close proximity of each other and for the same offe.....

Disciplining Imphal traffic

If the law and order problem resulting out of insurgency is not something which can be resolved easily or quickly, there are so many others which given adequate government attention and commitment can be smoothened out without much problem. Among these is.....

Intent and meaning

Understandably, many postcolonial nations are uneasy, if not apprehensive of the idea of federalism. Nonetheless, it is also a fact that given the diversity of their demography and geography, when they freed themselves from the yoke of colonialism, they w.....

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 .....

Tackling the web

The manner the internet world has expanded in the last one decade or so both in scope as well as depth has been nothing less than phenomenal. It has indeed been a revolution and one which is beginning to shatter a past era like all revolutions do, to buil.....

The public intellectual

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

Crime and punishment

It is quite a coincidence two recent developments have brought to the fore once again the problematic definition as well as the application of the notion of human rights. One of these events was the stripping of the Amnesty International’s prestigious Amb.....

Sangai and Hornbill

The annual Sangai Festival of Manipur is here again. The festival will conclude on the last day of November and on the very next day, the Hornbill Festival of neighbouring Nagaland will begin. It is curious that the two festivals dovetail each other, prob.....

Limits of Freedom

What is happening in Manipur today once again has underscored why rule of law is important, and even if any section of the public is unhappy with any law, it does not help to resort to lawlessness. It is precisely this understanding which makes democracy .....

Majority minority complexes

Events in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are, to say the least, have been tragic. Bengali speaking Muslim Rohingya population there who share a homeland with the Rakhine Buddhists were hounded out of the country by their Buddhist neighbours and the Myanmar Army .....

Stereotyping conflict

Maybe it is a problem with human cognitive ability that events have to be first fitted into known paradigms before they can be comprehended. Indeed without the props of contextual backgrounds, it would be difficult, even impossible, to understand any give.....

Reorienting education

While it cannot be said Indian education system has collapsed, it should understandably be a cause for worry for planners that year after year in polls conducted by reputed agency QS World University Rankings, few Indian universities ever make .....

Another gender story

November has been an eventful month in the recent history of Manipur. If not for any other then for the fact that this was when Irom Sharmila began her epic 16-year fast unto death protest for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA. Shar.....

Child rights and more

November 14 in India is observed as Children’s Day. It will remain to be seen if this day is still given the importance it once was, considering the day commemorates the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, a personali.....

Re-examine old problems

There is a timeless saying of Turkish origin, but often attributed to Prophet Mohammed after Francis Bacon did so in an essay once, although his usage too was at best apocryphal. It says: “the mountain did not come to Mohamet so Mohamet went to the mounta.....

Honest discourse

Fashion catches on and spreads, and in this global era, surprisingly fast too. The latest and hottest in the malls of New York, Paris or London, would almost simultaneously have become the rage everywhere in the world, including in the crammed up tiny box.....

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State govt cracks whip against supporting Maoist general strike

IMPHAL | Dec 15 State Government has warned employees of departmental proceedings against employee who fails to attend their duties during the 48-general hours strike called by Maoist Communist Party, Manipur which will begin from midnight of December .....

16-Dec-2018 / A Staff Reporter

“Is serving people’s grievances illegal?” asks CM

Chief minister Nongthombam Biren speaks with people on Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day

IMPHAL | Dec 15 Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh said that the PIL filed against him for organising Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day every month was totally unprecedented, and further noted that such response only shows that some section of t.....

16-Dec-2018 / A Staff Reporter

1.04 lakh households in the State to be provided power connection, says Biswajit

Biswajit inaugurates 3311 KV Power Sub-Station at Kasom Khullen

IMPHAL | Dec 15 While alleging that the congress party had been destroying the country, Power minister, Biswajit questioned what they had done for the past so many years regarding the lack of infrastructure and man power. Speaking as the chief gue.....

16-Dec-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Locals decry slow progress, halting of bridge construction work

JIRIBAM | Dec 15 Locals have decried the slow progress of construction work of the Bailey bridge over Goakhal River which falls under Borobekra sub- division, which has come to a standstill from the last two months. In regard to the slow progress of.....

Free Diagnostic Service and 10-Bedded Ayush Hospital inaugurated

L. Jayantakumar speaks during the inaugural function of Free Diagnostic Service and 10-Bedded Ayush Hospital at  Ukhrul

UKHRUL | Dec 15 Health and Family Welfare minister, L Jayantakumar Singh, inaugurated free diagnostics services under NHM, Manipur in partnership with KRSNAA Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd. at district Hospital, Ukhrul. The programme was also attended by MLA .....


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