19th death anniversary of Arambam Somorendra observedIMPHAL | Jun 10
Arambam Somorendra Martyrdom anniversary was observed in different parts of the state today by paying flower tributes at Khurai Nandeibam Leikai where he was shot by unknown assailants on June 10, 2000 while attending a seminar on Sumang Leela.
Speaking to media at Khurai Nandeibam Leikai, chairman of Arambam Somorendra Trust, Lokendra Arambam said that Somorendra was a renowned playwright, cultural activist and social visionary of Manipur. He also wrote scripts for Sumang Leela with a motive to reform the willpower of Manipuri women and also contributed in any activities that can uphold the tradition of Manipur.
He also informed that the trust along with clubs and Meira paibis had been organising different programmes in the state during his anniversary. Since 2006, the trust has been inviting different individuals from outside the state to deliver lectures on the status of Manipur.
As part of the observance, the trust also organised 14th Arambam Somorendra Memorial Lecture under the theme “The United Nations and Human Rights: The Manipur Experience” at Lamyanba Shanglen, Konung Mamang. The speech was delivered by director of Human Rights Alert, Babloo Loitongbam.
While presenting the lecture, Babloo said United Nations (UN) had no idea of various challenges and difficulties confronted by the state right post merger into Indian Union, even after many years of its formation. But continuous human rights violation in the state due to imposition of Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958 has let them to know the whereabouts of Manipur.
“The UN only started recognising the prevailing scenario of state after Committee on Human Rights (COHR), Manipur personally briefed it to the secretariat of UN Human Rights Committee Member in 1997”, he informed. He further stated that the situation has now been changed in such a way that no introduction is needed.
Stating his remorse on untimely demise of Arambam Somorendra, he said that it would be great pleasure for the state if he is alive till date as his wishes of presenting state issues in UN is almost fulfilled.
He asserted that “UN is a huge and complex body where one needs a great deal of patience and perseverance to see the results. But we are self-contended as at least we are able to engage with UN human rights mechanisms”
Babloo explained the formation of UN and its activities along with human rights violation and role played by UN to protect rights of the state so far.
The programme was also attended by guest lecturer of Royal Academy and Law, Oinam, Manglem Mangal and Chaoba Phuritsabam of Manipur Legal Service along with chairperson of Arambam Somorendra Trust as discussants and president respectively.
In connection with 19th Arambam Somorendra Martyr Anniversary, Manipur University Students’ Union also organised an open debate competition on “Peace Talk between Government of India and Insurgents can bring peace and harmony in Manipur) at MIMS, Hall, Manipur University.
Meanwhile, our Jiribam correspondent added that the 19th Death anniversary of Arambam Somorendro was observed today at ICD campus, Jiribam, organised jointly by Jiri Music and Cultural Foundation (JMACF) and Achievement of Rising Maiden (ARM). A Patriotic Song competition was also held as a part of the observation.
The event was attended by vice-chairperson, Jiribam Municipal Council (JMC), S. Wangoisana and president of JMACF, H. Ranibala Devi as chief guest and president respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, S. Wangoisana expressed his hopes that the patriotic competitions held today will contribute in helping youths of the present generation to realise and understand the past stories or history of Manipur.
H. Ranibala Devi, in her speech as president of the occasion, stated that the patriotic song competition was held with the objective to promote appreciation of the arts of music and songs amongst the youths of Jiribam.
As a part of the event, prizes were distributed to the winners of the song competition which witnessed the participated of 22 competitors with P. Rameshwari Singha and Y. Surmila Singha acting as judges.
Meanwhile, Jiri Ima Meira Paibi Apunba Lup (JIMPAL), All Manipur Students Organisation (AMSU), District Committee, Jiribam, CADA and PPANL also organised another ‘19th Death Anniversary of Arambam Somorendro’ observation at the conference hall of JIMPAL today.
The programme was attended by president of JIMPAL, Huirem (Ongbi) Mema Devi; president of JDO, Romen Lamabam and President, AMSU, Jiribam District Committee, Y. Sanjiv Singh as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.
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