Pradip Phanjoubam

Map human bondages

A lot has been said about how only meaningful civil society dialogues can be the medicine for the present day friction between various groups in the NE region. Unfortunately, meaningful dialogues have been virtually a nonstarter everywhere. There are no s.....

Tribe and Schedule Tribe

Can there be any doubt that the new waves of demands for inclusion of more communities in the Schedule Tribe list of the Fifth Schedule of the Indian constitution are all about the benefits reservation and nothing to do with a backward march to tribalism .....

Identity and personality

In the second half of the 20th Century, even as the colonial era was coming to an end, and new nations were taking birth, another subterranean consciousness, long slumbering, was coming awake. This “we” consciousness among people who till then had been ei.....

Futility of revisionism

One of the best known contemporary thinkers, economist Jeffrey Sach’s statement made in jest, that it would not be correct for anybody to pretend that Afghanistan’s problems started with the Taliban and will end with the Taliban, for the problems actually.....

Confounding voting behaviour

With the voting for the Manipur Inner Parliamentary Constituency held today, the fates of 19 candidates, eight for the Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency and 11 for the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency, now lay sealed as digital data in the .....

Resurrecting history

The prospect of writing history, especially when it involved wars, must be so much more simple for those who won. In fact, it is often said, and convincingly too, that in wars nothing else matters but winning. A powerful outlook, not easily refutable, but.....

Hospital rampaged again

The attack by enraged family attendants of a patient who expired at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institution of Medical Sciences, JNIMS, tells of a deep malaise in the Manipur society today. Lest it is forgotten, let it be reminded that this malaise is also a swo.....

Missing knowledge bank

The vacuum in scholarship especially in the areas of social sciences left by our intellectual classes whose profession is precisely to think and expand the horizon of thoughts in the society, is being filled in at best by untrained thinkers, sometimes ref.....

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.....

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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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