Pradip Phanjoubam

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.....

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.....

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IOCL negligence has made state prone to man-made LPG scarcity

IMPHAL| Jan 20 Due to the lackadaisical attitude of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL), the LPG bottling plant at Sekmai is now left with a limited stock of about nine (9) days only which could lead to a crisis of unavailability of LPG cylinders in the.....

21-Jan-2019 / A Staff Reporter

No change of state govt stand on Citizenship Amendment Bill: CM

CM Biren speaking at cardsbenefits distribution function

IMPHAL | Jan 20 Chief minister N. Biren Singh has reiterated that there is no change in State government’s stand in pressing the Centre to give assent to Manipur People Bill, 2018 before the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 becomes an Act. He was sp.....

21-Jan-2019 / A Staff Reporter

CVO leaders, scholars and social activists intensify campaign against CAB

Public discourse in connection with the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016

IMPHAL | Jan 20 A public discourse in connection with the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 (CAB) held today at Centenary hall, Manipur University Four, drew up resolutions. The resolutions included, demand for immediate withdrawal of CAB, appeal to R.....

21-Jan-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Freedom of expression in peril says Babloo

Meeting on legal defence of defenders at Manipure Press Club

IMPHAL | Jan 20 Journalist, lawyers and human rights activist came together in a show of strength and solidarity to demand the immediate release of journalist, Kishorchandra Wangkhemcha, incarcerated under the National Security Act (NSA) and dropping o.....

21-Jan-2019 / A Staff Reporter

NEIDP urges to form North East League to file case at Supreme Court against CAB

Vice president of NEIDP Sapam Kunjakeshor alias Keba speaking to media persons during press conference

IMPHAL | Jan 20 North East India Development Party (NEIDP) has urged the entire northeast states to form a North East League to file a case against unconstitutional CAB, 2019 at Supreme Court without playing blame games to each other. Addressing a p.....

21-Jan-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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