Dr Omila Thounaojam With remarkable change in the African economy, slaves were employed in newly developed occupations. Slaves labored not only in mines and on plantations but also as company boatmen; and as staff for military, administrative and commercial establishments. The slave trade, over the centuries, grew more sophisticated, commercializing…
Kakchingtabam Naresh Sharma This has undermined “the expansion of social equity and liberty and … democratizing of state institutions”. Unconsciously, those “agents of the state” have contributed in the consolidation of an authoritarian regime. By defining through an Act, the government has used civil society as a tool of the…

Bhutan: the pristine beauty of Nature

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:27 Written by
Iboyaima Laithangbam While passing through the Bodoland Territorial Council areas in Assam one comes across Bodo girls on bicycles in their colourful sarongs. With their chinky faces and friendly dispositions one is reminded of our state. Jaded by the long bus ride I had catnapped. After sometime I was awoken…

The Manali Experience -IV

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 00:11 Written by
Prof E Bijoykumar Singh Near the temple we found more yak entrepreneurs who taunted us for not riding snow colored yaks. One of them said “riding a black yak is like riding a cow.” It was in the cedar forest near the temple that some memorable scenes of Mani Ratnam’s…
Kakchingtabam Naresh Sharma Fourth, the path finders. Such organizations make an attempt to create channels for articulation, aggregation and representation of interests beyond the political parties. Besides the presence of ethnic nationalist struggle against New Delhi, there also exists a zone of conflict between communities at different layers in the…

The enigma of English language

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 00:09 Written by
Thoudam Imomacha Singh The phrase “the English of the Bible is the best English” still remains an adage. England’s literary language begins with Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1342-1400), the Grand Old Man of English literature. His “Canterbury Tales” (written between 1387 and 1400) was an oeuvre of classic genre. With this…

The Manali Experience -III

Sunday, 22 February 2015 23:32 Written by
Prof E Bijoykumar Singh We rose early the next day to relish the beauty of the Beas meandering along our resort. Luckily it was a sunny morning. The Beas is a snow fed river and its flow becomes larger in the night. There was wire netting all along as precaution…
Nehginpao Kipgen President Thein Sein, who is a former military leader himself, declared a three-month state of emergency in the Kokang self-administered zone in the northern part of Shan state, which shares border with China';s Yunnan province. The emergency rule, which was read out in national television on February 17,…
Nehginpao Kipgen President Thein Sein, who is a former military leader himself, declared a three-month state of emergency in the Kokang self-administered zone in the northern part of Shan state, which shares border with China';s Yunnan province. The emergency rule, which was read out in national television on February 17,…

Of witch, witch doctor and warlock

Sunday, 22 February 2015 23:29 Written by
Iboyaima Laithangbam In a primitive society with a considerable preponderance of unlettered and superstitious persons the scheming witches, witch doctors and warlocks have been ruling the roost. Even the so-called educated and modern persons are easily susceptible to the vile machinations of these scheming persons. Manipur is having its share…
Dr Omila Thounaojam The long and sordid history of human bondage dated back to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. As acknowledged by many historians, one among them David Walker, it is an established fact that slavery had long been practiced in Africa, but he charged white Christian slaveholders with greater…

The Dignity Of God's Image

Saturday, 21 February 2015 22:45 Written by
Bienhome Muivah Our natural tendency to judge and classify people leads us to make some wrong conclusions about the word “dignity”. Dignity is not something that you acquire or arrive at after years of outstanding accomplishments and achievement. You are not dignified because of your family name or reputation, or…

My Prince of Parallelogram

Saturday, 21 February 2015 22:37 Written by
Salam Tomba Paint, ah! paint, Paint me, as you like when and how you’ve turned a painter I didn’t know. paint! I’m standing before you. I’m so simple a creature I bear only two fruits, ripe and sweet that’s meant for your children and another thing I come with I…

The Stars and the Child

Saturday, 21 February 2015 22:34 Written by
 K.Radhakumar Though I am no longer a child I would like to pick the stars From the sky. I am a monkey Who wishes he was A man; And this is my pleasure. The right way up is narrow and steep. Will it be a difficult climb Or will it…

The Manali Experience -I

Friday, 20 February 2015 22:26 Written by
Prof E Bijoykumar Singh The Indian Tourism and Hospitality Congress (ITHC) organised the 7th International Tourism Conference on the theme “Inclusive growth and Sustainable Development: Agenda for Tourism and Hospitality Industry” during 6-8 February 2015 at Manali, Himachal Pradesh. ITHC has been organising national and international seminars every year. After…