This is great news for all of us to know the fact that the National Sports University Bill has been introduced in Parliament on 10th August 2017; though inadvertently it was reported that the Bill was introduced during Zero Hour in Lok Sabha. Please remember that government Bills cannot be introduced in Zero Hour which is not bound by any Rule; transaction of formal Government business is done either before or after Zero Hour. Anyway it seems that the BJP government is going by the promises it made during the Election hustings. Blockade lifted within days of assuming power though the Frankenstein (Districts) is still haunting. The martyrs of Lamka had been put to rest though the MOU is yet to be fully fulfilled. The primary focus of this National Sports University will be on developing and promoting sports science, sports technology, sports management, high performance training etc. It is also for creation of a high standard infrastructure for the development of sports and training of athletes, apart from providing Bachelors Degree, Master’s Degrees and Research and Training in various areas related to sports. It will also adopt the best international practices followed by the best sports universities in the world.

A few days back the Union minister of Women and Child Development, Manekaji suggested legalization of Ganja (marijuana) for medical purposes. She made her suggestion in a meeting of a group of ministers (GOM) on drugs demand reduction policy. The GOM was chaired by Rajnathji Union Home minister (wishing him a quick recuperation from fracture). If I remember correctly the NITI Aayog Member Bibek Debroy also made a similar proposal a few months ago. His argument was more on economics rather than medicinal.

Sometimes it gives us a sense of belongingness when powerful people (Ministers) come and take crucial State decisions at our place and also take cognizance of our woes and worries. It may be symbolic but it has emanated a strong message for reaffirming the ties between the people and the government. The Cabinet meeting recently held in Churachandpur was a sapient step in the right direction. Next Cabinet meeting may be held in any of the far flung areas of the State.

On various graft charges 6 peons were dismissed, 5 constables were terminated, 7 clerks were given force retirement, 4 SOs were suspended, 8 Under secretaries were transferred, and 3 Deputy secretaries were served memos and warned. Thank God our higher ups are not corrupt. We are very lucky that the corruption is taking place only at the lower level. So far not a single Minister or Secretary is caught indulging in corrupt practices. Otherwise it could have been a blot on clean image of the State and also on our long standing prestige and dignity.

I thought GST stands for Goods and Services Tax. Honorable Finance Minister says the same; it is Goods and Services Tax. Around midnight of 30th June, our Honorable Prime Minister has clarified that it is Good and Simple Tax. Once the PM has made it clear the matter is settled then and there.

1. BJP led government or simply the Biren Singh government in Manipur has completed 100 days. According to my myopic & squint assessment the performance of this government is so far satisfactory if not outstanding.

Few moons ago there was a large scale employment drive. Due to paucity of time in many of the cases the written tests were done away with and only the deserving candidates were called straightaway for viva voce. The screening for selection of deserving candidates was done on the basis of the class VIII score , Matric mark , PU/PUC percentage , Degree quality , MA performance etc. etc. Accordingly cut-offs were decided on the basis of convenient ratios (vacancies : candidates), many a times it was 5:1, sometimes 7:1, other-times 10:1 and rarely beyond that . In fact there was no uniformity of convenience.

As a concern citizen of this great country I would also like to join the national debate on this very crucial issue, “whether peacock and peahen do have sex for reproduction or whether their procreation is done when the peahen consumes the tears of the peacock”. For the last two /three days many TV channels and newspapers carry this story. Even the social media has become wild to find out the truth?

If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed and if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed(Mark Twain). Anyway it is the right of the readers/listeners/viewers to question the world’s crazy incidents and indolent ideas. Nobody can confiscate this right. Even if they are bashed up or locked up they will keep doing so .

These days religious-men, spiritualists, agnostics, atheists, scientists and even fundamentalists talk about “peace”. But what exactly it is? Nobody knows. Socrates once said, “if you don’t have a word to describe something, then how can you think about it? If we go by the dictionary meaning of ‘peace’: 1. it is a situation or a period of time in which there is no violence or war;2 the state of being calm and quite; 3 the state of living amicably without feud and argument etc.

My daughter asked me whether the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister can avail LTC (Leave Travelling Concession). I said, “most probably they can, they are also government employees”. She further asked whether they actually claim. I told her, “not sure whether they claim or not, but years ago I read in the newspaper that one PM was in Kerala on a vacation”. Again, not very sure whether he avail LTC or not.

Manipur is not merely a political, territorial and demographic expression but it is also an expression of a history, a culture, a tradition, and an idea (which is beyond the comprehension of many). Oriental traditional values and beliefs are inseparably linked with the socio-politico-economic-cultural-patriotic strand of the people which are different from the occidental concepts of nationalism, sovereignty, independence and liberalism. The basic problem today is the continuing clash of philosophies & ideas. And to some extent we are also entangled in this conflict and confusion.