Monthly Archives: June 2011

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Written on Jun, 30, 2011 by in | Leave a comment

There is a gold rush to find the “God particle”. One is at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment in Geneva – The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, better known by its historic acronym CERN. The LHC crosses the border between two countries. 200 feet underground, a proton does a 17-mile lap (circumference) at nearly the speed of light. Guided …

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Prof Higgins wipes a tear after God particles were found 40 years after he predicted

THE SEARCH BEGINS Oct 11 2010 There is a gold rush to find the “God particle”. One is at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment in Geneva – The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, better known by its historic acronym CERN. The LHC crosses the border between two countries. 200 feet underground, a proton does a 17-mile lap (circumference) at …

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Written on Jun, 19, 2011 by in | Leave a comment
Photo of Che Guevara - a short time before he was shot

For whom the bell tolls? It tolls for thee. For whom the Meitei insurgents are fighting? They are fighting for us. Or, are they? Since the Vietnam War ended insurgencies have evolved all over the world and have become more sophisticated and hard to defeat. In Manipur, Meitei insurgencies have erupted for a noble cause: to fight ‘the illegal occupation’ …

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Written on Jun, 15, 2011 by in | Leave a comment
Apes point to the origin of human languages. Meitei language is a language isolate

The origin of languages is a highly controversiatopic as there is hardly any empirical or fossil evidence. Communication via speech is uniquely human but the nature of its uniqueness and its biological basis is notoriously difficult to define. No one is quite sure. So is the uncertainty of the origin of the Meitei language (Meiteilon, Meiteiron) – Manipuri, which is …

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Written on Jun, 15, 2011 by in | Leave a comment
Prof Sobhana Chelliah

“Work on the position of Manipuri in Tibeto-Burman or anothelanguage should be done, I agree with you on that. It would be a good Ph D. Topic.” Sobhana. Meite lon – Meitei language is not a Tibeto-Burman (TB) language, but it has affinities with other TB languages. The Meitei lon is such a language with apparent but insignificant similarities in …

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Written on Jun, 15, 2011 by in | Leave a comment

Meitei lon – Meitei language is not a Tibeto-Burman (TB) language, but it has affinities with other TB languages. The Meitei lon is such a language with apparent but insignificant similarities in its basic vocabulary with other neighbouring languages. There is no evidence that it has taken any leaf out of the books of neighbouring languages. It has no known …

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Written on Jun, 09, 2011 by in | Leave a comment
Neil, Sudhir and author at the temple of Irengbam ancestors at Uripok, Imphal

Manipur, many thousand years ago, was a distant cold country near India surrounded by hill ranges. It is in the Northern Temperate Zone between 230 58´ to 940 45´E longitudes and between 230 50 to 250 42´N latitudes. This was within the range of the ‘Last Glaciations’. At the end of the Last Glaciations, 20,000 years ago, when the Meitei …

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Written on Jun, 07, 2011 by in | Leave a comment
Keeping Meitei ethnic traditions Radha and Krisna in Meitei costume dancing

The economic disparity is not the cause of Manipuri Naga-strife I have recently received an email from Justin Haobam. He wrote: “Every Sunday morning I wait for my copy of the Sangai Express knowing that the fourth page will contain another piece of Diaspora Speak… & today’s topic is very interesting (Are the Meitei a short shrift from their tribal …

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Written on Jun, 06, 2011 by in | Leave a comment
Author at Pompeii 1967

On Sunday, May 21 20111 an Icelandic volcano from underneath a glacier was flinging ash, smoke and stream many kilometres into the air, dropping a thick layer of grey soot. This reminded me of Pompeii, which my wife and I visited in 1970. We set off from Sorrento in Italy from where there were convenient one day excursions to Capri, …

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