The Slow Walk

The 27th Conference of the 198 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), that took place in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, concluded on November 20, 2022, with a historic decision to establish and

Storm In A Bottle: The Story of Prohibition in Manipur

After more than three decades, the BJP government of Nongthombam Biren Singh in Manipur has announced partial lifting of prohibition. As an initial step, the state cabinet has allowed production, sale and purchase in areas specified as Greater Imphal, all district headquarters,

The Dark Side of The Spotlight

Remember the touching last scene in the 1956 movie, Jagte Raho? A poor Raj Kapoor, looking to quench his thirst in a multi-storeyed building, is being chased by the residents, being mistaken as a thief, after he becomes a hapless witness to

IAF Receives Over 7 Lakh Applications Under Agnipath Scheme

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government seems to stand vindicated over its Agnipath scheme for recruitment to the armed forces if registrations received for the Indian Air Force (IAF) are any indication. Shattering all records, the IAF has received more than seven

Double Trouble

It’s not business as usual at the Paona international market, popularly known as Moreh Bazaar, in Manipur’s capital city of Imphal. The absence of traffic jams is a dead giveaway of the lack of business. Even as the pandemic eases, and daily

How Many Exams Must A Student Take?

Even as students are trying to return to a semblance of normalcy after a traumatic two-year period of online classes due to the pandemic and clearing the boards without exams, they find themselves once again in the deep end. The latest curve

Failed By The System, Forced Into Labour

Over the past two years, children around the world have been the hardest hit by the never-ending waves of the Covid-19 pandemic. On June 10, 2021, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) released a report

Labouring For Reforms

Will the central government give effect to the four labour codes by notifying the rules, now that the ruling BJP has been endorsed by voters in four out of five states in the recent elections? Hope among employers of this happening had

Consent Matters

With 150 countries criminalising marital rape, India stands out as a boorish nation with successive governments failing to take a principled stand on this emotive issue. This dichotomy sticks out, even more, when one recalls the vociferous demands of politicians, news television