Pradip Phanjoubam

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.....

Reconstructing past

As to how history has come to be considered an important legitimising factor for claims of nationhood can be seen in the frantic manner in which so many different communities are racing to “reconstruct” or in the jargon of many others, to “reclaim” their .....

Age of pessimism

There is something interesting about the current popular notion of leadership throughout the world. This trend was seen coming almost a decade ago in a worldwide poll conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org managed by the University of Mar.....

Corruption disease

Corruption has become an obsessive concern of the public in Manipur today. Though there has been no formal opinion poll, it is anybody’s guess all such polls, formal and informal, would be unanimous on this. No newspaper has not written about how corrosiv.....

From 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.....

End polygamy

In 2008, Manipur Compulsory Registration of Marriages Bill, was introduced in the February session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly and passed in the Winter session in October the same year. The Bill, it will be recalled came as part of a directive fro.....

Career and beyond

Every profession has its moral codes, some written but most of the time unwritten. Journalism is no exception and indeed this is a question which has continued to haunt the profession since its inception. This is particularly so because journalism’s best .....

City planning void

What Imphal is witnessing today is evidence of how poorly the city is planned, and how devoid of vision city planners have been in all these years. This is probably true of all other rapidly growing urban centres in the state as well, but none wo.....

Problems and solutions

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.....

Looking East imbibing West

Imphal roads have become truly dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. Each day there are some road mishaps somewhere. Yet, everybody seems to think these are the natural prices to be paid for urbanisation. Nothing can be further from the truth. There are.....

Kangla and Manipur

Kangla was not built in a day. This sacred site was once upon a time the seat of power of the erstwhile kingdom of Manipur (known by many different names in different eras), and therefore at least as old as the kingdom itself. It is to this day very much .....

Imperfection is a given

These are bad times for Manipur. Though the danger has still not been put to rest, the state can take some solace in the fact that in the past, even after reaching the edge of hell, and everything seemed lost, the hills and valley have not actually gone t.....

MU and spirit of law

Nothing can be more welcome than the release of the jailed Manipur University teachers and students today, not for anything else than the fact that their arrest seemed so unfair and prejudicial on the part of those who arrested them. It may be recalled th.....

Memories of wounds: how much to forget

Trauma history has a tendency of haunting its subjects for a long time, sometimes causing serious psychological hurdles for entire societies in coming to terms with what 19th century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said in one of his most quoted line.....

A whiff of impunity in AFSPA

There is a clever subterfuge those opposed to criticisms of the Armed Forces Special Power Act, AFSPA, resort to. Whenever such an issue arises, they work up an equivocation to suggest those against the AFSPA are also against the army. This is mistaking t.....

Army in a warless future

A petition by 356 army officers to the Supreme Courts against any move to dilute the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA, brings to the fore once again some of the vexed issues associated with this Act and its application. In a somewhat r.....

Out damned spot, I say!

In the manner the ghost of the alleged systematic custodial killings during 2009-2012 by a unit of the Dimapur based 3-Corps Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, 3-CISU, is returning repeatedly to haunt this Indian Army formation, it is difficult not to be.....

Civil(ising) Armed Forces Special Powers Act

The scathing indictment by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR, on July 4 that the Central Bureau of Investigation tasked by the Supreme Court to investigate the veracity of the charge of 1528 fake encounter killings.....

Media in Kafka’s Castle

Practically every university in India today has a full-fledged journalism faculty variously named as Mass Communication Department, Media Study Department etc. The objective is self-evident from the names of these departments. Mass media is acknowledged a.....

Citizenship Bill revives old fears in Northeast

The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 has once again revived memories of a 150-year old festering sore in Assam, and indeed the entire Northeast region. Even as surveys are underway bill for the introduction of the bill, an age old fissure bet.....

Abolish or restructure Governor’s post

The sordid drama in Karnataka is over. While there is no doubt it was an unseemly tussle between the political parties in contention for power in the wake of the hung verdict voters of the state delivered, it must still be said that while it is understand.....

Book Review: Touching as a memoir but analyses too casual

Sanjoy Hazarika’s Strangers No More: New Narrative from India’s Northeast has many flashes of brilliance, and interestingly most of these are the passages anecdotal in nature. The book therefore would have shone much brighter if edited down to these flash.....

Rising cost of medical studies

It is quite an irony that while higher education in the government sector remains practically free, the costs of education in private schools and universities are hitting the roof. When it comes to specialized professional courses, such as engineering and.....

Ahead by ten fingers

Scientists tell us that about 3.2 million years ago, human ancestors began walking on two legs. This is an old story, and the clinching evidence for this, as many of us will remember, came with the discovery and piecing together of fragments of the skelet.....

Ahead by ten fingers

Scientists tell us that about 3.2 million years ago, human ancestors began walking on two legs. This is an old story, and the clinching evidence for this, as many of us will remember, came with the discovery and piecing together of fragments of the skelet.....

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Closure of assembly sessions by CM indicates support for CAB: Dilipkumar

Protest meet against CAB held under aegis of JCILPS THOUBAL| Jan 22 Despite the on-going agitations all over the state in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019, the words of CM, N. Biren Singh that there is no issue in Manipur.....

College students not to participate in Republic Day celebration

College students not to participate in Republic Day celebration

IMPHAL | Jan 22 As protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill continues at different parts of the state, students of various colleges will not be participating in the Republic Day celebration for the year in protest against the Citizenship Amendme.....

23-Jan-2019 / A Staff Reporter

HC directs for establishment of child friendly courts and police stations

IMPHAL| Jan 22 The High Court of Manipur has directed the state government to establish four child friendly courts and four child friendly police stations in the four valley districts of the Manipur within three months and to establish the courts and p.....

23-Jan-2019 / A Staff Reporter

YPA’s indefinite total shutdown paralyses normal life

YPA’s indefinite total shutdown paralyses normal life

CHURACHANDPUR| Jan 22 The indefinite total shutdown imposed today by Young Paite Association (YPA)-GHQ from 6:00 am of January 22 onwards has affected normal life in Churachandpur town with markets and shops remaining closed, and no vehicles plying on .....

Search operations intensify ahead of Republic Day

Search operation in conncetion with R-day

IMPHAL | Jan 22 As precautionary measures for the up-coming republic day celebrations state police have been continuing, search operations and house to house operation were also conducted at Imphal East and West today. Imphal west police commando te.....

23-Jan-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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