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Manipur Education Policy, (A draft framework proposal)

Contd. from yesterday issue
By: Ph. Nandakumar Sharma,
Joint Secretary,
Board of Secondary Education Manipur

5. Higher Secondary Education:- This is the stage where students are opened to a verities of courses/streams and allow them to select a course/stream of their choice for their future life. The education in this stage is designed to more pre-vocational and pre-professional. As the need of the society changes from time to time, the course/streams are to be updated and new subjects be introduced. This is the age of Information Technology, Biotechnology, Foreign trade, Tourism, Science and technology and Games and Sports. As such, our students are to be exposed to the world class educational technology for excelling the field of their choice. Over and above the Foundation course, the following streams be opened with most modern educational technology. 1. Science Stream 2. Arts Stream 3. Vocational Stream 4. Commerce Stream and more particularly 5. Art and Culture stream and 6. Sports Stream. This will make the state a self sustained state in human resource to meet the need of the state, country and neighbouring countries. To meet the3 demand of the modern society in Science subject, the subjects like Information Technology, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishery, Horticulture, Microbiology and Biochemistry be included. In the commerce stream the subjects like foreign trade, Foreign Exchange regulations be included. Special care should be taken in opening subject which are much needed in the socio-economic condition of the state. A successful implementation of the secondary education will lead the state into a self sustained economy.
6. Educational Tourism:- In this today’s world of fast changing development progress, the transfer of knowledge and transfer of technology has played a key role. The vehicle in which this transfer of technology and knowledge is being done is through education. Thus education has become and agent of change in every country. The distance is not the matter and man has rushed towards the country where there is most advanced technology and knowledge. India has become the leading country in the field of development of human resource in information technology from India and abroad. India’s vast investment inflow is also from the information technology transfer. Many students from foreign countries specially from the developing countries and the south Asian countries are coming to India. Manipur because of its geographical location has become the front door of India to the South East Asian countries. As such, it may become an educational hub in India for receiving the students coming from the south east Asian nations through land route. Manipur has the ample opportunity to harvest this rare phenomenon. In order to materialize this, we are to study what are the areas in which the student from the south Asian countries does their studies in India. If Manipur develops the required infrastructure and the curriculum and syllabus of the interested areas, our state can become a little paradise on earth for education. The geographical location of the state as well as the round the year moderate climate makes the state Manipur as an ideal place for education throughout the year. This type of climatic condition is not available in any other part of the glob. Moreover, the rich cultural treasure, food habits and the art and culture are the other plus points to the educational tourism in the state. There are many enquiries from the foreign nationals asking for advance course in Manipuri dance and martial arts. The relaxation of the Protected Area Permit by the Government of India facilitates the incoming flow of foreign learners to Manipur. One of the area in which Manipur can develop educational tourism is the teaching of English as foreign language. There is heavy demand for English language teachers in the South East Asian countries including China and Japan. Because of the cultural gap between the east and the west, these countries are poor in English language teaching. Moreover, the British and American native speakers also do not want to go to this region for teaching English because of heavy dependence on local languages. Manipuri language being a language through which most of the sounds in English language can be pronounced, has the advantage to produce English language teachers provided emphasis is stressed on linguistics, speaking and listening activities. The prospect of educational tourism in Manipur can be augmented if the foreign languages of the neighbouring countries are also introduced in the Manipur University and other institutes. The educational tourism will provide two way benefits to the people of Manipur by generating employment in Manipur and abroad. The unique Mongolian character of the people has endowed an advantage to the people in hosting the educational tourism for the neighbouring countries. Manipur can become the best place for school education and higher studies for the neighbouring countries if world class buildings and infrastructure are developed. Not only in general education, advance technical education and art and culture education, education in healthcare will attract many foreign students from the South East Asian countries.
7. University and Higher Education: University is not only a place of higher studies but also an institution which is authority in every sphere of decision making on different issues concerned with the state or the nation. It not only provides higher education in wide range of subject areas but also helps the state government in guiding for big projects for the benefit of the people. As for example, the direction to which the economy of the state should move shall be prescribed by the department of political economy and department of economic of the university. In the developed countries, universities play a vital role in spreading advanced and higher technical education and in the act of taking major decision on different issues concerned with the state or the central government. The university and higher education stage, the subjects which were introduced in the secondary and higher secondary stages are expanded into full grown subject for further research for future generations to come. In Manipur, the scope of higher and technical education at present is litter better than the traditional subjects which are out dated and have no place in the society. It is no wonder the very few students come for admission to some of the subjects which are out dated and have no place in the society.
(To be contd..........)

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College dropout turns successful entrepreneur in Manipur

Khumbongmayum Dhanachandra Singh, a college dropout, has become a successful entrepreneur in Manipur.
Hailing from Thangmeiband Maisnam Leikai in Manipur, he runs a manufacturing unit and generates jobs for others.
Singh, who started manufacturing bags after he failed to get a job, launched ‘Romi Industries’ in 1996 and never looked back.

“I made a purse out of waste cloths in my father’s shop. I made it with a very creative design and gave it to my friend. After sometime, my friend’s friend started demanding the same purse. Later, I got a lot of demand from so many people, so I decided to do a bag business, so I called some of my local friends to work with me and that’s how I started this business under the name ‘Romi’s bag Industries,” said Singh
After years of hard work, Singh’s business has reached to this success. Presently, he has a staff of 30 people with latest stitching machines. He manufactures school bags, air bags, camera bags, rain coats, jackets, track suits, laptop bags and many other items.
“I have earned experience as I was untrained during the time of joining. I now make bags, rain coats and other items. I never used stitching machine earlier. After joining here I have learnt many things,” said Thoiba, a staff.
“I’m happy that I get the job here because I have nothing to do at home. If I stay at home it was wastage of time. I am happy to work here,” added another staff Anita.

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Insurgency movement in Manipur would be different had the then Union Government listened to one good IPS officer

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Imphal, Nov 8: The fate of present day Manipur would have been different had the then Union government of late 1960s took necessary action on the report of one good Intelligence Bureau officer. According to a finding by the Imphal Times from the real life account of Maloy Krishna Dhar, who had been deputed in Manipur during 1968 in charge of the Intelligence Bureau office in Imphal, it is being learnt that the Intelligence bureau of that time had enough information about the potential growth of insurgency in the state.
According to the write up of the former Intelligent Officer, it has been revealed that they had deployed paid intelligence agents amongst the top functionaries of the RGM and the UNLF to collect information about the strategy and movement of the two underground groups which was on the rise.
It was mentioned in his book that the IB that time had enough information about the Pakistani based Intelligent Agency ISI extending all possible assistance to any rebel group of the region. He wrote that he had concrete evidence of ISI setting up camps for Meitei rebel groups somewhere in Sylhet in present Bangladesh, formerly known as East Pakistan.
“The deal between the Meiteis and the Pakistani intelligence agencies was cemented by Z. Ramyo, a Tangkhul Naga rebel leader, and Thinousille Angami, a self styled Brigadier of the outlawed Naga army. “Oinam Sudhir, Arambam Somorendra and N Bisheshwar were in contact with the Pakistani operators and over 150 youths had left for East Pakistan (Now Bangladesh) for undergoing training”, reports Mr. Dhar.
Having understood the potential of the unwanted consequences, the intelligence officer did report the matter as according to his personal account.
“My reports to Delhi were treated as over reaction of a greenhorn. They, as well as the Chief Commissioner and his entourage were not ready to accept my views on the formation of the revolutionary Government of Manipur and its cadres being trained at East Pakistan (Bangladesh)”.
The IB officer disappointingly  narrated that the then IGP Madan Gopal Singh treated the report as a joke. None of the Government machinery accepted the report.
It is well understood that at that time Manipur was a Union territory and the center is directly handling the administrative affairs. Had the report been treated and acted immediately the present day Manipur Would have been a different story.

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Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lambasts Congress Govt: By-Election campaign:

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Imphal, Nov.8: Union Minister of State Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman who arrived in the state today hit the rival congress party while participating campaign for BJP at Thangmeiband and Thongju Assembly constituency.
“Congress is almost the synonym of corruption, under the Chief Minister Okram Ibobi led- Congress government in Manipur, corruption has reached its peak in the state”, said Nirmala Sitharaman during an election rally of BJP candidate Kh Joykishan at Ima Khunthoknganbi Sanglen, DM College campus, Thangmeiband today. Blaming Congress for its failure to take up developmental works, the union minister said, “Manipur Development Society is associated to Chief Minister’s family; all the money sanctioned by the Centre goes to Ibobi and his relatives’ pocket. Under his “corrupt and misrule” the state goes downward while the CM and his associates become richer”.
“The BJP must win the by-election for two assembly constituencies-Thangmeiband and Thongju in order to free the people from the corrupt Congress regime”, she said while seeking votes for BJP candidates, Kh Joykishan of Thangmeiband A/C and Th Bishwajit of Thongju A/C.
She also informed that the Centre has initiated the investigation on the infamous Loktak scam and soon the people of Manipur will able to see the real pictures of the scam and involvement of Congressmen.

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Dr Lokendra Arambam speaks on ‘Naga struggle’ and Manipur

Dimapur, Nov.8: Delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of Naga Archives and Research Center (NARC) on Saturday at Toulazouma, Dimapur, historian and political analyst, Dr Lokendra Arambam delivered a fascinating insight into how Manipur provide a critical subtext to the Naga political struggle.
According to Dr Lokendra Arambam, Angami Zapu Phizo, in his urge to secure support for his people’s struggle was learnt to have visited Imphal and met the then Chief Minister Maharaj Kumar Priyobarta of Manipur to discuss the possibility of a common endeavour to fight against the Indian state.
He said the period was one of the most critical periods in Manipur’s modern history and pointed out that the people, after 56 years of British protection and rule was struggling to cope with the end of the devastating World War II and to retrieve the vestiges of ancient legacies of hills and plains unity.
Dr Lokendra Arambam informed that the equilibrium of a polity in Manipur was destroyed through the “forced integration” into India in 1949.He also opined that the “Naga independence struggle” could be hastened from a priori thesis of the Nagas not being Indians. However for the Meetei, the long period of Indianization was countered by a conscious effort of de-Indianization and the new struggles that emerged after the forcible integration into India in 1949 .
He also informed that the founder of United National Liberation Front, (formed in 1964), late Arambam Somorendra made a trip to Kohima in August 1968 to meet General Kaito and General Mowu Angami.
“It seems General Mowu Angami had left for China, and General Kaito was just recently assassinated, and he returned, a little disappointed,” he said.
However, the post-Shillong Accord scenario of “mutual antagonism amidst the stalwarts of the struggle, and violent repression by the Indian army resulted to intense dislocation and displacements amongst the hill populations of Manipur”, said Dr Lokendra Arambam, He informed that valley community in Manipur rendered “yeomen service” to hide the then stalwarts of the NNC in the suburban households of Imphal, “providing hospitality and infrastructural support” for the Naga cause.
He also named Manipur Naga underground leaders who were “sheltered in the Meitei homes” during critical period.

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JD(U) assures BJP’s defeat in Thongju and Thangmeiband A/C by-election

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Imphal, Nov 8: Defeat in New Delhi Election and now in Bihar has confirmed that the Modi wave will not last long in India. This was stated by President of JD (U) Manipur Unit, M. Tombi in a press meet held at its office at Babupara today in connection with the Bihar election result.
He further added that BJP is playing in communal politics on food habit of various people. Such communal politics led the BJP defeated in the election. Tombi said that the BJP will also defeat in the upcoming by-election of Thongju and Thangmeiband assembly constituencies of Manipur. On the other hand giving his personnel comment to the enrollment of various veteran politicians of the state to BJP, Tombi said that these veteran politicians who had joined the BJP showed their support to the demands of the NSCN-IM which is going to demand bifurcation of the state using any means.
He further caution the BJP of serious consequences if anything happen to the integrity of the state while trying to solve the issue of NSCN-IM.

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72 hours bandh called

IT News Imphal, Nov 8: The JAC formed against the killing of School head master on charge of cow theft has called 72 hours general strike from midnight of November 9 demanding arrest of the culprits involved in the killing of Md. Hashmad Ali, who was found brutally murdered on Nov 2.

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Political party to fight AFSPA revived

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Imphal,Nov.8: Media Meet on Resurgence and Reconstitution of the party of the political party Brachin National Union was held at  Manipur Press Club today. The political party was revived under the leadership of Lairenlakpam Sharatchandra on last October 21, the party Addressing to media persons, Sharatchandra said that almost all political parties including those in the government are sidelining the issue of AFSPA.
“It was only in the election time that AFSPA is being remembered and the newly revived political party will fight to repeal AFSPA.”, he said.

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Armistice Day Celebrated

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Imphal, Nov 8: Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Poppy Day celebrated at Imphal War Cemetery, Dulaland, Imphal today.
Each year in November, Imphal Campaign Foundation WW2 led by Yumnam Rajeshwor, Co Founder of Imphal Campaign Foundation WW2, paid tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts. November 11 is known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Poppy Day. The day is observed on the nearest Sunday ahead of November 11, and hence Yumnam Rajeshwor along with other volunteers of Imphal Campaign Foundation WW2 pay tribute to the men and women died on the day today at War Cemetery Imphal.
This day marks the centenary of the First World War year.
During the First World War, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. In many parts of the world, people observe a two-minute silence at 11am on 11 November.

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Yellow Journalism: Hindus Killed Muslim Headmaster Over Calf Stealing And Communal Tension In Manipur

By - Dr. Malem Ningthouja
The brutal murder of a ‘Muslim’ headmaster Md. Hashmad Ali alias Babu (55) was confirmed in the wee hour, before the dawn of 2nd November, 2015. Outside Manipur, there was a deliberate mapping of Manipur into the ongoing ‘communal intolerance’ prevalent in ‘mainland’ India. To cite two examples, the Hindustan Times, dated 4th November, 2015 carried a news under the title Headmaster Lynched for Stealing Cow; Shutdown Call in Manipur. The following day, the New York Times published a news under the title Indian Muslim, Accused of Stealing a Cow, is Beaten to Death by a Hindu Mob. These news depicted about an ‘antagonistic co-existence’ of communities or uneasily relation between majority Meeteis (Hindus) and minority Panggals (Muslims), as if marked by occasional clashes ever since a riot took place in 1993 and the emergence of Panggal based Islamic militant groups.
In these reports, the murder and the agitation for justice are being construed with communal overtones. These were being shown as continuity of community hatred and extension of the recent Hindu Muslim tensions centred on the ban on beef and protection of cow. The Hindustan Times report incorporated a photo with the caption the murder of Muslim man in a UP village for allegedly eating beef had sparked national outrage. Similarly the New York Times incorporated a photo with the caption Kashmiri villagers shouted pro-freedom slogans last month while carrying the body of a Muslim driver attacked by far-right extremists angered by rumours of cow slaughter, an issue that stirs religious tensions in the Hindu-majority country. These news distorted the facts of agitation and conveyed manufactured news about an irate Muslim public helplessly fighting vis-à-vis the regime of the Hindu majority that have denied the former protection and justice. The blame was on the Meetei.
The misinformation have achieved widespread publicity, continuously reverberated on uncensored social networks. Such yellow journalism, indulged by some journalists objectified the Meetei as Hindus, hatching religious fundamentalism against minority Muslims. However, information from the ground, provided by the relatives of the victim and other ‘Muslim’ friends, who are directly involved in the agitation for justice, says a different thing and exposes the intention of the yellow journalists. But, before placing the findings, there are at least three points that had to be briefly clarified. First, Meetei cannot be homogenously identified with Hindu or Hinduism. Two, the Muslims who have settled for centuries in Manipur are known as Meetei Panggal. They possess localized linguistic and cultural characters that mark them distinctively peculiar to non-Manipuri Muslims. Third, Meetei and Meetei Panggal are neither socially exclusive to one another nor they are compartmentalized into watertight antagonistic communal politics. To sum up, the anachronous depiction of these communities by the media needs to be reviewed. To focus on the murder of 1st or 2nd November, it was plotted by Ali’s distant relative and immediate neighbour Md. Matlib (a ‘Muslim’) to settle some personal grudges.

In fact, Late Md. Hashmad Ali, the headmaster of the morning Keirao Litan Makhong Primary School, a calm and respectable person in the Panggal neighbourhood of Keirao Makting Awang Leikai, under Irilbung Police Station in Imphal East. It was socially revealed that Ali’s relation with Matlib had become strained because of land dispute. Some days ago there was an intensive altercation on this issue and Matlib had threatened to kill Ali. On the unfortunate night of 1st November, when Ali was alone at the home, Matlib hired three other ‘Muslim’ friends and six Meetei co-workers from the Meetei neighbourhood to kill Ali. At around 8 p.m., Matlib sent two Meeteis, who alarmed Ali that Malick had met with an accident on the way to home and that they were being sent there to drop him to the hospital. Ali believed in their story. When all of them met at the Nandeibam Leikai, they raised the alarm of cattle thief, fatally tortured Ali with iron rods, and abandoned the body on the road near a Meetei temple known as Lai Moriba Temple.
The rumour about cattle thief and mobbing, which were aimed at covering up the objective of murder and the crime, became redundant following the arrest of and revelation by Khumallambam Brojen, the owner of the controversial calf. The accused are now socially known. However, the law enforcing agents are deviating from the prescribed course of delivering justice; probably due to political pressure in favour of the ‘accused’ by the candidates who are contesting the Thongju Kendra bye-election to the Manipur State Assembly. On the other hand, if there was community mobbing, it was not when Ali was murdered by a hired gang. Mobbing occurred in the ‘Muslim’ locality when the house of the prime accused was burnt, which had badly affected other members of the family who might have not involved in the crime. Such tendency of mobbing as a form of vengeance and justice has become an undesirable trend in Manipur. Police irresponsiveness and inaction for justice have not only protected the criminals but also encouraged the aggrieved sections to take law into their hands. In all these, there is neither Hindu mobbing nor communal conflict. The Joint Action Committee against the Brutal Killing of Md. Hashmad Ali (JAC) is seeking the support of peoples across communities and agitating for justice. It remains uncertain about the durability of the JAC and different tactical courses it may take, if

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