Agreement anatomy

Worries about the Framework Agreement signed in 2015 between the Government of India representatives and the NSCN(IM), is once again at its periodic crest. This is so on account of the approaching election to the Nagaland Assembly due in February 2018, and the possibility that the BJP government at the Centre may be under pressure […]

Article 3 woes

In the wake of the perceived threats that Manipur may end up dismembered, causing in its wake violent upheavals that the state can ill afford, there has been a demand to have a clause added to Article 3 which allows the Union government by an Act of the Parliament to form a “new State by […]

Limits of Freedom

What is happening in Manipur today once again has underscored why rule of law is important, and even if any section of the public is unhappy with any law, it does not help to resort to lawlessness. It is precisely this understanding which makes democracy work. There are democratic and legitimate ways of addressing these […]

End polygamy

In 2008, Manipur Compulsory Registration of Marriages Bill, was introduced in the February session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly and passed in the Winter session in October the same year. The Bill, it will be recalled came as part of a directive from the Centre to the states. This Act, it was then hoped would […]

Back to AFSPA

The state cabinet last Wednesday decided to extend the Disturbed Area Act, DAA, for another year. Accordingly, the Governor of the state, on the very next day, issued a notification that by the provision of Section 3 of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA, the entire state, with the exception of seven Assembly constituencies […]

Getting the big picture

If one is asked to think of two words that would best describe the present working system of the Government and its various Departments, more often than not, the words would be “Confusion” and “Corruption”, but this does not mean that there is no other word that can be used. Miscommunication, inefficiency, favoritism, mismanagement, absenteeism- […]

The world and the virus

The world was shocked when actor Rock Hudson declared to have AIDS on July 25, 1985. He was the first American celebrity to publicly admit it. He died few months later, on October 2. Since the day the first case of HIV in human was known from a man who died in Congo in the […]

Selling Manipur

There can be no dispute that the Sangai Festival this time is much more elaborate. It is for one spread over several venues, including at the Keibul Lamjao at Moirang in the Bishenpur district. Indications are, it will expand even farther from next year, when the newly introduced Cherry Blossom Festival of the Maos will […]

The Changing face of Manipuri youths

Recently, a national daily – ‘Telegraph’ breaks a story on how a class XI going student of a govt. High school builds a robot. Some day back Manipur was in the news after the International Astronomical Union (IAU) named an asteroid after a 32 years old Manipuri scientist Dr. Guneshwar Thangjam. In the recently held […]

Inking 39 MoUs : Opening to investors

Time for locals to be prepared The record is impressive. Thirty nine MoUs signed between the State Government and different Central Government enterprises, companies, investors etc during the two day North East Development Summit and if at all Sangai Festival, 2017 will be remembered in the years to come, it will depend largely on the […]

Salvaging artists’ lost space

With much pomp and gaiety the annual Sangai festival has begun. With the president of India inaugurating it, this edition of the festival has drawn more significance. The praises on the beauty and potentials of the state showered by the dignitaries were received with resounding applauses by the jam-packed audience. We are sure the heart […]

Prime focus: Thanks Dr. Nirala Sinha for highlighting Manipur and Sangai Festival

People of the state are soured with the trend of VIP or VVIP culture. Men in the government had promised to abolish these cultures and at the beginning some sort of initiatives. But there are still lots to change. November 21 incident at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport here in Imphal at which a lady doctor […]

Impunity beyond AFSPA

Manipur is quite familiar with the word impunity. Thanks to all the draconian laws, in particular the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA, in the name of counterinsurgency, the place also probably understands all the nuances of the meaning of the word better than most others. At its very raw, it essentially means, perpetrators being […]

For every causes, there is a reason

Some are done with perfect planing as per requirement, while some are done for short term measures to run the society. Well this is about a news report appeared here in this newspapers regarding the dumping of garbage at Lamphelpat. Locals of the area were not happy the way authority of the Imphal Municipal Corporation […]

Looking out for possible measures

Two activists- a student and one civil society leader have begun fast unto death protest since 3 pm yesterday. Their demands – 1) framing of a legislation to safeguard the indigenous people, 2) Constitutional protection for the territorial integrity of the state and 3) Punishment of those responsible in the hijacking of common peoples’ share. […]

Looking out for possible measures

Two activists- a student and one civil society leader have begun fast unto death protest since 3 pm yesterday. Their demands – 1) framing of a legislation to safeguard the indigenous people, 2) Constitutional protection for the territorial integrity of the state and 3) Punishment of those responsible in the hijacking of common peoples’ share. […]

High Ways perspective: Govt. needs seriousness

November 13 accident, at which a cement loaded truck felt at the River near Nungdolan in Tamenglong district after a Bailey Bridge collapsed, has once more draw the attention to the public to the condition of the National Highways in the state. In the last couple of decades, no words of appreciation is heard from […]

Traffic woes continues

Appointment of a Superintendent of Police for Traffic Control Wing makes no difference to the problem of locomotion her in the Imphal. Driving or walking, both suffer equally if it is the street of Imphal. The comforts expected from driving a car is now a distant dream with traffic managers in the state fails to […]