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KCP (Noyon) cadre apprehended by Assam rifles

Imphal, Oct 13: 12 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) apprehended a KCP (Noyon) cadre on October 12 at PVCP, Khudengthabi, Tengnoupal District at around 4 pm.
The arrested cadre has been identified as Damu s/o Late Madhumangol, age 38 years of Uripok, Imphal. He was arrested while travelling in A Maruti Van from Moreh

to Imphal. An AR statement said that as he was seen moving suspiciously the AR personnel questioned him at PVCP, Khudengthabi. The individual later confessed that he is an active cadres of KCP (Noyon) Individual was handed over to Police Station Moreh, the statement added.

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Proscribed groups KYKL, KCP and NLFT calls total shut down in Tripura and Manipur on October 15

Imphal, Oct 13: A joint statement signed by the Chairman of proscribed groups Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) N. Oken, President of Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) Laba Meitei and President of National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT) D Yamrok has called total shut down from the midnight of October 14 to 6 pm of October 15 resisting the imposition of Indian rule on the two erstwhile nation state on October 15, 1949. The statement however said that the shut down will not cover essential services such as medical, water supply and religious activities.
In a lengthy statement signed by the leaders of the three rebel groups, it is stated that
refusal of Tripura Merger Agreement (TMA) and Manipur Merger Agreement (MMA) which were signed respectively on September 9 and September 21, 1949 have been at the very heart of people’s struggle for freedom and change, which have been witnessed in the last 5/6 decades in Tripura and Manipur.
“In our struggle for freedom, that is freedom from colonial India, and better change if we are not able to make the people indignantly stand against the agreements mentioned above explaining them how treacherously we have been coerced to ink the agreements, whatever strategy we invoke will prove to be counterproductive. Making the people and ourselves critically conscious of the treacherous and uncivilized ways through which the two agreements were concluded and came into force to sit on our necks may be the long way round but the shortest way to freedom”, the statement said.
It further stated that the then Manipur King refused to sign the pre-drafted Manipur Merger agreement being supplied to him by the agents of the dominion of India without consulting the council of ministers in whom the real sovereign power lies, for Manipur, at that time, have had a democratically elected Government with a written constitution adopted under the Manipur State Constitution Act, 1947 thereby reducing the king of Manipur to the status of a mere constitutional head of the state.
Stating that the sovereign power once embedded in the body of the king had shifted to the body of the people after the first election held in March 1948 under the Manipur constitution Act, 1947 on the basis of adult franchise.
“Therefore Maharaja’s signing of the agreement has gone beyond the legal authority he has been given under the constitution thus rendering the agreement legally invalid.
If a treaty is concluded by using threats or force, it will be taken as void and null as it has violated the principles of international law enshrined in the charter of the United Nations. This is what the Article 52 of the Vienna convention on the law of treaties,
1969 precisely puts down. Cutting into the Manipur merger Agreement, 1949 through the lens of Vienna convention, one will never find a reason not to say MMA, 1949 invalid, the statement said.
It further added that If one quickly looks up the episodes transpired there in Shillong during September 17- 21, 1949, what could be evidently seen is how the Maharaja of Manipur had been subjected to psychological tortures, emotional blackmailing, prolonged detention and military threat in dominion India’s two-faced attempts in order to get the agreement signed.
“The strength of Jat Regiment, for instance, had been increased from one section to two sections intensifying surveillances over the king as he expressed his desire to return to Manipur to obtain the approval of the people without signing the document. This is more than an indication of transacting the signing of the Manipur Merger Agreement under duress rendering it completely invalid and non-operative.

Besides the final confirmation of an agreement needed to make it legally operational,which we call ratification, was never done as respects the Manipur Merger agreement,1949 by the Manipur Legislative Assembly, which alone can claim the invalidity of MMA. Pending the ratification, the administration of Manipur was however handed over to the dominion of India, which any rational people can take as the worst form of treachery. This was what Indian leaders who shamelessly compared democracy with the holy bible did to us; they deceitfully took possession of Manipur strangulating democracy masquerading as if they respect people’s voice.
“Assumption of Indian leaders as not understanding the necessity of ratifying the agreement concluded between the two states for its consummation would constitute our infantile understanding of India. But it was not that they did it for nothing; they purposefully did so thinking what they did then as the only rational choice left to co-opt the sovereign independent state of Manipur into the newly born fascist India, though it seemed to be a bit infantile.
The statement said that what the India did was nothing but making things invisible whichever they considered obstacle to their elephantine venture of constructing India, where the mainland will imprison the periphery, particularly the people of WESEA.
“What is more, the Manipur merger agreement through which India has been riding roughshod over us for more than 6 decades had never been subject to a plebiscite under the supervision of a neutral party like the United Nation, which has been a universally democratic norms to ascertain whether the people in a particular territory want to remain independent or join another country. So we stand against the merger of Manipur with the dominion of India as no plebiscite was held seeking what the people in whose body lies the real sovereign authority have in their mind”, the statement signed by the three leaders said.
Regarding Tripura the statement said that the regent queen Kanchan Prava was taken for a ride by the newly born fascist India to sign the Tripura Merger Agreement in the name of protecting her state on September 9, 1949 to come into effect from October 15, 1949, the same day on which Manipur’s administration was handed over to India. “This tragic historical episode of Tripura, an ancient princely state ruled by as many as 184 sovereign kings, began with the death of its last ruling King, Bir Bikram Kishore Deb Barman resulting in putting his 13 years old minor son, Kirit Bikram, on the throne with his wife as regent queen. At that turbulent period of time she had to face a great number of crises from within and without”, it said.
The statement also said that The independent-minded people of Tripura stood against the merger. Tens of thousands Borok people took to the street protesting the perfidious agreement, raising their voice that spoke the Borok spirit of independence and justice. Unfortunately the fascist minded Indian leaders who still smell slave, masquerading as democrats, suppressed the voice of the people sending many Borok leaders to prison.
A close observation will tell one that all the issues confronting Tripura in the postmerger period, beginning from politics, identity crisis, the unchecked influx of Bengali migrants, economy, arts and culture and even social mores, revolve around the contested agreement.
“Therefore, there is a need to understand the existential challenges we are facing now by latching onto the agreement that had landed us in extreme troubles like national death through tools like population assimilation, cultural Indianization and militarization.
Relegating the significance of understanding these plethora of issues through the prism of the merger agreement to mere sentimentality and emotional outburst, it would be nothing less than endorsing the Indian system of colonialism to maintain their hegemonic status quo.
Understanding the truth that the two independent states of Manipur and Tripura were annexed into India through a treaty without binding characters when viewed from different aspects, we have to stand up as a single entity to break the chains of slavery and throw off the shackles which India put us on. It is worth remembering that these princely states were not even annexed to British India, but the merger agreements they were forced to sign had pushed both of them to the lowest status of Part C state within India disrespecting their sovereign political status they enjoyed before being merged with India”, the statement added.

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Honesty and sincerity a must to bring change in the state: CM

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Imphal, Oct. 11: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh stated that change should start within ourselves to bring positive change in the State and honesty, sincerity, transparency are the integral characteristics to bring change in society. This was stated by him at inauguration of the Police-Press Workshop held at 1st MR Banquet Hall, Imphal today. The workshop is being organised by Manipur Police Department in connection with the 125th anniversary Celebrations of Manipur Police.
 Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that the government is giving priority to maintain good and healthy relationship with the people of the State. He maintained that in order to build a cordial relationship with people, we should try to solve the small issues faced by the people of the State. People oriented schemes and projects are being introduced by the new Government and will try its level best to deliver better governance in the State, he added. He further stated that if the demands and aspirations of the people are met, the gap between the people and government would be lessened.  Stating that media is the fourth pillar in a Democratic State, Shri N. Biren Singh said that the media invariably plays an important role to uphold the Rule of Law in the region. Professional ethics should be maintained by the journalists while reporting sensitive news so that police could control the crimes happening in the State, he continued.
 Mentioning that people have faith in Police nowadays, Chief Minister said that people living both in hills and valley are requesting for police patrolling along the State and National Highways. This is a sign of healthy relationship between the people and Police in the State.
 N. Biren Singh said that the sole responsibility of the Police is to maintain and control the law and order situation of the State. If police don’t know the ground realities such as complexities of social and political nature at grassroots level, then police cannot prevent from deteriorating law and order situation, he added. He stated that the cyber crime unit of the Police Department has solved many cases and thus preventing various crimes and mob justice in the State.

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For a little bit more


The one basic thing that could make much of almost everything much easier, simpler and smoother, yet seemingly impossible to accomplish is the act of coming clean.
It would indeed take a much greater strength of character to own up to our mistakes and shortcomings, and still greater willpower to refrain from deliberately committing acts we consciously know is wrong and false. The few fortunate ones who have the grit and will to transcend these urges are acknowledged and respected, even revered. On the other hand, a new breed of “Go-Getters” who would not stop at anything to achieve their goal is on the rise- the pressures of present day society helping in developing and pruning such mindset to perfection. They are the restless, hyperactive and aggressive ones who do not cater to emotions and aesthetics. Modern parents and guardians are increasingly urging their wards to adopt the letter approach towards life in order to carve out a place in the society that invariably results in a level of respect- respect that again is dependent on the earning capacity, the social circle adopted and living status maintained.
Increasing compulsions for security in terms of food, shelter and a step towards a more secure future could be the factors that prompted the collective thinking towards adopting such an attitude towards life. But then, does that justify the adage “All is fair and love and war”? Is our life becoming a daily struggle, a battle- if not a war, we are destined to wage every single living day of our lives? Where does that leave us with any room or opportunity for improvement- not the financial kind, but a more rounded and holistic one as a person? The present developments in the society – particularly that of mindless atrocities and lack of considerations that is becoming rampant would be, to a large part, a spill-off of this new approach towards life. Greed takes precedence over everything else, making our lives worse off than when we started. What then could be the panacea for these aberrations that has come to plague our lives of late? The answer lies within us- common knowledge which just needs to be acknowledged, and more importantly to act on. Putting up a façade of make-believe and a show of benevolence and righteousness will not absolve anyone of the crimes and wrongs.
This is of utmost importance for everyone, and more so for those who are donning the role of public representatives. Concepts like beauty, peace and harmony can only be experienced if we can rise above our petty urges and look at life- that of ourselves and the ones around us in a different and totally new perspective- one that does not have anything to do with wealth, power or fame. But how does one explain these “abstract” concepts, even after knowing them to be true, to someone struggling to earn a square meal on a daily basis? Aren’t there adequate schemes and programs to alleviate these basic sufferings being borne by a majority of the people in the State? How do these people who are consistently trying to find any menial job just to earn enough to eat come to know of these schemes if they are not informed, and more importantly, assist them in getting their fair share? Who would not want a little extra, even inspite of having more than everything they could possibly ever need in life? The best persons to validate this observation will be in the performance of those in whose hands are the reign of power and affairs of the State.
 “The earth has enough to satisfy man’s needs but not man’s greed”: Mohondas Karamchand Gandhi.

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