Pradip Phanjoubam

Environment challenge

Another World Environment Day passed by yesterday, June 5. While this is good to earmark a day dedicated to this onerous issue so that the entire world has the opportunity to focus their collective concern and energy to this emergent situation, what needs.....

Will it be business as usual?

In actuality, there is little to distinguish one government and another. They are different by and large during election times, when election manifestos are being drawn up and tall promises are being made. Once the elections are over, it is generally gove.....

Greatness redefined

The influential American journal Foreign Policy’s annual list of what its editors consider the top 100 contemporary public intellectuals, together with similar lists of other well-known American journals, such as Time, have a story to tell. The latter mag.....

Selling Manipur

There is a fairly accurate way of diagnosing Manipur’s developmental problems, given the fact that many of these problems are manifested openly before the eyes of even the ordinary citizen. Take for instance the case of the black toppings on most of the s.....

Readiness is all

Nothing or nobody is infallible. So many sitting MPs and other big wig politicians who did not manage to win back their seats in the Parliament have proven how painfully true this is. Many of them had pumped themselves up with so much hot air while in pow.....

Art and violence

It is a welcome development that dead bodies, especially horribly defaced victims of violence, have slowly but surely disappeared from the front pages of local dailies. Once upon a time, it was almost the thumb rule for the media here to grade newsworthin.....

Amoebic short sight

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.....

Interesting times

At times like the present, it is difficult not to be reminded once again of the much-quoted Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times”. The idea is, the average peasantry, or citizenry in the modern times, a time of no social churning, therefore n.....

Dynamic identity

Few works of art has more convincingly portrayed the irreconcilability of racial identities than in French existentialist author Albert Camus well known short story, “The Guest” set against the backdrop of the Algerian resistance movement against French c.....

Exit polls drama

The results of the exit polls on last Sunday are currently the preoccupation nationwide. However, before going into the implications of these predictions, it would be to the purpose to lead this discussion with a paragraph on a development in Manipur whic.....

Majority can falter

The exit polls have predicted the ruling NDA will emerge as the clear majority giving the BJP-led coalition a second term in power at the Centre. This is however only a prediction and the actual result can differ greatly. The fact is while exit polls are .....

Future in making

The results of the Class 10 or High School Leaving Certificate Examination, HSLCE, conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur, BSEM were declared on Saturday. A week earlier the results of the class 12 exams conducted by the Council of the High.....

Mother’s Day reflections

Another Mother’s Day has just gone by. It was also a day the social media was rife with postings by practically everyone on nostalgic memories of their mothers, and this was expected in these days of the internet, when personal stuffs that would in the ol.....

The king and the beast

Despite so much said on the matter, nobody seems moved. The imposing figure of a monarch taming a rogue elephant was once upon a time the most prominent landmarks of Imphal city, but today it has been reduced to a caricature. For decades, the king and the.....

Softening borders

In the midst of the uncertainty the Northeast is in against the backdrop of the ethnic churnings, the idea of a “Region State” first proposed by Kenichi Ohmae in an article in America’s prestigious scholarly journal, Foreign Affairs in 1993, is worth prob.....

Calibrating violence

That violence is commonplace in Manipur today is a truism. This has been with a cost that goes beyond the immediate and tangible in all the stories of losses of life and limbs. For away from ordinary sight, this has also been leading to a gradual but stea.....

Consensual identity

Ernest Renan’s famous 1882 lecture on nationalism in which he tries to make sense of the peculiar nationalism that took birth in his native France during, and in the aftermath of, the French Revolution 1789, can hardly be far from mind in any attempt to u.....

Garbage indignity

Imphal today must rank as one of the dirtiest cities in the whole of India. Huge and perennial piles of garbage, including in the commercial areas, have become its hallmark. Quite obviously, the city is growing as it is expected to, but its keepers are un.....

Press under shackles

May 3 was Press Freedom Day. Quite appropriately and deliberately timed, Reporters Sans Frontiers, RSF, the international media watch group, released its latest findings on the state of media freedom around the world along with a list ranking 180 of the .....

Reassessing the past

It is amusing, but indicative of a serious flaw in the interpretation of history that two opposing sides of a conflict should be using the same historical saga to prove contrary points. While defenders of Manipur integrity show no doubt that it is the “di.....

IFP is twenty-three

The Imphal Free Press is 23 on this day May 3, 2019. By happy serendipity, May 3 is also the World Press Freedom Day. So in celebrating IFP’s anniversary each year, we also aptly celebrate press freedom. This happy moment of the IFP hence is doubly blesse.....

Work culture missing

It will be yet another May Day when this newspaper reaches our subscribers in the morning. This is just a quick reminder. The event that the international community remembers as May Day in honour of the workers of the world falls today, May 1. The occasio.....

Chadong tragedy

The accident at Chadong Lake yesterday in which three young people died and more could have met fatalities is a catastrophe that was waiting to happen for a long time. What is even more tragic therefore is that this was an accident which could have been p.....

Mobocracy spoiler

The repolls in the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency at several polling stations because of mob taking them over on the day of polling, returns us to the thought of how mobocracy can come to be defined as democracy in places like Manipur where even.....

Bondages in flux

Ultimately, if true unity is to happen, all different parts of what is to become a single entity must need each other. Sometimes, certain emotional political waves can sweep us all along and give us the illusion of unity, but unless there is a felt and sh.....

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Pilferage amidst scarcity at the Manipur Bhawan Delhi reported

IMPHAL | Jul 14 Despite the presence of adequate drivers at Manipur Bhawan Delhi, officials are reportedly employing four drivers on daily wage payments, according to a reliable source. The issue came to light after the newly employed drivers were f.....

15-Jul-2019 / A Staff Reporter

UKLF points finger at KNA over Moreh Killing

KANGPOKPI | Jul 14 The United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF) condemned the brutal murder of its 2nd Lieutenant John Gangte, Town Commander of Moreh at Ngamkhai veng and blamed the KNO of continued killing it’s own brethren in a cold blood while most of t.....

Social worker asks MLA Biren to resign on moral ground

IMPHAL | Jul 14 Social worker Mongjam Poireihanba asks MLA of Lamlai assembly constituency, Ksh. Biren to resign on moral ground if he is not going to ease the sufferings of the people of the constituency, who are presently reeling under acute shortage.....

15-Jul-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Presence of male vendors in Ima Keithel worries women vendors

Presence of male vendors in Ima Keithel worries women vendors

IMPHAL | Jul 14 Raising concerns over the degrading sanctity of Ima Keithel (mothers market) the only women market in Asia, Manipur Keithel Phambi Apunba Lup (MAKPAL), a parent body of associations of the market draws the attention of the concern depar.....

15-Jul-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Kuki bodies condemn Moreh killing

KANGPOKPI | Jul 14 Several civil bodies particularly the Kuki CSOs vehemently condemned the killing of town commander of United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF) at Moreh yesterday. The Kuki Inpi Manipur strongly condemned the continuous killings among t.....


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