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D. Lhangjol Chief residence caught fire, seven severely injured

By Kaybie Chongloi
Kangpokpi, Jun.8,

 In a disastrous fire incident this morning at D. Lhangjol village under Sangaikot village in Churachandpur district, seven persons including four minor sustained severe burnt injury.
The incident happen at around 3:00 am this morning at the residence of Ngamsei Khongsai, chief of D. Lhangjol.
The village is around 10 km away from District Headquarters, Churachandpur.

The village was earlier known as K. Lhangjol and it was recently changed into D. Lhangjol or Dampi Lhangjol village.
The injured victims are identified as Themneilam Khongsai (35), w/o (L) Lhunmang Khongsai,  Seiminlen Khongsai (15), s/o (L) Lhunmang Khongsai , Seigouthang Khongsai (12), s/o (L) Lhunmang Khongsai,  Seigouhao Khongsai (9), s/o (L) Lhunmang Khongsai, Lamchingnei Khongsai (5), d/o (L) Lhunmang Khongsai,  Lamneivah Khongsai (3), d/o (L) Lhunmang Khongsai,  Lhunkhongam Khongsai (24), s/o Ngamsei Khongsai.
They were in critical condition at the residence of Pastor Letkholal at recently established Khongsai Veng near Salt Brook School in Churachandpur without any medical treatment.
The cause of fire could not be ascertained till filing of this report.
The relatives and near and dear one draw the attention of the concerned authorities for necessary medical aid at the earliest.

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The ‘Week’ reports about attempt to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi by banned CPI (Maoist)

IT Desk
Imphal, June 8,

At what could be term as a desperate attempt to throw out the BJP regime, the WEEK, a national journal has reported Maoist cadres attempting to target Narendra Modi by using the similar tactics used to assassinate Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.  
“A letter allegedly found in the house of one of the five persons arrested for links with the banned CPI (Maoist) on Wednesday talks about the ultras mulling “another Rajiv Gandhi type incident” to end ‘Modi raj’, Pune police have told a city court. The letter refers to targeting ‘his roadshows’”, the web desk of the journal week reported.
Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed by an LTTE suicide bomber when campaigning for Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu in 1991.
The purported Maoist letter was found in the house of Rona Wilson, an activist who was arrested from Delhi.
The letter declares “Defeating Hindu fascism has been our core agenda and a major concern for the party.” The letter claims Maoists are working to consolidate ties with “like-minded organisations, political parties and representatives of minorities across the country”.

The Maoist letter notes “Modi-led Hindu fascist regime is bulldozing its way into the lives of indigenous Adivasis” and claims the BJP’s poll progress would cause immense damage to the Maoists.
The letter claims a ‘Com. Kisan’ and few other senior comrades had proposed concrete steps to end Modi raj. “We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi type incident. It sounds suicidal and there is a chance that we might fail but party must deliberate on our proposal,” Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar quoted the letter as saying. The letter adds, “Targeting his roadshows could be an effective strategy.”
The mention of roadshows will heighten suspicion that the target in mind is Prime Minister Narendra Modi, given his propensity to conduct such high-profile public events.
Police on Wednesday arrested dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, lawyer Surendra Gadling, activists Mahesh Raut, Shoma Sen and Wilson from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi, respectively, in connection with the ‘Elgar Parishad’ held in Pune in December and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon caste violence in the district.
The lawyers of the accused said the documents cited by the prosecution were fabricated.
All five were produced before a sessions court, which remanded them in police custody till June 14.
The police allege the Maoists had planned for the Bhima-Koregaon violence in advance and the ultras were attempting to keep the agitation alive by reaching out to dalits.

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Mass Prayer for justice of Fake Encounter Cases

IT News
Imphal, June 8,

Youth Forum for protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) organized  a Mass Prayer in connection with investigation of the fake encounter cases by CBI along with the Conflict Widow Forum (COWF) and family members. The participants had offered flowers to the beloved souls who lost their lives in the fake encounter cases committed by the Indian Armed forces in the peak of counter insurgency under the Imposition of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.
It could be noted that the Buffalo Farm is well known for the shoot out of people by the Indian Security forces after been framed, arrested and brought to the Buffalo Farm in the name of some cadre of an Insurgent group, a statement said.
It added that the participants appealed the people to continue the cooperation in organising mass prayer across the state and to repeal AFSPA, 1958.

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Opium buyer and seller arrested

IT News
Imphal, June 8,
Commando Unit Thoubal under the command of Insp. N. Sadananda Singh, OC-CDO Thoubal alongwith a team of Thoubal Police Station under the supervision of   Sachidananda Soibam Dy. SP(Ops)/Thoubal arrested  Khailun Lungdim (36) s/o (L) Thokholet of Gonpang Songgel, Saikot Sub-Division along with 1.50 kgs and 1.40 kgs of opium containing in 2 (two) different packets and 50 grams of Ganja, Md. Akbar Khan (50) s/o (L) Chaoba of Thoubal Moijing Wangma who is serving in Manipur Police Department as a Head Constable and posted at Heirok PS from WangjingAwangLeikai, Canteen Lampak along with  a sum of Rs. 2,02,000/- who was with Khailun Lungdim to purchase the opium. A case under FIR No. 88(6)2018 Thoubal PS u/s 17(c)/20(b)(ii)(A) ND&PS Act is registered and investigated into.

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CorCom pay respect to SS Khaplang on 1st anniversary

IT News
Imphal, June 8,

Conglomerate of various rebel groups of the region Co-ordination Committee (CorCom) pay revolutionary salute to the late S.S. Khaplang on his first death anniversary which falls on June 9.
S.S. Khaplang popularly called by all revolutionary cadres of the region as “Baba” was the pioneer revolutionary leader of the who had struggle for the freedom of the Naga people and who had led the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN/GPRN) as the Chairman, a statement by the Publicity Committee CorCom said. The statement further said that the late leader had work hard to unite all the revolutionaries group of the WESEA region by making his birth place Tangsang region as a place for establishing the revolutionary movement. This is the gift of the leader, the CorCom statement added.
“We believe that the Naga brothers will follow the path of the leader by joining the revolutionary movement he had started”, the statement said.
On the other hand Baba Khaplang’s ideology on not to bow or surrender to the enemy as it is against the revolutionary spirit has not only inspire the Naga revolutionaries but also to the revolutionaries of all the WESEA region.
“His spirit on fighting the enemy till his last breath will remain as an inspiration to all of us”, the statement added.   

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CorCom pay respect to SS Khaplang on 1st anniversary

IT News
Imphal, June 8,

Conglomerate of various rebel groups of the region Co-ordination Committee (CorCom) pay revolutionary salute to the late S.S. Khaplang on his first death anniversary which falls on June 9.
S.S. Khaplang popularly called by all revolutionary cadres of the region as “Baba” was the pioneer revolutionary leader of the who had struggle for the freedom of the Naga people and who had led the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN/GPRN) as the Chairman, a statement by the Publicity Committee CorCom said. The statement further said that the late leader had work hard to unite all the revolutionaries group of the WESEA region by making his birth place Tangsang region as a place for establishing the revolutionary movement. This is the gift of the leader, the CorCom statement added.
“We believe that the Naga brothers will follow the path of the leader by joining the revolutionary movement he had started”, the statement said.
On the other hand Baba Khaplang’s ideology on not to bow or surrender to the enemy as it is against the revolutionary spirit has not only inspire the Naga revolutionaries but also to the revolutionaries of all the WESEA region.
“His spirit on fighting the enemy till his last breath will remain as an inspiration to all of us”, the statement added.   

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NSCN-IM terminates cadres for attempting rape to a married lady; sentence 5 years imprisonment

IT News
Imphal, June 8,

Taking serious note to the issue of a married lady escaped from the claw of a rapist , who later turn out to be cadre of the NSCN-IM , the outfit had terminated the cadre from its army beside sentencing  him in prison for 5 years at the NSCN-IM head quarter. The last few days witness uproar over the issue and the women group have been protesting action against the person identified as Ng Wilson, who happen to be a cadre of the NSCN-IM posted at Senapati.
A source said that Ng Wilson shall be permanently terminated his active service both army and civil set up from GPRN. It added that he shall be forwarded to the General HQ of Naga army for 5 years vigorous imprisonment and the SKWA executive shall inspect him from time to time. After he has served his punishment in the prison for 5 years, he shall not be allowed to set his foot in the region in Senapati district HQ Manipur for five years.
Moreover, he shall be completely avert from the district HQ and in connection to this case if Mr Ng Wilson and his gang either in words or in action create any further problem to the victim, her family and leaders the ShipouMaram CAO and Maram Thangal EO and Lairochin village shall bond so responsible.

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The bitter truth of Manipuri society; Is someone listening

March 2017, was a moment that every citizen of the state have some hopes of better Manipur. It was not that earlier Manipur was a hopeless one but majority of the people are against anarchic form of government in the name of democracy.
Power is the root of corruption, so is the saying and it still remain as universal truth. When a person was handed over the power to rule the people, sometimes he or she considered himself as a demigod as if there is no one above him. The beauty of Indian democracy is that man who have the capacity and talent to rule the state were given peoples’ mandate for only five years and as per his performance he have the chance to continue  another five years. A longer period in power sometimes make the person whom people elected as the leader sometime forgot that he is being elected by the people, and he should be for the people and of the people. 15 years of congress rules showed many good things as well as many bad things which some waited for times to get revenge.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, the onetime congress Minister is one among the people who seem to be fed up of being in the congress government that runs under the shadow of the democratic but in anarchic ways. This led him left the party and joined the BJP which at the time was the only alternative to bring forward the state in field of development. This may be perhaps because Manipur, a small state which have only 2 MPs and 1 Rajya Sabha MP (now 2 including Marry Kom who was nominated by the BJP lad NDA Govt) will not be able to stand in its own as the state has been exploited by the past regime in such a way that every development works which are supposed to be taken up have to be depended on the blessing of the center. It is not only Chief Minister N. Biren Singh that chose the BJP as the only option for stitching the torn part of the state. Many civil society leaders which were once seen on the street shouting for the protection of the identity of the various ethnic communities of the state as well as who had voice against the illegal merger of the erstwhile nation called Manipur to the Indian Union and Many who have been against the cultural and religious domination to the people of the region now were saffron cap, wear khaki pants and white shirt and bow to built a nation of saffron colour.
So far so good, but easier said is than done. Promises and subsequent trust to the new regime is slowly loosing with most promises remain pending. Exact figure of state government employees is not known but it is somewhere around 80 thousands or more. At the moment the pre-poll promise by the BJP about implementation of the 7 Pay cannot be converted into action.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh sincere words on why the state is not in the position to implement the 7 pay need to be ponder by each every one. Those who failed to understand what the chief Minister had said yesterday should at least listened to him as there is a possibility that the emerging society once more fall in deep trouble. If those in the government love Manipur, it is time that they listen to what the Chief Minister had said yesterday.

The Philippine Experience

With June 10, 2018 just 3 days left Imphal Times is reproducing the series of lectures delivered by different eminent personalities  on the Arambam Somorendra Memorial Lecture on the day every year organised by the Arambam Somorendra Memorial Trust . The write up re-produced here was an excerpt from the lecture  delivered by Anna Rosario Dejarlo Malindog  on the occasion in 2013

 “Filipinos don’t realize that victory is the child of struggle, that joy blossoms from suffering, and redemption is a product of sacrifice”
        - Dr. Jose Rizal     
Since time immemorial, my country just like many others is home to great women of courage, character, and bravery. Filipino women like Gabriela Silang, Melchora Aquino, Gregoria de Jesus, and many other great and courageous women were active in the nationalist struggle against the Spaniards during the Spanish colonization experience of my country. As early as 1893, organized women advocated various women’s concerns and issues. In 1899, the Women’s Red Cross was established by Hillarie Aguinaldo, the wife of Emilio Aguinaldo, one of the most revered heroes and revolutionary leaders of my country, to do humanitarian work.
At the advent of the American colonization, several women’s groups were founded and established that advocated various women’s concerns and issues. For instance, the Feminist Association of the Philippines set up by Feliz Rodriquez in 1905 advocated for educational, labour and prison reforms for women and minors. In 1906, Pura Villanueva Kalaw established the Associacion Feminista Ilongga, which was the first group of women in my country that clamored for right to suffrage. On the other hand, during World War II, the role of women in my country gained momentum with a different twist. The movements of women clamouring for the right to suffrage at that point in time were gaining such a huge impetus. In 1921, the National Federation of Women’s Club, which served at that time as the vanguard in safeguarding and pushing for the women’s suffrage agendum was founded. This organization was the first one that organized the first women convention of 1929 where a resolution was passed asking the government to grant women the right to vote. Another women’s organization, National League of Filipino Women, that was established during that time specifically advocated and lobbied for national independence.
Philippines won independence in 1946 just after World War II. This hard won independence came after decades of colonization which saw intense struggles towards independence and self-determination. The struggle for women’s rights and emancipation formed a significant strand of the broader national struggle for independence and self-determination. The continuous contributions of these women and women’s movements, as my country faced new challenges as a new independent nation state endured. During the period of Martial Law, which lasted for at least 21 years, my country was devastated by social and political unrests. The left movement during that time, together with the Filipino masses, and various sympathetic groups declared their dissent against a perceived corrupt government led by the former president and dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, against US imperialism, and against semi-colonialism. The moderate left movement at that time was transformed into a more radical and militant one as leaders of the left movement like Jose Maria Sison [who founded the Kabataang Makabayan (Young Nationalist/Patriots)], and Bernabe Buscayano (who founded the New Peoples Army) became very adept and engrossed in their fight against the dictatorship of Marcos.
Nonetheless, it is not only the men of my country who became passionately involved in the struggle against the Marcos regime at that time. Women also became involved and participated both politically and militarily, as the left movement became more subversive. For instance, the Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (MAKIBAKA) founded in 1970, which was the first women organization with a clear-cut ideological underpinning that fought for nationalism under the Marcos dictatorship, was one of most prominent and active women’s organizations at that time. MAKIBAKA’s fundamental advocacy at that time centered against the patriarchal structure of the country, imperialism, feudalism, and bureaucrat capitalism. As the struggle against the dictatorial rule of Marcos came to its peak, the first ever People Power Revolution or what is popular known as the EDSA Revolution (it was peaceful and a non-violent revolution) toppled the Marcos regime. This marked a new epoch in our modern political history. The country was faced with the so many challenges as it traversed back to the path towards democracy. One of the most pre-eminent challenges faced by my country at the time was to draft the 1987 Constitution, which is known to be the “Democratic Constitution” of my country. In this great endeavor of constitutional drafting, the women’s movement of my country had so far played a significant role in making it sure that the women agenda becomes part and parcel of the content of the constitution as exemplified in the constitutional provisions protecting the rights of women in my country. An alliance of women’s organizations and coalitions named as the Concerned Women of the Philippines, Women’s Caucus, Gabriela and the Pilipina-led Lakas ng Kababaihan (Strength of Women) were fashioned and founded. For the first time in the history of women’s movement of the Philippines, the said alliance forged the solidarity of women from all walks of life, and from various advocacies and organizations to push for the women’s agenda to be built in and be reflected in the drafting of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. This was indeed one of the remarkable achievements of the women’s movement in my country.
Consequently, women groups such as the Women Involved in Nation-Building (WIN), the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DWSP), the Ugnayan ng mga Kababaihan sa Pulitika (UKP or Women’s Political Caucus), bearing the advocacy of asserting the significant role of women in strengthening democracy, and their participation in politics, and in all aspects of public and state affairs emerged, while the country is the process of democratization after the dark ages of Martial Law. Furthermore, women and women’s organization in my country became more active in politics as the Party List System was put into practiced. In 1992, Gabriela, a left-leaning women’s organization participated in the first ever party-list election and it won a seat in Congress. In the succeeding party list elections i.e. 2004, 2007, 2010, and the recent 2013 mid-term elections in my country, Gabriela women’s party won seats in the Congress. There were many women’s organizations that also tried their luck in running a women’s party in this electoral contests. However, it was Gabriela that is said to the most successful.
Concluding Remarks
Indeed, it is my humble realization and reflection that, as peoples and nations of our world continuously fight and struggle for self-determination and independence, we should not forget to recognize the sacrifices of the great women – be it in Manipur or elsewhere. I want as well to convey to the people and women of Manipur that their ideals and their struggle for self-determination are shared by many peoples and nations of Asia and beyond, that they are not alone in this struggle.

 

Difference Between Hinduism and Hindutva

BY-Anonymous
Abstract
The term Hindu or any reference to it has never been found in any ancient epic literature, be it religious like Vedas, mythological like Purana, Ramayana, or Mahabharata, and philosophical like Gita. Even the greatest Sanskrit scholar, poet, and dramatist Kalidasa has never used the term in any of his writings. The term Hindu was coined probably by someone in the army of Alexander the great, to refer to the people living on the southern side of the river Shindhu (Indus). Before that India or Hindustan as it geographically was then called Aryabart. During the 17th century British colonial rule in India, people of India came to be known as Hindus, and Hinduism as the main religion of India. The terms Hinduism and Hindutva both, though find their root in Hindu, they have very fundamental and practical differences between themselves. In some contexts they are even opposed to each other. Here we attempt to highlight the major differences between the two in respect of concept, application and consequences.
Differences
Concept: Hinduism is the dominant religion of India or Hindustan (land of Hindus) and Nepal and is also practiced by many people of Indonesia, Cambodia, Srilanka, Philippines, South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and some caribbean island states. Hinduism has a number of sects, sub-sects, traditions, beliefs. This is the oldest religion and is followed by about 1250 million people all over the world. There is a wide spectrum of social laws and ethical norms prescribed to regulate moral lives of people based on Karma (deeds), Dharma (spiritual and intellectual possession), and Gyana (wisdom). Hinduism is rooted in the idea of Sanatana dharma, as envisaged by Indian Rishis (saints) during the time of Vedas and Puranas (about 2500 BC). Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism is a highly intellectual, spiritual, as well as philosophical explanation of life and death with deep emphasis on leading a meaning-full life, and union with Paramatma (God) in the after-life. One of the distinct features of Hinduism is that there has never been any attempt by any individual or any organization to spread the religion or establish it as an element of identity of people. As a consequence, the philosophy of Hinduism and the prescriptions of moral living as criteria of choosing good over evil as stated in the ancient Indian religious scriptures are applicable to anybody irrespective of the religious belief the person might subscribe to. This is not without reason that Muslims, Christians, and people from other religious denominations in India are referred to as Hindus by people living in other parts of the world.
The term Hindutva, on the other hand, was coined by Hindu nationalist leader and champion of Hindu causes, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, in his famous 1923 pamphlet ‘Hindutva: Who is a Hindu?’. Hindutva, as it is understood, is an ideology that is identified with Indian culture in the light of Hindu values. The term Hindutva has been nursed and popularized by the largest Hindu nationalistic conglomerate Sangh Parivar and its numerous affiliates. Sangh Parivar recognizes Hindutva as a broad term encompassing everything that is indigenously Indian, and must exclude any thing that is imported to India with spread of other religions from across the geographical border of ancient India.
Connotation: The term Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma is the inner dimension of Hindu religion. Thus it is religious in meaning, connotation, and emphasis. The core of Hinduism lies in purity of the soul as the stepping stone to union with the divine power. This purity can be achieved by any of the three means, namely Vakti or devotion, Gyana or knowledge, and Karma or good deeds. Power of Hinduism is derived from unquestioned faith in what is written in Vedas (chants of worship), Puranas (mythological stories of Gods and Goddesses), Shastras (theories on ethics, politics, economics, and sociology), and Slokas (praising Gods, Goddesses, and Saints). On the other hand, the term Hindutva is more political in meaning, connotation, and emphasis. Hinduism and its references are found in Chaitanya Kathamrita and other 12th century onwards religious literature. Hindutva has been coined in the early 20th century. Hindutva has been and is still being used as a very powerful political weapon in the hands of the pro-Hindu politico-religious umbrella organization namely Sangh Parivar, which is very powerful and financially extremely well placed. Sangh Parivar, through its numerous affiliates, wants to establish a political and social system with clear hegemony of Hindus either by birth or through conversion.
With 81 percent Hindu population, the pro-Hindu agenda of the Sangh Parivar are very effectively transmitted to the electorate through massive propaganda of Hindutva which very precisely means that anything attached to Hindu belief or practice is pious and must visibly prevail in the society. Political appeal of Hindutva is so tense that every political party be it secular, leftist, or nationalist, resort to soft Hindutva, and restrain from saying anything that hurts Hindu sentiment. It is not an irony that corporate houses and business tycoons of India spend exorbitantly in building state-of-the-art Hindu temples and voluntarily donate huge sums of money to encourage and promote Hindu religious festivals.
Objective: Objective of Hinduism is to guide human beings to live meaning-full lives and know God through the alternative means as postulated in the ancient religious literatures. Knowing God is called Moksha in Sanskrit. On the other hand the protagonists of Hindutva aim at capturing political power through constitutional means and simultaneously establishing a social system with Hindu-only practices and customs. According to the votaries of Hindutva, Indian nationalism must be allied with Hindu pride. They view being Hindu as a precondition to being a nationalist.
Attitude towards Other Religions: Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma, to be precise, is the oldest religion, and arrived much before the other main-stream religions. As such, there is no reference of any other religion in the Hindu religious scriptures. Hinduism is meant for anybody and everybody. Love for human beings and for that matter any living creature is a core lesson of Hinduism. Whereas Hindutva has no place for anybody who is not a Hindu or who does not accept hegemony of Hindus.
Idea of Society: Hinduism is democratic in attitude and suggests a pluralistic and diversified society with due respect to opposing views. Hindutva, on the other hand, believes in a monolithic society with clear domination of Hindu religious practices, customs, and traditions.
Followings: Approximately 82% of Indian population follow and practice Hinduism. But this whole 82% or about .92 billion Hindus do not follow or support Hindutva, rather a microscopic minority do. Thus Hinduism has mass following, Hindutva does not have.
Deity-Icon: Hinduism has a number of sects and sub-sects and different traditional religious practices. Different Gods and Goddesses are worshiped by followers of different sects. All such Gods and Goddesses are worshiped in Hinduism. But Hindutva, though believes in such diversity, propagates Lord Rama as the icon of Hindutva.

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