EDITORIAL: Idea Of Manipur As A Geo-Political Reality: Picking Out The Chaff From The Grain

Without a doubt the idea of Manipur as a geo-political entity or a reality has increasingly come under the scanner, especially in the last 20 years or so, more so after the Government of India inked the peace deal with the Naga rebel group, the Isak-Muivah faction of the NSCN on August 1, 1997. This brings us to the question of whether the idea of Manipur as a geo-political entity is under threat or...

EDITORIAL: Look East Head West? Rehashed Script

The economy of the country is supposed to be galloping at a healthy 8 pc growth and India is among the countries, besides Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa, projected as the next big thing to happen in the world. An emerging star, we may say and this has come about primarily after the country opened up her economy from the early part of the 90s and the results of the new economy can be seen in...

EDITORIAL: Naga Crusaders: A Bunch Of Jokers Invoking The Four S

The Naga Crusaders. This is the name of the latest entrant to the list of jokers we have in Manipur but with a dangerous agenda. The name itself suggests that these jokers believe or want to pull wool over the eyes of the public by christening themselves ‘crusaders’, crusading for something on behalf of the Naga people. The commander of the group calls himself David Stanly, according to a news...

EDITORIAL: Peace- A Harder Ball Game 1997 To 2011, 14 Year Itch

It is an irony but an educative irony, no doubt, and this learning curve has come not from the vicissitudes of the years spent in the jungles, but more from the days spent in sitting across the table and negotiating with the former foe. It took the NSCN, read the Isak-Muivah faction, more than or nearly 17 years to sign the peace pact and set the ball rolling for the political dialogue with the Government...

EDITORIAL: The Lim Divide On June 18- A Bridge too Far?

One man’s food is another man’s poison or to give it a more practical touch, U Morok or Bhoot Jholakia may be a favored item on the dining table of a North Easterner but it may be something which a Gujarati will not touch with a barge pole or end up giving him or her a severe stomach upset. This is one way of asserting that no two men’s likes and dislikes will be similar or opinions...

EDITORIAL: The Devil Within! Split Wide Open!

Launching an armed movement on some lofty ideals and ideologies is but just a part of the whole, known as the insurrection. Sustaining the movement is an altogether different kettle of fish and more challenging, if we may add. Apart from the challenges of sustaining a movement, which every rebel leader must tackle, another equally challenging task is keeping the flock together for it is not without...

EDITORIAL: ‘No Entry’ Growl To ‘Personal Request’ Squeak! Quixotic Decisions

It was definitely a bucket of cold water after a hot shower and it is hard to say which side was left more bemused-those rolling out the red carpet at Senapati district headquarters or those who had imposed a dawn to dusk general strike in Imphal. Word smiths we are, but the temptation to flip through the dictionary or an encyclopedia of the English language and its usage to see what adjective can...

EDITORIAL: Manipur’s Mayday! Naganised Trojan Horse

There is no point in beating around the bush for as we had noted in this column on May 27, diplomacy as a policy is dead, it is passé’.  The proposed visit of Mr. Nephiu Rio and his Cabinet colleagues to Senapati today is something much more than opening a chapter of the Naga Peoples’ Front in Manipur. It is nothing short of a version of the legendary Trojan Horse, the difference being...

EDITORIAL: Studying May 28, May 30, The NPF conundrum

The situation calls for statesmanship of the highest order. It also calls for a mature response from the people, particularly the Meitei community. On May 28, Nagaland Chief Minister Nephiu Rio along with some of his senior Cabinet colleagues are set to arrive at Senapati district headquarters to formally kick start the formation of the State unit of the Naga People‘s Front, the political party,...

EDITORIAL: Confusion. Thy Name Is Manipur, Method Behind The Madness

Confusion. This perhaps sums up the Manipur that we know today. To this we may add Anarchy and Chaos for the images that come to mind whenever we talk about Manipur invariably means a place where everything has turned topsy-turvy and everything that represents a set order or system is turned on its head to such an extent that 2 plus 2 is no longer 4 but depends on how the persons responsible for calculating...

EDITORIAL: Grassroots Politics, Decentralization Of Power

Power and authority to the grass root is undeniably one of the more favored slogans of a democracy and while no one can justifiably contest the merit behind the philosophy of disseminating power to the grass root level, this comes with certain riders, as evidenced in the institution of local self Governments, such as the Panchayats at the village level, Municipal Corporations in the metros and Municipal...

EDITIORIAL: The Irony Of May 21 And 22… Educating Delhi On Terror

It was terrorism that killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991, while he was on an election campaign at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu and it was on May 22, 1958 that India adopted the Armed Forces Special Powers Act as an Ordinance.  While May 21 continues to be observed all over the country as anti-terrorism day to coincide with the death of Rajiv Gandhi, the significance of May 22...

EDITORIAL: Obsession With CI Ops… Losing Touch Of The Fundas

It could be due to a misplaced sense of priority or a failure to break free from the stereotypical understanding of a job profile or a wrong policy pursued by the Government but today the State Police Department stands exposed as a force totally inept in handling crimes which do not fall under the ambit of insurgency. The reasons are many and it does not need the mind of either an Einstein or a Hawkings...