Pradip Phanjoubam

Reinventing ourselves

What would be the shape of Manipur 20 years hence? The challenges to its physical structure is one thing, but even if it could be taken for granted that its map would remain intact, can we say the same about its psychological and spiritual landscapes. The.....

Pay reparation

Arrested journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem will finally be released. An order to this effect, which had been kept reserved by the Manipur High Court for reasons the court knows best, has finally been pronounced, and verdict is clear – his arrest under the.....

Cycle as continuity

On the Meitei lunar calendar, yesterday (Saturday) marked the beginning of another New Year. The day is known as Sajibu Nongma Panba amongst the Meiteis (the first day of the month of Sajibu) and is celebrated as Cheiraoba. Unfortunately as in most other .....

Handling post truth

It is often said the greatest crime that the media can commit is to create false consensus. However in this age of what has been described as post truth, where creating false consensus has become routine, it no longer easy to say what honest media is anym.....

Development as remedy

The old question of whether it is a necessary condition for peace to precede development continues to haunt everybody genuinely concerned with the affairs of the trouble-torn states of northeast India. While the ideal situation should be one in which peac.....

Something is rotten

For unexplained reasons, a judgment on the fate of jailed TV journalist, Kishorchand Wangkhem, charged for criticising the chief minister N. Biren Singh and his current party, the BJP, on Facebook, is kept reserved, although the hearing is over. He has be.....

Vote and the liberal spirit

Elections are the best possible way of evolving the nearest thing to a consensual will in a multi-opinion situation. But what is also true is, elections have the nasty tendency of dividing up electorates into “camps”. This must have been why elderly advic.....

The tipping point

Manipur’s problems today are too overwhelming for anybody to come up with a single magic formula to resolve them. The problem of insurgency with roots planted deep in the historical milieu of the place, the unenviable economic and political circumstance, .....

Manipur melting pot

As much as the ethnic mosaic in Manipur is complex, a solution to its ethnic problem is going to be as difficult. There are too many factors to cover, too many rising ethnic aspirations and nationalisms, each, as Prof. Gangmumei Kamei once said long ago i.....

Secessionism of the elite

If there was one event which marred the extended Yaoshang celebrations, it was what happened at Utlou in which Leikai folks barged into an elite private residence and broke up what has been described an expensive bingeing orgy in the name of Yaoshang. The.....

Silence of Yaoshang

Five days of deafening media silence beginning today on account of Yaoshang (Holi) awaits the state. The overwhelming response from the reading public every year has been that the break is too long, and this is a logical observation. It is unthinkable tha.....

The last man

The idea of democracy as the end of history as postulated by Francis Fukuyama, (End of History and the Last Man) despite whatever counter arguments, remains among the most thought-provoking theses that grew out of the political developments in the last pa.....

Defining modern

The connotations of the word “modern” are many and much beyond the simple and straight dictionary (Oxford Concise) meaning that defines it as “of the present and recent times”. In painting and architecture, the word can become a technical classification o.....

Corruption monster

Corruption it does seem is more a state of mind than a material condition. This is what is making it so much more difficult to nail. While official corruption deservedly has been exposed to much more public condemnation, it would be far from the truth to .....

Higher education Perestroika

In no sphere of life is Manipur failing more than in higher studies. Without giving the urgency this failure deserves, all seem to have come to treat this too as just another abnormal situation Manipur has come to normalise. Nothing can spell the doom of .....

Patriarchy’s gatekeepers

On the morrow of the celebrations of the International Women’s Day, it would be interesting to reflect on who exactly have been the gatekeepers of the patriarchal order so condescendingly oppressive to the idea of female emancipation through much of human.....

Survival question

Maybe we are being alarmists when we say taking cognizance of the dangers posed by the shifting pattern of rainfall as well as unpredictable seasonal fluctuations in temperature we are witnessing is a survival question, but then, there is every indication.....

Identity as choice

The intriguing nature of identity continues to fascinate scholars and politicians alike even to this day. Endless reams of newsprint spent on the subject as well as endless series of scholarships on it haven’t been able to bring about a conclusive answer .....

Silent revolution

It hasn’t really been a revolution to the extent that major IT hubs all over the world has seen, neither has it brought in the big dollars that this revolution has come to be identified with, but it will come as a surprise how the information technology h.....

Overhaul education

Amidst all the clamor for the inclusion of Meiteis in the list of Scheduled Tribes of India by a section of this community, let those leading the agitation be reminded that the status, even if it comes about, can only make marginal difference to the commu.....

ST demand dissected

Of all the symptoms of the increasingly claustrophobic siege mentality amongst the Meiteis today, the demand by a good section of them now for Scheduled Tribe status under the Indian Constitution must rank as the foremost. There is also however another se.....

Violence of words

It is amazing how the notion of violence has expanded over the years, particularly in the modern times when so much intensive research work is being done into the study of conflict and peace. The understanding of violence today is indeed extremely nuanced.....

Thoughts on oranges

The complaint by many orange growers in Tamenglong each year that the state Orange Festival, is increasingly at their peril as the focus of the festival is progressively shifting to the fanfare of involved rather than the plight of those growing the fruit.....

Volatile Meitei mind

In the efforts to resolve through dialogue, the clash of interest between Nagas and Meiteis, so many Meiteis must have had to face the question from genuinely bewildered Nagas from Nagaland as to who or which civil society organization can represent the M.....

Insult to injury

Even as people of the Northeast by and large are recovering from the CAB shock, and their continued campaign to have the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA-1958 repealed, or else reformed in the manner that Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee ha.....

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Public will face more struggles with BJP’s return to power: CPI

IMPHAL | May 25 “With the return of Bharatiya Janata Party to the power in the Country, the State will now face bigger struggles as issues surrounding Armed Forces Special Power Act, border pillars, 7th central pay commission and others are still pendi.....

26-May-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Student found hanging inside MU Hostel

IMPHAL | May 25 A 4th semester student of Manipur University was found hanging dead inside his hostel room, in the morning today. The deceased have been identified as Lunminlal Kipgen, 22, son of Paokhomang Kipgen of L. Soungphel village under Saiku.....

26-May-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Naga Hoho decries UCM’s statement on Naga issue

IMPHAL| May 25 Naga Hoho, the apex body of Nagas, has vehemently condemned the statement issued by United Committee of Manipur (UCM) with regards to ceasefire extension “without territorial” limits in all Naga areas. On May 22, UCM warned the state .....

Nagaland govt on Naga issue

DIMAPUR | May 25 The State Government of Nagaland has “re-emphasized” its support of the “legitimate” demand of the Naga people for integration of “all Naga inhabited areas” under a single administrative umbrella as has been unanimously resolved on fiv.....

K James not disheartened by the results

IMPHAL | May 25 Indian National Congress (INC) candidate for outer Manipur parliamentary constituency, K James today expressed his gratitude to all the voters who came out and exercised their franchise on April 11 and giving him over 1,52,510 numbers o.....

26-May-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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