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Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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State Govt felicitates inclusion of Sankirtana in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Department of Arts & Culture today organized a felicitation function on the “Inscription of Sankirtana in the Representative List of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” at Bijoy Govinda Mandap, Sagolband, Imphal West at 2 pm with Chief Minister O. Ibobi as Chief Guest and MLA RK Imo as President. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister stated that we need to put in a collective effort to develop Sankirtana in the state and that the preservation and popularization of the art form is due to the efforts of the masters who deserved to be applauded. It is also an opportunity to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the country to the outsiders as it has been recognized as an intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2013 by UNESCO. Dr. RK Nimai, IAS, Commissioner, Arts & Culture welcomed the attendees on the occasion.

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Keirak GP Gram Shava

Meeting of the Keirak GP Gram Sava of Thoubal Districtki Kakching Block was held yesterday at Keirak Keithel Lampak Community Hall. The meeting was graced by MLA Md Fajur Rahimna as the Chief Guest while Pradhan of Keirak Gram Panchayat Thingujam Sanatomba Singh presided over it. Member of the Wabagai Keirak Zilla Parishad Mayengbam ongbi Omila Devi attended as Guest of honour. The meet discussed about the welare programme of the gram panchayat.

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The pending decision

State government’s inaction or perhaps its inability to frame strictures echoing the sentiments of the JCILPS demands is finally putting everybody in jeopardy. Apprehensions about the safety and continuity of the indigenous population have converted the volunteers of JCILPS into some sort of aggressive beings by taking the law in their hands. There is nothing to be surprised when these volunteers finally resorted to such aggressiveness.The verification process of the non- locals by them are a serious issue, it is playing with the sentiments; to be precise, with the sentiments of the non locals, who had come here to earn their livelihoods. There is no reason, why these non locals who were told to show their identification cards by some self appointed volunteers not to feel humiliated. Some might even bide their time for revenge. It is worth recalling here that a similar case happened in the late 1990s when similar protests were reaching its height. During those years, a right wing terrorist group had threatened to impose tax on all the Manipuri students studying in various parts of the mainland.Had the state government took exceptional care of certain issues like Inner Line Permit system, the hatred feelings which might have arisen between the people of mainland India and the locals of the state could have been sorted out, even averted. As it is well understood that even local persons were picked up for verification by police commando during search operations, it is definitely not wrong in checking any persons without valid identification documents whether he may be a non local or a local. The issue here is very sensitive. When such checkings and verifications are done by the state law enforcers then matter will be justified and there will not be any chances for spreading hate feeling towards the people of the state by the people from the mainland. But if such an act is being committed by the local people, only if with the objective to save the indigenous people then there are chances that the non-local people may spread rumours to propagate the feeling of hatred and animosity. Even with such inherent risks of initiating a trend of mistrust and possible backlash, it seems unlikely that the various social organisations and concern bodies will give up the process of verifying non-locals anytime soon. The society is at a very crucial juncture at present, with the state Government apparently reluctant to stir things up with a definite decision and a clear stand on the issue on one hand, and the increasingly agitated civil societies and voluntary organisations intensifying their effort to weed out non locals of dubious identity which, according to them, have pushed up the instances of crime in the state. The Government should make a clear stand on the issue, and going by the present sentiments, it would be a wise, and perhaps the only plausible way to enact a directive which would ensure that the fears and apprehensions of the indigenous inhabitants of the state is allayed, while the unchecked influx of migrants is reduced to a manageable level. Sitting on the fence and catering to both sides of the divide as and when the convenience arises will not work this time. A swift and decisive action by the state Government will save everybody a lot of unnecessary tensions, inconveniences and disturbances.

State Governments reminded of complying with protocol regarding road journeys of dignitaries

Road accidents have claimed the lives of various important dignitaries in the country, notable amongst them being the recent road tragedy that claimed the life of Union Minister Gopinath Munde, as well as those of former President Giani Zail Singh, former Union Minister Rajesh Pilot and former Delhi CM Sahib Verma. In this connection, attention has been drawn to the advisory issued by the Central Security Agencies to all State Police and Security Agencies. According to a source close to Imphal Times, the Ministry of Home Affairs, VIP Security Unit had written to the state Governments highlighting the protocols to be followed to mitigate the unforeseen dangers associated with road mishaps. The communiqué, it was reported, contains suggestions and security precautions which needs to be meticulously adhered to during road journeys of important dignitaries which include, among others, planning and following of traffic regulations, especially the speed limit, checking of vehicles for mechanical soundness and requisite safety features before the journey, coordination with the traffic police regarding the journey, worthiness of the driver- physically, technically and temperamentally. It was specifically mentioned in the list of dos and donts that Personal Security Officers (PSOs) must accompany the protectees assigned to them at all times, including road journeys- a protocol which is reportedly violated as the PSO assigned to the Governor/CM/Other Protected persons(PP) is not been allowed to accompany the PP in his /her main car. Another point worth mentioning is the directive for discouraging “VIP Complex” of the driver.

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