Amar Yumnam

The Loktak Problem: Genuine and Multidimensional

One of the first serious things we learnt in Economics as a student nearly half a century ago was what the first Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Jan Tinbergen, had said about policy-making. He emphasised that for every problem there should be a policy sp.....

Go To Village: The Missing Characteristics of Predictability for a Responsible Government

Come out of the Exit from the Tulihal Airport and take a right turn for moving towards Imphal. The first encounter on the highway would be a big pothole which has been there for at least a month by now. From the Airport to Keishampat, there are by now fif.....

From Cultural Orientation to Leadership Quality Issues: The Northeast under BJP

Development is always a product of a multi-dimensional process. It is more so in a big and highly diverse – demographically, culturally and geographically - country that India is. The Northeast has been grudging against the failures – absolutely as well a.....

I Am A Manipuri and I love My Roots: There are all the more reasons

I read The Roots years back. When I first read it, there were vastly appreciative reviews of the fiction preceding my own reading. On hindsight I feel I was overwhelmed more by the romantic feelings aroused by the book. Today, I feel the larger implicatio.....

Catching Imagination and Missing Consolidation: Biren’s Strength and Potential Strangulation

The present Chief Minister of Manipur works in an environment where the constraints facing governance are qualitatively different from those of the period of his predecessor. First, the pressure for following identified lines of action is much more with h.....

A Northeast Problem: Officials not knowing what they don’t know

In Psychology there is a concept which is called Dunning-Kruger Effect following the exposition of the problem by J Kruger and D Dunning in 1999 in their article “Unskilled and unaware of it: how difficulties in recognising one’s own incompetence lead to .....

Friendship, Consistency, Globalisation And National Interests: Missing a profound journalist

Last Monday I was absent from this column for I was on the way from Mandalay to Yangon; reached the hotel in Yangon rather too late in the evening on Sunday to write the Monday piece. But what really pains me to the core is the absolutely unexpected news,.....

Need To Think Contextually in Northeast’s Development: It is not parochialism, stupid - II

This is the second input on the beleaguered but increasingly imposition-characterised trust game between the Northeast and India; it has always been a one characterised by core-sided understanding and acceptance willy-nilly by the periphery. This being th.....

Need To Think Contextually in Northeast’s Development: It is not parochialism, stupid - I

The trust game between the Northeast and India has always been a beleaguered one and it continues to be so. Whatever happens, there is still a long way for the trust to evolve to attain a level of sustained one. Coming closer to home, and confining to Ma.....

Simmering Development Dynamics in Manipur: The fragile area

Development is never something which falls from the sky. Development is not something which is delivered by the exogenous forces and agents. Development has necessarily to be endogenous and thus contextually oriented to be sustainable and beneficial to th.....

Rethinking The Governance Attitude: India’s compulsions in the North East

At the cost of repetition, we must emphasise that India is a heterogeneous country. This continual reemphasis is paramount because this is often forgotten or just ignored while framing policies for addressing country-wide or regional issues in India. The .....

Rule of Law Adherence and Development: Manipur’s India problems

The World Justice Project has just published the latest annual report, Rule of Law Index 2017-18. This Report has been prepared by this organisation, The World Justice Project, based in Washington DC since 2011. The Index has been evolved around nine basi.....

Asian Miracle: What happened and how unfolding now?

The original Asian Miracle was in the twentieth century. The Development Miracle of the 21st Century is likely to be the Asian Miracle as well. The First Miracle was East Asian Miracle. Is the second one too going to be the East Asian one? Will South Asia.....

Union Budget 2018-19: Potatoes do not cast votes, farmers do

The Economic Survey 2017-18 had pointed out some significant weaknesses currently being faced by the country, like the manufacturing sector weakness in both production and export, declining trend in service sector exports and the decline in the proportion.....

Very Painful, Partial Relief and “Development” Intervention: Manipur’s need for Evaluation Consciousness

This week a daily in Manipur’s capital, the Imphal Free Press, ran a Headline news which reads: “Dam forces 164 kids to drop out of school.” This was related to the dropping out of school by children consequent upon the adverse economic impacts of a dam p.....

Youths, Innovation and Challenges for Development: Manipur scenario

Youth is the period to dream for future. This dreaming is significant for all the youths would be living their life in the future. The youths have to dream of what they feel like becoming in their forthcoming transition from a person dependent on parents .....

Generalised Charm, Balanced Development of Manipur and Goedel’s Theorem: The challenges at the extensive and the intensive margins

Manipur’s current Chief Minister is emerging as an attractive political player in Manipur’s contemporary polity in at least one important area. This relates to his sustained commitment to address the developmental issues in the lagging regions of the prov.....

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Police arrests PRJA convener Erendro in hate video case

Protesters demand immediate release convener of PRJA, Erendro Leichombam

IMPHAL | May 26 : Police today have arrested Erendro Leichombam, convener of Peoples’ Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) party, after the latter allegedly refused to take down a hate video which was posted in his facebook. The developments came a day.....

27-May-2018 / A Staff Reporter

State’s financial status is improving after implementation of GST: CM

Chief minister N. Biren Singh during Khurpui-Lam Festival

IMPHAL | May 26 : Chief minister, N. Biren Singh has urged people of the state saying that they should stay away from dirty politics played by some frustrated group of people who have the intention to bring down the present government. The CM was speakin.....

27-May-2018 / A Staff Reporter

State boy secures second position at Uttarkhand

Panthoiba Akoijam

THOUBAL | May 26 : The results of class XII board examination conducted by CBSE were declared today in which a Manipur boy secured the overall second position for Uttarkhand state. Panthoiba Akoijam from Thoubal Melaground who is a student of Parvati Pr.....

27-May-2018 / A Staff Reporter

NDA government befools public by giving false promises: Ibobi

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee sit-in protest against

IMPHAL | May 26 : Former chief minister, O. Ibobi lambasted the NDA government as a government of propaganda and publicity which befools the public by giving false promises. He was briefing to media persons today at Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee hea.....

27-May-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Minister Hangkhanlian clarifies against the allegation by former ADCC chairman

Minister Hangkhanlian speaks media

CHURACHANDPUR | May 26 : Agriculture minister, V. Hangkhanlian has clarified today in a press conference at his residence located at Zenhang Lamka that the allegation made by former ADCC chairman upon him for being responsible of the crisis in ADCC and de.....


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