Amar Yumnam

2018 Nobel Laureates in Economics: Nordhaus and Romer

This year’s Nobel Prize in Economics have been awarded to two Economists working mainly in the issues relating to the development of a society. Anybody who follows the evolution of thinking in Economics in general, and development in particular, since the.....

Externality Implications of Leadership Behaviour: Two Recent Manipur Cases

Externality is a very important concept in Economics. It is not only widely applicable in behavioural and policy studies, the significance of the concept arises from the wide invisible implications it gives of an action. A word on what we mean by it in Ec.....

Knowledge, Social and University: Contemporary understanding

The world is now increasingly being differentiated by the knowledge content in process of production, products and speed of innovativeness in its creation. This is because of “the real opportunity presented by the possibility of a knowledge-based economy .....

Human Rights, Floods and Act East Policy

There has just happened in Imphal the Manipur launching of the Amnesty International’s Brave Campaign to Take Injustice Personally; indeed we all should take Injustice to Anybody and Anywhere Personally and Seriously at that. This global campaign is a lat.....

1949 and After: Welfare Deprivations in Manipur

History matters. The past accounts for the present. Yesterday explains today. This is what Economists call Path-Dependence. But this path-dependence need not necessarily be a permanent continuum. There could be shocks that disturb that path hitherto follo.....

The Political Economic Worries: Manipur Today

The issues of the state in India, the people in India and the interaction between the state and the people are facing critical crises today. To paraphrase Hayek, the Ecological Rationality founded on basically convenient interactions has become the predom.....

Tolerance, Hate and Others: Manipur’s core issues getting submerged, Unfortunately

Today something unthinkable, hitherto unimagined and dangerous dynamics are getting unfolded in Manipur. In 2007 the Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief reported inter alia in their document on Promotion and Pr.....

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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One CRPF jawan killed in grenade explosion, another injured

One CRPF jawan killed in grenade explosion, another injured

IMPHAL | Oct 20 A CRPF personnel was killed and another sustained seriously injuries when a grenade exploded inside a truck carrying supplies. Police said the incident occurred around 6.10 pm near Nagamapal Phougeisangbam Leikai under the jurisdicti.....

21-Oct-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Sanctioning of huge amounts of money goes in vain if there is no transparency in work: CM

National ST-ST Hub at Darbar hall, Raj Bhavan

IMPHAL | Oct 20 Manipur is lucky to be one of the hotspot of biodiversity but it is not utilised properly said the governor of Manipur, Najma A. Heptulla while delivering a speech as the chief guest of National ST-ST Hub at Darbar hall, Raj Bhavan toda.....

21-Oct-2018 / A Staff Reporter

MOU signed to promote trade, friendship and education between two business groups of India and Myanmar

MOU signed to promote trade, friendship and education between two business groups of India and Myanmar

IMPHAL | Oct 20 In order to promote friendship, trade, socio-economic development and to increase mutual understanding between India and Myanmar, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between two business groups of the two countries today at t.....

21-Oct-2018 / A Staff Reporter

‘Extra-curricular activities is key to bring changes in society’

NSUI organises interaction programme with Congress leaders

IMPHAL | Oct 20 Students should give importance to both academic and extra-curricular activities during their educational period to gain all-round perfection which would put the society on the right track, said former MLA, Ng. Bijoy in an interaction p.....

21-Oct-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Man shoots himself to death at Moreh

MOREH | Oct 20 At around past 2 pm today at Premnagar Leikai, Moreh ward no. IV, a non-Manipuri who had been residing at the area shot himself to death using his double barrel licensed gun. The man has been identified as Anand Kumar, 38, who had bee.....


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