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Written on Jan, 22, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Dear Reader, While this website is under construction, please visit my previous published articles in the “The Sangai Express” Here  

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Written on Aug, 13, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
MY JAPANLAN MEMOIR AFTER FOUR SCORE YEARS - A

On August 15 1947 India got Independence. On August 8 1942 the Quit India movement was launched in Bombay by All India Congress Committee, led by Mahatma Gandhi. But, it was the beat of a distant drum in Manipur, muffled by the sound and fury of World War II or Japanlan. In Manipur in 1942, far removed from the concerns …

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Written on Aug, 06, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
MEITEIS & MEITEILON THAT HAD NEVER BEEN TIBETO-BURMAN: NEVERMIND THE GUESSWORK

The joy of Independence Day permeated all over Manipur on August 14 1947. I was there. But, Manipur had an Achilles Heel, the Manipur State Congress. Another fatal weakness for the superficial, was the inherent silliness of the premise that Meiteis and Meiteilon are Tibeto-Burman. The aesthetic offence of the 1950’s educational revolution, seduced by Grierson, was to dupe young …

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Written on Jan, 22, 2017 by in | Comments Off on A DEEP FROZEN 14-YEAR-OLD DEAD GIRL TO COME TO LIFE IN 200 YEARS’ TIME
A DEEP FROZEN 14-YEAR-OLD DEAD GIRL TO COME TO LIFE IN 200 YEARS' TIME

I’m not in the habit of seeking banana skins on which to slip. Or, anti-social to a pathological degree. I’m just imperfect. The world we live in is also imperfect. The present is built on a foundation of a flawed past and the future will rest on the remains of the present. We come and die, thickening the outer layer …

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Written on Jan, 08, 2017 by in | Comments Off on HOW TO KEEP A YOUNG HEAD ON OLD SHOULDERS
HOW TO KEEP A YOUNG HEAD ON OLD SHOULDERS

The coming of a New Year inevitably brings on many past experiences to reflect upon. One of the lesser pleasures of Christmas this year was to watch my ageing wife to work so hard to celebrate Christmas twice with the same verb as my daughter, her husband, and the grandchildren could not make it on Christmas day because they had …

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Written on Jul, 02, 2016 by in | Comments Off on HOMO SAPIENS’ STRUGGLE FOR COEXISTANCE AND RELIGIOUS SUPREMACY
Shiva

This column is a mixed bag of human struggles for coexistence and religious supremacy. The strife for the Darwinian unification of all life including Homo sapiens has been hard and brutal. As I caught the dying embers of British Raj, I have glimpses of Hyderabad, Goa, Kashmir, Manipur and Nagaland, whose histories dry in congealed blood.   Every time an …

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Written on Feb, 28, 2016 by in | Comments Off on THE ANCIENT SILK ROAD
silk_roads

While in school I had heard about the ancient Silk Road. I had only an idea that was more than vague. Because of lack of library books no teacher knew about it. I remained in this twilight zone until I have read a voluminous new book – The Silk ‘Roads’ – (many trade routes) – A New History Of The …

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Written on Oct, 04, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
Kuki-uprising-in-Churachandpur-2015

There is always the first time for everything, such as O Nabakishore – the first Meitei IAS officer on merit, has become the first Meitei Chief Secretary of Manipur. It’s history. Likewise, there must be the first Inner Line Permit System for Manipur. While all is quiet on the Meitei JCILPS front, since hearing the distant drums of Khongsais on …

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Written on Aug, 16, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
Drs

It’s shocking and heartbreaking when a close relative suddenly dies. I know the feeling. In the last 3/4 years I lost two very close nephews unexpectedly. While sympathising with the bereaved people,  this is a question each of us must try to answer, considering the resurgence of old Meiteis culture towards doctors. Early in my college education, I still remember …

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Written on Mar, 26, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
Edwina and Jawaharlal - star-crossed lovers

But this column is dedicated to the legendary ‘Love in Simla’ between Jawaharlal Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten – the wife of Louis Mountbatten (known as Dickie). Their attachment started from the moment they met in New Delhi in 1947. Their love blossomed in Simla and lasted 13 years. Their romance is like a prose fiction’. The knots and threads of …

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