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1st Indigenous Peoples’ Parliament begins

There will be differences but there are areas where we can fight together - Stephen Angkang

The first North East Indigenous Peoples’ Parliament organised by Coalition for Indigenous Rights Campaign, Manipur, Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha and Assam Meitei Apunba Lup begins here today at Kangsang, Khuman Lampak, Imphal. The first Parliament for the Indigenous people of the entire North Eastern States of India is being attended by various ethnic communities from across the North East states of India and during the parliament which will continue for three days various issues including Challenges and Survival of each tribe staying in the region, Human Rights and Human Security with special reference to controversial Armed Forces Special Powers ACt, 1958, Economy and Development with special reference to the Indian Act East Policy and Foreign direct investment, land and natural resources, Dams and water and fundamental rights of the people of the state will be discussed in depth to find out the common issues where all the indigenous people of the region could stand in one platform to fight together.
Veteran Tangkhul leader and former President of Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL)  Stephen Angkang graced the inaugural session as the Chief Guest while former Principal of DM College of Science Hidangmayum Dwijasekhar Sharma presided over it.
Speaking on the occasion Stephen Angkang said that there will be differences among the various indigenous people inhabiting in the north east part of India but there will be some area where all the indiginous people of the North East India could go together.
“We will debate, discuss for the common cause and I hope the result will be good”, said the veteran Tangkhul leader.
Stephen Angkang appreciated the organiser for making success in making such a common platform at which all the indigenous people of the state could together and discuss their issues.  
Matiur Rahman, President of the Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha and also convernor of the NE Parliament in his speech deliberated on the problem of influx of migrants in the region.
He said influx of foreign migrants rooted from the British days, it was to serve their purposes but is still continuing till today and remain as a big challenge to the indigenous people of the entire North East people.

“Illegal migrants are occupying political space in North East region and they are being patronise by the bloody political parties”, Matiur Rahman said.
He further said that the Assam NRC of 1951, census report 1951 and in the first Electoral Roll of 1952 covered all the whole North Eastern Region 30% foreigners names has been included. He said this thing happen only in the NE region and thus those migrants coming after 1951 should be  deported after detection.
Hidangmayum Dwijasekhar Sharma, who presided the inaugural session recalled on how the government of India has been depriving the region since its merger to the Indian Union. He said at the time when the then King of Manipur wrote letter to the then Indian Authority to include a person from Manipur in the preparation of the Indian constituency the Indian PM never listened to him showing signed that Manipur is not important to India.
He also said that even today too the government still ignore the NE region at various field. The aspirant Look East Policy now Act East Policy is not for the people of North east but for the people but for the maniland Indians.
A total of 25 different ethnic indigenous communities of the North East states are taking part in the 1st peoples’ parliament. Those taking part includes representatives from Deori, Karbi, Khashi, Jaintia, Moran, Tripuri, Rehyang, Bru, Hmar, Chiru, Zemei, Kharam, Chothe, Maring, Kom, Kabui, Thadou, Liangmei, Aimol, Meitei and Meitei Pangal.
Representatives of the Dimasa, Mizo, Meising and Arunachalli are on the way to attend the parliament, said an organiser.


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BJP sports cell Secretary among 3 KCP arrested by police

Combined team of Imphal West district police and 25 AR had arrested 3 cadres of armed group KCP (Kanba group) at around 2 pm from Uripok Khoisnam Leikai yesterday. Among the three cadres arrested one turn out to be the Secretary of the Sports Cell of BJP. He is identified as  Bramhacharimayum Rajmani @ Khanba of Uripok Khaidem Leikai. The two cadres arrested are identified as Khundrakpam Kanba @ khelchandra (45) son of Shyamkeso of Taothong Khunou Lamshang and Hanjabam Dineshor @ Dinesh of Brahmapur Thangapat Mapal.
Police source said that 2 pistols along with 3 live rounds and 2 mobile handsets were recovered from their possession.

 The arrested persons have been remanded in police custody after producing to the district magistrate for further investigation.

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Intl. Human Rights Day observed at various places of the state

International Human Rights Day was observed across the state at various places of the state under the theme Our Rights, Our Freedom Always. The day is oberved at Manipur Press club under the innitiative of Committee on Human Rights (COHR).
Dr. Pramod, Sr. Faculty LMS Law College, Phulindro Konsam, Chairman COHR, Wangkhemcha Shyamjai, President AMWJU and Dr. Y. Mani Khuman, President AMUCO attended the observance as dignitaries on the dais.
Speakers on the occasion highlighted the present state of human rights in the state being violated by the armed security forces under the shadow of the draconian AFSPA. International Human Rights day is being observed across the globe today to mark the declaration of the Universal declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on this day in 1948.
The day is also observed at Lamyanba Sanglen, Palace compound and was observed by Sharmila Kanba Lup. Speakers on the occasion lambasted the government attitude towards negligence of the rights of the people of Manipur. The observance also shows its support to the ongoing movement by Sharmila for repeal of AFSPA.

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Panels moots speedy justice delivery for victims of sex crimes

Importance of sensitizing public regarding the trends of increasing crime against women and children in the state and how to identify the gaps and challenges to deliver justice to the victims were discussed today in a “Penal Discussion on Speedy Justice in relation with Crime Against Women and Children” held at Classic Grande Chingmeirong, Imphal.
Taking part in the discussion as a panelist, Urikhimbam Nobokishore, Secy. United NGOs Mission Manipur spoke on the sexual crimes against women committed by Armed forces during counter insurgency operations in the State under the shadow of draconian act  AFSPA.
Nobokishor further pointed out the status of women in the present days and that of those before the merger of the erstwhile kingdom to the Indian Union.
He also revisited several heinous sexual crime cases committed by Armed forces of both state and central for which both denied to file cases or to investigate. He blamed government turning India  undemocratic country by neglecting such sensitive cases. “Neglecting or denying sexual or rape cases means the government consider it as normal cases and thinks women as ‘nothing’”, added Nobokishor.
He further deliberated on the urgent need of setting up of special mechanism in Judiciary to revive the cases of the victims of AFSPA.
While Advocate Supriya, Secy All Manipur Bar Association, Priyadashini Gangte,Lecturer Christian Damdei College,Senapati,L Pishak, Newlife Foundation were among other panelists while Arun Irengbam, Editor Echel Expressed moderated the discussion.
The discussion was conducted as part of 16 day long observance of Activism Against Gender Based Violence From Nov, 25-Dec 10 jointly by WAD, COWF, NEDF,UNMM, and DVSF. And it was conducted in connection with the World wide observance of International Human Rights Day.

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‘Respect aged people and their rights’

Panti Golmei President of Rongmei lui Pham (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland) today calls on the people to give high respect for aged people stating that it is wrong to consider the aged people as worthless or uneducated people. Speaking in the International Human Rights Day observance function held at Langol Tarung Gomei said that there was a time that the domestic violence, crime against women were consider as normal and also solve by customary laws without her consent and the kind of thing sometimes happened still today. He appealed the people to stop blindly follow religion and playing with the human rights of the people. The observance function was attended by former DC of Tamenglong , Akham Panmei, advocate Sumitra Kamei, and Namdithiu Pamei, Zenith Kamson and Aram Pamei as presidium member and resource person.

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Saviours or stumbling blocks?

However much as we would like to consider ourselves as ones who are abreast of the times, with an acute sense of awareness of our rights and responsibilities, yet the undeniable fact remains that the mentality of most of those who have appointed themselves as saviours of the society from enemies both real and imaginary, has been one of “we are always right”, and “our cause is the most important one”. What the common people has not been able to comprehend yet is the “why” of it. Why are these self appointed guardians of the society turning their guns and bombs on the very society who are their source of sustenance? Why are they still adamant on “serving” the common man, despite the overwhelming reluctance of the public to accept their “service”? Why do a crime becomes less evil after an amicable settlement with the perpetrators? Why do they insist on “donations” with fixed amounts? Why are they not “interfering” with the known and notorious smugglers and black marketers in spite of the glaring evidences, and more relevantly, with the recent uproar of the public against the dismissive state government adamant on ignoring the wishes of the people? Why are they harassing the weak and vulnerable public when their targets should be the corrupt and the unscrupulous elements taking undue advantage of the weak and helpless? Why are they so keen on changing the world when there are so many small hurdles we need to remove before everything else to make our society visibly better? Why are they conveniently looking the other way while various atrocities are being committed against the society everyday without respite? It would not be an exaggeration to state that the society would be a much better place for their absence. The ulterior motives of these guardians of the society have been laid bare, yet the fear of physical harm and unwanted repercussions, which is so real and possible, has the public to keep mum. It does take two hands to clap- the cheatings, forgeries, misappropriations and underhand dealings being carried out in Government Departments and offices are the excuse and the reason for their existence. Yet in their purported quest to cleanse the society of things evil and bad, it is the common man, clueless and defenceless, who are bearing the brunt of the anger and threats, getting caught in the crossfire, without the connection or the influence to secure a better bargain of their lives. Insecurity and the fear psychosis have been so deeply ingrained in the minds of the people, with a deep suspicion for everything and everyone even remotely out of the ordinary. The outcome of such a society can never be a positive one- as has been witnessed and felt by everybody. The Indian army has been using the excuse of the unrest and social disruptions to carry out their myriad nefarious activities, while various leaders in power are amassing wealth meant for the affected people. The deathly vortex of extortions, killings and threats has been growing stronger. The only real and plausible solution? – take away the sinner, and the saint disappears! How easier can things get?

Shija Observes World Patient Safety Day

World Patient Safety Day was observed on 9th of December 2015 at Shija Hospitals & Research Institute (SHRI)Pvt Ltd, Langol. Dr. Devendra Kh, Consultant General and Laparoscopic Surgeon, SHRI, presented on Surgical Safety measures for patients.He emphasized on the magnitude of impact that adverse events can cause. Strict compliance to pre-defined protocols and following surgical safety checklist advised by WHO is key to avoiding surgical errors. “Safety of patients is everyone’s business”, he said, including all levels of healthcare providers, patients and their families.
Dr. Kennedy T, Consultant Anesthesiologist and Critical Care Specialist, SHRI, presented on Medical Errors with the gathering. Preventable medical errors, its incidences and how to avoid them were highlighted. He stressed on the importance of the management of all healthcare institutes to encourage reporting of events even if it is a near miss event which has not caused any harm to the patient in order to avoid such errors in the future. Avoiding abbreviations and writing legibly by health care professionals will also contribute towards preventing errors, said he. He drew attention of the gathering towards a culture of safety to be practiced and embraced by all. Dr. Jugindra S, Director Medical Services, SHRI, spoke on the current practices and initiatives of Shija Hospitals to ensure Patient Safety. He shared that patient safety does not end with creating policies and protocols but is a continuous process of complying with protocols day in and day out during daily medical practice. Shija Hospitals is working towards accreditation by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), he informed. It may be mentioned that Shija Blood Bank & Transfusion Services is accredited by NABH and the hospital based laboratory is accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)
The observation of the Patient Safety day was attended by Consultant Doctors, Resident Medical Officers, Medical PG Students, Nurses, Nursing students and administrative staff of the hospital. In his closing remarks, Dr.Palin Kh, Chairman cum Managing Director, SHRI said that Patient Safety is of paramount importance in developing trust of the patients and eventually developing medical tourism in the state to attract patients from neighboring states and countries.

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Why Manipur stands with its cause?

The Indo-Manipur political economy relationship has for long been not favourably good ever since the contentious merger of Manipur to India. Consequent upon signing the Merger Agreement, the democratically elected Government in Manipur was unceremoniously abolished and its political status downgraded to a ‘Part C State in India’ under a Chief Commissioner where citizens had no democratic space. It took more than 22 long years of sustained movement for restoration of full-fledged assembly and fully responsible government, for the centre to grant statehood to Manipur. India, in the said period of time had completed building the infrastructure and laying its development foundation. Whereas for Manipur, in those times, its democratically elected legislative assembly   remains dissolved thereby excluding her from the development and democratic process.
The lack of trust due to prevailing democratic and development deficit and the consequent psyche of the masses that people in the state had not been duly treated as a citizen of the democratic country further fuelled the ongoing revolutionary struggle. For long, the struggle in the Northeast used to be between the ‘oppressed class’ and the ‘oppressor’. As long as such revolutionary movement is based on class line and the class struggle pursued in right direction, one could not find such struggle of not being victorious in the pages of history. Among those non-principal and devious means to contain such struggle, engineering ethnic conflicts and inter community clashes is one of them. It is expect for the government to make concerted effort to bring disunity among the oppressed class. This is what which is exactly prevailing at the moment. The people of Northeast are now entrapped in such treachery and intrigues laid by the government. In a way, the government is no longer a party to the conflict. From a party to the conflict, the Government has been successful to become a mediator to the conflict.
That is the reason why, all the eight states of Northeast are beset with ethnic and inter-community crisis in one form or the other. India continues to engage in such intrigues with remarkable success due to the ignorance and not making concerted effort of such ploy and also due to the handiwork of the ‘class collaborators’ from among those who are aware of it.
The GoI-NSCN(IM) Peace Talk which has been ongoing since 1997 affected all the neighbouring Northeastern states is one such part of it. The talks which started with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had further been continued afterwards with the United Peoples Alliance (UPA). As of now, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the biggest party in the NDA, had on August 3 of this year signed the ‘Framework of Agreement’ with the targeted objective of bringing to solution within three month’s time.
It can be observable from the trends so witnessed that, the GoI, though seems to be withdrawing from agreeing or assuring to fulfill the demands of the NSCN (IM). The NSCN (IM) also, on its part seems to climb down from many of its core demands. Earlier, talks used to be in third country at the highest level with the Prime Minister. But subsequently talks started to be held in Delhi, that also through interlocutors,  that also changed for so many times.  Sovereignty was no longer in the demand. ‘Greater Nagaland’ was scaled down to ‘South Nagaland’, then ‘Supra State’. And now, the demand is ‘Alternative Arrangement’. What indicate it are, what models of Sixth Schedule it could be? Among the thirty subjects in it included, autonomy by having direct relation with Delhi, and Naga Social integration based on ethnic line. All these cannot be agreed upon and consented by the valley based civil society because of the perpetual threat in the territorial integrity of Manipur due to the demands of the NSCN (IM). Even the two rounds of talks with the interlocutor, RN Ravi, have already been held making concerted efforts to bring to the knowledge of the GoI through Ravi the past political status of Manipur, her history and her internationally recognized age-old boundary towards arriving at a final settlement of the issue. The GoI, from its part have assured of not disturbing the boundary of Manipur.  But what is apprehensive to the people is, even if boundary is not disturbed, it remains more or less the same with the bifurcation of the state of Manipur, if there is exclusive autonomous Naga administered area functioned in the line of state within a state. In such a prevailing crucial moment, the civil society in Manipur brings to notice and wants the GoI to come to realization that – considering the historical and distinctive political status of Manipur, the collective interested of the people of Manipur is inviolable. Why because, if the ‘unique history’ of the Nagas is recognized, then on what ground if the historical and political distinctive status of Manipur should be ignored and overlooked? The reasons are given below:
1.More than two thousand years old people’s history of Manipur and the political status enjoyed by the state in different epochs of history should be recognized
2.The inseparable  and intricately linked organic geographical and socio-economic hill-valley ties should not be bifurcated
3.The culturo-linguistic ties of the collective co-existing brethren communities of Manipur should be recognized
4.Manipur was a South West Asian independent kingdom which has been in existence for more than 2000 years. Even if, Manipur was brought under British colonialism, Manipur was never a part of India.
5.The independence of Manipur was recognized by many of the international treaties. Mention could be made of the – Anglo Manipuri Treaty (1762), and Treaty of Yandaboo (1826)
6. The political and the administrative reforms enacted and implemented after passing the act in the British parliament were enforced and implemented only in British India. Such political and the administrative reforms which were operational in India never came into force in Manipur.
7. Manipur regained her independence on August 14, 1947 by virtue of the Section 7 (b) of the Indian Independence Act.
8. Manipur already had her own constitution under the Manipur State Constitution Act, 1947. Under it, much before the first general election to be held in India in 1952, elections on the basis of universal adult franchise was held in the year 1948 for the first time in the history of South Asia.  A 53 member assembly of 53 members having multi-ethnic and plural character was elected.  Its first session was held on 18 October 1948. Maharaja Bodhchandra also participated in it and addressed the house as the nominal head.
9. By virtue of the existence of duly and democratically elected assembly, the independent sovereign power was vested to the people.
10. There were no representations from Manipur in any capacity in the Constituent Assembly of India, and Cabinet Mission Plan (1946). 11. The King of power has no right and authority, neither has he any legality and constitutional mandate to enter into an agreement without the willingness and approval of the houses on subjects which might hurt the future political status. The Manipur State Constitution Act of 1947 doesn’t entitle the King of any such rights.
12. The existence of Manipur State Constitution Act, 1947 and the Manipur State Elections held under it in 1948 are sufficient grounds for extending/granting Article 370 of the Indian Constitution in recognition of her political status
13. None of the duly and democratically elected members of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, 1948 have endorsed the Instrument of Accession Act. 
14. For all the reasons stated above, the GoI has the historical and constitutional responsibility to not disturb and protect the territorial boundary of Manipur, and at the same time should acknowledge and give recognition to her ‘distinctive history’ and ‘distinctive political status’.
Considering all the veracity and truth stated above, Article no. 370 of the Indian Constitution should be extended in Manipur.
The reasons for extending Article 370 are appropriate.
Ø It nullifies Article 3 of the Indian Constitution. This will checkmate ethnicisation of ethnic polity.
Ø This will help in maintaining the age-old ties of hill-valley relationship
Ø This will empower the people in the hills in their endeavour for economic betterment.
Ø It will also be instrumental to make the hill people to become politically self reliant by enabling them to take political decisions without the intervention of the external hands.
To conclude, the aspirations of the hills people cannot be realized without the consensus approval and consent of the valley people. Likewise, the aspirations of the valley people cannot be realized without the consensus approval and consent of the hill people. The GoI should realize this. More strikingly put, why is the avenue for inter-community dialogue still not initiated if the GoI really looks forward a genuine solution which will not be at the cost of each other.

(Produced here is the Key Note Speech by Sanasam Sunilakanta  Secretary General National Research Centre, Manipur of the  2-Day Public Dialogue on Present Political Scenario in Manipur held at  Kuki Inn, Imphal on Dec 8 & 9, 2015   -Translated from the Manipuri by Aheibam Koireng , Former Editor, Orient Vision, ISSN accredited quarterly journal)


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