Pradip Phanjoubam

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.....

Democracy and development

Much like the way democracy has been likened to Capitalism and its brand of free market, democracy has also come to be so closely identified with development, although in the latter case it is not as sinister or the result of clever propaganda. While the .....

Chakouba pledge

We are once again on the threshold of another cycle of the winter magic. It is indeed happy serendipity that many, if not most of the widely celebrated festivals in Manipur and its neighbourhood come in winter. Kut opened the season on November 1. It is D.....

Loneliness of the artist

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. .....

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.....

Reconstructing past

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 .....

Age of pessimism

There is something interesting about the current popular notion of leadership throughout the world. This trend was seen coming almost a decade ago in a worldwide poll conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org managed by the University of Mar.....

Corruption disease

Corruption has become an obsessive concern of the public in Manipur today. Though there has been no formal opinion poll, it is anybody’s guess all such polls, formal and informal, would be unanimous on this. No newspaper has not written about how corrosiv.....

From 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.....

End polygamy

In 2008, Manipur Compulsory Registration of Marriages Bill, was introduced in the February session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly and passed in the Winter session in October the same year. The Bill, it will be recalled came as part of a directive fro.....

Career and beyond

Every profession has its moral codes, some written but most of the time unwritten. Journalism is no exception and indeed this is a question which has continued to haunt the profession since its inception. This is particularly so because journalism’s best .....

City planning void

What Imphal is witnessing today is evidence of how poorly the city is planned, and how devoid of vision city planners have been in all these years. This is probably true of all other rapidly growing urban centres in the state as well, but none wo.....

Problems and solutions

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.....

Looking East imbibing West

Imphal roads have become truly dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. Each day there are some road mishaps somewhere. Yet, everybody seems to think these are the natural prices to be paid for urbanisation. Nothing can be further from the truth. There are.....

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CM Biren during AMWJU foundation day

AMWJU observes 46th foundation day IMPHAL | Sep 16 Chief minister, N. Biren Singh today called upon the media fraternity to play a pivotal role in drug eradication programme taken up by state government acknowledging their role in dealing with any s.....

17-Sep-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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CM Biren inaugurates Nature Learning Centre

IMPHAL | Sep 16 Chief minister, Nongthombam Biren today launched Digital Payment Services and National Generic Document Registration System in Imphal East district at the DC Complex, Porompat. He also inaugurated various infrastructural projects in .....

17-Sep-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Dijamani’s case transferred to Session Judge Imphal West

IMPHAL | Sep 16 Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West today committed Naorem Rekha’s murdered case, mother of fashion designer Rober Naorem, to Session Judge, Imphal West. The accused Naorem Dijamani, husband of the deceased, was produced before CJ.....

17-Sep-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Let the truth come out: Landhoni’s family

IMPHAL | Sep 16 Regarding the death of Babysana, the family of the school principal has expressed that the school authority also wants the case to be handed over to CBI. A release from the family states further that the public has supported all the .....

‘One country, one language is a strategy to abolish indigenous languages’

IMPHAL | Sep 16 Reacting on the speech of union home minister, Amit Shah’s ‘one country one language’, social activist and advocate, Yendrembam Kiran stated that many indigenous languages in the country have been replaced with Hindi language and the ce.....

17-Sep-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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