Pradip Phanjoubam

Salute to Eigya Syam

Manipur has always been fortunate to be blessed with several generations of superlative performers and achievers who are still connected organically with the community and its issues. Time and again, they have shown how they can forego everything to put i.....

Anticipating disasters

In ever increasing frequencies, there are warnings of possible natural disasters of magnitudes never seen before. Besides earthquakes, the dangers of which nobody can dispute, disasters can be in shape of Manipur’s known natural bounties turning monstrous.....

Patronising the arts

Their importance generally passes unnoticed. But without the various academies of performing arts, some state sponsored and most private efforts, the apex organisation of which is the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, JNMDA, it is anybody’s guess ho.....

Federalism concerns

Some of the concerns that plague the idea of federalism are unlikely ever to be resolved. Indeed, many of the problems and prospects of federalism as scholars of political science and sociology have been grappling with cannot but be described as intimidat.....

Cultural anachronism

The traffic chaos in Imphal is yet another picture of how successful Manipur has been in grappling and taming modernity. Apart from all else, the issue is also about a certain preparedness of mindset that must accompany the transition into the modern. Unf.....

Republic and its people

Francis Fukuyama’s utopian dream of the “End of History and the Last Man” which he predicted at the end of the Cold War in his well known book by the same title published first in 1992, still remains a far cry, despite the almost total victory of republic.....

Framework disagreement

Worries about the Framework Agreement signed in August 2015 between the Government of India representatives and the NSCN(IM), is once again set to be at its periodic crest in states that neighbour Nagaland, namely Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. As .....

Doubtful remedy

Some of the major traffic islands in the core of Imphal city are in the process of being shrunken, quite obviously with the intent to ease traffic pressures in these junctions by widening the roads encircling them, especially during peak office going and .....

Fidelity to trauma

Manipur became 47 on Monday as a State of the Union of India. The antiquity of the State’s history, of course go far beyond this, and through its long journey, understandably it went through good as well as bad times. In human terms, 47 is middle age and .....

Tourism revisited

There is a time tested thumb rule that the Japanese chamber of commerce in Bangkok – the second largest overseas chamber of commerce after the one in Shanghai, of this far eastern economic giant – considers as an important indicator for investment climate.....

Nation colonizing itself

Is coexistence about sharing or is it about segregating? This is the million dollar question a multi-ethnic state like Manipur is left grappling with practically at every turn of event. As we see it, it will have to be a fine balance of a bit of both, esp.....

Truth and reconciliation wanted

The developments in the Northeast in the past fortnight or so after the Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, has been unsettling. As expected, the response in the entire Northeast has been strong, but particularly so in Assam and Tripura.....

War’s domestic uses

Wars, it has been so rightly pointed out, have many domestic uses. There is nothing like the spectre of external aggression and a threat to the integrity of nations and communities which can sink internal differences, even the most bitter ones, so much so.....

CAB pandora’s box

The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, tabled by the BJP led government in Delhi and recently passed by the Lok Sabha, has literally opened a pandora’s box in the Northeast region. The Bill now awaits passage in the Rajya Sabha and then Presidential assent .....

Protect land differently

Sometimes, mending fences is the best way to mend relations. The familiar illusion of “time-immemorial fraternity” which has caught the imagination of so many amongst Manipur’s “unity campaign brigade” must be viewed under this new scanner too. For one th.....

City as a bazar

As Imphal grows and its traffic volume increases, one would have expected, among other things, parking space growing reciprocally. Quite to the contrary, the reverse is happening. Even more surprising (or not surprising) is the fact that there are absolut.....

The Cyclops lesson

In Homer’s “Odyssey” the great seafaring Greek warrior and king of Ithaca, Ulysses, who along with his men, got lost in the sea for ten years while returning after the war in Troy over the “abduction”, or “elopement” if you prefer, of the famed Hellen fro.....

Land of the bizarre

The electoral war has once again begun in earnest. The visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (January 4) can indeed be read as the starting gun for this race amongst different political parties, in particular the BJP and Congress in Manipur’s contex.....

New Year prayer

It is another year already. While all of us are justified in rejoicing the change, let us also remember, a new year also means an old year gone. True everybody likes to leave memory behind, the bad ones to be forgotten and the good ones to be recalled, ru.....

Return rule of law

It is truly confounding that there are so many too quick to paint the media as tainted for being critical of the government of the day. They obviously do not understand that the media’s primary duty as the much trumpeted fourth estate, is precisely to do .....

Learning from crisis

While crises must be avoided by all means, the hard truth is, crises are also a fact of life and they always find the chink in anybody’s armour to enter his or her life. One positive way of looking at crises hence is that however bad and damaging as they .....

Media’s new horizon

It is encouraging to see the All Manipur Working Journalists Union, AMWJU, together with the Editors Guild Manipur, EGM, retracting some steps they had taken (or avoided as the case may be) directly or indirectly in the Kishorchandra Wangkhem arrest case......

Media challenged

The controversy over the NSA booking of Kishorechandra Wangkhem has touched foreign shores. The BBC has reported it and now quite likely the UN may take cognizance of the affair too. If the matter is not put to rest either through an impartial adjudicatio.....

Faring forward

There is always a tendency for insecure societies to look for succour in the past. It is as if the past was ideal and never had any of problems, although any study of history will confirm how fallacious this presumption has always been. But somehow, the p.....

Allegations in the press release of advocate Shreeji Bhavsar are false and baseless: S. Touthang

IMPHAL| Dec 21 In response to the allegations made in press statement by counsel advocate of Kishorchandra Wangkhem (Journalist), Shreeji Bhavsar which was published in local dailies yesterday, authorities of Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa has issued a c.....

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Rahul Gandhi assures protection of identity of Manipuris

Rahul Gandhi assures protection of identity of Manipuris

IMPHAL | Mar 20 President of All India Congress Committee (AICC), Rahul Gandhi has assured that the Congress party will never allow the “unique identity, culture, history of the people of Manipur” to be jeopardised under any circumstances. Rahul Gan.....

21-Mar-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Candidates yet to file nomination papers with only two days left

THOUBAL| Mar 20 Even though seven individuals had obtained registration forms, no candidates have filed their election forms for the Outer Manipur (ST) parliamentary constituency elections yet. More importantly, the Returning Officer had issued a notif.....

EEFVAM prepares to launch agitations for delivering justice to fake encounter victims

EEFVAM prepares to launch agitations for delivering justice to fake encounter victims

IMPHAL | Mar 20 “Extra Judicial Execution Victim Families Association Manipur (EEVFAM) along with civil voluntary organisations will launch intense forms of agitations for delivering justice to fake encounters victims.” This was stated by general se.....

21-Mar-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Guv, CM and Speaker greet on Yaoshang

IMPHAL | Mar 20 On the occasion of Yaoshang festival, state top officials Governor Najma Heptullah and chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh and Speaker Yumnam Khemchand has extended their heartiest greetings to the people of Manipur. Governor on h.....

AMBA president resigns

IMPHAL | Mar 20 President, All Manipur Bar Association, senior advocate, H. Chandrajit Sharma today submitted his resignation letter to the association over allegations of professional misconduct reportedly raised against him. A resignation letter i.....


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