Nungthang Tampak : Manipur’s first computer-literate village

Not so long ago, being educated means knowing something as basic as reading and writing. A family with one such ‘educated’ person could easily hold sway in deciding matters of importance in any village meeting. Then, came the need for every individual to know how to read and write. Like in every other aspects of civilization, education also arrived in steps – primary, intermediate, higher secondary, college, university, etc. In this age of Information Technology and the Internet, everybody needs to be computer-literated. There is no literacy like computer-literacy.

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In response to the article “We need to start male empowerment”

First and foremost I am all for gender equality and believe that every human being should get equal respect in spite of their gender, but if am not wrong, is patriarchy not about male power and superiority?? There is no denying that gender stereotyping exist in the society but to deny that the problem face by women today is not related to gender issue would be another form of discrimination. For instance on 24th July the supreme court of India denied a 10 year old rape victim permission for abortion because it would endanger her life and 32 week foetus, so the child who is to enjoy playing around with her friends at her age has to now go through pregnancy but also labour pain only to be cast away by society.

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NER’s participation in Act East Policy : Potentials and needs

North Eastern Region (NER), an increasingly service driven economy, lags behind the rest of India in terms of economic growth, per capita income as well as several other development indicators specifically infrastructure. Industrialisation has failed to take off in the region.

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Mapithel dam controversy : Forest perspectives

Introduction : Almost all the development interventions especially mega projects interweave dimensional devastation of forest and its resources. There is intrinsic relationship between Forest and indigenous people in terms of social & cultural and economic that sustains their survival throughout different stages of their life. Nature produces the grass we use to feed livestock, the food we eat, the water we drink, and also the medicine we need. It inspires our culture, our traditions, our science and almost all walks of life. This is why there has been incessant struggle of indigenous people for conservation of nature, preserving the balance of the ecosystem which has always been the indigenous way of life.

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The struggle so far

“Then in that case, let the result be declared”.. this was a sentence that cut deep wounds. I still remember sitting in the front row of the visitor’s area inside the court. Yes, I am talking about the ongoing case against MPSC. I can still recap the look on the judge’s face while he was giving his statement, though he was not directly looking at the audience. Let me clarify here, that the case was due and the merit of the case was still left to be discussed. The hope that we aspirants had on that morning was shattered. Allow me to take you down the memory lane and enlighten you on some of the struggles we faced since the birth of our group.

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Pie of frequenting Union Ministers

A few years back our officers both civil and non-civil grumbled as they had to be on their toes almost every week for arranging facilities, feasts, festivities, ferries, forces, frisking, fund etc., for the VIP visitors. Today after 3 years they are quite used to the repetitive programmes, practice and procedure and now even in short notice they can make wonderful arrangements for any high-ranking visitor. It has become a routine affair to handle the visits of Central Ministers or Leaders. A system is now in place. Only a message and little bit of co-ordination is required, that’s all.

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Peace in Manipur? Time for Modi Govt to release all our jailed militant

Peace in Manipur? Time for Modi Govt to release all our jailed militant brethren unconditionally and offer an unconditional peace talk Dr Th Suresh Singh With the unbending Indo-Naga peace…

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A loss that doesn’t heal with time

When I was young I used to gaze at my reflection on the looking mirror to find out whether I looked good or not. During those times the looking mirror was my best friend. I used to watch my image in the morning as soon as I climbed down from bed, after taking a shower, before going to school or college or whenever I was about to go outside be it an appointment with somebody or any other private work, after returning home and even before going to bed. Sitting in front of a looking mirror, preferably a wide and lengthy one was an inseparable constituent of my very existence during those yonder years.

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Dangers of ‘Trial by Media’ & the MPSC

When the Boston Bombing incident took place in 2014, users of Reddit (a social media platform) took it upon themselves to find the perpetrators. A suspect was singled out and a massive head-hunt was launched to harass this person and his family. The users congratulated each other, but it was soon realized that the suspect was just an innocent guy who had committed suicide. Damage control was initiated but when the fog settled, it was too late to undo the harassment caused to the deceased and his family .

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A musical revolution asking ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone?’

A vast green moor at the foothill of Kounu Chingsang topping a blanket of fluffy cottony summer clouds at Maning Sabal Lampak of Khukhrul Makha Leikai in Sekmai was where the stage of ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone?’ stood. Such a tranquil open air venue full of green virgin grass, chosen for the two days of annual music festival, organised collaboratively by the non-profit group Folksy Triumph, Khukhrul Welfare Organisation, Apunba Khukhrul Nupi Chaokhat Lup with folk-rock band Imphal Talkies N The Howlers, hosting a handful of truly avant-garde musicians from Manipur and outside, truly fascinated everyone seeing the event live at the venue or online. All it took was a load of music and fun on the lap of nature, and braving some rain, too. And it was all worth it.

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The martyr, Haipou Jadonang Marangmei

Some of the historians, writers have emphasised incomplete name of Jadonang. It is a misnomer. Jadonang was born in Marangmei clan of Kabui (Rongmei).It is more appropriate to mention surname. It is a Kabui (Rongmei) customary to provide surname after his or her name whatsoever personality he or she possesses. To cite some great personalities with their surname are John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru,Subhas Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore, Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Ratan Naval Tata, Angami Zapu Phizo, Jananeta Hijam Irabot etc. It is traditionally customary to name a person with surname among the Kabui (Rongmei) Community. Full name of Jadonang Marangmei will provide more understanding to the present and future generations to which family’s Clan of Kabui (Rongmei) he belongs to.

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In the spotlight : ‘M’ for Manipuri society and ‘M’ for MPSC

A great American sociologist, Robert K. Merton, once examined and analyzed twentieth century American society. He found out that the means to achieve the ‘American Dream’ – good paying job, nice house, lovely kids, new cars, etc. – did not conform to socially accepted institutionalized means. His social strain theory explains the discrepancies between culturally accepted goals and

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Loktak Project & corporate unaccountability in Manipur

Of the most ambitious and controversial mega projects in Manipur, the 105 MW Loktak Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project (Loktak Project) hit news headlines in early August 2017, again for wrong reasons. Several media establishments published the non-existence of memorandum of understanding or agreement (MoU) on Loktak Project between the Government of Manipur and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), as confirmed by the NHPC on 9 May 2017 in response to an RTI filed by Mr. Joy Haobijam of Thanga, Manipur. The arsoning of floating huts in Loktak Wetlands and the merciless brutality unleashed by the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) and the Manipur Police in November 2011 and the scandalous corruption in the cleaning of ‘Phumdi’, floating biomass in Loktak Wetlands involving the K-Pro company, also hits news headlines in recent years.

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