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Sunday, 11 June 2017 05:30

Senapati brigade medical camp

IMPHAL | June 11
Senapati brigade under the aegis of red shield division conducted a free medical camp at Tousem village at Tamenglong district and Phumlou mamang village in senapati district on June 9, said a release.
During the camp a total of 239 patients at village Tousem and 289 patients at Phumlou Mamang village were examined and provided free medical treatment for ailments like respiratory diseases, skin diseases, hypertension, gastrointestinal infection and worm infestations etc. Medicines and first aid kit were provided to patients and informed about preventive measures for various diseases, it added.

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IMPHAL | June 11
The Co-ordination Committee (CorCom), a conglomerate of different underground outfits operating in the state has condoled the demise of the much revered “Baba” Shangwang Shanyung Khaplang, (SS Khaplang), chairman of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, at the Council Headquarters (NSCN/GPRN).
In a release signed by Kh Pambei, convenor of the group said the death of Baba Khaplang is an irreparable loss to the revolutionary struggle of WESEA region. Throughout his life, Baba Khaplang worked tirelessly and dedicated his whole life for the freedom and sovereignty of the Naga peoples who are being exploited and colonised, to the extent of deprivation of even their basic human rights, it said.
 He is a revolutionary icon of the region, it said.
Since his youthful days of Naga Defence Force and subsequently Eastern Naga Revolutionary Council, he was an epitome of struggle and suffering of the Naga peoples., it said, adding he was a keen observer and had a clear vision of the common polity of the WESEA people who are having common racial origin, composite history, composite culture and are interdependent and inseparable from one another.
As such since 1976, during his association with AZ Phizo and NNC, he became well acquainted with the revolutionary parties of Manipur to pave the way for a common struggle against Indian occupation and its’ colonial aggression, it said.
The release continued he firmly believed that only a united struggle of the WESEA region can give deliverance of the people from its oppressors and enemies; and hence can withstand the challenges of time together.
Unfortunately, the much contentious Shillong Accord broke the Naga struggle into opposing groups, as those opposing the Accord formed the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) in 1980 with Isaac Chishi Swu, SS Khaplang, Thuingaleng Muivah as its chairman, vice-chairman and general secretary respectively, it said.
Furthermore, in 1988 NSCN broke into NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K), Baba Khaplang taking over as the chairman of NSCN (K), and since then, as his firm commitment and clear vision of the region’s united struggle against Indian colonial hegemony is more correct and acceptable, all the revolutionary parties of Manipur is staying and working together at his eastern Naga areas, maintained the release.
Such was his revolutionary wisdom and command that he was accepted among the various revolutionary parties of the WESEA region and was highly regarded as a revolutionary patriarch, and he spent his whole life with his Naga army in the jungles sharing their pain and hardships; always living a very simple life far from luxury, it continued.
In 1996, he went to Geneva and attended the UN Working Committee on Indigenous Populations; brought the Naga peoples as well as the region’s sufferings to the world view thereby exposing India’s colonial hegemonic rule, said the release.
Further it said to the liberation struggle of Manipuri peoples, he is truly a benefactor. The invaluable contributions of blood and sweat of the Eastern Naga villagers living with their meagre subsistence who are always ready to share food, shelter and anything else is due to all Baba’s magnanimity, it added.
Baba Khaplang having firm commitment and belief in a united struggle of the region always advocated for a revolutionary united front of the region, and hence he was the main architect of the erstwhile Indo-Burma Revolutionary Front in 1990, it said.
 Although IBRF after working for a few years did not progress much, it laid the firm foundation for the regional unity of our revolution as the necessity of it had been understood by all, the release said, adding thereby, under the abled leadership of Baba Khaplang, again a more compact Regional United Front named UNLFW could be formed with KLO, NDFB, NSCN (K) and ULFA (I) with Baba Khaplang as its chairman and since, continuing remarkable fights against IOF.
Although CorCom or any representative from Manipur is not in the UNLFW so far, it has been working together with UNLFW under the abled leadership of its chairman Khaplang and fighting jointly against the Indian Occupation Forces, it said.
The release further said in such a crucial juncture of our revolutionary struggle, the sudden demise of our respected ‘Baba” Khaplang is a shock to us all and it has created a vacuum in our revolutionary struggle.
CorCom shares its profound sorrow with the grieving family, leaders, comrades of NSCN (K), to all the officers, rank and files of Naga army as well, maintained the release.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 05:30

Paradoxes and politics

Paradoxes are the living proof of the incompleteness of human logic, so they say. While idealists use the existence of paradoxes as the launching plank for arguments to prove that human logic cannot contain all the mysteries of life, reductionist materialists, attribute paradoxes to the inadequacy of semantics to explain the human thought process. The classic example, now come to be known as the “liar’s paradox”, will illustrate. The paradox, as students of philosophy know, is traditionally attributed to Epimenides the Cretan and supposedly strengthened by Eubulides. Consider this: does the statement “I am lying” make sense. It does seem like it. It is grammatically perfect, and we know, or seem to know, exactly what is implied by it. But does the sentence really have a tangible meaning. A closer scrutiny will reveal how irresolubly ridiculous and fallacious the statement actually is. For if the man who says “I am lying” means what is saying then he is speaking the truth, therefore not lying. If he is lying then he is speaking the truth, and if he is speaking the truth, then he is lying and it goes on. In the words of Bertrand Russell, paradoxes are grammatically sound sentences that are nonsensical logically. But such paradoxes are what our politicians take to as if by instinct. In fact, they seem to revel in them. In the decade or so of coalition politics, we have seen the lexicon of paradoxical political terminology multiply. As for instance, phrases like “qualified support”, “outside support”.... all of which have clouded, if not shrouded meanings, have sprung up to define different forms of alliances between sworn enemies. Such ideas are high sounding, but closer looks always reveal their hollowness. Like the liar’s paradox, they always prove to be nonsensical at their crux.
In Manipur, illustrations of the nonsensical nature of these alliances are plenty. Subterfuse has been the name of the game of all ministries in the past few decades and even beyond. Defections hence have been sublimated as unification of like-minded MLAs in pursuit of common goals. They seem to believe public memory is so short that nothing of the opinion they publicly expressed of the people they suddenly discovered shared their minds and outlooks, will be remembered. But can chameleons ever have anything as like-mindedness? They change their colours in a way to best camouflaged themselves against whatever background they land in, as part of a survival instinct but also equally an effective predatory mechanism. Like these creatures, nobody will have any doubt the defectors amongst our politicians also change colours as it suits their hunger for the benefits that come by aligning with power. If this were not so, and these behaviours were purely determined by discovery of like-mindedness, political defections should have been in all direction, including from the ruling parties to the non-ruling ones. This we know is not true. Political defection has been about fickle minded and selfish politicians gravitating towards whoever is in power.
It is quite a marvel that this selfish gene in our politicians is showing up even after the Anti-Defection Law, defined by the 10th Schedule of the Constitution has been introduced in 1985 by the 52nd amendment of the Constitution, and then further toughened in 2003. They still find ingenious ways to dodge penalty under this piece of legislation, although not always successfully. Past ministries have been guilty, and the current one cannot be absolved of the same guilt either. In fact, the 10th Schedule has at no other time has been as blatantly disregarded as now. Today it is not just about not taking cognizance of MLA defections, but of giving them ministerial berths instead even before their status under the provisions of the 10th Schedule has been decided. At least on this matter of law, we do hope the present government does not delay things any further and straighten out things. As to the liar’s paradox and double speak of habitual political defectors, it will need no further proof than looking at newspaper archival records on what each of them had said during the times of the state’s crisis or during election campaigns. It will also be discovered many of those who claim like-mindedness now were at daggers drawn not so long ago, throwing the most vile charges of communalism and corruption against each other. Just recall the charges they hurled at each other in the aftermath of the Kuki-Naga riots, the Meitei-Meitei Pangal frenzy, the Mao Gate crisis, the Ukhrul crisis following the assassination of an ADC member and the deployment of state forces in Ukhrul town, the Churachandpur crisis following the passage of the three ILPS bills etc. The sworn political enemies now sing lullabies to each other. As if treason and manslaughter are crimes that can be just hurled or brushed aside at individual conveniences. It is also amusing that the drama of seasonal hostilities and fraternities between politicians in the state are mimicries of the rivalries of political parties in New Delhi, and nothing really to do with local issues at their crux.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 05:30

Vocational training at DM College

IMPHAL | June 11
In a release, DDU Kaushal Kendra, Dhanamanjuri Community college has notified that B Voc. degree is at par with other bachelor degrees as per the UGC norms. The notification is made in the interest of all students who are intending to pursue admission in various B.Voc/M Voc programs, and informed that the Gazette of India has notified in Jan 19 2013, in this regard, it said.

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By Amar Yumnam
On 10 June 2017 I had the privilege of listening to the Twelfth Arambam Somorendra Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor Soyam Lokendrajit. The theme of the lecture was on Peoples’ Resistance Movement against Demographic Invasions in the North-East: The Manipur Experience. When Professor Soyam Lokendrajit speaks, we have to listen and listen intensely. What he spoke conveys a widely shared core concerns of quite many a population in the region. Here, leaving aside the issues raised in the lecture, I would like to quote about the feelings as framed in the lecture: “The Manipur State Naturalisation Act of 1947 proved that millenniums have gone into the making of Manipur civilization and culture, that she has all the core values of a great civilization, that her way of life, world outlook, is not an isolated and tribal one, that she has space for the assimilation of outsiders to the State, providing a bio-cultural mechanism and also a legal apparatus for their naturalization as citizens of the State”. Professor Lokendrajit continues: “When the newly independent India forcibly annexed Manipur on October 15, 1949, her first “democratic” act was to liquidate Manipuri people’s first elected Government under the Manipur State Constitution Act, 1947. Rape of a virgin democracy! A historic experiment in democracy at the convergence point of East and West promising the core civilizational values of love, beauty and reasonableness to be spread to mankind was nipped in the bud!!” He laments that, consequent upon the infolding demographic scenario, “(a) peace of the grave will descend on the Manipuri nationality.” Then comes the longing; “Our dream is, we want development in our own way, by our own hands, through material and social forces generated from within ourselves. Our fear is, to be lectured on nationalism and patriotism – only to be branded as anti-nationals. Our hope is, one day the world will know that we also love our motherland in our own way, no less than any of our counterparts elsewhere. Our fear is, faultlines in ourselves - cynically exploited by dark forces to destroy our being together. Our hope is, the realisation will dawn that we are sailing in the same ship.”
Now these are feelings coming up after nearly sixty-eight years of Manipur being with India and as expressed by an astute observer of the Manipuri socio-politico-economic dynamics for half a century. First, India has failed – failed utterly – to win the people of the region on their side about how Manipur became a part of India. Secondly, this sustenance of grievance is now coupled by a distrust that India would not be interested in making genuine development to occur in this part of the world.
These fears and distrust are not something which have just fallen from the sky or emerging from the vacuum. The political arrangement which was meted out to Manipur after becoming part of India is something which any generation would find hard to digest, if read at all with the history behind. The accompanying and consequential perspective based on security of non-inclusive Indian interests have only added further injury and insults to the initial wound. In this nearly four decades were gone and completely wasted instead of winning the heart and the mind of the people for a shared future. This also in a context where diverse populations have been flourishing together. The following and contemporary approximately three and a half decades had the opportunity and a half-mind-set for correcting this inherited uncongenial milieu. This has been the period of Look East Policy and stated focus on the North East. But this has not yielded the expected positive externalities for development. On the contrary this entire period has been subsumed by the stories, pains and anguish affected under the cover of the hated Armed Forces Special Powers Act. The government may have a rationale of its own for this absolutely inhuman law, but the people share and continuously share the pains and anguish caused by the unaccounted and non-accountable nature of anything done under the garb of this legislation. Whatever is the case, the shared social pains of rape and unwarranted killings cannot be swept aside by any kind of control by the government. These are to be addressed only by accepting the faults and moving along with the people and never by multiple endeavours to manipulate the rule of justice; extreme efforts to manipulatively influence the judicial system seem to be the sole preoccupation of the governance today. The stories and symbols of pain linger without any visible sign of the state attempting to address the wounds.
The change in the power regime in the Centre since 2014 has also not caused any kind of change in the approach to problems in the region. The fear and longing conveyed by Professor Lokendrajit have meanings here. In the beginning the people felt a kind of swing for the better. But the recent events and exclusionary interventions have certainly caused an aggravated suspicion and fear among the regional population. The people are feeling if “(a)ll Manipuris will be reduced to captive voters condemned to casting votes”. This suspicion is further deepened by the way India opposed the OBOR (One Belt One Road) initiative but went ahead within days to become a member of the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation).
The continuation of the same and failed paradigm of looking at the North East need to be replaced by a new one alive to the contextual realities (past as well as present) and convergent with the aspirations of the people of the region. The exclusionary – social and political – approach in the rest of India should not be superimposed in the region. For instance, the new government in Manipur and the other ones in the region should not be taken advantage of for spreading the wings of dominance and continuation of paternalism. Empower the regional governments in their efforts to contextually address the heterogeneity in the region with shared involvement. The opportunity is now for contextual enhancement of national strength but definitely not for establishing a new form colonisation.
(The author is a Professor and Head: Department of Economics, Manipur University)

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 05:30

AR Shirui summer camp

IMPHAL| June 11
A release from 27 assam rilfes of 10 sector assam rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) has informed that Shirui summer camp 2017 has been organised from June 9 to 12 at Somsai.
The camp was attended by 101 boys and girls from various districts of Ukrhul, Imphal East, Thoubal, Kakching and Churachandpur. An all-round exposure to adventurous activities, historical places, flora and fauna along with team building events was planned for the young enthusiasts.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 05:30

GP college union seeks govt attention

IMPHAL | June 11
G.P Women college students union has urged in a release that position of principal-in-charge of their college must be selected from the senior most teachers, in order to improve academic atmosphere.
The union has appealed to the Chief Minister and Education minister to draw their attention to the matter that the present principal-in-charge is about to retire at the end of this month. Further it requested not to select junior teachers for the said post, like the previous government did at various colleges which were a clear sign of irregularities, which hampers the academic atmosphere, it added.

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IMPHAL | June 11
In a release, Fiends in need society (FINE Society) has said that veterinary departments at Heriok, Thoubal District are in deplorable conditions.
The veterinary departments at Heirok part 1 and 3 are running without any office or working place as veterinary dispensary, and the staff are working mobile at different locations to treat animals.
At heirok part 2, members of Fine society found the dispensary in deplorable conditions. On May 24, members of the society went to Heirok CHC and took stock of the centre, the release added.

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IMPHAL | June 11
Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister V Hangkhanlian inaugurated Techno Paramedical Institute at Hauzel Mansion, Hiangtam Lamka, Churachandpur, yesterday.
Techno Paramedical Institute is an authorised or study centre of Bharat Sevak Samaj (BSS) which is a National Development Agency, established in 1952 by the Planning Commissioner, Government of India.
It was run and managed under ITNA-VILLA Foundation Trust under the trust-Acts of Manipur State government as the trust, Churachandpur Manipur.
Speaking at the function, the minister appreciated the founder of the institute for establishing a technical institute in the district and said that this institute would provide training and jobs to educated unemployed youths after the completion of their chosen courses.
Many persons who are interested in pursuing technical education including who have passed up to class X can  enrol  for different courses and those who are being trained in this institute  would become the valuable asset for the society and to the people who needs their technical  help, he added.
Techno Paramedical Institute has come forward in the field with certain paramedical courses like, BSS Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technician (2 years) BSS, Diploma in X-ray Technician (2 years course) BSS Diploma in Ophthalmic technician (2 years course) ECG technician (1 year course) and Laboratory Assistant, 1 year course.
The programme was attended by Biakmuan Tombing Programme co-ordinator, Rev Khen P Tombing, chief moderator, PCI (R) and some local people.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 05:30

“Ishusa Wari Leerage” released

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL|June 11
Nongchup Haram Khorjei Lup (NOHAKHOL), Yurembam Bazar released a book - “Ishusa Wari Leerage” written by Karam Joychandra Meitei at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, Imphal today. Chanambam Bijenti Devi, Zilla Parishad member, chaired as the chief guest accompanied by Dr. L.  Shashikumar, president, NOHAKHOL and Dr. K. Shantibala , assistant professor, M.U. as the guest of honour.
K. Joychandra was proprietor at M/S Joy Electrical and Steel Industries, North B.O.C, Imphal from 1970-2006. He believes that today’s youth lacks basic etiquettes and knowledge about their rich folklore. The book is a small step towards reviving our degrading culture in this modern era of electronic gadgets. It is printed in both Bengali and Meitei Mayek  script.
Bijenti Devi and Shantibala expressed their support with the writer’s thoughts on generation gap and hoped that the book would help in fixing this problem to some extent. Shaskikumar said, “The book is NOHAKHOL’s 161st book. The continuation of such flair in writing is expected in the future.”

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