Back to violence

Violence it seems is back in Manipur in all its different shades. The blast yesterday at Koirengei not far from the gate of the BSF base on the tarmac of the old abandoned Koirengei WWII airport, announced this in the most terrifying way. Two BJP troop…

Violence it seems is back in Manipur in all its different shades. The blast yesterday at Koirengei not far from the gate of the BSF base on the tarmac of the old abandoned Koirengei WWII airport, announced this in the most terrifying way. Two BJP troopers and three civilians were injured in the IED attack, […]

Truth and reconciliation

It is more than clear now that a timely and satisfactory resolution of the case of 1528 fake encounter killings in Manipur in counterinsurgency operations by the Army, Police and Central Paramilitary Forces, is not going to be easy. Inspite of two stiff directives from the Supreme Court to lodge First Information Reports, FIRs, on […]

It is more than clear now that a timely and satisfactory resolution of the case of 1528 fake encounter killings in Manipur in counterinsurgency operations by the Army, Police and Central Paramilitary Forces, is not going to be easy. Inspite of two stiff directives from the Supreme Court to lodge First Information Reports, FIRs, on […]

The media draws the line : You can’t fool the people all the time

The question we need to ask the government is how committed is the new government and its council of ministers ? How different will the BJP –led coalition government be than the last one ? For example, let us take the forest minister Th Shyamkumar trying to curb timber smuggling. Shyamkumar usually takes a media […]

The question we need to ask the government is how committed is the new government and its council of ministers ? How different will the BJP –led coalition government be than the last one ? For example, let us take the forest minister Th Shyamkumar trying to curb timber smuggling. Shyamkumar usually takes a media […]

Manipur state now 46

Only the test of fire makes fine steel. Manipur is undergoing such a test at the moment. If it withstands this test we have no doubt a greater Manipur will be the result. The need of the hour however is to negotiate the fire we are in the midst of, for as much as it […]

Only the test of fire makes fine steel. Manipur is undergoing such a test at the moment. If it withstands this test we have no doubt a greater Manipur will be the result. The need of the hour however is to negotiate the fire we are in the midst of, for as much as it […]

The Killer and Res Judicata : Let the SC decide

It was a moment of dread and yet excitement that I felt within. In front of me sat Thounaojam Herojit, head constable of Manipur police, he had revealed that he had killed a person in cold blood and wanted me to report it. That was sometime back in 2016 January. Ahead lay the daunting task […]

It was a moment of dread and yet excitement that I felt within. In front of me sat Thounaojam Herojit, head constable of Manipur police, he had revealed that he had killed a person in cold blood and wanted me to report it. That was sometime back in 2016 January. Ahead lay the daunting task […]

Teacher wannabe doctor or vice versa

News of strange yet shameful way of pursuing career hit the newspapers in the last few days. Heard of double-crossing a spouse or lover but there had been double-crossing in career in the state of Manipur. Three medical students had been pursuing their career to become doctors while they were also earning their salaries and […]

News of strange yet shameful way of pursuing career hit the newspapers in the last few days. Heard of double-crossing a spouse or lover but there had been double-crossing in career in the state of Manipur. Three medical students had been pursuing their career to become doctors while they were also earning their salaries and […]

The Cyclops lesson

In Homer’s “Odyssey” the great seafaring Greek warrior and king of Ithaca, Ulysses, who along with his men, got lost in the sea for ten years while returning after the war in Troy over the “abduction”, or “elopement” if you prefer, of the famed Hellen from Sparta, once docked at a very interesting island where […]

In Homer’s “Odyssey” the great seafaring Greek warrior and king of Ithaca, Ulysses, who along with his men, got lost in the sea for ten years while returning after the war in Troy over the “abduction”, or “elopement” if you prefer, of the famed Hellen from Sparta, once docked at a very interesting island where […]

A relook at modernity

The connotations of the word “modern” are many and much beyond the simple and straight dictionary (Oxford Concise) meaning that defines it as “of the present and recent times”. In painting and architecture, the word can become a technical classification of styles and thoughts, in literature, philosophy, sociology and history it can carry myriad and […]

The connotations of the word “modern” are many and much beyond the simple and straight dictionary (Oxford Concise) meaning that defines it as “of the present and recent times”. In painting and architecture, the word can become a technical classification of styles and thoughts, in literature, philosophy, sociology and history it can carry myriad and […]

Banality of evil

The one question which has come back to haunt the government establishment in Manipur is “how do you put the genie of fake encounter back into the bottle?” The genies as we know are spirits made popular by Arabian Nights tales, which are kept bottled but often released by individuals greedy for power and money, […]

The one question which has come back to haunt the government establishment in Manipur is “how do you put the genie of fake encounter back into the bottle?” The genies as we know are spirits made popular by Arabian Nights tales, which are kept bottled but often released by individuals greedy for power and money, […]

Parasitic economy woes

The Comptroller and Auditor General, CAG, report for Manipur this year was damning to say the least. Among many others, it charged several departments of the Manipur government of not furnishing utilization certificates for the funds earmarked for them during the financial year 2016-2017. The total figure exceeds a whooping Rs. 5000 crores, which is […]

The Comptroller and Auditor General, CAG, report for Manipur this year was damning to say the least. Among many others, it charged several departments of the Manipur government of not furnishing utilization certificates for the funds earmarked for them during the financial year 2016-2017. The total figure exceeds a whooping Rs. 5000 crores, which is […]

Media and friends

The recent expose of the wireless scam inquiry and the paper belt imbroglio was a time consuming investigation conducted by this paper. The stance of every reporter worth his salt is to verify facts and try to bring out certain lapses which may have been overlooked by the party in question. The investigative journalist also […]

The recent expose of the wireless scam inquiry and the paper belt imbroglio was a time consuming investigation conducted by this paper. The stance of every reporter worth his salt is to verify facts and try to bring out certain lapses which may have been overlooked by the party in question. The investigative journalist also […]

Missing debates

To borrow a Dickensian cliché, these are the best of times and these are the worst of times for the Manipur media. These are the best of times largely because of the rapid technology jumps it has been witnessing. A little over two decade ago, no newspaper in Manipur was capable of reproducing a news […]

To borrow a Dickensian cliché, these are the best of times and these are the worst of times for the Manipur media. These are the best of times largely because of the rapid technology jumps it has been witnessing. A little over two decade ago, no newspaper in Manipur was capable of reproducing a news […]

Respect the mandate

On the morrow of the election to the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly and the razor edge hung verdict the electors’ verdict, it is difficult not to be reminded of what German philosopher Karl Popper said what the most important virtue of a liberal democracy is. Democracy is not perfect and cannot be so be it […]

On the morrow of the election to the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly and the razor edge hung verdict the electors’ verdict, it is difficult not to be reminded of what German philosopher Karl Popper said what the most important virtue of a liberal democracy is. Democracy is not perfect and cannot be so be it […]

UNC and a Sisyphean task, please take a break

It is known that the United Naga Council will not retract their stance and the economic blockade must go on. Many were keeping their fingers crossed that the tripartite talk on February 3rd would have some solution and the economic blockade enforced since November 1 would be called off in the larger interest. However, that speculation did not […]

It is known that the United Naga Council will not retract their stance and the economic blockade must go on. Many were keeping their fingers crossed that the tripartite talk on February 3rd would have some solution and the economic blockade enforced since November 1 would be called off in the larger interest. However, that speculation did not […]

Dance of democracy

Many have said that Indian elections are a festival of democracy. India describes itself as the world’s largest functional democracy. When a newly independent India made universal adult suffrage the basis of elections not all were convinced of its capability to implement it. However, the successful manner in which the very first elections were conducted […]

Many have said that Indian elections are a festival of democracy. India describes itself as the world’s largest functional democracy. When a newly independent India made universal adult suffrage the basis of elections not all were convinced of its capability to implement it. However, the successful manner in which the very first elections were conducted […]

How morals of tales shift

Understandably, many postcolonial nations are uneasy, if not apprehensive of the idea of federalism. Nonetheless, it is also a fact that given the diversity of their demography and geography, when they freed themselves from the yoke of colonialism, they were left with little choice than to embrace much of the governance model of the colonies […]

Understandably, many postcolonial nations are uneasy, if not apprehensive of the idea of federalism. Nonetheless, it is also a fact that given the diversity of their demography and geography, when they freed themselves from the yoke of colonialism, they were left with little choice than to embrace much of the governance model of the colonies […]

Beating the blockade

The United Naga Council’s blockade along Manipur’s lifelines will not end. Whatever the cause of the disagreement among those negotiating a truce, this is unfortunate. There are certain things simply not done even in war, but Manipur, it seems has no qualms resorting to them at the whims of our hate mongering street politicians. But […]

The United Naga Council’s blockade along Manipur’s lifelines will not end. Whatever the cause of the disagreement among those negotiating a truce, this is unfortunate. There are certain things simply not done even in war, but Manipur, it seems has no qualms resorting to them at the whims of our hate mongering street politicians. But […]

Destroyed by corruption

If only the ways of the government were above board, questions such as moral legitimacy of governance would not have been so very complicated or controversial. Had the officialdom kept to the limits of laid-down norms and propriety, the condemnation of misdeeds big and small, and their perpetrators could and would have been an unqualified. […]

If only the ways of the government were above board, questions such as moral legitimacy of governance would not have been so very complicated or controversial. Had the officialdom kept to the limits of laid-down norms and propriety, the condemnation of misdeeds big and small, and their perpetrators could and would have been an unqualified. […]

Corruption no issue

Corruption has become an obsessive concern of the public in Manipur today. Though there has been no formal opinion poll, it is anybody’s guess all such polls, formal and informal, would be unanimous on this. No newspaper has not written about how corrosive corruption has been, the local tea house talks, social media chatters and […]

Corruption has become an obsessive concern of the public in Manipur today. Though there has been no formal opinion poll, it is anybody’s guess all such polls, formal and informal, would be unanimous on this. No newspaper has not written about how corrosive corruption has been, the local tea house talks, social media chatters and […]

Career and Beyond

Every profession has its moral codes, some written but most of the time unwritten. Journalism is no exception and indeed this is a question which has continued to haunt the profession since its inception. This is particularly so because journalism’s best practices also are determined by a notion of objectivity that would have the journalist […]

Every profession has its moral codes, some written but most of the time unwritten. Journalism is no exception and indeed this is a question which has continued to haunt the profession since its inception. This is particularly so because journalism’s best practices also are determined by a notion of objectivity that would have the journalist […]