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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.

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Politeness pays

Politeness misinterpreted as timidity, manners mistaken for weakness and etiquette viewed as unnecessary procedure- this perhaps best sums up the increasingly erratic attitudes when it comes to social interactions. The rising social aberration is being perceived as a manifestation of the rapid assimilation of western cultures and traditions which, by default has been concluded to be inferior and incomplete, not to mention debauched. What is ironic is that we cannot understand our own delusion of greatness and exalted lineage, even less justify it. And yet we still refuse to admit to the fallacies of our own self perceptions. This has created an inexplicable situation where we cannot come to terms with the fact that the very culture we so loathe and despice and which we consider as inferior has exerted an irresistible allure and appeal, especially for the younger generation. On the other hand, our own traditions and cultures which have been developed and passed on through the generations have today seemed to have lost a lot of sheen, not because of any inherent defects or drawbacks, but from the fact that our changing society have failed to a certain degree to make efforts to evolve with the times, and therefore has started to be left behind. The traditional hardliners and zealots are not helping the matter any by trying to militate against the encroaching customs and traditions and at the same time forcibly impose the beliefs and customs, thereby portraying a picture of rigidity and absoluteness which tends to put off most of the general public. All these developments have culminated in the evolution of a worrisome trend of trying to display an attitude of one-upmanship either consciously or otherwise. The emerging trend can best be witnessed with those who wield power and authority.  It can also explain the burning topic of increase in intolerant behavior amongst those who are engaging in the standoff- the state security personnel and the agitators demanding the implementation of Inner Line Permit System in Manipur. It has been an acknowledged fact that certain essential services needs to be kept out of the ambit of the conflict- a practice which has been honored even during times of war. Yet in Manipur, notwithstanding the heightened tension, undue intimidation and unwarranted harassment of individuals engaging in these essential services has been increasingly reported. An ambulance of a private medical hospital was damaged by supporters of ILP, while police personnel deployed at various points in Imphal West and East Districts have prevented media persons from performing their duties and covering the events happening in the state, even after every relevant documents and curfew passes have been presented for verification. The present agitation is to right a perceived wrong. It would do well for all of us use restraint instead of resorting to intimidation and coercion which would turn the conflict into a meaningless scuffle amongst our own kith and kin.   

Mass protest continues, Convenor of Womens’ Wing- JCILPS arrested; media person abused

Ima L Nganbi- Convenor of the Womens’ Wing, JCILPS, has been picked up from her Bishnupur residence by a team of Bishnupur Police headed by the OC today afternoon right after a media interaction event at her residence. Speaking to the media, she stated that arresting leaders of the agitation will not prevent the public from continuing with the movement, but rather will result in giving rise to more leaders. She also said that the Ibobi led Government have turned into state of military rule where the security forces reigns supreme. Meanwhile, the agitation for the implementation of Inner Line Permit System in Manipur continues unabated today with agitators resorting to pelting stones at the police personnel, blocking roads with stone boulders, logs and poles and burning tyres and other flammable stuffs on the roads. The agitation has taken on a more serious tone with the death of a student volunteer during police action on the 6th of this month. Subsequently, a JAC against the killing of the student have been formed and has also joined the fray with additional demands of its own. The police personnel also resorted to firing tear gas and lathi charge to contain the agitators. Sit-in-protests were also staged at different places condemning the death Sapam Robinhood and demanding punishment for those responsible. Heavy clashes between the agitators and the state security personnel were reported from various places including Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, Khurai, Thangmeiband, Heirangoithong, Kongba, Kakwa, Canchipur MU gate, Wangkhei Thangapat Mapal, Singjamei Thokchom Leikai, Singjamei Chingamathak, Chingamakha, Ahanthem Leikai etc. speaking to our correspondent, a woman protestor expressed dissatisfaction on the mute silence of the Ibobi led Government and questioned the relevance of their administration if they have continually failed to even recognize the aspirations and needs of the public. Another youth protesting against the state government’s inability to address the growing concern of the indigenous inhabitants by including various points as suggested by the JCILPS in the bill passed recently, and to revoke the same for another which is comprehensive, exhaustive and inclusive of the things which will ensure the protection and preservation of the indigenous inhabitants and the customs, traditions and culture that have been practiced through the ages. On the other hand, the chief minister convened an emergency meeting at his residence to review the law and order situation in the state at present. Members of the legislative assembly, top bureaucrats and officers of the state security department attended the meeting which began at around 2 in the afternoon. On the other hand, reports of certain protestors, under the influence of intoxicants, harassing and giving unnecessary trouble to the media persons by using foul language and preventing them from travelling on certain section of the districts for covering the news have surfaced. It is our united request to the protestors as well as the state security personnel not to intimidate, trouble or abuse the media persons with proper documents from carrying out their duty.  

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CM moots for curfew relaxation from tomorrow; says organisations using students as shield in violent protest

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said that the curfew imposed at both Imphal East and Imphal West district may be relaxed from 6 am to 12 noon tomorrow if the situation improved.
“No government has ever wanted to imposed indefinite curfew even during the time of war”, OkramIbobi said while giving clarification during debate for passing of the Manipur Appropriation (No. 5) Bill, 2015, on the last day of the state Assembly session.  
Regarding the closure of the schools, the Chief Minister said that various organisations are using the school students as shield to various violent protests. He said that the students were taken out against the will of the teachers by the organisations to use them for protest. He however said that the government cannot keep the school close for long as it would affect their academic curriculum. He said that the government may consider for extra classes to recover the academic activities that has been left out.

On the MRVTMW (2015) Bill, the Chief Minister today said that the governor did not return it but has kept it stating that the bill is reserved for consideration of the President of India. Mentioning the technical difficulties in the withdrawing of the Bill, he said his government will discuss the matter with the legal expert. As for the passing of the bill, OkramIbobi said that it was done in good intention. He said once the bill is given consent, those left out can be amended from time to time.
Appealing the JCILPS to withdraw the ongoing agitation, the Chief Minister said that government is always open for talk at any time for consideration of the matter as the issue is for all the people of the state.

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High level meeting held at CM Bungalow

State government today convened a high level meeting at the Chief Minister office to review the present situation at around 2 pm. Chief Minister OkramIbobi Singh, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary Home and other Ministers were present in the meeting. Source said the six arrested leaders of the JCILPS were also allowed to attend the meeting. It added that the meeting had decided to release the leaders today evening. Later, after the meeting Chief Minister OkramIbobi Singh and Principal Secretary Home today left for New Delhi for reason not known to the press.

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