In defence of ‘Babumayum’; Dr. J. Suresh as Chief Secretary, Manipur
Of late there has been a lot of hue and cry over the appointment of Dr.J.Suresh Babu IAS as the Chief Secretary of Manipur from sections of the student community and others to the effect that he is a non –local and that there are other officers senior to him hailing from the State.My point is that if their love for a local person is genuine and that his appointment is detrimental to the interest and welfare of the State being a non local then where were there when Shriman N.Biren Singh the Right Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur sacked(removed from office) O.Nabakishore Singh IAS as Chief Secretary with some three plus years still left for his superannuation. O.Nabakishore Singh happens to be the first Meitei to hold the top post in the Government and by that account a local man.He was born in Ningthoukhong and went to St.Stephen’s College in Delhi before entering the service.
There was not even a murmur of protest from any section of our students community or visible mention in the media questioning the move.No explanations were offered as the appointment and removal of Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police and the Advocate Generals of any Indian State is the prerogative of the Chief Minister of that particular State.One possible explanation which could also be a co-incidence is the fact that Nabakishore’s second son married Irom Lemina the elder sister of late Irom Rozer the boy who was shot dead in broad daylight by Nongthonbam Ajay eldest son of Shriman Nongthonbam Biren Singh our own”people’s” Chief Minister of Manipur.The matter did not end there and the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India had to intervene and ordered CRPF protection to Irom Lokendra and Irom Chitra ,parents of late Irom Rozer who are both clerical employees of the Government of Manipur and the case relating to the murder was transferred from Manipur High Court to Gauhati High Court.
All that apart my contention is that although not born in Manipur Dr.Suresh Babu IAS the present Chief Secretary of Manipur qualifies to be termed as a natuarlised Manipuri for the simple reason that his present wife is a Meitei and their children were born of a Meitei mother very much like the Pangals of present day Manipur.Also he is first class administrator and had never left the State on deputation except for a term with the Tobacco Board of India.As the Deputy Commissioner of Thoubal District he had revolutionized administration by introducing the Yellow Book ,a book containing all the details of every citizen of his district containing his land records,electricity connections,ration card ,family size et al,the first in the country.As Commissioner of Education he stopped the auctioning of teachers posts through selection of candidates by weighing their academic records from High School to the University level so much so that there was a mini revolt amongst Ministers in the then Ibobi Government for deprivation of their reserved source of income. Also he was the man who drafted the ILP Bill that was passed in the Manipur Legislative Assembly ,which unfortunately was not approved of by the Government of India.And lastly as the Addl.CS in charge of Home he was the man who brokered the lifting of the crippling economic blockade of the United Naga Council ,he is simply said to have told the UNC Leaders that there can be no question of roll backs in the creation of the seven new districts as the Code of Conduct has already been imposed on the Government of Manipur by the Elections Commission of India.
Lastly I wish to bring to light two “mayangs” who had played a historical role in Manipur around 1891.They are two Bengalee Clerks in the appointment to the Court of Manipur namely Rakshilal Kundu and Bamacharan Mukherjee.Both married Meitei women and Kundu’s descendents today goes by the surname of Babumayum while Mukherjee’s descendeants although have still maintained their Mukherjee surname have all amalgamated into the Meitei Society,theDr.Kanti Mukherjee Hockey tourney is named after one of his desecndents.Unfortunately the Meiteisation process seems to have ended around that time while the process is still on with the Nagas coercing smaller tribes to identify themselves as Nagas.My last contention is that if Dr.J.Suresh Babu’s name is changed into that of Babumayum will the tirade against him end.
Yours most sincerely
Uripok Yambem Leikai,Imphal
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