Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 25+ 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. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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Imphal, Dec 11,

 Education Minister Thokchom Radhehsyam today flagged-off the participants for the National Level Kala Utsav, 2018 from Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Office, Babupara. The Utsav will be held on 12th December, 2018 at Bal Bhavan, Delhi.
The 12 participants are the students of N. Tomchou Higher Secondary School alongwith three teachers as the guide. The team will present the act titled ‘Gandhi Ningsinglubada’. The students won the North-Eastern and Eastern Zone in this one act play competition conducted on the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Kolkata.
Encouraging the participants who will represent Manipur at the Kala Utsav, Thokchom Radheshyam said that hard work and determination are the two magic words to success. He said that the youths of the state are endowed with talents and this has been reaffirmed with the achievement of these young students. He advised the participants to be bound with the purpose of the visit. He wished the students to win the competition.
Kala Utsav is an initiative taken up by the Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India to promote art in education by nurturing and showcasing the artistic talents of school going students in the country. Students from various states will be competing on Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Dance, Painting and Theatre, etc0.
Director Education (S), Shri Thokchom Kirankumar and concerned officials were also present at the flag-off ceremony.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:43

The day after tomorrow

The Day After Tomorrow, a science fiction movie  directed and produced by Roland Emmerich which was based on the book The Coming Global Superstorm by Art Bell and Whitley Strieber, depicts a catastrophic climatic effects following the disruption of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation in a series of extreme weather events that usher in global cooling and lead to a new ice age.
The Hollywood blockbuster which had successfully spread the message about the deteriorating climatic condition is not the concern of this writer, as the concept of the necessity of being Humanism is also a message of the movie. This writing is a speculation about the fate of the Indians particularly those living in the North Eastern part of the country and Manipur. Like the way that the earth freezes in the movie due to lack of common sense and humanity to human kinds, we the people of this region see sometime see a total disaster of our children in the day after tomorrow. From being Manipuri, we have become Meitei, Naga, Kuki, Meitei Pangal. The concept of Manipuri is fading away slowly and the concept of Meitei, Naga, Kuki, Meitei pangal etc. has already taken its shape.
This writing is not about the probable disaster that the Human Being may face in the coming days depicted in the Hollywood blockbuster movie, but this writing is about forecasting the fate of our children of tomorrows.
After British left India 70 years back, India is yet to complete to sort out a workable policy programme which would make all the citizen – a sense of Indianess. The largest democracy which constitutional expert always pointed out still seem to have left out some provisions that would make all citizen felt that we are Indian. The continuation of the programme and policy that the British had adopted to rule the country making laws in their own conveniences disregarding the tradition and culture of the different ethnic community make the lower class and middle class people felt that “ Are we a Free Citizen”.
70 years the rich keep on earning more, the powerful gets more power , the farmers and lower class people continue to sacrifice unable to bear the atrocities committed the ruling regime. No matter the change of guard in the government make no differences in the country as the system still continue to exercise when it comes to the issue of lower class people. In North Eastern part of the country which was merged to the Indian Union people are treated better by the colonial British ruled. Various acts which lawmakers and activist called draconian law still impose to suppress the poor and harass people in the name of building the nation stronger .
The longer rule by a specific political party make stronger those who stood against their policy. And it was out of the anti –incumbency that another political party comes up and hold power in the center. All things expected did not happen. The people face more alienation from the nation called India as the rule and their policy incline more towards a specific majority community. The government which is running the country is no difference from those of the fascist authoritarian regime of the 19 century.
The need of the hour is a collective move for a change India. Untold stories of Adivasis have slowly come up in the limelight. Story of how indigenous people are slowing absorbing by major community is known by everyone. Quasi federal structure is slowly becoming history with the present regime centralizing all power. And the day after tomorrow may be an India with only fascist Hindu without Muslim, Christian, and Meitei. The logic for this speculation is that when the once upon a time Manipuri started introducing them as Meetei/Meitei, Naga , Kuki and Muslim, the pride of being Manipuri of the erstwhile Asiatic nation, the community will become meager which definitely meant that it will be surely dependable and some critic or activist may come up to take advantage by merging the identity with the majority one.
This was witness in the state of Manipur. Due to wrong; somewhere in the process of making the Manipur Nation, we had seen the NSCN-IM accumulated all minor ethnic community and formulated a Nation like character call NAGA.
Recent development in the Manipuri society is that the Meetei/Meitei now started demanding to become Schedule Tribe. This demand is coming up out of necessities and more likely – a struggle for survival.
The Day After Tomorrow needs to be saved for the children of tomorrow.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:42

Intl Human Rights Day and Draconian law

Will Slapping Draconian Laws such as NSA Act worked for the citizens upholding the values of democratic values and deter the fence sitting Media bodies to towed the lines of Governmental diktats. ???

By : Rajesh Khongbantabam

The pertinent question that normally pegged citizens in a local hotel for a morning tea has of late been a hot topic for discussion although a sympathetic tone is being observed in every conversation.
“Yes, he did use the 4 letter words which is totally uncalled for, could’ve been avoided but then, NSA detention is too harsh”.  Manipur, a land not new to Civil unrest, Insurgency, Arbitrary detention, Fake encounters, and with gross violation of Human Rights summing it all up, have some or the other in a locality having this nasty experience of being incarcerated under the same inhumane act or a narration about some of their near and dear ones having to through this traumatic detention - What exactly is this so much dreaded NSA Act.?
Simply in a laymen terms, the same NSA provides for the detention of a person for three months at a time and for a maximum period of 12 months and still sub-section (3) of section 3 provides that a detention order may be amended, if felt necessary by the state government,  “To extend such period [of detention] from time to time by any period not exceeding 3 months at any one time” – Effectively implying indefinitely. Further, Section 14 (2) explicitly provides that “The revocation or expiry of a detention order shall not bar the making of a fresh detention order under section 3 against the same person”. And the grounds for making such a fresh detention order need be nothing more than the fact that the “Central government or state government or any officer mentioned in sub section (3) of section (3), as the case may be, is satisfied that  such an order should be made”.
Living aside the technical legalities, what actually is the implication of a Citizens’ discussing over a cup of tea and snacks is all about?
“It’s meant for hard core insurgents, who’re quite a problematic for Authorities such as having the liberty of taking bail too frequent or of someone who is amongst the leadership too important for the authorities not to let go off the hook”.
“After all, even then not all the outlaws insurgent are detained under the same act”.
Well then, what exactly has this preventive detention been at the center of issues that’s left, right and center? Is it merely to act as a tool against “Dissenters” to dissuade the same others from following the trends or trails?
Looking back towards the historical episode, Sardar Vallabhai Patel introduced the preventive detention act in 1950, and thus started the saga of colonial measures in post colonial India. Sanctified by the very constitution meant to protect the citizen from the whims of those in power, Laws like NSA provide the executive tools to escape the scrutiny of the judiciary.
 More often than not, preventive laws are used by the Ruling party against their Opposition. Personal Liberty is the mainstay of Dissent and Dissent is the bed rock of the democracy. If we desire the democracy to survive and thrive, it is time we do away with preventive detention laws. These are supposed to be war measures and today, at least there is no war – except the one the government is waging against anyone who is dissenting, criticizing and showing distastefulness.
Rather, it is used as an unconstitutional measure to deprive an individual of their constitutional rights violating the basic jurisprudence; the accused must be presumed to be innocent until proven guilty, and the onus of the prosecution to prove the guilt remains the same.
The National Security Act (NSA) – which was first promulgated as an ordinance and few months later legislated by the parliament in 1980 – is a preventive detention law which has been used time and again to deprive an individual of their constitutional rights violating the basic tenets that the accused must be presumed to be innocent until proven guilty, and not the other way round.
Tracing the preventive detention to the early days of colonial rule, the then enactment of Bengal State prisoners’ regulation III of 1818 allowed detention without trial. Later on it was extended to other provinces and finally taking the shape of Defense of India acts of 1915, justified as World War I measures. It was a measure of indefinite detention, incarceration without any provision for trial or judicial reviews which again were indefinitely extended under the Rowland Act of 1919.
The Jallianwalla Bagh massacre ordered by General Dyer was against the “dissenters” flouting the Rowland Act.
Recently, on September 14, Chandrasekhar Azad, the 31 years old lawyer and a firebrand Dalit leader walked out of Saharanpur Jail after spending 15 months behind bar under the same NSA Act, slapped by the U.P. Chief Minister and his stint in Jail under NSA, “Preventive Detention” as it were, had led to a widespread agitation garnering international headlines, despite the Allahabad High Court granting him bail on November 2, 2017 and terming his arrest as “Politically Motivated”, Chandra Sekhar Azad was again slapped with charges under preventive detention by the BJP administration of U.P. under the National Security Act on the next day and was kept under detention for 10 months, only to be released on September 14. After his released, he said – that he had become an eyesore to the BJP after he prevented a clash between the Dalits and the Muslims orchestrated by the ruling BJP.
A few days ago, Journalist Kishorechandra AKA Wangkhemcha Wangthoi was arrested under the provision of the same National Security Act for a Face Book video post abusing or accusing (it’s all about perception) the Manipur Chief Minister N.Biren Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and their party by questioning the relevance of Rani of Jhansi in the context of Manipur. This came just days after he was set free by a court from charges including sedition for the same crime – but it’s not the first time, the same Journalist has found himself in trouble for a social media post, in August 2018, Kishorechandra had been already arrested for inciting hatred between communities (At least that’s what the Authority perceived) after expanding BJP as “Buddhu Joker Party”. And it’s still not clear which community might have felt offended by this terminology, sometimes pondering if indeed Buddhu Jokers are an Indian community. ? The Misuse/Abuse of draconian provision of Law – including the charge of sedition and the National Security Act – for something as relatively minor as a Facebook post abusing or criticizing a couple of politicians is something one associates more with regimes such as North korea, China, Saudi Arabia than with India, the nation that pride itself as the World’s largest Democracy. If abusing or criticizing politician on social media is a threat to national Security, then a few lakhs of supporters of different parties, including the BJP, would need to be arrested everyday and the prison has to be as large as the planet itself. And in any case, the bulk of online abuser is in any case spewed by so called Right Wing handles on Twitter. Right Wing leaders such as Subramaniam Swamy, routinely and consistently calls rival politicians as Buddhu, Jokers and worst. None of them ever ends up in Jail for sedition leave alone an FIR – And that’s how it should be in a Democracy that promotes Freedom of Speech and Expression.

IT News
Imphal, Dec. 11

Sehlon Battalion of 28 Sector, Assam Rifles under aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organized a day long medical camp in Old Samtal village of Khengjoi sub division, Chandel District on 10 Dec 2018 under OP SADBHAVANA initiative.
The aim of this initiative was to provide free medical treatment and consultation to the remote villages of Old Samtal and neighbouring village of Sejang and S Bonjai. Sehlon Battalion understood the medical needs of these villages, where not even a Primary Health Centre (PHC) exists and even if, there is any, they are located far away from the reach of these villagers. Further due to poor road infrastructure along the Indo Myanmar Border (IMB), in these areas majority of the villagers do not have access to hospitals or PHCs for treatment. Hence the team of Sehlon Battalion took initiative to provide requisite medical facilities to maximum villagers of these remote and inaccessible villages and conducted the medical camp.
The medical camp received overwhelming response from local populace where ARMO of Sehlon Battalion alongwith staff provided medical treatment to 218 people and distributed free medicines.
Village Chief of the village expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Sehlon Battalion for this initiative and appreciated this gesture immensely. The battalion’s continuous efforts in increasing the bonhomie between the Security Forces and local populace have resulted in strengthening of relations between the locals and the Security Force.

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