The Dalai Lama was a big meat eater like most Tibetan Buddhists but later on He became a vegetarian

By Sanjoo Thangjam According to the Buddha’s principle, a Buddhist monk or nun have to accept a gift of food if it is offered to them, whether it has meat in it or not. The monks can refuse it if they know that the creature was killed especially for them or will be killed for […]

New Residential Design in the Foothills of Manipur

By JN Lai The woe of the recent floods in Manipur triggered me an idea of possible alternative to avoid the recurring worries in future. As we know, there are multifold factors and causes of such frequent water worries in Manipur. They are unattended deforestation in the catchments, anarchical drainage system, chaotic residential occupation, mindless […]

Armed Conflict, Militarization & Implications in Manipur

By: Jiten Yumnam In November 2017, Nagaland and Manipur, two states in India’s North East with ongoing indigenous peoples’ Self Determination movement witnessed the extension of Disturbed Area, a precondition for promulgation of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA, 1958 (AFSPA, 1958), permitting the suspension of non derogable rights, like the ‘Right to […]

Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh’s gracing Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival would create positive development

By Oken Jeet Sandham When Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang with his Cabinet colleagues pitching the longstanding Naga issue settled before the Christmas or at least before the next State Polls due early next year, Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh’s coming to Nagaland and gracing the fifth-day of the 10-Day Hornbill Festival as Chief […]

Et tu, Brute: Governance challenge in today’s Manipur

By Amar Yumnam A few weeks ago, I had written in this very column appreciating the commitment and robust attempts by Biren as Chief Minister to bring about real world socio-politico-economic changes in Manipur. I had also written “that Biren is functioning under heavy constraints.” Then I had emphasised the fiscal constraints amongst others that […]

Hearty congratulations to Minister Karam Shyam!

By Deben Bachaspatimayum Minister Karma Shyam model can be synergetic in changing Manipur political culture and traditions. Future will remember Minister Karam Shyam as the one who made a difference in several ways in the areas which are critical to the lives of the people. Karam Shyam, as Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public […]

The good and some bad of Sangai Fest Need to reach out to more

The good and the bad of the Sangai Festival. Fortunately not much can be said about the ugly part of the festival this year. This much is true of the biggest State festival in Manipur and come 2018, Manipur will once again be hosting the same festival, which it has done so at the State […]

Pseudo Anglophone Model: Manipur’s continuing predicament

By Amar Yumnam What is the twenty-first century model of development thinking and development intervention? The world has already learnt lessons from attempts in understanding any society and evolving policies based on that understanding based on the colonial legacy. The most important bitter lesson is that all along the world has been trying to attempt […]

Framework Agreement: A cry for territorial integrity of Manipur is not the solution, the ultimate is what Manipur can accept

Dr Th Suresh Singh Past link: Before the Framework Agreement of Modi Govt., it is worth to remember that i) former CM Ibobi met UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janpat residence at 10-11.30 am on 11/11/2013. Sonia team included her political secretary Ahemad Patel, Home Minister SK Shinde, Defense Minister A.K. Antony and […]

Loktak: Who’s Lake, Who’s Tourism?

By Kalpana Thaoroijam Every visitor to Manipur wishes to visit Loktak pat or reminisces a visit to Sendra hillock, a boat-ride in local-made canoes, few clicks and poses, foods and drinks, and leave behind unwanted dumps.Earlier people visited Loktak area during Lai-haraoba (festivals of Meitei sylvan gods) of the local Thangjing deities. People and their […]

Promised Rs. 15 lakh per balance accounts missing, but 16000 fold profit rise for favourite son

By Garga Chatterjee The Union government Prime Minister Narendra Modi had exhorted hundreds of millions of citizens of the Indian Union to open bank accounts. This was after his pre-poll promise of putting 15 lakh Rupees in every citizen’s account by his capturing of black money. Many small deposit accounts were thus opened with bank […]

Rethinking Japan’s Investment in Manipur

By Jiten Yumnam Development financing by International Financial Institutions such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank (WB), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has become more intense in Manipur in recent years. India’s Look East or Act East policy has further facilitated the intrusion and investment of such financial institutions. The ADB […]

Board exams decoded

Albert Nameirakpam This article is for the people who want to still scored 80+ in CBSE boards but have not prepared anything till 6th of November. Introducing myself, I hate doing this but I have to do so because if people have to really follow my tips, they must first know me, so I am […]

Prospect of sustainable development in Jiribam and Pherzawl districts

Lalthangvung Songate Due to rapid depletion of our land resources and environment and slow replenishment of them, Sustainable Development is urgently needed to be taken in our rural development Schemes and for the mitigation of Global warming. By Sustainable Development we mean, Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of […]

Ignored realities: Downstream impacts of Mapithel dam

Jiten Yumnam Manipur of late, has seen several development processes targeting the land and natural resources of Manipur. Many of these development processes, both policies and specific projects are afflicted with larger social and environment challenges apart from longstanding and intergenerational impacts. In most situations, many of the impacts remain neglected or deliberately ignored. The […]

History will not forgive us

Heikrujam Nabashyam “Chahi Lishing Anigi Mamangdagi Meitei Phooroop Asi Nation Amagi Thakta Masagi Civilization leijaraba Amasung Chaokhatle Hairiba Jattisingdagi Tadraba Phooroop Amani Maram Asina Meiteising Indian Constitutiongi ST Listta Yaoba Haibasi Maram Sukcha Chade “ — the Meeteis have been living since the last 2000 years as a nation ; they are no less than […]

The heavenly designs of snowflakes

Dr Irengbam Mohendra Singh The whole world is a nuclear family. We are all built of atoms. Now we know where we came from and who we are. So are the snowflakes. Everything has an architecture, based on physical laws of nature. Creativity thrives in the strangest places as that of snowflakes, somewhere in Heaven. […]

The absurdity of the National Eligibility Test

Avijit Pathak I think I was lucky. When I was a university student, there was no National Eligibility Test (NET). Hence, I could afford to be like Dostoyevsky’s ‘ridiculous man’ – dreaming, imagining and wondering. I was not ‘precise’, ‘objective’ and ‘structured’. Instead, I cherished my epistemological anarchism. My professor once asked me to write […]

Elections make a mockery of democracy

Ashish Kothari Elections are a violation of democracy. Our once-in-five-years pilgrimage to the voting booth is a mockery of what democracy should actually mean. Aghast? Hold off for a bit on your judgement that I’m off my rocker, anti-national, or in any case not worth reading further. Hear me out. Democracy = demo (people) + […]