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CORCOM to observe October 15 as National Black Day; calls total shut down

Imphal, Oct 14: Conglomerate of major rebel groups of the region CORCOM is observing October 15 as National Black Day resisting the annexation of the erstwhile Independent nation Manipur (Kangleipak). CORCOM is the join body of the major rebel groups of the region UNLF, PREPAK, RPF and PREPAK (Pro).
In a press statement, the joint body said that there will be total shut down in all the region of Manipur (Kangleipak) from midnight today to 6 pm tomorrow as a part of the National Black Day observance. While calling upon the people of section to support the total shut down call, CorCom said that emergency services, medicals, media and fire service will be exempted from the purview of the total shut down.
Advocating their stand, the statement said that after restoring independence from the hand of the British, Manipur already had its own constitution and conducted democratic election in 1948 before India.

Despite the fact that Manipur had its own council of Minister to run the erstwhile nation, the Indian authority had forcibly made the then king of Manipur signed the controversial Merger agreement on September 21, 1949 at Shillong under duress without the consent of the people of the region and the council of Ministers.  Later on October 15, 1949 Manipur was forcibly annexed to the Indian nation, said the statement.
The CorCom statement further said that since the merger, people of the reason has been waging war against the government of India for restoration of Independence of the erstwhile nation.

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PAP relaxed for five more years from 3 states including Manipur

Imphal, Oct 13: The Protected Area Permit (PAP) system which prohibits foreign nationals from visiting some North Eastern States including Manipur without obtaining due permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs has been relaxed for the States of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland for another 5 more years.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced that relaxation of 5 years has been made on ‘Protected Area Regime’ under Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958 for the states of Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram with effect from the 13th of December 2017 till the 31st December 2022.
A Circular issued by Ministry of Home Affairs has informed this decision to Chief Secretaries of Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram, a source said.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has also stated that if there is any kind of obstruction in carrying out the rules and regulations, the Central Government will have a liberty on the revision of the relaxation. It also said that Citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan will have to take an approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs in order to get access to Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram. It said violators will be punished under Foreigners Act.

The restriction was lifted on January 1, 2014 by the MHA for a period of 2 years.
The three States were put outside the ambit of PAP regime for the first time on January 1, 2013 for a period of one year.
However, the relaxation of PAP regime is not applicable to citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan.

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Awaited expectation


A subtle yet consistent change is sweeping across the public domain in the state of late.
The State Government making a bold and decisive stand on the issue of disintegration of the State to appease a group of people apparently devised by the centre to wash it’s hands off the illogical issue is a case in point.
The people of the state, so far has been bearing with the indifference and inaction of the Government, and it still has a long way to go in doing away with the tag of a passive and unwilling entity in the scheme of things. But things needed to get started somewhere and hopefully this positive attitude of decisive governance is not a one-off incident but a jolt to total consciousness and a miraculous awakening of the inner strength suspiciously lacking thus far in the discharge of the duties and responsibilities by it’s various departments.
A fresh and objective view of things still needed attending to without any consideration for caste, creed, religion or more importantly personal relations or favours could be a great starting point. Ad-hoc measures and experimental governance has so far been the order of the day. It is now time to draw up a concerted and lasting roadmap taking into consideration the varied needs and demands of the public, keeping in mind the feasibility and practicality of such an action. An understanding yet resolute Government is what the general public has been clamouring for, as a decisive and proactive approach coupled with a high level of transparency in governance will eradicate most of the trivial matters that has been made into mountains due to Government inactiveness.
The identity of the State and it’s welfare supersedes everything else and as long as the different groups and communities that contribute to the vibrant and diverse character of the State are allowed to co-exist in peace with their rights and privileges duly delivered, then only can there be lasting harmony and progress. Inclusive growth- concerted development of all sections and regions should be the aim. When the Government has taken the initiative and concrete steps towards enduring development in earnest, then will the warmongers and disruptive elements in the society began to stand out like sore thumbs to be remedied as they should necessarily be, regardless of the virtuous and discriminated façade they operate behind. It is for the Government to set the ball rolling and bring in the much needed change so eagerly awaited with a glimmer of hope, sparked by the recent bold steps and stands taken.
The people of the state has been led astray for too by too many forces- only for want of a far-sighted visionary and leader. Is the long wait coming to an end?

A rebuttal to Imprudence of ATSUM

Sir,
Apropos “A rebuttal to Imprudence of ATSUM” appeared in the media yesterday, and I presume — issued by ATSUM, I am to say that I made two points to which ATSUM takes strong exception.
Now what I have said was, one, that the Meiteis are no less tribal than any of the tribals listed in the schedule tribe lists of the fifth schedule of the Indian constitution from anthropological angle.
Two, that it is absurd to say that if the Meeteis are included in the schedule tribe list of the constitution it would “bring more inequality in the state in all respects”
I have stated that the demand of the Schedule Tribe Demand Committee Manipur (STDCM) to include the Meiteis in the Schedule Tribe lists of the Constitution is to protect the Meetei from the threat of extinction in the face of unchecked influx of migrants into this beautiful Manipur valley of seven hundred square miles, which is the home to all sections of the Manipuri society —— Kuki, Meitei, Naga, Pangal and the rest of the people.
I have raised the question to the Government of India writing to the Prime Minister while enclosing a copy of my letter to which ATSUM take strong exception. I have drawn the attention of the Honourable Prime Minister as to what has the Government of India done to rectify the wrongs done to the Meeteis by the Indian Constitution. I have said that the unscheduled Meitei tribes should be given its rightful place in this great country of 1.3 billion plus people where their existence is not threatened.
I have also pointed out that the rationale for the demand to enlist the Meeteis in the fifth schedule of the Indian constitution is genuine and the state government too, must do its part without delay.
In my writing I have not criticized any community or any group of people or any organization including ATSUM. So why should ATSUM have any grudge against my statement.
Yes, ATSUM might have been offended when I call their statement — “it (ATSUM) will fight to the end against the inclusion of the Meiteis in ST list” —— stupid. But frankly, tell me how should I call your statement  — hatred, communal venom, a war cry against the Meiteis — you choose.
My dear ATSUM friends you may be smart but you are students; you are not an army to fight a battle. Do not allow yourself to be carried away by sentiment and hatred because that will take you nowhere. Even if you are hostile to the Meitei heaping all the blames for all the ills on the Meeiteis — Meitei Manipur history, Meeitei government, Meitei hegemony, Meeitei exploiting the hill people — these are uninformed, unknowledgeable and ill-conceived world view.
True, in every community there are unprincipled and ignoble people who by their sheer position in power do more disservice than anything. But you cannot curse a community for those obnoxious and unscrupulous crooks.
 Lastly as an elder, I would like to appeal to you to be civil in your approach in this regard because it involves the future of your fraternal community, even when your own future is safe and secured.
I believe we can talk; have meaningful dialogues, debates and discussions. This is the way the world moves forward.

With regards
yours sincerely,
Heikrujam Nabashyam
Singjamei

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