Pradip Phanjoubam

Kashmir changed, so also India

Jammu & Kashmir’s special status as a state of India, guaranteed by Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution has been done away with by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. Not only this, J&K’s status has been degraded to that of a Unio.....

Trials outside court

A child dying unnatural death will always remain a tragedy. But a child committing suicide will always arouse extreme public interest and understandably outraged suspicion. Normally children do not do this unless in a state extreme chronic depression or e.....

Fight poverty not the poor

The paralysing strike by wage earners engaged in sand and stone quarrying along river beds to protest the government’s recent ban on all forms of unlicensed sand mining needs a closer look. The government’s intent obviously is honourable, and meant to con.....

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.....

Galileo’s fate haunts again

The idea of the public intellectual, or that of the missing public intellectual, is now beginning to engage Manipur’s public sphere. Better late than never, as they say. From all walks of life, the best and most committed minds now need to step out of the.....

UAPA made more draconian

The Bill for the amendment of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, UAPA, that the ruling BJP has just recently introduced and pushed through the Lok Sabha, and is now awaiting passage in the Rajya Sabha, is to say the least, disturbing for several reas.....

Problem solving

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.....

Shame and scandal

The Manipur High Court ruling, or abstention from making a ruling, on the question of the legality of turncoat Congress MLA, Th. Shyamkumar, who betrayed his party to join the BJP immediately after the last election, of not only not being disqualified and.....

Nagaland’s new Governor

Nagaland will soon have a new Governor and he is none other than the current interlocutor of the Naga peace talks, R.N. Ravi. A retired Indian Police Service officer with a long stint in the Northeast as Special Director Intelligence Bureau. Before his ap.....

Work as worship

The resignation by the Vice Chancellor of India’s path breaking, new age, Ashoka University, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, recently comes as a surprise. But what is even more curious from the point of view of the state of academics in Manipur is the reason for his.....

History’s pitfalls

If history was merely about records, probably there would not have been such a fuss about it. But the fact is, it is not, and rightly so too, for records, indispensable though they may be, are not in themselves complete stories and they have first to be g.....

Corruption untamed

If there is one scourge that has not left the Manipur government, not necessarily the present dispensation alone but many more over the decades, it is the stigma of official corruption. The current government at the very outset of their term made tall cl.....

Colleges in doldrums

We have written on this subject so many times before, but we feel it still remains important to continue to remind the government of the day that they must take serious note of the state of higher education in the state. We refer of course to the state’s .....

A little deconstruction

There was a great deal of truth in the often-heard charge that paralysing Imphal for months by the myriad strikers and habitual bandh callers is no less serious or atrocious than economic blockade on the national highways by protesters in the hills. If th.....

Imagined homelands

More than ever before, it should be clear to every peacemaker watching the developments in Manipur that no solution to the complex problem facing the state can be solved in isolation. This is because none of these issues exists in a vacuum. Further up the.....

Turncoat MLAs’ fate

It is not at all unusual anywhere for politicians to change their party affiliations. In fact there are those who believe this is in keeping with the exercise of an individual’s fundamental freedom to dissent which gives democracy its unique meaning and p.....

Encouraging competition

The government has been talking of revitalising government school and college education in the state for quite some time now and if this intent goes beyond rhetoric, we will be amongst the first to join the standing ovation. The task hardly is going to b.....

Transparency necessary

Mere profession of goodwill by the state administration cannot be all that is needed to defend against the wide perception and frequent vicious allegations that it has been unscrupulously hijacked by the interest of the majority community in the state. Wh.....

Perspective prisons

As it is often said, when answers to certain questions seem impossible to pin, the best policy may be to change the question. The semantic simplicity of the statement makes it sound almost in jest, but the profundity of it is evidenced in the fresh vision.....

Arms and the man

In his book “My Century”, a collection of 100 inter-linked short stories celebrating the 20th Century, each of the 100 stories summarising the mood of each year of the century from the German perspective, Gunter Grass characterises the atmosphere in pre-F.....

Price of democracy

A classic Doordarshan interface of the late former President of India KR Narayanan nearly two decades ago, with the redoubtable and learned interviewer Rajiv Malhotra, brought out one interesting point among many. Narayanan, it may be recalled, was himsel.....

Tradition and sane society

In the face of the ever metamorphosing and increasingly chaotic reality that has come to define Manipur, it is pertinent to periodically check on the hold even the society’s most cherished values still commands. Although a little less frequent these days,.....

ILPS question

The Supreme Court striking down an appeal by Nagaland to have the Inner Line Permit System extended to the Dimapur non-reserved area carries plenty of portents for Manipur and the rest of the Northeast. The mood of the court is, there should be no restric.....

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.....

Knowledge power

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

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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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