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Sh Ajit

Ajit Sh, a resident of Khongman, Imphal East is a regular contributor of Imphal Times mostly news photo and articles. He is a father of a lovely son. His favourite quote is " A Picture is worth Thousand words". He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Government and people eagerly watching Meghen’s next move

Imphal Times photo journalist Sh. Ajit takes a dig on the past journey of UNLF’s former Chief RK Sanayaima  @ Meghen  on his revolutionary life, and he is having a close watch on what will be the next move of the rebel leader

As former Chairman of the proscribed group United National Liberation Front (UNLF) Chief RK Sanayaima  @ Meghen  is arriving here at Imphal, which is also his home, people started having close watch on what will be the next move of the former rebel leader.

“He didn’t surrender, neither he applied for bail when he was in jail, instead, he completed his conviction and came out. It is completed on deciding what will be the next move of the former rebel leader after reaching here in Imphal”, a political observer said.

Incidentally his conviction completed at a time when the state is on a frying pan burnt by twin issues of Naga settlement and the introduction of the contentious CAB. For reason not made known to the public the officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs took him to undisclosed location at New Delhi after   his release on November 9.  RTI activists sought information to disclose the whereabouts of the former rebel leaders and dozens of Human Rights groups had petition the Manipur Human Rights Commission to disclose his whereabouts. On being asked to the DGP Manipur by the MHRC the answer was they have no information.

To another surprise, a reliable information said that the rebel leader will be back here in Imphal tomorrow, the November 28. He is expected to arrive at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport at around 1.30 pm tomorrow. What is again co-incidental is that the name of the International Airport here at Imphal – The Bir Tikendrajit International Airport is given recently under his great grandfather.

RK Sanayaima @ Meghen’s birthday was also co-incidental as he was born on September 21, 1946. It was when he complete 1 (one) year that the then Maharajah of Manipur, Bodhachandra was allegedly put under duress and forcibly signed the merger agreement at Shillong, which is believed to be the root of the present rebellion movement in Manipur.

RK Sanayaima join UNLF in the 1967. Two years later, that is in 1969, Meghen was assigned as the Acting External Affairs Secretary. In 1970 he was included as a member of the Revolutionary co ordination committee of UNLF later he became the member of the Central Committee of the armed group in 1973.

In 1975, Meghen went underground and since then he left his home leaving his wife and children at his home at Yaiskul Janmasthan, Imphal and started his guerrilla warfare to free Manipur from the clutch of the Indian Union.  In 1984, Meghen was elected as the General Secretary of UNLF and Chairman in 1998, loading the burden of the rebel organization.

It is worth recalling that RK Meghen is perhaps the one first rebel leader from the region to participate the sitting of the UN Indigenous Peoples Group Subcommittee Human Right  in 1996.

A year back he had addressed the United Nations working group on Indigenous people on July 25, 1995.

UNLF has attended Unrepresented Nations People’s Organization (UNPO) and the United Nations Group on Human Rights (UNWGIP). In the same year, the UNLF chief and the Home Affairs in charge briefed the Parliamentarian of the European Union in Brussel (Hemanta ibid). Again in July 1996, UNLF have circulated a pamphlets “Why Manipuris Demand Right of Self Determination”.

The UNLF had put forward four conditions before the government of India if it is willing to initiate dialogue and ink a peace accord with the organisation, which are:

 “A plebiscite under UN supervision to elicit the people’s opinion on the core issue of restoration of Manipur’s independence.”

“Deployment of a UN peacekeeping force in Manipur to ensure the process is free and fair.”

“Surrender of arms by the UNLF to the UN force, matched by the withdrawal of Indian troops.”

“Handing over of political power by the UN in accordance with the results of the plebiscite.”

On December 4, 2010, Sanayaima was produced by the NIA, who claimed to have arrested Sanayaima from Motihari in Bihar; while, Sanayaima has proclaimed that he was abducted by the Bangladeshi agencies on 29 September 2010 and “handed over” to the agencies of India. Sanayaima has been booked by the NIA for “waging war against the Indian Union under section 120 (B) IPC, 121, 121 (A), 122 IPC and 16, 17, 18, 18 (A), 18 (B) & 20 Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 as amended in 2008.”After the arrest, he said that “in a multi-community region, the idea of peace cannot be achieved without considering the collateral damages of the secondary conflict that emerges out of the meaningless peace process.”

 

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Hopeson Ningshen of NSCN (IM) sentenced life imprisonment for the murder of Kishan, Rajen and Token

IT News
Imphal , Nov.23

NSCN (IM) cadre Hopeson Ningshen has been awarded life imprisonment sentence by a trial court of Delhi High Court.
Hopeson Ningshen was sentenced for life for abducting and murdering three government officials in Manipur in 2009.
Ningshen and his men abducted Thingnam Kishan Singh, sub-divisional officer of Kasom Khullen in Ukhrul district in Manipur, and five others on February 13, 2009.
On February 17, 2009, bodies of Kishan Singh, Y Token Singh and A Rajen Sarma were recovered from the banks of the Tuphau Kuki river.
Ningshen,  of NSCN (IM)), was arrested on May 25, 2009, after investigations pointed towards his involvement in the abduction and the triple murder.
He was sentenced for life by a trial court in 2014 and the Delhi High Court bench of Justice G S Sistani and Justice Chander Shekhar upheld the trial court’s verdict.

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Police arrested 4 leaders of MANPAC

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Imphal, Nov 19

State police today arrested four leaders of the Manipur People Against Citizenship Bill (MANPAC) which has been spearheading the protest against passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2019 in the state of Manipur. Those arrested are identified as Yumnamcha Dillip , Convenor MANPAC,  L. Jadu, Co-convenor ,  Y. Krishnadash and O. Ratan.

Meanwhile, Meira paibis and local club members today continue to stage sit-in-protest at different places in Imphal east and Imphal West area.

At RIMS road, Lancha Ningthouja , Convenor of NEFIP attended the sit-in-demonstration and deliver speech about the impact of CAB if pass in the parliament and converted into legislation.

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What Mindset does Government of Manipur have? Apropos to Radhabinod Koijam

Radhabinod Koijam, former Chief Minister of Manipur, in his recent article in one of the leading English dailies newspaper, writes his concern of ongoing Naga Peace Talk between one time Naga rebels and Government of India. He narrates some of the events that lead to the anxiety over the disintegration of oneness of Manipur. The article was serious reacted by COCOMI recently as being untimely and anti-Manipur. As Radhabinod Koijam has a wide range of knowledge in administration, politics and laws, his concern of the peace talk becomes more concerned in political arenas.  
We understand, the assumption in this writing is that Meiteis are still living in historical past and are still having their hegemonic ideology of feudal times. He does not like the feudal mindset of the Meitei as being a liberal thinker as he poses in the article. Now the assumption in the article is dangerous because the pro-Manipur movement is depicted as an expression of Meitei hegemony or of Meitei feudal mindset. He is correct the history of Manipur passes through various stages of human civilization, from pre-historic phase, to tribal stage, proto-history, feudal stage and modern nation (or nation stage in colonial situation). He is right to say that there was a strong Meitei hegemony when the Meitei ruling class ruled the State with different state apparatuses in medieval period. However, it will be wrong to conclude that anything speaking of by Meitei is linked with those feudal elements. To fight back the Naga expansionism under the shadow of guns of NSCN (IM) in Manipur is not necessarily linked with feudal outlook or Meitei hegemony which became a historical relic after historical experiences of 18th century.  Since the emergence of new political consciousness in the first quarter of 20th century, Meitei feudal mindset does not operate in every anti-colonial movement.
Likewise, the current movement for integration of Manipur or voice of oneness of Manipur is not even targeted to the tribal aspiration; it is neither anti-tribal movement, as shown by some Civil Society Organizations of hill areas nor anti-Naga movement. The interests for which the people of Manipur are driving are simple: No ethnic administrative arrangement, no political or otherwise arrangement that would lower down the dignity of the State and State Assembly. Is there any feudal element in such an interest?  Any arrangement in Manipur should be welfare of the communities in the State. For such a new arrangement, the State should take initiative and should have a clear foundation for such a new arrangement. Manipur cannot be at receiving end in any political negotiations that would affect the ethnic harmony, administrative disorder, historical legitimacy and geographical disturbances. Here, Mr Radhabinod Koijam should understand at least history is not all about past only.
Mr Th Muivah suffered a lot for a political cause. His dream of Independent Nagalim is shattered down. At the end of the political negotiation in which he was a key negotiator, his past political activities are remembered negatively by many sections of Nagas of Nagaland. Even his tribe is considered outsiders by the State of Nagaland. We feel the sense of humiliation and share his sadness. However, we would like to invite Radhabinod koijam and many others who think Muivah should be compensated for his sufferings and sacrifices to rethink the organic links between different groups in North East India right from pre-historic to feudal to modern life. He cannot be given compensation at the cost of Manipur’s existence.
The more worry over the article is that Mr Radhabinod Koijam is one of the two-men Consultative Committee, set up by Government of Manipur. The Committee is supposed to brief the interest of Manipur (irrespective of her ethnic aspirations) to the Government of India so that India should understand the political aspirations of Manipur as a political person. As Mr Radhabinod Koijam has a prejudice to Meitei as living in past hegemonic world and shows his readiness to give something to Muivah as compensation (losing ground in Nagaland) or trophy for his long struggle for the Nagas, the only question that comes in the collective mind of the State is over the neutrality of Consultative Committee. Did State of Manipur already take a decision to grant Naga autonomy in the State of Manipur? Will State Government be able to keep Manipur’s Interest on the negotiating table? Does Government of Manipur have a strong Naga Bias?