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What Makes a Rich Country Rich and a Poor Country Poor?

Brief Notes from Five Seminal Books on the Topic (Arranged according to the years of book publication) FEATURING ① Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu  & James Robinson ② Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond ③ IQ and [...]

MLA Local Area Development Scheme – What We Must Know

Newly elected members of the Manipur State Assembly takes oath in March 2017 (Image: PhualvaTimes) An Introduction to MLA Local Area Development Scheme by The Indian Iris ( The government had introduced the MLA Local Area Development Scheme from 2000–01 making MLAs able to recommend small development works [...]

A Brief Timeline of the Manipur State Assembly

Manipur Assembly Building / Pic: Bullu Raj/E-pao The first Manipur State Assembly was elected on adult franchise in July 1948 – the first of its kind in India. ‘The representative returnable from General, Hill and Mohammedan constituencies were in the ratios of 30:18:3 respectively with an additional [...]

Abnormal Is the New Normal: Life in Manipur in the Post-Election Days

This is a compilation of three editorials published by the Imphal Free Press on 16th, 20th and 21st March 2017, for the record of PCRM with an observation that these write-ups have succinctly captured the prevailing mood in Manipur, with the conclusion of the 2017 Assembly Election, which was held [...]

What are the Terms of Reference of Negotiation between the GoM and the UNC?

Last Sunday, the United Naga Council (UNC) had called off the 139-day-long blockade of the state’s two national highways, after talks with representatives from the state and Centre and a day ahead of Chief Minister N Biren's crucial floor test to prove his majority in the Manipur assembly. This must [...]


Fight against the private and vested interests that seek to undermine the basic fabric of a collective life in Manipur

Let us make the political class, public institutions and leaders accountable to the citizens as individuals and as a collective

Let us encourage and cultivate the involvement of private citizens in the affairs of the collective

Let us cultivate a culture of dialogue and debates in order to generate informed opinions and choices on public issues

Let us bring about a new political culture wherein public morality and issues of public importance play significant role in our society and polity