Absurd One Village, One Denomination decree : One Religion, One State acceptable ?

One Village, One Denomination decree. This is a dangerous precedent and if not checked on time and dealt with firmly and resolutely it can give rise to more unwanted developments. It goes against the Constitution of the country and it goes against Christianity. It also goes against humanity. This is a point which should not […]

NSU site and undue communal overtones

The NDA Government led by BJP finally tabled National Sports University (NSU) Bill 2017 in the Lok Sabha on August 10. Although the project has been delayed for quite a long time, it has finally taken a step forward. NSU is a prized trophy collectively won by the consistent, excellent performance of State players at […]

The human torch and AFSPA

One may call it sheer coincidence or perfect synchronization. Whereas the State of Manipur has been commemorating the painful but heroic death of Pebam Chittaranjan, then just 28 year old who self immolated demanding complete repeal of the infamous Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or AFSPA 1958 from Manipur, there is a news report which […]

India and China: From rivalry to enmity

If media reports on both sides of the Himalayas are any indication, China and India are literally standing on power kegs, ready to flex their military muscles at the slightest provocation from either side. Often it is said that there is no historical enmity between the two countries but there is a long standing rivalry […]

The district creation headache : Conflicting interests

Roll back district creation decision. This is the United Naga Council and various Naga civil societies of Manipur. No roll back of district creation. This is the call from different CSOs of Kangpokpi district spearheaded by the Kuki Students’ Organisation, Kangpokpi. Caught in the middle is the BJP led Government. Not a comfortable position by […]

A slap on the face of Christianity : Sordid story of Leingangching

This is a slap on the face of Christianity. Correction, a slap on the face of humanity. No one except those in the Baptist denomination of Christianity will be allowed to stay at Leingangching, a small hamlet near Litan on the Imphal-Ukhrul road. This is the pronouncement made in a communication by the Village Authority […]

A slap on the face of Christianity Sordid story of Leingangching

This is a slap on the face of Christianity. Correction, a slap on the face of humanity. No one except those in the Baptist denomination of Christianity will be allowed to stay at Leingangching, a small hamlet near Litan on the Imphal-Ukhrul road. This is the pronouncement made in a communication by the Village Authority […]

Save the indigenous people cry : Valley needs protection

Save the indigenous people of the land. This slogan is central to the demands put forth by the KSA to bar non-locals from contesting elections in the State, delete all the non-locals from the voting list as well as the demand of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) to enact a legislation […]

Viewing through one’s community : The tragedy of Manipur

24 hours total shutdown called by the Kuki Students’ Organisation, Sadar Hills. A sit-in protest called by the National Sports University Haraothel Protection Committee and the Senjam Khunou and Senjam Chirang Joint Development Committee at the time the total shutdown was on. At centre of it all is the decision of the State Government to […]

Being different from Cong Govt : Time to break the coteries

That the BJP led Government is trying to be different from the Congress Government of the last 15 years is clear. The question however is, different in what sense ? Is the BJP led Government going to be satisfied with only changing its approach to the various issues facing the State or is it ready […]

Cracking down on fraudulence : Cracking down sale of vehicles

It may be just eight vehicles and the amount involved may be peanuts when compared to the bigger and more ‘lucrative’ scams that the State has seen but in cracking down on the auction of eight vehicles of Imphal Municipal Corporation, a message has been sent out. And the message is undoubtedly the presence of […]

Lessons to learn from CCpur : Importance of public hygiene

In the news for all the wrong reasons in the last couple of years, August 5, 2017 however scripted a different story as Churachandpur made it to the news for the right reason. And this is something which not every district in Manipur can lay claim to. So from the three Bills of 2015, to […]

Shifted but no place to stay : Makeshift sheds at Lamphel

Six years is a long time, a very long time. And this is more so when it comes to the question of not constructing the needed shelter or shed for the people who have been evacuated or moved to a different site. It was with the noble objective of providing parking space to passenger vehicles […]

SoO groups in the news for wrong reasons : CCpur uproar and others

Armed groups making it to the news is an accepted thing. Not taking names, but so many armed groups are in the news on a regular basis, whether it is a statement issued by them, whether it is about an arrest or two, whether it is a rebuttal to the claims made by the police […]

Merit of having a strong Opposition : Cong MLAs striving hard

From 11 am to 11.50 pm and this is a clear reflection of a strong Opposition at work. Perhaps this was the first time that the Assembly session stretched on for 12 hours on August 1, throw in the one hour of lunch break, and this underlines the point that the Opposition is not ready […]

Overlooking one’s own Cabinet decision : BJP cannot afford this

Meeyamgi Numit on the 15th of every month. Hill Leaders’ Day on the 10th of every month. Top this off with the announcement of State BJP vice president M Asnikumar that BJP leaders will visit will Assembly Constituencies of the State regularly for booth level interaction programmes and clearly the BJP is intent on not […]

In the news for all the wrong reasons :: CCpur at the epicentre

In the last few years, Churachandpur district has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. If ten years down the line, 2015 is remembered it will most probably be for the huge uproar in the district after the State Assembly passed the three contentious Bills on August 31 and nine people were killed. […]

Attracting the non-locals ; The threat is real !

Do not allow non-locals to contest in elections in the State. Reserve eight Assembly Constituencies for indigenous people. It is under this banner that student body Kangleipak Students’ Association has been spearheading a movement of late, mobilising students from different schools to take to the streets. Regulate the inflow of non-local people into the State […]

Catching up after 20 years : No justice in ‘mob justice’

The proverbial long arm of the law catching up. Crime committed back in 1997 and the accused convicted in 2017 and sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment and herein lies the profundity of the ‘long arm of the law’ phrase. It was 20 years ago that a mob gathered, targeted a particular family, assaulted them […]

Catching up after 20 years : No justice in ‘mob justice’

The proverbial long arm of the law catching up. Crime committed back in 1997 and the accused convicted in 2017 and sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment and herein lies the profundity of the ‘long arm of the law’ phrase. It was 20 years ago that a mob gathered, targeted a particular family, assaulted them […]