Pradip Phanjoubam

Kangla and Manipur

Kangla was not built in a day. This sacred site was once upon a time the seat of power of the erstwhile kingdom of Manipur (known by many different names in different eras), and therefore at least as old as the kingdom itself. It is to this day very much .....

Imperfection is a given

These are bad times for Manipur. Though the danger has still not been put to rest, the state can take some solace in the fact that in the past, even after reaching the edge of hell, and everything seemed lost, the hills and valley have not actually gone t.....

MU and spirit of law

Nothing can be more welcome than the release of the jailed Manipur University teachers and students today, not for anything else than the fact that their arrest seemed so unfair and prejudicial on the part of those who arrested them. It may be recalled th.....

Memories of wounds: how much to forget

Trauma history has a tendency of haunting its subjects for a long time, sometimes causing serious psychological hurdles for entire societies in coming to terms with what 19th century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said in one of his most quoted line.....

A whiff of impunity in AFSPA

There is a clever subterfuge those opposed to criticisms of the Armed Forces Special Power Act, AFSPA, resort to. Whenever such an issue arises, they work up an equivocation to suggest those against the AFSPA are also against the army. This is mistaking t.....

Army in a warless future

A petition by 356 army officers to the Supreme Courts against any move to dilute the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA, brings to the fore once again some of the vexed issues associated with this Act and its application. In a somewhat r.....

Out damned spot, I say!

In the manner the ghost of the alleged systematic custodial killings during 2009-2012 by a unit of the Dimapur based 3-Corps Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, 3-CISU, is returning repeatedly to haunt this Indian Army formation, it is difficult not to be.....

Civil(ising) Armed Forces Special Powers Act

The scathing indictment by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR, on July 4 that the Central Bureau of Investigation tasked by the Supreme Court to investigate the veracity of the charge of 1528 fake encounter killings.....

Media in Kafka’s Castle

Practically every university in India today has a full-fledged journalism faculty variously named as Mass Communication Department, Media Study Department etc. The objective is self-evident from the names of these departments. Mass media is acknowledged a.....

Citizenship Bill revives old fears in Northeast

The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 has once again revived memories of a 150-year old festering sore in Assam, and indeed the entire Northeast region. Even as surveys are underway bill for the introduction of the bill, an age old fissure bet.....

Abolish or restructure Governor’s post

The sordid drama in Karnataka is over. While there is no doubt it was an unseemly tussle between the political parties in contention for power in the wake of the hung verdict voters of the state delivered, it must still be said that while it is understand.....

Book Review: Touching as a memoir but analyses too casual

Sanjoy Hazarika’s Strangers No More: New Narrative from India’s Northeast has many flashes of brilliance, and interestingly most of these are the passages anecdotal in nature. The book therefore would have shone much brighter if edited down to these flash.....

Rising cost of medical studies

It is quite an irony that while higher education in the government sector remains practically free, the costs of education in private schools and universities are hitting the roof. When it comes to specialized professional courses, such as engineering and.....

Ahead by ten fingers

Scientists tell us that about 3.2 million years ago, human ancestors began walking on two legs. This is an old story, and the clinching evidence for this, as many of us will remember, came with the discovery and piecing together of fragments of the skelet.....

Ahead by ten fingers

Scientists tell us that about 3.2 million years ago, human ancestors began walking on two legs. This is an old story, and the clinching evidence for this, as many of us will remember, came with the discovery and piecing together of fragments of the skelet.....

Intriguing source of political legitimacy

Exactly where do politician, in particular in the Northeast states, draw their legitimacy is a puzzling question. While in power, they end up reducing politics to a mass orgy of selfish pursuits and misuse of power, yet their electorates remain so forgivi.....

Has BJP taken over the Northeast?

(First published in New Indian Express. The article argues the BJP’s impressive performance in the recent Assembly elections in the three Northeast states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, is confined to a psychological arena, for on the statistical pla.....

NE Assembly Elections and Portents; Three shades of a BJP surge

(First published in Indian Express) Much has been written and talked about after the assembly elections in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, the results for which were declared on March 3. In much of these analyses, the picture portrayed has been that of .....

How BJP won without winning in Nagaland

(First published in Economic and Political Weekly) Nagaland politics is probably at its nadir at this moment. The events of the few months before the Assembly election, the results for which were declared on 3 March 2018, demonstrate this. Moreover, the .....

Human rights and wrongs

The Manipur High Court early last month, in a long and dragging Public Interest Litigation, directed the Manipur government to revive the Manipur Human Rights Commission, which has been allowed to lapse after the end of term of the last of two commissions.....

Time to change the Naga question

The unexpected turn of events in Nagaland on the eve of the state Legislative Assembly election scheduled on February 27 is yet another indication how intractable the problem of peace in the state is. Responding to a call for “No Election Before Solution”.....

Simon Commission encounter as an important marker of how identities form in the Northeast

The representation made by a delegation of leaders of the still nascent Naga Club to the Simon Commission in 1929 was indeed a heroic assertion of the Naga identity and the increasing sense of unity, integrity and autonomy that the Naga Club was giving 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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