A decade ago, then Assam Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Ajay Singh made a startling revelation that about 6000 illegal Bangladeshis were entering into Assam daily. If his statement was correct, then the fate of the northeast people is terribly at stake. Now after 10 years, one can simply imagine what…
History repeats itself and we never learn from the mistakes we have made in the past. We just glance through some of the most striking features of our painful memories, sigh and then just let it go. It is never an easy situation after all. It is never something that…
(A tribute to the Hunger Marchers of 1965)After the so called first and second Nupi Lal (women’s wars) against the malpractices of the respective regimes in 1904 and in 1939 during British rule in Manipur, the students’ uprising of 27 August 1965 was the biggest movement against the injustices meted…
Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, considered consumption of alcohol as a major social evil and thus encouraged complete prohibition in India. The Constitution of India in its Directive Principles of State Policy (Article 47) provides that, "The state shall endeavour to bring about prohibition of the use of…
The idols made by the artists from Manipur are uniquely different. These were made by Meitei craftsmen by following the Shastra called the Navatal. The physical features of these idols are exclusively Meitei, according to Haobam Shyamsundar. He further says: ‘Around 18th century, idols made in Manipur were of Radha…
Vision is crucial and critical for leadership. No one can meaningfully engage in a discussion on leadership without touching on the leader’s vision. If you don’t have vision, in essence it means that you can’t see where you are going, and you will never get there. You will be lost.…
The search for drivers of growth inevitably brings us to the role of culture in economic growth. Cultural economics is very young. It is increasingly found that that certain cultural variables determine many economic choices and influence the speed of development and accumulation of the wealth of nations. We have…
We never accept their importance. However much we pretend, it always boils down to the point that they equal an abandoned house. To us, the place that we give to our old parents, grandparents and other elderly is so damn insanely done. We are so consumed with ourselves that every…
 “Haipou Jadonang is a martyr, religious leader, social reformer, a freedom fighter and symbol of Zeliangrong unity”The first half of the 20th Century was an important era in the history of Zeliangrong of North East India. It was during this period Haipou Jadonang launched his religious movement to reform and…
‘Meitei Mayek Newspaper’ must reach every Meitei household, if we yearn to have an informed generation of young people. It must also be available at every desk of school library, so as to feed the news-starved Bengali-illiterate school students of Manipur.Since the beginning of a ‘Meitei Mayek Era’ and the…
There are differing opinions on who actually made the idol of Shri Govinda. Was it Gopiram Patchahanba or was it perhaps Sapam Lokhon? This leads to the following questions about the art of statue-making: Weren’t there sufficient talents in the field of statue-making at the time? Did this art form…
Sometimes people who are living a very moral life and loving God with all their heart become discouraged and depressed because they are seeking something God never intended them to have. We have experienced as much of an emotional high in our relationship with God as anyone else. Even though…
Come 17th August, the United Nations will see another International treaty enforced among its array of international laws. The 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses, the only treaty governing shared freshwater resources will achieve its universal applicability with the ratification of Vietnam…
When we think of painting we usually think of oil painting. Oil painting is well not surprisingly a painting done with oil. Actually it uses oil to carry the colours. When we paint we use pigments to make the different colours. You need to have some sort of a liquid…
I went out in search for the light, but I must continue hanging out in search for the home where I belong. All I desire and yearn for is just that simple place by the fireside. I can’t seem to place the reasons that made me face this season so…