Issues of public importance

‘Thikka’ and Empowering People

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Issues|

Image: PTI If knowledge is power and educating people, including (educated) youth, is an act of empowering the people, one ought to explain what ‘thikka’ or ‘contract’ (work) is. How is it different from ‘tender’ and ‘outsourcing’ etc under a system of economy? And what, why and how ‘thikka’ or ‘contract’ (work) has come [...]

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Manipur As a Constitutional Fiction with a Nostalgia

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Issues|

BY A. BIMOL AKOIJAM   There is something admirable about the Constitution of India as a living document. Take for example, the honesty with which it records the historicity of the emergence of this country, something that one can see in its definition of Manipur, which goes as follow: 'Manipur: The territory which immediately before the [...]

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The tyranny of ignorance (or the curious case of disowning one’s own self)

By | November 6th, 2015|Categories: Issues|

I have been a student of history for more than five years now having just completed my masters recently. This institutional learning of history has taught me a lot about the happenings in Britain and America, the revolutions in France and Russia, and the disasters that engulfed Germany and Japan. I know my Pallavas from my [...]

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A Premise to Imagine Peoplehood

By | October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Issues|

Discovering, inventing and commemorating days and figures from the past are facts of human existence. States and organizations have their shares of such commemorations. Even traditional communities do have similar 'commemorations' in the form of totemic rituals and celebrations. And such exercises are often the reflections of some needs of the collective in the contemporary. Nationalists [...]

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