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Prof. Pandey  challenges all orders or leave extension by authority of Manipur University as per the advice of MHRD

Says he have resumed office of the VC by opening a new office at his quarter

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Imphal, Sept 4,

The dust which was felt settled at Manipur University is whirling again with potential of a hurricane like situation as Prof. AP Pandey today said that he had resumed the office of the Manipur University and that he can’t accept any kind of leave by any authority below his rank.

The controversial VC of Manipur University, which had put all the University community to rise against him putting all academic activities on halt for over 85 days said that he had not received any orders or communication from the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) regarding his leave. However, he said that all the information are being received through social networking site.

In press conference held today at his official quarter located at Sanjenthong, Officers’ colony Prof. Pandey said that he is ready to face any kind of enquiry of the highest level but he cannot accept the enquiry committee constituted by the MHRD alleging that the Chairman of the Committee is a close relative of a members of the teachers’ association of the Manipur University.

Yesterday Registrar in Charge of the Manipur University Prof. Sh. Doren Singh had issued an order extending leave of the VC Prof. AP Pandey from September 1 till the completion of the enquiry which has been constituted by the MHRD. The official order of the Registrar of Manipur University reads-

“Whereas, as per the advice of the MHRD dated 2nd August 2018 Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey, Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University, had been granted leave for a period of 30 days w.e.f.2nd August 2018.

And, whereas, the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI) has intimated that the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by Joint Secretary, MHRD, GOI, Commissioner (Hr. & Tech Edn.) Government of Manipur and Presidents of Manipur University Students Union (MUSU), Manipur University Staff Association (MUSU) and Manipur University Teachers Association (MUTA) in presence of the Hon’ble CM, Manipur and his Council of Ministers has been approved in toto by the Hon’ble Minister, Human Resource Development, GOI, vide his email of August 18, 2018.

And, whereas, Clause D of the MOA reads as “That, during the period of inquiry and until follow up action taken on the inquiry report by the competent authority, preferably within a period of 15 days, Prof. A.P. Pandey will be on leave.”

And, whereas, para 5 of the Orders No.33-6/2018-CU-IV dated 17.08.2018 issued by the Under Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, Government of India, states “The Inquiry Committee shall submit its report within one month from the date of issue of the order i.e. 17.08.2018.”

Now, therefore, in continuation of the earlier Office Order No.MU/VC/1 dated 02.08.2018, Office Memorandum No. MU/VC/02 dated 21.08.2018 and Office Order No.213/MU/VC/02 dated 30.08.2018, the leave of Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey, Vice-Chancellor, Manipur University has been extended w.e.f. 01.09.2018 until the completion of the inquiry proceeding against him and until the necessary follow up action is taken on the inquiry report by the competent authority.

This order is issued with the approval of the Chancellor, Manipur University.”

Prof. AP Pandey bullshitted the official order issued on the advice of the MHRD. In today’s press meet he said how could a person below his rank issued order for his leave.

The press conference sparks another flames to the already burning issue over the power and functioning of the Manipur University authority.

Former in charge Registrar Prof. M. Shyamkesho had also yesterday issued a notice saying that he is still the registrar of the Manipur University.

The notice by Prof. Shyamkesho said that  Prof. Sh. Dorendajit Singh is no more Registrar (i/c) of Manipur University by referring the MHRD letter NO. F.NO.33-6/2018 C.U.IV, Dated 24-08-2018.

The letter by the MHRD was however put on hold after the intervention of the Chief Rector, the Governor of Manipur.

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Police Seized 7 Trucks Carrying Illegal Excavated Soil

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Thoubal, Sept. 4,

 

A Team of Thoubal Police Seized 7 (seven) trucks carrying illegally excavated Hill soil from Waithou Protected Forest at around 7:30 pm at last Night.

Talking to Media Persons, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Thoubal, N. Ganesh IFS said in his Office, the seized trucks & offenders were handed over to Thoubal Forest Ranger, S. Shamungou and the case was compounded and a hefty sum of Rs.1,00,000/- was fined by the DFO, Thoubal Forest Division.

DFO, Thoubal N.Ganesh further sent a warning message that no one should extract any hill earth within his jurisdiction.

He also cited High Court order dated 8th August 2018, which quotes” Any form of unregulated and illegal excavation of soil of any type is prohibited and banned, irrespective of the location in the State”. 

He further quoted that Hill Earth can only be extracted after requisite Forest clearance along with permission under Manipur Minor minerals Act & Rules, EPA.

How the forest areas are being allotted to private individuals has been a matter of great surprise to the people.

So far none of the officials responsible for allotment of the land to private individuals have been punished and government fails to make any effort to investigate over the matter.

The DFO appealed the people to illegal excavation to stop immediately, He also thanked the Police for their humble help.

As per report available with this news paper most of the excavation works is being carried out during night time.

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Wheelchair Basketball Workshop

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Imphal, Sept 4,

The Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India (WBFI) in partnership with Department of Social Welfare and Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of Manipur and Shishu SAROTHI is organising a 3-day Workshop on Wheelchair Basketball from 5th to 7th September, 2018 at Khuman Lampak Indoor stadium, Imphal, Manipur.
This is the first time that Wheelchair Basketball is introduced in Manipur. The goal of the Workshop is to train the first set of players and coaches from Manipur state for the long term development of the sport amongst the disability sector in Manipur. It is hoped that the training will go a long way in contributing to increasing the number of qualified coaches and players for wheelchair basketball in India. Mrs. Kalyani Rajaraman, Secretary General, Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India is organizing this event. Mr. Lee Roy Simon and Ms. Suvarna Limahe, nationally trained wheelchair basketball coach will be conducting the training. 25 trainee players will be participating out of which 5 will be women trainee players.

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Guv’ ,CM greet people on Teachers’ Day

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Imphal, Sept 4,

Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla and Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today greet the people of the state on occasion of Teacher’s Day, 2018.

“The fifth of September is celebrated as Teacher’s Day every year across the country in commemoration of the birth anniversary of Late Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who was a great scholar and teacher. The Day is celebrated to pay our hearty respect to the teaching community for their dedication and hard work rendered for the betterment of society. Teachers are role models and guide children and youth to become good and responsible citizens”, the Chief Minister in his message said.  Biren Singh also paid homage to Dr. S. Radhakrishnan and extend his heartiest greetings to all teachers.

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AAMSU Condemns Assault to AMSU Functionaries, Says “Cowardly Behaviour”

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Silchar,Sep.4,

 

 The All Assam Manipuri Students Union, AAMSU HQ strongly condemn the incidents of assaulted the AMSU functionaries and artistes of Manipur.

In a press conference that held this Tuesday here at AAMSU HQ in Silchar, AAMSU president Pangabam Nilkanta said that it was the act of cowardly behaviour.

While briefing to the scribes, AAMSU President questioned about the  gunda tax that are being collected by NSCN IM from the passengers of the Imphal -Silchar road in a regular basis.

In his words, Nilkanta said”both centre and state governments must clarify the issue of collecting gunda tax by NSCN-IM”.

He also emphasised that the centre supported the NSCN IM as they collecting illegal tax and harassed the passengers in a highway.

In his words ,AAMSU President said ,” without a backing from centre how the illegal outfit NSCN IM collecting money and harassing the people in a roadside “.

“My message to the NSCN IM is that Nungba is under the territory of Manipur and they have no right to claimed it as their land” said Nilkanta.

He further emphasized that the act done by NSCN IM revealed that they are uncivilized group.

He also said that AAMSU will never tolerate if anybody illegally harassing the people of Manipur.

Further , he urges the concern state government to look into the matter.

It can be said that some unknown youths who identified themselves as ‘NSCN-IM’ have assaulted a team comprising AMSU functionaries and Manipuri singers. The incident took place at Nungba Bazar, Tamenglong district yesterday at about 7.40 pm.

According to a source, the 37 member team comprising AMSU functionaries and Manipuri singers were returning from Silchar by a bus after attending a programme there. 

The team on Monday was supposed to leave Silchar early in the morning. But they were compelled to leave Silchar late afternoon as the Bus they were travelling on was out of order. 

The team reached Nungba in late evening at about 7.40 pm yesterday. The bus stopped there and they got down from the bus to take dinner in a hotel at Nungba bazar. 

On seeing the bus bearing a Manipuri flag, two/three youths of about 24/25 years old who identified themselves as ‘NSCN-IM’ cadres stopped them.

The unidentified youths asked the identity of the team and where they were coming from.

AMSU general secretary Anil replied that the team comprised AMSU functionaries and some Manipuri singers and they were returning from Silchar after attending a programme there.

Anil also identified himself as general secretary of AMSU. After hearing the reply, the youths who identified themselves as NSCN-IM told the AMSU team that the place they were entering in is ‘Nagaland’ while cautioning them not to come there with Manipuri flag.

The unidentified youths also slammed some valley based organisations like AMUCO, UCM, AMSU for launching protest against framework agreement. 

The NSCN-IM men also slapped the AMSU general secretary Anil twice, apart from extortioning money from the team comprising AMSU functionaries and Manipuri singers, sources further revealed.

 

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Seminar Fetal Echocardiography held

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Imphal, Sept 4,
A seminar on “Fetal Echocardiography” was held at Imphal Hotel. It was organized jointly by Manipur Heart Foundation, SKY Hospital and Imphal Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society.
The purpose of the seminar was to create awareness among the doctors, other healthcare professionals and the public of the role of a specialized heart scanning technique called Fetal Echocardiography (F Echo) which is used for imaging of the heart while the child is still in the mother’s womb. The F Echo should be performed between 18 and 20 weeks of pregnancy to detect intracardiac defects. For the first time in Manipur high risk pregnant women can avail such specialised service at SKY Hospital.  
The function was attended by Dr S. Radhakrishnan, Director and HOD Paediatric Cardiology Department, Fortis Escort Heart Institute, New Delhi, who is also the visiting Paediatric Cardiologist to SKY Hospital as the Resource person and Dr. T. Bilashini Devi, Senior Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, City Hospital and Dr L. Shyamkishore , President, Manipur Heart Foundation as Chairpersons.

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Divide, divert and rule will not work


Essence of belongingness will help building India a strong nation
First year of BJP led government in the state gave a signed of relief but the second part shattered some of the expectation.
The past few months, people in the state have been living with fear of uncertain future. The prolonged shut down of academic activities of higher studies, apprehension of the potential threats to the integrity of the state due to the undisclosed content of Frame work agreement, alleged intrusion of Manipur’s territory by Myanmar government issues of ILPS etc etc , have once more created the fear factor of an uncertain future once again.
The recent sequence of events witness is indeed a worrisome for all people.
May be there are differences in analyzing the root of today’s happening. But Imphal Times sees every cause as a result of the identity crisis.
The idea of nation having one identity, one religion, one culture, one language promulgated by some self style son of mother India has created fear psychosis to various ethnic communities in the country. At a time when chauvinistic idealism of creating a nation of only one community is seen marching ahead, it is natural that each and every ethnic communities of the nation have reason to be feared. Because it is family first then come the society then it is the nation.
India was and is a nation of diverse people. The beauty of India is the existences of different ethnic people with diverse cultural people. It is important that if India has to prove the world as the most successful democratic country, the leaders and the so called self style son of the soil should tried to become real son of the soil by accepting that the concept of one religion, one culture and one language should not be followed in the Nation called India.
During Kargil war, two soldiers from this region, that too from a border village between Myanmar and India in the state of Manipur were martyred while fighting the Pakistani troops. Family of the two did not know the common language that their sons spoke with their fellow soldiers and moreover, the villagers of the two soldiers are fighting tough safeguarding their villages from intruders of the neighbouring villages. Yet they pray for the success of India. The Indian administrators of the time was not the one which brought victory to the Kargil war, but it was the prayers of those thousand parents, whose sons were fighting for the country, but who never see Delhi, or who never understood the common language (Hindi) that make India success. Indeed, many critics are of the views that India is still in the process of nation building. But the reality is that India is already a nation. A nation of imagine community living under the same roof.
The peaceful co existence and communal harmony was put in dead danger with the rise of communal centric feudalism classes. They spew venom of hate feeling among the various communities for their mere selfish gain. Last few decades showed rise of many such feudalists and the rise of this class raises the feeling of enmity among the various community.
Coming back to the state of Manipur, the problem facing right now has similar roots. The force annexation is often pin point as the root of all sort of trouble here, but the reality is that the root of the entire problem facing in the state of Manipur is the chauvinistic attitude of the ruling government in the mainland India.
Instead of looking on the problem, the then ruler of the mainland India had sideline the real issue submitted by the then expert officials deputed by their government, they never tried anything to put a halt to the rise of the armed opposition group. But rather the then government incited hate feeling among various communities thinking that the same technique adopted the British ruler can suppressed any movement in the region.
Instead of taking into consideration and finding a means to end all sort of violent activism a Scheme called Surrendered Rehabilitation Schemes had been introduced and the result - people now suffered double the problem that they had faced before the coming of the scheme.
Well Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the last President of USSR had understood the important of safeguarding each community and USSR was separated into various independent nations. Problem will be there as long as human kind exists. Because they think and act and those act are sometime negative from one’s view point even if he or she thought it right from his viewpoints.
The fear factor right now is felt to everyone. Man dies and sacrifices for their children and nation. If the fear factor grows no one can guarantee any untoward incident at which the fear factor was challenge and wipe out completely to restore the once upon a time nation state called Manipur.

Women Empowerment through judicial Activism in North East India By- Dr. Sapam Dilipkumar Singh

Philosophical explanation for the origin of world would be incomplete without a universal feminine principle. Different culture and philosophies of the world, including Indian philosophy depicts earth as mother through ages. It signifies the value of women in the process of making of world and human civilization. Empirically speaking, women constitute half of the world population. They have been denied their basic natural rights for centuries because of various reasons such as patriarchal social system, exclusion from politics, and lack of opportunity to education, among others. However, the establishment of the United Nations in 1945 has brought sea change in the process of liberation of women through promotion and protection of their basic human rights.  The making of Constitution of India particularly Chapter III of the constitution has immensely been influenced by the jurisprudence of natural school and human rights documents adopted by the UN General Assembly. Chapter III of the constitution guarantees that right to enforce fundamental rights itself fundamental rights. Independence of judiciary and judicial review is intrinsic in Indian constitutionalism. Judiciary is the interpreter, protector and guarantor fundamental rights including women rights in India. Judiciary in India, in many cases, stands up actively and steps in promptly in order to enforce constitutionally guaranteed rights and fill vacuum left by legislature for the promotion and protection of women rights. It liberalises even the rule of locus standi so that the court can effectively promote and protect rights of those who could not knock the door of justice.
Judicial Activism
The Constitution of India is not only the fundamental law of the land but also an instrument of social change and revolution. The founding father of the constitution of India envisioned the judiciary as an instrument of social revolution. Social justice is one of the prime goals of the constitution which aims to attain substantial degree of social, economic and political equality among the individuals irrespective of various differences among them. The court provides justice to the disadvantaged groups of people who could not knock the door of justice. According to Black‘s Law Dictionary judicial activism is the judicial philosophy which motivates judges to depart from strict adherence to judicial precedent in favour of progressive and new social policies which are not always consistent with the restrain expected of appellate judges. It is commonly marked by the decisions calling for social engineering and these decisions occasionally represent intrusions into legislative and executive matters. The constitution entrusts judiciary with the task of keeping all organs of the state within the limits of law and directing the government to enforce fundamental rights effectively. The court not only acts as a mere adjudicator of disputes but it also plays an important role in the system of justicing by laying down principles and guidelines so as to promote and protect human rights of citizens and individuals including rights of the child.
Judicial activism is concerned with new concepts, new rights and remedies. It is also a delicate exercise of court which involves its creativity. Great skill and dexterity are required for such innovation .Judicial creativity is needed to fill the void occasioned by any gap in law or inaction of any other functionary, and thereby to implement the rule of law. Diversion from the traditional course must be made only to the extent necessary to activate the concerned public authorities to discharge their duties under the law and to catalyze the process, but not to usurp their role.1 In Bandhua Mukti Morcha vs Union of India,2 justice P.N. Bhagawati pointed out that article 32 (2) of the constitution requires court to enforce the fundamental rights through appropriate proceedings. The appropriate proceedings mean such proceedings as would meet the end of justice. He further stated how the processual innovations that the court was making were meant to make justice more meaningful.
Public Interest Litigation
Public interest litigation (PIL) is a kind of judicial process innovated by the court. It enables to render justice to poor, illiterate, ignorant and downtrodden masses of the country. Public interest litigation means a legal action initiated in a court for enforcement of public interest. 22 The Supreme Court developed it for the purpose of making basic human rights meaningful for the large masses of people in the country and of making them to realize their social and economic entailment. The Court observed that public interest litigation is a strategic arm of the legal aid movement which is interested to bring justice within the reach of the poor masses who constitute the low visibility area of humanity. 3In S.P.Gupta vs Union of India4, the apex court held that any member of the public having sufficient interest can maintain an action for judicial redress for public injury arising from breach of public duty or from violation of some provisions of the constitution or the law and seek enforcement of such public duty and observance of such constitutional or legal provisions. The court further observed that public interest litigation is not in the nature of adversary litigation. It is a challenge and an opportunity to the government and its officers to make basic human rights meaningful to the deprived and vulnerable sections of the community and to assure them social and economic justice which is the signature tune of our constitution.5 Thus, the court has done away with orthodox bar of locus standi. The principle of locus standi states that only a person who has suffered an injury or whose rights is violated can approach the court and initiate the judicial process. Liberalisation of locus standi enables not only the court to reach the poor and disadvantaged section of society but also the individuals or group of people to raise matters of common concerns arising from dishonest or inefficient governance. Anybody can approach the court even by sending a letter, which can be treated by the court as writ petition. In this way, the Supreme Court has also evolved a special jurisdiction known as epistolary jurisdiction. At the beginning of 1980s, the Supreme Court started entertaining letters addressed to it as writ petitions. The Court can even treat the news item published in the newspaper as writ petition .This practice has now been put on a sound jurisprudential foundation.27 The apex court can not only direct the government to appoint fact finding commission but also constitute committee to gather evidence of human rights violations. The High Court has also power to entertain public interest litigation under article 226 of the constitution. Any public spirited individual and non - governmental organizations (NGOs) can use PIL as an effective tool to promote and protect rights and freedoms of the citizens and individuals.
Women rights and judicial activism
The constitution of India guarantees fundamental rights to the individuals and citizens of India. Special provisions for the promotion and protection of women are also contained Chapter III and IV of the constitution. Article 15 of the constitution enables the state to enact welfare and beneficial legislations for women and children. In exercise of the power conferred by this article the Parliament of India enacted as many as 15 legislations for the welfare of women. Some legislation are the by-product of solemn judgments of supreme court passed in PIL cases filed by  public spirited persons and NGOs on behalf of vulnerable, victim of atrocities and marginalized women.   
Advancement of science and technology especially medical science could expand the lifespan of human being; however it has been one of the major threats to the life of female foetus in India. The Parliament has enacted the Pre- Conception and Pre- Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 to prohibit sex selection before or after conception leading to female foeticide. Such abuse of techniques is discriminatory against the female sex and affects the dignity and status of women. In Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes(CEHAT) & Others vs Union of India & Others7, the Supreme Court directed the Central Government to implement with all vigor and zeal the PNDT Act and Rules framed in 1996. It is also directed to all States Governments/ UT Administrations to appoint by notification fully empowered Appropriate Authorities at district and sub- district levels and also Advisory Committees to aid and advise the Appropriate Authority in discharged of its functions. The Apex Court further gave direction to the Central, State and Union Territory Governments to publish information by way of advertisement on media including electronic media. This process should be continued till there is awareness in public that there should not be any discrimination between man and female. In Suchita Srivastava & Anr vs Chandigrah Asministration8 the Supreme Court observed that there is no doubt that a women’s right to make reproductive choices is a dimension of personal liberty as understood under article 21 of the constitution of India. It is important to recognize that reproductive choices can be exercised to procreate as well as to abstain from procreating. The crucial consideration is that a women’s right to privacy, dignity and bodily integrity should be respected. The Court did not agree with the High Court on the question of exercising Parens Patriae concluded that the state must respect the personel autonomy of a mentally retarded woman with regard to decisions about terminating pregnancy. The Court further observed that the language of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 clearly respects the personally autonomy of mentally retarded persons who are above the age of majority.
In Vishaka and others vs State of Rajasthan the Apex Court reaffirmed that sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of discrimination against women. It is further observed that in the absence of enacted law to provide for the effective enforcement of the basic human rights of gender equality and guarantee against sexual harassment and abuse, more particularly against sexual harassment at workplace, court lays down the guidelines and norms specified hereinafter for due observance at all work places or other institutions until a legislation is enacted for the purpose. It would be treated as the law declared by the court under Article 141. The guidelines and norm laid down has been binding law for 16 years.  The judgment of the court was so immense that in terms of the landmark judgment, the Parliament of India is compelled to enact the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. The higher judiciary has acted proactive role in widening the scope for promotion and protection of women rights by adopting liberal method of interpretation of the provisions of constitution and welfare legislations for woman.
Woman rights in Manipur
The historical account of the existence and working of the Pacha (women’s court), since 33 A.D. till the merger of Manipur into Indian Union in 1949, narrates the unique tradition of dealing with ceases involving women. It is generally accepted that women of Manipur enjoy much more basic human rights than the women living in other states of India. However, It does not mean that women of this state are absolutely liberated from all kinds of discrimination and atrocities committed by both state and non state actors. It is observed that number crimes committed against women particularly sexual offences are on raise in the last decade in the state of Manipur which poses threat and causes insecurity to the life of women.  Victims of such atrocities have been waiting for justice for a long period of time even after knocking the door of justice. In order to punish and end atrocities against women NGOs and Meira Paibies (torch bearer mothers) have staged demonstration and conducted public meetings and rallies on the street. On the other hand, women are not able to get basic entitlements guaranteed by the enacted laws and welfare schemes launched by the government.
In K. Pradeepkumar vs Union of India  the issue of capping over the free entitlements under the Janani – Sishu Suraksha Karyakram by the government was raised before the High Court of Manipur. The Court set aside the cap which has been put in for limiting the expenses being illegal and arbitrary and directed the government to ensure free entitlements to the pregnant women and also new born, available under Janani Sishu Karyakaram.
In Human Rights Alert vs the State of Manipur11 the petitioner sought for direction to ensure enforcement of the provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. During the pendency of the petition the Government of Manipur has appointed Protection Officers of existing 9 (nine) districts. The Gauhati High Court, Imphal Bench held that the grievances of the petitioner has been met to a large extend, however, court was inclined to observed that the state Government shall also take necessary steps to appoint Service Providers in near future. It is informed that PIL relating to denial of access to health care and adequate nutrition of women inmates, non offering of vocational trainings in jail and inordinate delay in the trial of sexual offences, are pending in the Manipur High Court.12 It is found that the Manipur High Court entertains PIL cases pertaining to promotion and protection of woman’s rights, however, number of PIL petitions seems to be less.
Conclusion
Objectivity is to some extend shaped by subjectivism. Judicial activism is closely associated with realist jurisprudence which believes in the subjective disposition of the judge in arriving at a conclusion and deciding a case. All judges may not be presumed that they could hear the cry of poor, marginalized, vulnerable section of the society, beyond the boundary of the structured law. However, Judges influenced by natural and sociological jurisprudence stood up and step in and acted promptly when legislature and executive fails to act what they ought to do. The Supreme Court of India, after national emergency, has developed PIL jurisprudence and even guaranteed new genre of rights, widening the scope of fundamental rights including rights of women that really empowered them in many respect. However, number of PIL cases relating to promotion and protection of women rights is very less in the state of Manipur. It is observed that people are more incline to protest against law enforcement agencies than knocking the door of court. 

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NEFIS condemns AP Pandey’s vindictive stance towards MU Community

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Imphal, Sept. 4,

North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) has expressed strong condemnation to the resumption of office by Manipur University Vice-chancellor, Adya Prasad Pandey on September 1, 2018, despite an inquiry pending against him.
The body demands AP Pandey’s resumption as VC be immediately declared as null and void by the MHRD.
NEFIS statement said that VC AP Pandey was sent on leave last month under huge pressure of MU community which demanded an inquiry against the irregularities committed by his office. However, despite the inquiry still pending, he has illegally resumed his office, it added.
NEFIS not only termed the occupation of VC office by Pandey as illegal, but also taken vindictive action against the MU community by banning teachers’ and staff associations.  NEFIS terms the action appalling and undemocratic and sees MHRD’s connivance with the V-C behind such a step.
“Clearly, the V-C is bent upon avenging himself for the concerted stand which MU community took against his illegal actions and instead of having a dialogue in a democratic manner with the MU community is bent on using the police to install a highly undemocratic surveillance system in the university. This is akin to a culprit himself giving directions for the alleged aim of restoring normalcy in the university”, the statement said.
NEFIS alleged that the VC AP Pandey is guilty of gross irregularities and corruption and it was due to the ongoing struggle that an inquiry against him was initiated and he was sent on leave.
NEFIS also slammed the attitude of both Union and State government over its attitude to the democratic movement against the VC.
“Even after sending the V-C on leave under huge pressure, the state government had resorted to brutal measures to curb the movement. A Students’ Union (MUSU) councilor was arrested by Manipur Police on 4th August. The arrest was followed by the dismantling of the dais which had been erected at the site where protests had been going on for more than 2 months. Also, it was alleged that facebook posts were taken down, which amounted to a massive crackdown on the movement of MU community”, the NEFIS statement said.
NEFIS blamed the state and central governments for trying to curb the democratic movements in general at the university and, therefore, have used the present occasion to subjugate the voices being raised against this aim.
NEFIS called upon the larger civil society to extend support to the struggle of MU community in order to reclaim the university for the people and especially for saving the future of public education in the state.

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MSAD serious over MU crisis; says India govt. is desperate to further penetrate its colonial grip over Manipur

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Imphal, Sept 4,

Manipuri Students’ Association Delhi (MSAD) in a statement said that the government of India is desperate to further penetrate its colonial grip over Manipur.
The statement refers to the ongoing crisis at Manipur University. “The political agent that is AP Pandey sent from Delhi has assumed all the authority in his hand and has come to Manipur University abrogating and nullifying the MoU signed between the Government of India through its MHRD and Manipur University community represented by students, teachers and staffs, MUSU, MUTA and MUSA respectively on 16th August 2018 in presence of Manipur CM Nongthombam Biren, Chief Secretary and Education Minister. The self appointment of the Hindu Brahmin agent is only possible because of the impunity and freehand given to him by the Delhi government. This is a clear insult not only to MU but to the Manipur public as a whole. The attitude that is of fascism is reflected in the undemocratic step of banning MUSA and MUTA”, the MSAD said.
The statement further said that the Delhi government represented by the Hindu fanatic organization is in the mission of destroying the social fabric of Manipur. It is in the task of contriving a divide between the hill and the valley community to serve its own political agenda. We have been witnessing various conflicting voices emerging out of Manipur which clearly is a result of the BJP ploy to counter the people’s legitimate struggle.
MSAD also said that The Government of Manipur led by CM Nongthombam Biren has become a mockery in front of the people of Manipur and the seemingly all powerful AP Pandey.
“It is such a shame that the CM of Manipur is now a mere spectator in the whole drama designed from Delhi. The CM of Manipur is a mere puppet figure kept in Manipur which is now crystal clear, an insult to himself and Manipur”, MSAD said.
In the present movement there has been a lack of addressing the larger political relation between Manipur and India from the stakeholders of the movement, and this constitutes the inherent weakness of the movement. Stakeholders from inside the Manipur University should stop seeing the struggle merely as between the MHRD and the university.

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