Pradip Phanjoubam

Future in making

The results of the Class 10 or High School Leaving Certificate Examination, HSLCE, conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur, BSEM were declared on Saturday. A week earlier the results of the class 12 exams conducted by the Council of the High.....

Mother’s Day reflections

Another Mother’s Day has just gone by. It was also a day the social media was rife with postings by practically everyone on nostalgic memories of their mothers, and this was expected in these days of the internet, when personal stuffs that would in the ol.....

The king and the beast

Despite so much said on the matter, nobody seems moved. The imposing figure of a monarch taming a rogue elephant was once upon a time the most prominent landmarks of Imphal city, but today it has been reduced to a caricature. For decades, the king and the.....

Softening borders

In the midst of the uncertainty the Northeast is in against the backdrop of the ethnic churnings, the idea of a “Region State” first proposed by Kenichi Ohmae in an article in America’s prestigious scholarly journal, Foreign Affairs in 1993, is worth prob.....

Calibrating violence

That violence is commonplace in Manipur today is a truism. This has been with a cost that goes beyond the immediate and tangible in all the stories of losses of life and limbs. For away from ordinary sight, this has also been leading to a gradual but stea.....

Consensual identity

Ernest Renan’s famous 1882 lecture on nationalism in which he tries to make sense of the peculiar nationalism that took birth in his native France during, and in the aftermath of, the French Revolution 1789, can hardly be far from mind in any attempt to u.....

Garbage indignity

Imphal today must rank as one of the dirtiest cities in the whole of India. Huge and perennial piles of garbage, including in the commercial areas, have become its hallmark. Quite obviously, the city is growing as it is expected to, but its keepers are un.....

Press under shackles

May 3 was Press Freedom Day. Quite appropriately and deliberately timed, Reporters Sans Frontiers, RSF, the international media watch group, released its latest findings on the state of media freedom around the world along with a list ranking 180 of the .....

Reassessing the past

It is amusing, but indicative of a serious flaw in the interpretation of history that two opposing sides of a conflict should be using the same historical saga to prove contrary points. While defenders of Manipur integrity show no doubt that it is the “di.....

IFP is twenty-three

The Imphal Free Press is 23 on this day May 3, 2019. By happy serendipity, May 3 is also the World Press Freedom Day. So in celebrating IFP’s anniversary each year, we also aptly celebrate press freedom. This happy moment of the IFP hence is doubly blesse.....

Work culture missing

It will be yet another May Day when this newspaper reaches our subscribers in the morning. This is just a quick reminder. The event that the international community remembers as May Day in honour of the workers of the world falls today, May 1. The occasio.....

Chadong tragedy

The accident at Chadong Lake yesterday in which three young people died and more could have met fatalities is a catastrophe that was waiting to happen for a long time. What is even more tragic therefore is that this was an accident which could have been p.....

Mobocracy spoiler

The repolls in the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency at several polling stations because of mob taking them over on the day of polling, returns us to the thought of how mobocracy can come to be defined as democracy in places like Manipur where even.....

Bondages in flux

Ultimately, if true unity is to happen, all different parts of what is to become a single entity must need each other. Sometimes, certain emotional political waves can sweep us all along and give us the illusion of unity, but unless there is a felt and sh.....

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 .....

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High Court directs army to hand over unaccounted weapons to police

Lt. Col. Dharamvir (Right) -File Photo

Lt. Col. Dharamvir’s case IMPHAL | Sep 22 The High Court of Manipur has directed the Commanding officer (CO) of 3 Corps Intelligence and Surveillance Unit and Officer Commanding (OC) of M Sector Imphal West to inform and hand over the alleged unacco.....

23-Sep-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Makhan arson was to protect ‘ancestral land’: NMPO

IMPHAL | Sep 22 Clarifying on the recent incident of torching 18 houses at Makhan Khuman village under Senapati district, Northern Maram People’s Organisation (NMPO) has said, they took up the extreme step as retaliation for taking up developmental act.....

23-Sep-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Mizo-Gangte discord on tribe issue

IMPHAL| Sep 22 The Gangte Tribe Co-Ordination Committee, Manipur (GTCC) expressed unhappiness on the alleged interference in the ‘Gangte tribe’s internal affairs’ by the ‘Mizo People Convention Sub-Headquarters (MPC Sub HQs).’ In a statement issued .....

MLA urges local clubs to join anti-drug fight

MLA, K. Meghachandra felicitating a student

THOUBAL| Sep 22 “The problem of drug usage in the State has reached a crucial stage; and local clubs have a strong responsibility in order to combat the menace,” said Wangkhem MLA, K. Meghachandra at a ‘public awareness programme on drugs’ held here to.....

Artists are harbinger of social change, says Nara

‘24th State-Level Jana Neta Hijam Irawat Seitha Eshei Changdamnaba’  at JN dance

IMPHAL | Sep 22 Artists need to play a crucial role in bringing about social change in the state. Artworks whether poems, paintings, songs, etc. portray contemporary society and help in shaping it towards a better future. This was stated by veteran .....

23-Sep-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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