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Sekmai PS suffers due to 2 OCs

Imphal, June 22: The old adage goes that two is company . But in odd circumstances two can be chaos as it is happening at Sekmai police station right now where there is currently two officers-in- charge working concurrently but definitely not cohesively . According to sources, the previous officer-in-charge of the police station Y Joykumar has put his foot down and refused to allow his replacement A T omba to take charge. Tomba was transferred from CAR, Imphal West to the station in a major reshuffle of police officers carried out by the home department on May 23 last that affected more than 39 police officers. The new posting for the outgoing OC Joykumar could not ascertained yet even after several enquiries sprouting a theory that the prolonged stay could have been necessitated by possible failure of the home department to assign him his next duty . There is also possibility of the involvement of political bickering and one-upmanship behind the scene as there are unconfirmed reports suggesting that both officers are boasting the patronage of MLAs. Whatever be the truth, an unwanted situation which has no precedence in the history of the state home department was created and the staff and general population under the station a re getting to feel the singe of the resultant intense heat. Both inspectors are functioning as the rightful officer-in-charge of the same police station and using the full authorities assigned by the government rules. The predicament with the public is having no clue to sort out the puzzle which is whom to recognize as the real officer- in-charge so that they can approach him with their complaints and expect process for justice. Now , they are feeling awkward and confused about approaching either of them less the other feels hurt or gets antagonized. People of the area reeling under the effect of the uncomfortable stymie have drawn the attention of higher authorities to give utmost importance to the matter and take steps to resolve it amicably and without further ado. The irony of ironies is that while Sekmai police station gets cramped due to the presence of two officers-in- charge, Thoubal police station in the meanwhile has been waiting impatiently since the May 23 transfer for the incoming officer-in- char ge to report for duty . According to reports, inspector RK Anilkumar was transferred from his previous charge as OC of Bishnupur police station to OC of Thoubal police station but his arrival there is still awaited.

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Expecting some appreciable act

Behavioural experts have, time and again, extolled the virtues of positive reinforcement- of the benefits of appreciating a right move or action, however small, over the detrimental effects of criticism and discouraging remarks. The same views have increasingly been used in the fields of education and different forms of therapeutic practices. The same idea would undoubtedly work, if the experts are to be believed, for our much maligned and harassed government. Looking at the bright side to start with, the ruling government had been able to stabilize the fiscal deficits and financial instabilities faced by the people of the state during the time of the previous government. P rogress has been made, and is still making strides towards development in various fields including power , public amenities, water and other necessary public infrastructures in the state. All these efforts are worth appreciating, and have been felicitated by various social organizations and groups on many occasions. Getting the consensus of the entire population of the state is an almost impossible task, given the different and often contrasting views and opinions professed by each group of people or community . Nevertheless, efforts are still apparently being made to cater to the greater good of everyone. This unenviable task being borne by those in governance should be something everyone of us should bear in mind while dispelling our opinions and views on matters relating to public governance. Yet having said that, it is a sign of human adaptability and progress that one should learn from mistakes- the sooner the better . It is also another unique human trait- perhaps the most important one that distinguish ourselves from the rest of the animals is the ability to rationalize and control our emotions and thoughts. The present scenario unfolding in front of the public regarding the handling of public affairs by the representatives of the people still leaves much to be desired. The collective dilemma of the present government is obvious in the confusing and often self- contradictory ways things are being handled. There is a visible lack of transparency and responsibility in all spheres of public service, while the law and order issue still plagues the common people no end despite the assurances from the government of making remarkable strides in this regard. For those of us who cannot afford personal escorts or unworthy of state-sponsored security measures, the ground reality is still frightening and fraught with danger- from both sides of the ideological and political divide. The most disconcerting questions plaguing the minds of the general public is: why is there still an apparent lack of cohesion and coordination between the different departments and sections of the government? Why has the general public been unable to shed the uneasy , insecure and suspicious feelings for the state and central security forces ostensibly deployed to safeguard the common public? What earnest and sustainable measures have the government taken up till date to address the burgeoning educated unemployed and qualified people in the state? How much of the long-drawn plans and policies regarding the development of commerce and industries have been implemented so far? Are there any plans and policies to guide and support the pioneering entrepreneurs and industrialists whose endeavours will decide the future industrial and commercial prospects of the land? Why couldn’t or shouldn’t the state government open a dedicated grievance cell to entertain and address genuine complaints and issues concerning the various departments from the distanced general public if its much publicized claims of the ongoing efforts to improve governance is sincere? The bewildered public is still seeking an explanation to these and many more apparent discrepancies in our society , and still hoping that perhaps the government would be earnest enough to answer these nagging questions, and own up to its mistakes and blunders. The entire population of Manipur will whole-heartedly appreciate such a bold gesture.

The ‘Post-Truth’ of Globalisation: Finance Capitalism and the Naga Question

Published in Amelioration., the souvenir published on the occasion of the 27 th General Confer ence of the Naga S tudents’ Federation, held fr om 30 th May to 2 nd June, 2017. Kohima. pp 26-27

By : Dr . Malem Ningthouja The Nagas, whose ‘aboriginal homeland’ is traced in the currently established administrative segments in North-East India and North-W est Myanmar , are involved in decades old movement to create a sovereign ‘nation state’, to be reportedly based primarily on the ideological framework of ‘Christian democracy’. This movement, which has been taking place in time and space can be located in the historical context of absolute domination by finance capitalism that keeps the Nagas at the bottom of ‘global’ hierarchy (or globalisation). This paper briefly highlights the colonial relation of production that underdeveloped the Nagas, the trend of co-option with the capitalist world order and the historical task to overcome it. Historically , when the British capitalist rule, in the 19 th century , began to exert domination through monopoly use of violence, administrative arrangements and cultural diffusion in various forms and degrees, the Naga ‘village’ communities, depending on the proximity and access to market interactions with others, were found socially organised into varying degrees of primitive communism and corresponding stages of freedom. However , they could not remain isolated and insulated for long. They were gradually mapped and incorporated into the colonial capitalist grid. Subsequently , against the backdrop of changes superimposed by the British, many Nagas become co-opted with the British rule. Several Nagas took part in the imperialist wars. Their homelands became devastating battle fields of the Second World War. After 1945, during the decolonisation era, the ‘movement’ towards Naga integration and sovereignty became a historical course. The wheel of the history of co- option has been continued in various forms and perceptions. Co- option is manifested in the context of ‘underdevelopment’ and the role of subordinate partner in the larger framework of ‘global’ finance capitalism. The visible trend is being discussed as follows; (1) Topographically , the Nagas inhabit geo-strategically important buffer along the international border regions of India and Myanmar . This region— which is rich in labour , carbon reserves, precious minerals and stones, forest products, market potential, potential of military bastions and international inland transit route for flow of capital and commodity— became the target of occupation by the States that acted as facilitator of economic plunder by finance capital. (2) Economically , the capitalism transplanted from above had outgrown Nagas’ primitive communism and the relative freedom. It places the Nagas in a colonial relation of production, where the ‘external’ monopoly market forces retarded the development of the mode of production, which is the preconditions of building a economic self-reliant Naga economy . Underdevelopment and economic dependent on commodity import, therefore, renders the Nagas weak and vulnerable. (3) Naga political economy became infested with counter-productive (pre-capitalist form) of accumulation of wealth by the upper class who relied on the State and finance capital for economic and political powers. Instead of direct investment in constant capital (commodity production) for extraction of surplus value; they serve as the agents who extract a portion out of the absolute super value of the capitalist plunder in Naga soil. This trend of rentier bourgeoisie — whose wealth are derived from the overall capitalist plunder , corruption, illicit trade, and usury capitalism — perpetuates the colonial situation. (4) Capitalist rent (grant or fund for keeping Naga subsistence economy functional), particularly in the Indian segment of Naga homeland, had trickle-down effect in descending manner at various levels among the middle and lower classes. While the Naga ‘national’ movement is yet to materialise ‘sustainable development’ agenda, people adopted individual course to fulfilling economic demands. Competition for employment in ‘private’ and ‘public’ sectors and the culture of begging fund from the State treasury and capitalist institutions became widespread. As land and productivity had not been improved, many became disoriented (alienated) from their land (or homeland) in search of other better means of earnings. Emigration for education and white collar jobs in the Indian metropolitan cities and elsewhere become rampant. They , thus, became the fodder feeder of the capitalist service sector and physically disoriented from the Naga ‘liberation’ movement. (5) There is a bulk of co-opted reactionary political barons, counter-revolutionary Naga ‘intellectuals’ and opportunist NGO activists, who became influential in serving as the mouthpiece of bourgeoisie democracy and finance capitalism. On the other hand, the Naga ‘national’ leadership had not comprehensively addressed the structural constraints that are responsible for the material conditions of underdevelopment and the corresponding growth of individual opportunism and sectarian forces that keep the Nagas perpetually disunited. When the crucial ideological questions have not been raised and when the subversive roles of internal agencies have not been exposed; there is no effective check and balance against the tendency of ideological corruption and adventurist political demagogue, which often culminated in promoting counter-revolution and sectarianism amongst the Nagas. This makes the Nagas highly vulnerable to divisive forces. As a result, the subjective conscience to build a pan Naga stable community could not be converted into an objective reality . This is the ‘unique’ characteristic feature of all underdeveloped colonial and semi- colonial societies where capitalist plunder takes place with the support of an extensive network of local agents who operate in the guise development and globalisation. (To be cont d....)

(The author is a historian and associated with the International League of People’ s Struggle.)

Smokeless tobacco products, Myanmar items seized

Imphal, June 22: Illegal smokeless tobacco products and other Myanmar made edible items worth Rs 50,000 were seized during a surprise drive carried out by personnel of Food Safety and Standards Enforcement Wing, Imphal East on Thursday . One bakery was also closed down during the drive conducted in Pangei, Khumidok and Khundrakpam areas. Officials of the enforcement wing said the bakery at Khumidok did not maintain standard levels of hygiene that led to its seizure. The enforcement wing said food items in the market should maintain standard levels for safety of public health. Selling banned food items by any individual can be jailed for 6 months along with upto Rs 5 lakh fine under Food Safety and S tandard Act 2006. Selling and dealing of banned tobacco products in Manipur has become a lucrative business now despite the ban. Zarda pan per serving now costs Rs 20 and special pan which was earlier available at Rs 100 per serving now costs Rs 150-200. Chewable tobacco product Talab costs Rs 15 per sachet now while golden khaini costs Rs 20-30 per tin. In the last seven years Food Safety and Standards Enforcement Wing has been able to generate Rs 64,68,033 lakh revenue, according a media report. In the earlier drives carried out under the supervision of the Food Safety Commissioner in various parts of Manipur from May 28 to June 12, adulterated food items and tobacco products worth Rs 29,76,850 were seized and disposed.

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