Pradip Phanjoubam

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.....

Making contracts transparent

The news that the Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission, MSRLM, has signed memorandum of understanding with 11 new projects implementing agencies of Deen Dayal Upadhaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana is welcome. These programmes are designed to impart relevan.....

Something is rotten

Can it be a coincidence that the winter session of the Manipur Assembly is going to be a mere two-days sitting? We ask this question in the face of the manner another pillar of democracy, that of the judiciary, is being so seriously undermine in the state.....

Leading a democracy

The idea of democracy as a lived experience always has new challenges for everybody. The fact that different people understand it differently, sometimes radically so, is itself proof of its volatility as well as richness. It is also well known that democr.....

Missing charity

India today has some of the richest men in the world. Though philanthropist billionaires like Azim Premji are beginning to make the difference, India is still largely starved of charitable funds from which organized social work groups can draw from. Most .....

Cinema in digital era

Amidst all the stories of depressive gloom that mark Manipur of today, there are indeed some bright spots. Traditionally, sport has been one of these areas and performing arts another. Of late however, there is an offshoot of the latter which is showing e.....

Hailing peacemakers

It seems only yesterday. If we were to take a deep breath and reflect on the situation in the state exactly a year ago, it would seem almost unreal. About this time two years ago, the state was in a state of unprecedented turmoil, with different forces sh.....

Past as prison

There is a tendency in Manipur of things to always return to square one. The avenue for a way out of this depressing stagnancy eludes the imagination of one and all, including our leaders, intellectuals and the numerous NGOs in the field of social works. .....

Manipur’s gender story

December 11 is Nupi Lal Day, Manipur’s moment for celebrating its own story of gender power. By coincidence, the previous month of November serves as a worthy herald of this day, its calendar marked by many milestones in the state’s recent history. If not.....

Human rights and wrongs

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. It is quite a telling irony that just a week ago, the Manipur cabinet welcomed the extension of the Disturbed Area Act, and by that virtue, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act as well. Even more confounding i.....

Bad foundation danger

Legacies shape life and therefore creating legacies is a serious enterprise especially in the public sphere. This truism is no better illustrated than in an article in a London journal some time ago on how bureaucracies live on forever and that a preceden.....

Nation notion

An interesting theory of the evolution of the nation, but one that has disappointingly failed to be backed up by events on the ground, may yet prove to be a sumptuous food for thought amidst the present day turmoil the post colonial world is witnessing. W.....

Enigma of fate

They say truth triumphs. But how can anybody be so sure. After all, one gets to know of only those truths that have actually triumphed and not of those that failed to make a mark, and who knows there may have been plenty of these in human history – as a t.....

Weak link in education chain

A chain is as strong as its weakest link. The strongest chain therefore will break at its weakest link when exposed to tension. In the educational chain starting from the lower primary school, or in popular parlance, the nursery school, to the specialize .....

Education as empowerment

One of the great things that modern democracy did has been to break the knowledge monopoly that the ruling elites zealously guarded through the ages. This theses is argued with power, clarity and conviction in a well-researched, sadly not published paper,.....

Sedition woes

The arrest of local TV journalist Wangkhemcha Kishorechandra for the third time in three months for criticising the government on social media is simply atrocious. The last two arrests of the man in very close proximity of each other and for the same offe.....

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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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