Reality checks vital to avoid dark irony of Kafka’s Castle

By Pradip Phanjoubam Practically every university in India today has a full-fledged School of Journalism faculty, or variously named as Mass Communication Department, Media Study Department etc. The objective is self evident from the names these departments. Mass media is acknowledged universally important, and indeed, it has been termed as the fourth estate of democracy, […]

Chakaan Gaan-Ngai : The Living Ritual Festival of Zeliangrong

By Chaoba Kamson The Zeliangrong people called this festival by different names Zeme as Hegangi, Liangmei as Chagangi and Rongmei as Gaan-Ngai. Chakaan in Rongmei dialect means name of season. Chakaan season is the harbinger of Gaan-Ngai fesival. Gaan means winter and Ngai means festival. The Gaan-Ngai festival is also described as a New Year […]

Naga truce anxieties

By Pradip Phanjoubam Worries about the Framework Agreement, FA, signed in August 2015 between the Government of India representatives and the NSCN(IM), is once again at its periodic crest in states that neighbour Nagaland – Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The matter has acquired a sense of urgency given the fact the Nagaland Assembly elections […]

Fallacies Of 66 MW Loktak Downstream Hep Project In Manipur

By: Jiten Yumnam The Rivers meandering through the forest and the lush green terrains are one of outstanding natural heritages of Manipur aggressively targeted for power generation by multinational corporations. The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) and the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), two of India’s leading dam building Company has aggressively been involved […]

How Did Buddhism Spread To Japan

I am a human being and I am not perfect. So, please kindly read the message and not the messenger By Sanjoo Thangjam In India several hundred years after the time of the Buddha, Buddhism developed a rich tradition of visual imagery for depicting sacred beings. Based on descriptions recorded in the scriptures, Buddhas are […]

First Mover, Policy Framing and Theoretical Empirics of Trade: It is much more than Literacy

By Amar Yumnam When the Classical period of the grand thinking of the Adam Smith and his followers was over, and particularly after the high rise of the post-Classicals, grand theories became dominant rather than grand thinking. Rising inequality and financial crises in recent years have made the world return to the period of grand […]

The Thirst Integrity For The Quenched Unity

By Mamta Lukram Little did I know what he was sharing, except for the few funny Meiteilon suffixes he mixed with his pure Rongmei dialect, “…..kanagi Deben-Nungben…internet-nungternet…media-nungdia…..(everyone laugh… look at each other meaningfully)……stops for a while…..continue again….(with his hands clasping tight together with a clapping sound…shut his eyes tightly with frowning eyebrows…distorting facial expression in […]

Framework Agreement: Alternative and Needs

By Jinine Lai The deal is difficult, the stake is high. And fixed ideas and preoccupied propositions of the stakeholders especially the Meeteis and Nagas don’t help either. Why do they fail to find a new alternative mutually? Is New Delhi happy to make it catch-22 situation – pulling others in a bargaining trap? If […]

The Dalai Lama was a big meat eater like most Tibetan Buddhists but later on He became a vegetarian

By Sanjoo Thangjam According to the Buddha’s principle, a Buddhist monk or nun have to accept a gift of food if it is offered to them, whether it has meat in it or not. The monks can refuse it if they know that the creature was killed especially for them or will be killed for […]

New Residential Design in the Foothills of Manipur

By JN Lai The woe of the recent floods in Manipur triggered me an idea of possible alternative to avoid the recurring worries in future. As we know, there are multifold factors and causes of such frequent water worries in Manipur. They are unattended deforestation in the catchments, anarchical drainage system, chaotic residential occupation, mindless […]

Armed Conflict, Militarization & Implications in Manipur

By: Jiten Yumnam In November 2017, Nagaland and Manipur, two states in India’s North East with ongoing indigenous peoples’ Self Determination movement witnessed the extension of Disturbed Area, a precondition for promulgation of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA, 1958 (AFSPA, 1958), permitting the suspension of non derogable rights, like the ‘Right to […]

Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh’s gracing Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival would create positive development

By Oken Jeet Sandham When Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang with his Cabinet colleagues pitching the longstanding Naga issue settled before the Christmas or at least before the next State Polls due early next year, Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh’s coming to Nagaland and gracing the fifth-day of the 10-Day Hornbill Festival as Chief […]

Et tu, Brute: Governance challenge in today’s Manipur

By Amar Yumnam A few weeks ago, I had written in this very column appreciating the commitment and robust attempts by Biren as Chief Minister to bring about real world socio-politico-economic changes in Manipur. I had also written “that Biren is functioning under heavy constraints.” Then I had emphasised the fiscal constraints amongst others that […]

Hearty congratulations to Minister Karam Shyam!

By Deben Bachaspatimayum Minister Karma Shyam model can be synergetic in changing Manipur political culture and traditions. Future will remember Minister Karam Shyam as the one who made a difference in several ways in the areas which are critical to the lives of the people. Karam Shyam, as Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public […]

Pseudo Anglophone Model: Manipur’s continuing predicament

By Amar Yumnam What is the twenty-first century model of development thinking and development intervention? The world has already learnt lessons from attempts in understanding any society and evolving policies based on that understanding based on the colonial legacy. The most important bitter lesson is that all along the world has been trying to attempt […]

Loktak: Who’s Lake, Who’s Tourism?

By Kalpana Thaoroijam Every visitor to Manipur wishes to visit Loktak pat or reminisces a visit to Sendra hillock, a boat-ride in local-made canoes, few clicks and poses, foods and drinks, and leave behind unwanted dumps.Earlier people visited Loktak area during Lai-haraoba (festivals of Meitei sylvan gods) of the local Thangjing deities. People and their […]

Rethinking Japan’s Investment in Manipur

By Jiten Yumnam Development financing by International Financial Institutions such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank (WB), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has become more intense in Manipur in recent years. India’s Look East or Act East policy has further facilitated the intrusion and investment of such financial institutions. The ADB […]

Democracy on trial in Manipur

An ancient kingdom’s tumultuous tryst with destiny By Thounaojam Brinda Manipur became a constitutional democracy in 1947, adopted its own written Constitution on 26th July, 1947. Democratic election by Universal Adult Franchise was held under the Constitution in 1948. Thus, a popular responsible government was formed in the Manipur State Legislative Assembly (MSLA). The King […]

Manipur Vision 2030

By Dr. Bishwanjit Loitongbam As per instruction of India’s PM Narendra Modi, NITI Aayog aims to triple India’s GDP by 2032. Underpinning this initiative, annual GDP growth rate is required to grow at least eight percent on average for the next 15 years. This initiative is known as ‘India Vision 2032’. It is undertaken in […]

Manipur Elections 2017: The Parties and the Lessons

By Amar Yumnam Manipur has just experienced the most significant Elections of this century. Since the beginning of the twenty-first century and till the 2012 Elections, these have been a rather one Party show. But this time there has emerged a more or less equally strong contender to the incumbent. While the complete outcome is […]