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Meiteiron Calendar: The Origami Style 2017–18

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The Meitei New Year starts with Sājibu Cheiräobā that fell on 29 March this year. But it will take a Meetei’s concept of time duration to understand that the same day is also the second day of Sājibu, the first month. We follow a lunar calendar—based on synodic months—in which a new month comes when the Moon ‘dies’ (the emergence of New Moon) on every 30th. Generally, on one hand,we have the Gregorian calendar and thus we enjoy the privilege of celebrating two New Years’ Day: as usual on 1 January and the traditional version that falls in March–April. On the other, we use this traditional calendar only for rituals and other religious/customary events. 

It might look like a simple lunar calendar with a dark sphere (representing ‘Thäsi’ or New Moon) at the end of each month but there are some elements that describe our collective mess. It is always written clearly when the first day of Sājibu (Nongmā Pänba) falls, yet a majority of people also celebrate the 18th day as the New Year’s …

How Now, Brown Cow?

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With the rise of the right-wing government (BJP) in New Delhi, cows have apparently become more important than the people. Simultaneously, a few words and expressions have entered into the everyday conversation: cow vigilante groups, cow protection force, cow-worshippers and cow-dung-eaters. Recently, a leader of a right-wing organisation (RSS) had also ridiculously claimed that ‘hopeful people will give up eating beef in North East’. Hopefully, we wish these organisations will give up their stupidities as well.


Never mind; tonight, a few tweets have inspired me to create this collection of finishing memorable lines from popular English novels, in which I have replaced random words with ‘cow’ in the text, which give us a whole new level of understanding cow-ing politics.

[PS: Pity those people who have never tasted a beef delicacy. For a lifetime, there is going to be an empty and uncharted space inside them and around their existence.]











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The Problem of Periphery

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A short recollection on the difficulty of locating Manipur in conflict resolution, as it survives in a suffocating and peripheral corner as one of the provinces of the Indian state


We might find countless literature on conflict zones but in most of the cases, the reference is made from the perspective of a state and hardly from that of the constituents. Let’s see the issues and implications.

Any discourse on conflict resolution in Manipur tends to produce two sides:

if you are against the government and the army, then you are anti-India or you are too Manipur-centric. Some people would even ask which party we are affiliated  to or sympathise with. if you stand for the nation, then your political belief or indifference is highly questionable. In most cases, the second side belongs to ideology-challenged liberals, conformists and apolitical communities vis-à-vis contemporary Manipur.

Each situation comes with its share of justification but with objectionable reasons. For instance, if w…

1/2 1891

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Two groups of people were punished by the British Raj while taking over the kingdom of Manipur, the last province in British India to be administered under the imperial rule. Five of them were hanged to death while another 22 were exiled (‘transported for life’). The first collection contains a brief detail of those hanged to death, and the second, those were exiled.

This is the first collection.

1/2 1891 The People of the Anglo-Manipur War
2/2 1891 The People of the Anglo-Manipur War






2/2 1891

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Two groups of people were punished by the British Raj while taking over the kingdom of Manipur, the last province in British India to be administered under the imperial rule. Five of them were hanged to death while another 22 were exiled (‘transported for life’). The first collection contains a brief detail of those hanged to death, and the second, those were exiled.

This is the second collection.

1/2 1891 The People of the Anglo-Manipur War2/2 1891 The People of the Anglo-Manipur War







S- and L-Size in Anglo-Manipuri Monotone

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The small buttons can die
The small trousers can die
The small needles can die
The small T-shirts can die

The large heavenly orbit will not die
The large banks will not die
The large commando–army will not die
The large mansions will not die

The small villain can die
The large villain will not die
And the small killer can die
The big killer will not die
The small people can die
The big people will not die.
But in the end only the dust will remain
Unnamed. Unknown—
Of all that cannot be measured.


The Flood of Identities

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I can tell I’m a Hindu
You can say I like beef the most
I can tell I’m a citizen of this country
You can say I’m just kidding
I can tell I’m a specialist
You can tell me I should go fuck myself
Well, if you want to.

No god came along with my birth
No nation came along with my birth
Yet all I have is a man:
He belongs here—but he has no home
He lives there—but nobody know who he is
He works as this
He eats as that.

Out of so many, so many identities
How long are you going to crush me,
Just for a long forgotten single identity?
Those built on myths and manipulations
I declare I don’t belong neither here nor there
I don’t belong anywhere
But on a bloody road to liberation.

Talking Is Directly Proportional to Not Talking

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One of the worst nightmares in my growing-up days was when people, particularly in groups or gatherings, tell me I didn’t talk much, like it was a mandatory social protocol to ‘always’ speak about people or stuffs that are interesting or stupid or anything but remain silent. Well, whether it was mandatory I cannot tell but on my own selfish behalf, I have found it is not. Not talking is as good as talking and from the wisdom of wise people, I reiterate that this day, the 4th of April 2017, silence is still golden.

The first complaints were from relatives like one of my aunts who would say: ‘R—— (my sis) talks to us now and then but this boy never does.’

I was around 10 and I didn’t love my aunt less for creating noise and referring to me in the third person. That was one of the starting points of my social anxiety. Yet, it was no disorder; let me be a bit defensive, because in those days, I did love playing all sorts of games and sports with my two dozen cousins and always play and …

1/4 Left-Aligned Order of Authority in the World of Anarchism

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Left-libertarianism is a worldview based on two fundamental concepts: liberty and equality. For the left-libertarian, liberty and equality are mutually dependant necessities to the just society. Equality wouldn’t be worth pursuing if there was no liberty. Liberty is empowerment, to tolerate vast inequalities is to tolerate the disempowerment of the individual.
(http://themutualist.com/what-is-left-libertarianism)
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3/4 Left-Aligned Order of Authority in the World of Anarchism

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The term “left-libertanism” has at least three meanings. In its oldest sense, it is a synonym either for anarchism in general or social anarchism in particular. Later it became a term for the left or Konkinite wing of the free-market libertarian movement, and has since come to cover a range of pro-market but anti-capitalist positions, often with an implication of sympathies (such as for radical feminism) not usually shared by anarcho-capitalists.

In a third sense it has recently come to be applied to a position combining individual self-ownership with an egalitarian approach to natural resources; most proponents of this position are not anarchists.
Anarchism. In Gaus, Gerald F.; D’Agostino, Fred, eds. (2012)
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