Pradip Phanjoubam

Ecology and development

In the wake of the growing chant for more liberalization of economies around the globe and the unabashed worship of the market, there are many extremely well-informed voices calling for caution against dropping all economic regulatory mechanisms. It is tr.....

Knowledge and technology

The digital age has brought the world together under one roof more than any other phenomenon in history. Whether this is good or bad is another debate altogether, but the inescapable reality is, there is no other way to move forward than to accept its ine.....

Which way for CAB

For reasons it will know best, but all others can only guess, the BJP government at the Centre seems determined to get the Citizenship Amendment Bill-2016 introduced and passed by the Rajya Sabha. The Bill, it will be recalled, has already been passed by .....

Nation State, Region State

In the midst of the uncertainty the northeast region is in against the backdrop of the ethnic churnings, the idea of a “Region State” first proposed by Kenichi Ohame a decade ago is worth probing. The Japanese thinker and management guru was of the opinio.....

Nurturing entrepreneurship

One of the biggest road blocks before the task of culturing entrepreneurship and consequently successful enterprises in the Northeast is weak capital base apart from the usually cited bottlenecks of poor infrastructural support etc. Developing these infra.....

Lesson in federalism

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.....

Extraordinary times

Extraordinary times these are that Manipur is living in. But its tragedy is, these extraordinary times are being met by a general ordinariness of mindset all around. The collective obsession as of today, it would not be too much of an exaggeration to say,.....

Salute to Eigya Syam

Manipur has always been fortunate to be blessed with several generations of superlative performers and achievers who are still connected organically with the community and its issues. Time and again, they have shown how they can forego everything to put i.....

Anticipating disasters

In ever increasing frequencies, there are warnings of possible natural disasters of magnitudes never seen before. Besides earthquakes, the dangers of which nobody can dispute, disasters can be in shape of Manipur’s known natural bounties turning monstrous.....

Patronising the arts

Their importance generally passes unnoticed. But without the various academies of performing arts, some state sponsored and most private efforts, the apex organisation of which is the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, JNMDA, it is anybody’s guess ho.....

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.....

Cultural anachronism

The traffic chaos in Imphal is yet another picture of how successful Manipur has been in grappling and taming modernity. Apart from all else, the issue is also about a certain preparedness of mindset that must accompany the transition into the modern. Unf.....

Republic and its people

Francis Fukuyama’s utopian dream of the “End of History and the Last Man” which he predicted at the end of the Cold War in his well known book by the same title published first in 1992, still remains a far cry, despite the almost total victory of republic.....

Framework disagreement

Worries about the Framework Agreement signed in August 2015 between the Government of India representatives and the NSCN(IM), is once again set to be at its periodic crest in states that neighbour Nagaland, namely Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. As .....

Doubtful remedy

Some of the major traffic islands in the core of Imphal city are in the process of being shrunken, quite obviously with the intent to ease traffic pressures in these junctions by widening the roads encircling them, especially during peak office going and .....

Fidelity to trauma

Manipur became 47 on Monday as a State of the Union of India. The antiquity of the State’s history, of course go far beyond this, and through its long journey, understandably it went through good as well as bad times. In human terms, 47 is middle age and .....

Tourism revisited

There is a time tested thumb rule that the Japanese chamber of commerce in Bangkok – the second largest overseas chamber of commerce after the one in Shanghai, of this far eastern economic giant – considers as an important indicator for investment climate.....

Nation colonizing itself

Is coexistence about sharing or is it about segregating? This is the million dollar question a multi-ethnic state like Manipur is left grappling with practically at every turn of event. As we see it, it will have to be a fine balance of a bit of both, esp.....

Truth and reconciliation wanted

The developments in the Northeast in the past fortnight or so after the Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, has been unsettling. As expected, the response in the entire Northeast has been strong, but particularly so in Assam and Tripura.....

War’s domestic uses

Wars, it has been so rightly pointed out, have many domestic uses. There is nothing like the spectre of external aggression and a threat to the integrity of nations and communities which can sink internal differences, even the most bitter ones, so much so.....

CAB pandora’s box

The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, tabled by the BJP led government in Delhi and recently passed by the Lok Sabha, has literally opened a pandora’s box in the Northeast region. The Bill now awaits passage in the Rajya Sabha and then Presidential assent .....

Protect land differently

Sometimes, mending fences is the best way to mend relations. The familiar illusion of “time-immemorial fraternity” which has caught the imagination of so many amongst Manipur’s “unity campaign brigade” must be viewed under this new scanner too. For one th.....

City as a bazar

As Imphal grows and its traffic volume increases, one would have expected, among other things, parking space growing reciprocally. Quite to the contrary, the reverse is happening. Even more surprising (or not surprising) is the fact that there are absolut.....

The Cyclops lesson

In Homer’s “Odyssey” the great seafaring Greek warrior and king of Ithaca, Ulysses, who along with his men, got lost in the sea for ten years while returning after the war in Troy over the “abduction”, or “elopement” if you prefer, of the famed Hellen fro.....

Land of the bizarre

The electoral war has once again begun in earnest. The visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (January 4) can indeed be read as the starting gun for this race amongst different political parties, in particular the BJP and Congress in Manipur’s contex.....

Latest News

State cabinet approves ‘Stand-Up Manipur’ scheme

IMPHAL | Oct 12 The State Cabinet today approved the ‘Stand Up Manipur’ scheme under the existing Start Up Manipur Scheme. The scheme will provide subsidy and soft loans to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, OBC, Women and Minorities of the State for se.....

13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter
13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

RN Ravi to meet Naga representatives on Oct 18

IMPHAL I Oct 12 The Government of India representative and interlocutor for the Naga peace talks, RN Ravi, who is also the Governor of Nagaland will hold a consultative meeting with the “primary stakeholders, Church leaders and civil societies” at 2.30.....

13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

UCM reaffirms stand against any division on ethnic lines

UCM president Sunil Karam briefing media at its office

IMPHAL | Oct 12 “Every community in the State should be consulted by the state government before placing any political aspiration and demand to the Centre. We are all prepared to resist if the NSCN (IM) peace talks outcome compromises state’s territori.....

13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Flat tyre halts Air Asia passengers for 24 hrs at Imphal airport

IMPHAL | Oct 12 More than 150 passengers were left stranded for nearly 24 hours at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport (BTIA) after one of the rear tyres of a Delhi bound Air Asia flight deflated before taking off yesterday. When IFP went to enqui.....

13-Oct-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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