IMPHAL | Sept 4
An interactive session cum demonstration on basic life support and advanced life support in emergency medical care for doctors was conducted by Dr Tony Huidrom, faculty trainer AHA/HSF, faculty clinical educator, Sunny Brooke Hospital, UFT of Toronto here today at the mini auditorium of RIMS Imphal.
One hundred and thirty two persons actively participated in the session. The session was organised by Medical Society, RIMS, Imphal, said a release.
The angst over the inflow of migrants has never been fully resolved in the Northeast. Manipur has been no exception. This is understandable for as recent history is witness, ethnic communities inhabiting the region, in most cases small and weak, are vulnerable of being displaced and marginalised by influx from outside the region of communities far superior in number and exposure to the modern economy. No other has empathised more with this inherent fear than Nari Rushtomji, a civil servant in the crucial years before and after Independence. He was self-professedly in love with the region and true to his words, dedicated his entire career as an Indian administrator in the region. Rushtomji in his book “Imperilled Frontiers” watched with dismay the struggle of small indigenous groups negotiating the challenges of modernity and development, wanting its benefits but also fearing its consequence of attracting work forces more experienced in the modern ways and superior in number therefore capable of easily displacing them completely. Before his very eyes, this exactly became the fate of Sikkim, Darjeeling etc., making him conclude that while the march of development and population movements are universal phenomena, these changes must have to be regulated so that the pace of their march is not beyond the capacities of the small and weak local communities to absorb without detriment to their social organisms.
There is much to be had from this advice: One, racial and ethnic identities realities not about to be erased anytime soon; Two, there are ways of getting around these problems, and this can be through sympathetic understanding of the problem, leading to framing of laws that can accommodate the needs for development and modernity as well as ensure nobody’s autonomous identity is destroyed. It must also be kept in mind that controlled influx of outside population is not a bad thing. If the migrants are willing to adapt to local customs or even integrate to them, then let it also be remembered that once upon a time the kings of the erstwhile kingdom of Manipur encouraged it, as indeed, all Paddy States in James Scott’s Zomian theatre is known to have done so. The Bamons the Pangals and so many more indigenised and were absorbed into local clans and surnames, in the process strengthening the society, bringing in fresh skills, ideas, work forces and genes. This notwithstanding, it must be admitted identity divides are a reality.
Literature has illustrated this dilemma in ways no other intellectual fields can. French existentialist author Albert Camus’ well known short story, “The Guest” set against the backdrop of the Algerian resistance movement against French colonialism is one of these. In it, a white school teacher, by ancestry a Frenchman but in every other sense of the word a son of the Algerian soil, who even disregards and disobeys government overtures to collaborate in the fight to subdue the rebellion, discovers to his profound sorrow how unbridgeable the divide between the races are in a graffiti message on the blackboard written by his students and directed at his racial alien status. It is a beautiful picture of the human spiritual and psychological landscape the artist paints, bringing out its complex nuances. Social scientists have also done some fine reductive and constructive analyses on the matter. Sudhir Kakkar’s “Colours of Violence” in many ways is an explanation of such a divide. Kakkar, who calls himself a “pragmatic liberal and an agnostic mystic” based his conclusions on studies of the phenomenon of communal riots in India between the Hindus and Muslims. His finding is that there is something much deeper and fundamental in the identity divide than the usual explanation that it is a fall out of sinister machination of colonial politics. He does not align with the rabid hatred and paranoiac sense of persecution preached by fanatical religious leaders, but all the same takes pains to point out the shallowness of the liberal view of history as a function of the present – that the past will depend on the interpretation of the present to suit its conveniences. While this does happen, it fails to explain too many problematic points. Why would the identity divides persist amongst communities after generations of sharing and living together, as Camus so poignant brings out in “The Guest”, or why would affinities in familial and social bonding remain after generations of separation and radically different social engineering as in the case of East and West Germans, Kakkar asks in his book.
In the wake of the current rumbles in Manipur and Assam on this touchy question again, it would be pertinent for the governments here to begin thinking of policies to prevent more human tragedies. We are of the opinion that it is important for the government to acknowledge both the instrumental as well as primordial factors in the making of group identities, and then evolve effective administrative policies. In their new found nationalistic fervor, let them not forget this is not a question of being subversive to national interest. In fact they must engage the Union government in this debate for a more comprehensive future demography policy. The idea we have always mooted, of not putting a complete ban on migration, but making it virtually impossible for migrants to acquire landed properties may be a good start.
IMPHAL | Sept 4
A general body meeting of Unemployment Pharmacist Association of Manipur (UPAM) was held yesterday at its Porompat office and appointed office bearers for the term 2017-18.
A release said that M. Dhiren, Sh. Dineshwar, Th. Sumon, Ch. Mahendro and Md. Ajimuddin as the president, vice-preisdent, general secretary, joint secretary and finance secretary respectively.
It further said that the meeting also discussed to the World Pharmacist Day at the state level which will be observe by UPAM under the theme, “From Research to Health care: Your Pharmacy is at your service.”
IMPHAL | Sept 4
A meeting jointly organised by Co-ordinating Committee of Recognised Private Schools Manipur and Churachandpur District Private School Association was held today at Dorcas Mini auditorium hall, Churachandpur.
A release said that the meeting thoroughly discussed about the Manipur Private School (Registration and Regulation) Bill, 2017 and D.El.Ed training under NIOS.
It further said to enrol all the teachers of the district for the training programme and all also to absorb two members of the Churachandpur District Private School Association in the committee.
IMPHAL | Sept 4
The Joint Non-Government Voluntary Organisation (JNGVO) said that the reserved plot for construction of Kakching post office building and quarters for the staff has been allotted to the postal department along with its legal documents by the revenue department.
A release said that the ministry of communications, department of post also gave the green light for construction of buildings at Kakching in a letter addressed to JNGVO. The organisation has urged the department of post to begin construction work of postal building for Kackhing district headquarter, in a speedy manner and fulfil the expectations of the people.
From A Correspondent
THOUBAL | Sept 3
Peace Foundation Committee, which was formed in 2012 with a goal to create a peaceful co-existence amongst the neighbouring villages of Heirok by chiefs of villages, representatives of civil society organisations, today held a meeting at Chingdompok High School, Litan Makhong, Heirok part II.
It was decided in the meeting that the committee will take stronger resolve to bring different communities together as one.
President of PFC, P. Yaima Maring from Heinoukhong village, Humsu Haokip of Khullen village, S. Yarto of Ringpam village and former pradhan, N. Angang chouba from Heirok attended as presidium members at the meeting.
Yaima said that different communities settling around the vicinity of Hierok had been living together since ages and will continue to do so. Whenever any differences arise amongst us, we all must earnestly try to resolve it together, in a timely manner. We all must turn our directions towards progress and help each other out.
Social activist, Mandir Laishram, who attended as a representative for the civil society organisations, expressed that PFC had been a source for providing news and information to all communities. Peace Foundation will cease to carry purpose and meaning if it cannot explore ideas about progress and development, he said.
It was resolved in the meeting that the PFC will try to find out prevailing issues in the villages and try to bring solutions by working together, and give full support by all when it comes to handling issues for a single person or the whole community, in order to bring a sense of unity and love amongst one another.
It may be mentioned that the committee has its members from Hierok and around 10 village chiefs from several villages under Tengnoupal district.
From Our Correspondent
LAMKA | Sept 4
Troops of Khuga Battalion using the service of earthmover/bulldozers cleared the Khuga dam approached road which had been blocked by landslide that occurred on September 1 after a heavy and continuous rainfall in Churachandpur.
The blockage of the road has been depriving visitors at Khuga Dam that occurred due to landslide and blocking the road stretch from Mohan Junction to Khuga Dam.
Villagers, farmers, holiday makers and the Army and IRBs, who are station there, were facing problem and the act of the troops of Khuga Battalion clearing the blocked road was a relief to the people as Khuga dam is the only tourist destination in the district.
IMPHAL | Sept 4
All India Student’s Federation (AISF) has appealed the government, regarding prevailing lack of Meitei Mayek teachers and examiners, to allow age bar relaxation as well as the requirement for D.El.Ed/B-Ed and take candidates who have cleared Meitei Mayek /TET Supplementary exam 2016.
Meanwhile Assam state have taken plans to implement Assamese language classes in 2018, said a release. Assam education minister Himanta Biswa said declared that around 16,000 candidates will be selected for teaching jobs after the mandatory D.El.Ed/B-Ed qualifications for Assamese language are relaxed, it said.
The age bar for general category in Goa is 45 while it is 43 in Tripura, it said appealing that Manipur government should give relaxations in a similar fashion. The measures taken up by the association of candidates, who had cleared the 2016 TET supplementary in Meitei Mayek, is a right step, it added.
IMPHAL |Sept 4
Assam Rifles of 26 Sector Assam Rifles conducted anawareness programme on government schemes at Tengnoupal and other villages of Tengnoupal sub-division yesterday, said a release of HQ IGAR (South).
It said that the lecture was aimed at spreading awareness on various schemes started by the central government so that locals can derive maximum benefits from these schemes.
A total of 200 persons including 115 males and 95 females were given a brief of 38 schemes being executed by the central government, it added.
IMPHAL | Sept 4
Manipur University is going to honour retired teachers of the university on the eve of the teachers’ day for the first time.
A release said that a function will be held tomorrow at around 2 pm in the Centenary hall of the university and requested to all the retired teachers of the university to attend the programme to make it a grand success and to bless present teachers of the university.
While interacting with university officials, vice-chancellor of MU, Prof Adya Prasad Pandey stated that, “Teachers always remain teachers, they never retire, they may have retired from the service but not from the teachership”, it added.