Pradip Phanjoubam

Doctors and engineers

Through the decades, two of the most sought after and therefore prestigious jobs in Manipur have been the medical and the engineering professions. In a state where the private sector has been in a state of arrested development, these two formed the cream .....

Contracts and corruption

Many of the roads that were new less than a year ago, are already in various states of atrophy. Come monsoon and they will be all but washed away. What a shame this is. The question that would not have escaped anybody at this moment is, why cannot Manipur.....

Future priorities

A decade ago, comparing the development patterns in the past half a century between India and China had occupied much interest of the intelligentsia worldwide. The two countries, governed under radically different political ideologies and therefore admini.....

Ecology and development

In the wake of the growing chant for more liberalization of economies around the globe and the unabashed worship of the market, there are many extremely well-informed voices calling for caution against dropping all economic regulatory mechanisms. It is tr.....

Knowledge and technology

The digital age has brought the world together under one roof more than any other phenomenon in history. Whether this is good or bad is another debate altogether, but the inescapable reality is, there is no other way to move forward than to accept its ine.....

Which way for CAB

For reasons it will know best, but all others can only guess, the BJP government at the Centre seems determined to get the Citizenship Amendment Bill-2016 introduced and passed by the Rajya Sabha. The Bill, it will be recalled, has already been passed by .....

Nation State, Region State

In the midst of the uncertainty the northeast region is in against the backdrop of the ethnic churnings, the idea of a “Region State” first proposed by Kenichi Ohame a decade ago is worth probing. The Japanese thinker and management guru was of the opinio.....

Nurturing entrepreneurship

One of the biggest road blocks before the task of culturing entrepreneurship and consequently successful enterprises in the Northeast is weak capital base apart from the usually cited bottlenecks of poor infrastructural support etc. Developing these infra.....

Lesson in federalism

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.....

Extraordinary times

Extraordinary times these are that Manipur is living in. But its tragedy is, these extraordinary times are being met by a general ordinariness of mindset all around. The collective obsession as of today, it would not be too much of an exaggeration to say,.....

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.....

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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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