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Moral Lessons from Mellei’s Life

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Delhi Mellei, which is meant to be a film of social relevance, has been reduced to a korfu of craps by its own lame, male chauvinistic narrative that has no real social or cinematic values 


“If you are a man of note, (find) for yourself a household, and love your wife at home, as it beseems. Fill her belly, clothe her back...but hold her back from getting the mastery. Remember that her eye is her storm wind, and her genitals and mouth are her strength.”
—   Ptahhotep, written around 25th–24th century BC in Egypt


You do not ‘fine’ a police report; you ‘file’ it.

What do you say about a film that you watch it entirely because you do not want to waste the half-an-hour you already spent watching it? You will start seeing faults in every scene but in Delhi Mellei, it was more than a fault and reeked of a Ptahhotepian declaration. It is grave and equally ridiculous that you become a grammar Nazi and end up watching it twice. And yes, in the film, it was not a single character, who used the …

How to Torture a Man and Loot Him

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This write-up is elaborated from a news report published in two of the major English dailies, based and printed in Imphal on 23 Oct 2015:

Man Claims Police CDOs of Looting Him of Rs Six Lakhs
IMPHAL FREE PRESS
http://ifp.co.in/page/items/28899/man-claims-police-cdos-of-looting-him-of-rs-6-lakhs

Lilong Protests Robbery
SANGAI EXPRESS
http://www.thesangaiexpress.com/page/items/58439/lilong-protests-robbery

STATE POLICE COMMANDO TORTURED AND ROBBED BUSINESSMAN IN BROAD DAYLIGHT

Along the national highway 102, less than 15 km to the south of the capital Imphal, there lies Lilong, a Muslim-dominated area in the district of Thoubal. Nothing is related to religion today but it is a shame on humanity. Security personnel belonging to the notorious police commando robbed a businessman after torturing him for almost a day. It will not be a surprise if the police ringmasters do not utter a word because that’s how they work: help us become a military state as the paramilitary forces are insufficient.…

Revolution in the Time of War

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A peek into the armed conflict and the alliances of rebel groups in and around Northeast India and beyond


KYKL, KCP launch ‘Alliance for Socialist Unity, Kangleipak’ The proscribed Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and Kanglei Yawol Kana Lup (KYKL) have announced that the organisations have jointly set up the “Alliance for Socialist Unity, Kangleipak, or ASUK”.  S Mangal, the information & publicity secretary of KCP, informed this through a press statement on Friday. The statement (mentioned) that the biggest problem (in) the revolutionary movement in Manipur is the inability to correctly consolidate organisational structures.
Source:HUIEYEN LANPAO 16 October 2015
www.hueiyenlanpao.com
In August 2015, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced that the government has struck a framework-agreement deal with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland – the Isaak-Muivah faction (NSCN-IM). At the same time, there was a new development in a corner of distant Southeast Asia. It was…

Time After Time (Zone)

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A brief history of different time zones and a thought on why it is essential for large countries and territories to have more than one of them

Once upon a time there was no clock that tells different times in different places across the globe. Even after a long time after the invention of the clock by the Egyptians, there were only the Sun, the Moon and the stars, guiding travellers, tantalising the romantics and religious folks alike and showcasing the wonders of nature to the simple human beings.

The earthlings, timekeepers, clock-makers and the horologists, on the other side, were having had a rough time—literally racing against time—and were still unable to make appointments with their friends who lived in foreign lands and doing business with them. Later, along with the laypeople, they were always late for train! Then the idea of time zone was born at the right time in the right place. It was in the late Medieval Ages somewhere around 54.9000° N, 25.3167° E. And the rest is, as …

Media as the Message

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A reflection on insurgency, local media, conflict resolution and media intervention




This write-up is an inquiry, taking cues from news and views from across the globe, as to how mass media can play a role in conflict resolution in general, and in the trouble-torn province of Manipur in particular. In this context, conflict refers to the ongoing battle between the millions of security personnel under the payroll of Indian government and the proscribed organisations, which have been literally up in arms against the state to regain the lost sovereignty of Manipur.

On a certain level, despite ceaseless social unrest, political mess and overall degradation of the society, there is not much effort that we can claim we have put on, to find a way out of this hydra-headed problem. After years of negligence and apathy, an SoO here and a development programme there only—demonstrating only the vision of our leaders, too little and too narrow—have been the order of the day.

We have even started e…

Zou Yaanfam XXXV: Around the World with 35 Bottles of Beer

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beer /bɪə/



Best beer brands, listed according to the name of the country


He was a wise man who invented beer.
PLATO

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
A SEKMAI PROVERB

In a study, scientists report that drinking beer can be good for the liver. I’m sorry, did I say ‘scientists’? I meant Irish people.
TINA FEY

Muzigi atingbana Khatkhatti dei purakpa police canteengi beer sabaatnabaga Moreh gi khaatrik-khaaba beer animak love ta pithatkhi—Djokovicna Nadalbu six-love six-love six-love ta pithatpagum.
KABOKLEI INAOCHA

And God said, ‘Let there be beer!’  And He saw that was good.  Then God said, ‘Let there be light!’  And then He said, ‘Whoa—too much light!’
FRANK VARANO




Instead of water we got here a draught of beer… a lumberer’s drink, which would acclimate and naturalise a man at once, which would make him see green, and, if he slept, dream that he heard the wind sough among the pines.
HENRY DAVID THOREA…