Pradip Phanjoubam

The midlife crisis for Manipuri cinema

One of the major hurdles for Manipuri movies is the slow but certain withering away of cinema theatres in the state, triggered by the banning of Hindi films about 20 years ago

13 Mar 2021

Manipur Government’s disregard for rule of law

The lack of respect for rules in the Northeastern state became evident yet again during the August 10 confidence vote

13 Mar 2021

Suu Kyi stronger after Myanmar poll surprises

 NLD’s landslide victory in Myanmar’s November 8 election demonstrated how nationalism does 
not care for any standard scale of moral rectitude

13 Mar 2021

Manipur, a case study of  illiberal democracy

The idea of rule of law has been overturned by the government’s attempt to hold on to power, setting a dangerous precedent in the strife-torn state

13 Mar 2021

With COVID-19 cover, Manipur government is silencing dissent

Intolerance to criticism has been a trait of the state’s government long before the pandemic. This repression has only intensified during the lockdown

09 May 2020

Letter and spirit of law in jeopardy in Manipur

Just for a brief recap, Shyamkumar was elected on a Congress ticket from Andro in the 2017 Manipur Assembly election.

05 Apr 2020

Remembering & forgetting in Naga literature

While Naga nonfiction is seemingly unable to break free from revisiting the conflict, fiction is
starting to show signs of a new life germinating

05 Feb 2020

Rapid, large-scale migration is the problem

Reams have been written on the Rohingya crisis already.

22 Dec 2019

Can McMahon Line dispute be resolved?

The answer to solving the border dispute may lie in the way other contiguous boundary lines were settled by China with Myanmar and Nepal.

19 Nov 2019

North-east and the problem of forgetting and healing

For many pre-modern societies, the mainstreaming process of history itself has been a cause for such traumas.

25 Aug 2019

Contest for marginality in the north-east

Bizarre and cynical the situation may seem to be, after 72 years of Indian independence, there are now a growing number of communities desiring to be classed as Scheduled Tribe, ST.

07 Jul 2019

Their lives on the line for press freedom

The Manipur government arrested a journalist for criticising it and jailed him under the draconian NSA. But he stood his ground 

27 Apr 2019

The protest culture in manipur

Hinduism was the former kingdom’s official religion. The state is wedded to India’s ethos. Yet there are violent agitations against the Centre.

22 Feb 2019

Journalist’s arrest and the rot in Manipur

Manipur today is coming to resemble Alice’s Wonderland where the Queen of Hearts makes laws on the spot and pronounces every now and then at her whim: “Off with his head!”

29 Dec 2018

The north-east and the mainstream

The state thus becomes akin to what Peter J. Taylor referred to in a critique, a cultural container.

20 Oct 2018

Reimagining Army’s role in a warless future

The human rights movement was born in the aftermath of World War II, and in acknowledgment that the state can be a serious violator of individual rights.

26 Aug 2018

Has BJP taken over the Northeast?

After the recent polls, there is talk of a saffron sweep in the Northeast. But the stats do not agree, and the BJP will not have it easy in 2019

16 Mar 2018