Dynamic identity

Few works of art has more convincingly portrayed the irreconcilability of racial identities than in French existentialist author Albert Camus well known short story, “The Guest” set against the backdrop of the Algerian resistance movement against French colonialism. In it, a white school teacher, by ancestry a Frenchman but in every other sense of the […]

Creative Loneliness

Much has been written about the likeness of the movie version of Superman to Jesus Christ. Superman is an alien from the destroyed planet Krypton and the only son of a famous scientist there, sent to earth with the mission to be the saviour of the world. The theme should already sound a note of […]

Welcoming the new

It is surprising that not many have pondered on this revealing thought. Isaiah Berlin, points out in his essay “In Search of an Ideal” in the celebrated volume “Crooked Timber of Humanity” that not a single one amongst the perceptive social thinkers of the 19th Century, undoubtedly one of the most creative periods of human […]

Investing in peace

It seems only yesterday. If we were to take a deep breath and reflect on the situation in the state exactly a year ago, it would seem almost unreal. About this time last year, the state was in a state of unprecedented turmoil, with different forces shrieking and pulling in different directions, threatening to tear […]

Of Mr Biren and our Media

Politics is as they say is one of the dirtiest business, and the players involved are rated in an equally similar manner. Corruption and nepotism are prevalent everywhere and, similarly, no less in Manipur. Issues from time to time crop up in myriad ways inclusive of the Inner Line Permit, AFSPA and every human right […]

Of Mr Biren and our Media

Politics is as they say is one of the dirtiest business, and the players involved are rated in an equally similar manner. Corruption and nepotism are prevalent everywhere and, similarly, no less in Manipur. Issues from time to time crop up in myriad ways inclusive of the Inner Line Permit, AFSPA and every human right […]

Reinventing revolution

For the good or the bad, the revolution in Manipur has slowly but surely entered a new era. The most important marker of the beginning of this transition came about a decade ago, when wide public disenchantment threw up a situation in which a growing section of the population were willing even to arm themselves […]

Deeds not words

Perhaps what the Manipur government needs to do at this moment is to sit down, take a deep breath, and read Irish romantic poet and a friend of another famous romantic, Rabindranath Tagore, W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming”. The simple message is, when “the centre cannot hold, … things fall apart, and mere anarchy is […]

Regional politics dying

In a state which is marked by a strong resistance to mainstreaming, manifested in aggressive assertions of identities perceived as distinct from what is projected as mainstream, Manipur today is remarkable by a near total lack of a strong regional party. The politics in Manipur’s three immediate neighbours, namely, Nagaland, Mizoram and Assam, which all […]

Knowledge or technology

The digital age has brought the world together under one roof more than any other phenomenon in history. Whether this is good or bad is another debate altogether, but the inescapable reality is, there is no other way to move forward than to accept its inevitability and learn its ways. It has in many ways […]

The art of ignorance

Might be Monday morning annoys people to get back to the same workstation, artists on the other hand do not feel the same way. To be precise, working days of artists do not have any proper specification. True artists work when they want to and the results may vary. Every single person has a quality […]

Teach your children

One of the most intriguing questions that would have occurred to most parents in these troubled times is, what is the right thing to teach your children? To merely say send them to good schools and colleges where they will be taught the sciences and arts, is to be over simplistic and escapist. For schools […]

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 […]