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A Political Gimmick to Seek the Details of Framework Agreement

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The other day, two Imphal-based civil society organisations, the United Committee Manipur and the Committee of Civil Societies Kangleipak have taken a remarkable initiative to make the political class accountable to the people of Manipur with reference to the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and the NSCN IM faction.
But quite contrary to the motives, the mention of candidates has given some food for thought not necessarily healthy; so, here’s a brief recollection on the event that was held on 24 February 2017.

83 candidates pledge to seek FA details
Source: The Sangai Express (25 February 2017)

Imphal, February 24 2017: As many as 83 candidates belonging to different political parties including seven independent candidates have pledged to urge the Government of India to bring out a white paper on the Framework Agreement it signed with NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015. At a swearing ceremony held today at GM Hall here under the aegis of UCM and CCSK, the candidates …

The Tragedy of Democracy in Manipur

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Democracy can be simplified as a system in which, according to the Principles of Democracy, ‘power and civic responsibility are exercised by all citizens, directly or through their freely elected representatives’.


Democracy 1.0

It’s the participation of the people that make it very attractive, comparatively to other forms of modern political system. 

But in a place like Manipur, the problem starts with the people for reasons that are uniquely Manipuri and we are not unaware about it—we simply feel we are too tiny to negotiate with a large system.

If we refer to facts and figures, how many of us would we go to vote, on March 4 and 5, for a reason like we admire the altruism of a candidate/political party so we should give our vote to him/her or his/her party? Ninety-nine percent I can declare that the answer is none.

We will be choosing the lesser evil on the basis of how much the candidates are related by birth, how much they can offer individual jobs, which ethnicity they belong to, o…

From The High Ground of Compulsion

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Substance, self-subjugation and etc


What would you do the first thing
Say you heard the universe will end today?

    Find a few bucks; the heavenly rocks can wait.
    Find a dealer who got the stuff.

The world always ends every day,
At a boundary of the day's drench.

    You said it but knowledge be no power
    All that matters is the paper-packed powder.

What is life anyway but seeking for unasked purposes
These be first destroyed before we vanish today

    Like in the books of truth; for me
    I live to use and I use to live by compulsion

I had wanted to be a good man
Like goodly-good but never and all disapproving

    What a way to end the failure!
    Never say never.


1/3 The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation

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The following text is sourced from a pamphlet titled as The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation that was published by the Anarchist Federation, which seeks to abolish ‘capitalism and state in favour of bringing about a society based on the guiding principle “From each according to their ability, to each according to their need”’.

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2/3 The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation

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The following text is sourced from a pamphlet titled as The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation that was published by the Anarchist Federation, which seeks to abolish ‘capitalism and state in favour of bringing about a society based on the guiding principle “From each according to their ability, to each according to their need”’.

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3/3 The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation

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The following text is sourced from a pamphlet titled as The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation that was published by the Anarchist Federation, which seeks to abolish ‘capitalism and state in favour of bringing about a society based on the guiding principle “From each according to their ability, to each according to their need”’.

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Slaves Spotted

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A brief impression from the invertebrate people of my hometown: If anyone wants to know why Manipur is so underdeveloped, look at the people revelling in a circus called the election of a bloody democracy

I’d love to believe that the Manipuris are one hell of a resilient people. The current blockade by a frontal organisation of the NSCN IM has crossed a record three-figure mark but life goes on as usual—and it doesn’t matter, for one group/community  that the price of essential commodities are skyrocketing or there are shortages in medical supplies, while another group is having an epiphany of crappy ideals like those of nationalism.

Then I found this is no resilience but some other manifestations that are uniquely Manipuri. The term ‘resilience’ connotes a sense of recovery while in our case it is less about resurgence but more about exhibiting the sick mentality of a condemned society created by communities of spineless people. There is no question of recovery when we are suffering f…

On the Roads to the Palace and the Crematorium

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This poem was originally published in Manipuri as Konunggi Lambida, Mongphamgi Lambida in the collection Rajkumari Amasoong Uchek Machasing by Yumlembam Ibomcha. The book was first published in 1992; though as footnoted, the poem was originally written in 1977.



Dreaming, on the road to the palace,
All the people they were,
Restless eyes toward the palace
Some were shouting
Others crying
The rest were laughing
Albeit all of them were one
All of them came voluntarily
Some souls were speaking
Some others silent
Their destination was one
Their road was just one
On that narrow jam-packed route
They were rushing towards the entrance
Like front-line troops—all set to strike.

Now the apparel from the palace
Those are flying, almost kissing the clouds
And the top vertex of tall buildings
Those are staring; nearly overbearing
And the small feet are hanging, unhinged
With not even a single space on the surface
Their hands are as well hanging, unhinged
The bare leafless trees are standing
Just …

The Mechanical Man

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Sundays I wear my sunflower socks
Bright and brilliant as my beer belly does,
Mondays I wear my maroon moccasin
With a desire to dazzle the dilly-dally life though uncertain,
Tuesdays I’m almost out of option
Still I do don my dresses that I assume as drab,
Wednesdays I wear a wenge sweater this winter;
Thursdays and Fridays
I might as well try for more attire.

But the Sundays have gone insane
The Thursdays are aping the Mondays,
The Fridays are becoming frightening.

For on weekends it’s all written on the wall
The Saturdays are absurd, just anticipating Sundays,
And the sunflower socks are in suspense
All set to strike,
The moccasin minds all the Mondays
Like the days are distinct
Like all the lacklustre Tuesdays so listless
And I suffer from all the similar Sundays,
These unwavering weekdays and weekends.

The Mondays are diverse only on unseen calendars
The Tuesdays are merely a testimony
—The same days, the same weeks, the same months.



Design in the Time of War 3.0

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Check
Design in the Time of War 1.0
Design in the Time of War 2.0
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Read
Graphic Arts and Advertising as War Propaganda
By James Aulich
1914–1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War
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On Demand: The Corruption of Revolution

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When revolution starts rhyming with extortion and corruption, there is hardly any positive effect on the ‘leaders’ and the led

Last year in New Delhi, a honey-trap racket was busted after an airline pilot could not handle it anymore and had to resort to legal help. Scamsters were repeatedly demanding money from him who had fallen into their trap through a dating site. More than 9 lakh INR had been extorted from him yet it came to an end. This was just one of the hundreds of tales that ended well in the unenviable world of easy money.

First Shot

On the other side of the fence, in Manipur, extortion is a thriving business and those who are into the ‘business’ are seemingly having a field day— with the main proponents belonging to the two powerful groups of gunmen: the so-called non-state actors who are by all accounts fighting for the land and  its antagonists, the state force.

First of all it might be obvious but there is a rule of law in New Delhi. If you are a victim and even if you…

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