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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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What does moonlight want?

By- Parthajit Borah. 

If I would know  what 
moonlight wants.
I may swing in the cosy womb of Phalguna.
Every careful sights often trouble 
To find me at a long distance.

If I would know what the spring 
says on my ears.
I may sleep at the new leaves 
To  whisper the lost song of my blue tongue.

If I would know what Nymph 
smells at my salty bosom. 
May be the insipid juice of late winter.
Echoes of grief nest a black cabin
To sing the song of late night ethos.

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Protective Thinking: Honourable Governor Shri. R.N. Ravi effects

By- Pakinrichapboÿ Advocate

16th August 2019, a historic day as Nagaland accorded a warm and grand reception program in honour of newly appointed Governor cum Interlocutor R.N. Ravi. Maybe the grandest reception program ever held in Nagaland history in honor of its Governors.
Looking back now, its hardly a surprise to see the current show down between Governor on one side and the Nagaland Government, Naga Political groups and CSOs in opposite side.
If we refresh Governor reception speech, we can mutually conclude that he came to Nagaland with a huge ambitions, unlike his predecessors, he means to do more than discharge his official duties, build a new Nagaland as per Central Govt. version.
Now, lets take a quick glimpse of his reception speech for better understanding of the Governor moves and the effects likely to be felt in the days to come.
Governor Ravi remarked, “that when the country moving at a fast pace, a never seen before pace for growth and development, the country is sending missions to the moon and mars and the inspirational youth are dreaming big because of congenial atmosphere, in the midst of all these it saddens me when our people in Nagaland are craving for basic necessitiesÿfor a good motorable road, good education, access to proper health care, decent employment opportunities, it saddens me all the more because this land is richer in resources than many pasts of the country and the youth is more talented than larger part of the country”.
He further pointed out that the dark shadow of unresolved Naga political issue cast shadow on every aspect of Nagas life. This cloud must go because our people deserve sunshine.
He also said of substantive issues being resolved including powers belong to the people and that people are the masters. On few symbolic issuesÿ options were offered and interlocutors were urged to explore. He also implored on the need to work out the best, dignified honorable solution. Besides the above points, Governor spoke on the Prime Minister expressed need for the peace process to be concluded within time frame of three months and status quo which means the Nagas have to bear the burden of multiple taxations, fear of gun, dreams of Naga youth being choked and suffocated and way out to all these darkness by concluding the peace talks. He lastly assured that Article 371A will not face the same fate of Article 370 as 371A is a solemn commitment and sacred to the people of Nagaland.
In reading the Governor speech, one can can summed up the positive and negative effects in having Shri. R.N. Ravi as the Governor of Nagaland. Where the positive effects and negative effects will be a contradiction in itself for its recipientÿthe Naga tribes.
Positive effectsÿ
As he accurately pointed out the backgrounds of Nagaland, he appears determined to take actions to push Nagaland forward in terms of building infrastructures, reducing government corruptions, increasing employment opportunities for youths, eradicate Naga Armed groups rights to collect taxes and thus push for state economic growth. Having said it, accomplishing it will be a herculean task.
Negative effects:
The writing on the wall is clear now for National national workers and the public, whether we wish to see it or not. That as political analyst Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty pointed out in her article, ÿHas Governor Ravi’s Bid to Assert Control Jeopardized the Naga Peace Accord?, The Wire, 30.06.2020 ) that the past peace accords between the Centre and the armed groups and agitation leaders in Northeast have been of three broad kind, she put Naga peace talk in the third categoryÿthe Centre factionalizes its potential interlocutor before bring some groups to the table and tiring them out through a long peace process-during which their networks and sources of funding are weakened- so that a watered down peace accord may be handed over for an honorary exit. In some cases, agreement may be not be necessary at all. It may prod some leaders to join state politics instead (ULFA- pro-talks, Kuki groups in Manipur etc). For good or worse, the fate of Nagaland will be decided by the decisions of the NPGs.
Governor’s letter dated 16th June may be the first move for now, but final checkmate to Nagaland government and NPGs is just a matter of time from now.
Almost one year before Nagaland Govt., NPGs and some CSOs register opposition to governor’s letter conveying to invoke provisions of Article 371A (1) (2), Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty had hinted governor might try take the charge of maintaining law and order as Governor is bestowed with power by the said article to over rule Chief Minister to maintain law and order. (With J&K status revoked, alarm bell rings in Nagaland, The Wire, 09.08.19).
In the face of such political fiasco, the common man lives on unperturbed by the looming dark clouds or sunshine.

Van Mahotsav at Chandel

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Chandel, July 4:

As celebrated every year throughout the country during the first week of July, the District Forest Division, Chandel celebrated the VAN MAHOTSAV 2020,  at Lamphoupasna, Chandel district.

Speaking on the occasion Deputy Commissioner, Chandel, Krishna Kumar said that the forest department has done a good job, but the voluntary organisations, village level organisations and other civil society organisations should come up with some ways to protect the sapling planted today. He added that after the survey of the same next year, if successful, can become a role model and can be implemented in other villages of the district. He further said that district administration is looking for a valuable partnership with the villagers as such programs cannot be successful without their active participation and contributions.

While addressing the gathering DFO Chandel, N. Ganesh, IFS, thanked the villagers and the civil society organisations for their active participations. He further said that while efforts for afforestation are going on, deforestation is going on other places, so instead of concentrating the efforts on afforestation it will be more effective if the forest protection is decentralise through the villagers and the civil societies and the district level officers. He further assured the villagers that he will try to help them out on the Agro Forestry models.

The main event of today’s program was the tree plantations by the dignitaries, DLOs, representatives of civil organisation, villagers etc.

 Today’s function was attended by SP Chandel , N. Modhunimai, ZEO, SDO, Chandel, 18AR, Medical department, District AIDS Control Officer  and may villagers and different civil society organisations.

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AR bust illegal arms workshop in Ukhrul District

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Imphal, July 4:

Troops of Assam Rifles along with Manipur Police busted an illegal arms workshop run by a suspected NSCN(IM) cadre near Lunguira Tang in Ukhrul District of Manipur on 01 Jul 2020.

Based on specific input, the joint team launched a search operation in the area. During the detailed search, the troops busted an illegal arms manufacturing workshop run by Lightson @Likeson, s/o Late John Shaiza. On seeing the search party, the individual fled from the spot abandoning the tools and spares used in fabrication and repair of small arms. The team also recovered one 9mm Pistol (Made in England), three Point 22 mm rifle and two 12 Bore Shot Gun along with ammunition.

The recovered arms, ammunition other stores have been handed over to Ukhrul Police Station for further investigations.

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