Sir,
I would like to use your esteem newspaper to request the people of Manipur to refrain from bandh and blockade atleast for this month. There are a number of State and Central level examinations coming up this month. Some of which are MPSC MCSCC Exam (Mains), SSC-CGL, banking exam etc. It is only the people of manipur who will suffer if we miss these exams.

Sir,
Guess where is Irabot Road in Khwairamband Bazar. Named in honour of Jananeta Hijam Irabot by Imphal Municipal Board on 26-9-80, Irabot Road is a PWD road that leads from BT Road to Rupmahal Tank passing in front of Irawat Bhawan and lies next to Family Welfare Road.

Sir,
The road stretch from Tadubi 0 km to 3 kms of Shajouba and beyond has been in deplorable stage, caused by the monsoon rain due to complete blockage of culvert and side drains.

Sir,
We all know that AFSPA and its horrendous effect on us intruding without leniency whether we are educated or uneducated, poor or rich, criminal or innocent no matter whosoever we are. It seems that people’s demand for revocation of AFSPA would not be fulfilled even after hundreds and thousands of years. A 16-year-old fasting crusade by Irom Sharmila, the Iron Lady of Manipur, came to an end on 9 August 2016.

Sir,
The 23rd August The Sangai Express article “MPP questions rationale of cancelling recruitment test”, for Manipur Police Constable (Male) highlights a rather comic attempt, of a once-mighty now-redundant party to salvage some political and electoral credibility before the assembly elections next year.

Sir,
There was an earthquake of magnitude 5.5 during morning hours of 23rd August in the border region of India Myanmar. It was near Mawlaik in Myanmar. It has been found that about 100 minutes before the occurrence of earthquake (magnitude around 5.5 or more) mobile/ cell phones stop working.

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But, the discourse of the interface between indigenous identity and Aryan identity within the state of Manipur continues to persist. Here is an example, however uncritical it may sound, of how the illogical idea of Aryan origin or cultural Aryanness of Manipuris is deliberately pushed forward:

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Such a highly opinionated and, rather, ill informed and colonialist/imperialist observation by the Bengali commentator reminds me of a passage from an essay by Joseph Addison when he warns us, “… we are all guilty in some measure of the narrow way of thinking, … when we fancy the customs, dresses, and manners of other countries are ridiculous and extravagant, if they do not resemble those of our own.”

I do not know if I could qualify as one of the possible candidates for the ‘hundred words challenge’ on defining culture posed to the audience of the 12th August gathering by Your Excellency because I was not present in the inaugural function of the Manipur University of Culture and the Manipur State Film and Television Institute. I am afraid that this open letter would turn out to be what we understand as ‘chhoti muh badi baat’ because in that august gathering where you asked to write an essay on culture there were at least two Padmashrees (an internationally acclaimed film maker, and the other an international figure in Manipuri culture). Those present in that crowd were ‘living heritage(s)’, Sahitya Academy awardees, cultural activists, theatre and film personalities, kritan gurus, Manipuri dance gurus, academicians, one Vice-Chancellor …

Sir,
I would like to expose the pathetic Airtel mobile communication network in certain parts of Imphal West area particularly Lamphel and its adjoining localities and to draw the attention of the company to look into the miserable condition its customers are experiencing for long.

Sir,
Our people must be wise to ready for a peaceful and democratic way of life. I humbly request our people to overcome the hands of corrupt people as we know elections as the lifeblood of democracy. Though defeated we should not despair hope. Right, money, corruption, muscle power have destroyed the true essence of elections.