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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. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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A shot at survival

“ You who are so-called illegal aliens must know that no human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?” – Elie Wiesel, Writer, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor.
Today, the 13th of August is an important day for all the Manipuris as it is on this day that the two heroes of Manipur, Tikendrajit Singh and Thangal General were hanged by the British for waging war against the British Empire-a short yet significant struggle by a tiny hilly Asiatic kingdom against the most powerful empire in the world at that time.  The ‘Anglo-Manipur war’ of 1891 drives home the irrefutable point of men’s willingness to go to any length to safeguard their identity and dignity even in the face of insurmountable obstacles. It is also a struggle against exploitation and subservience and at the root of it, a struggle for survival.
At this time and age, while outright war might not be an immediate possibility, ethnic persecutions, atrocities and crimes against the weak and vulnerable on a social, political and economic level has been continuing, and with an imperfect and insensitive administration, the problem can and does get serious. When such problem gets out of hand, the only option is to look for safer places, and more often than not, such oppressed people will invariably try and seek shelter in some neighboring state or country where the political and economic conditions are more favorable. It is not easy or desirable for anyone to uproot their lives and decide to take unseen risks and obvious troubles to move away from the lives they have been used to unless absolutely necessary and options are closed, when the very survival is threatened.
India is such a country whose social, economic and political situation is considerably more stable and secure than many of its neighbours for a long time, and people from these neighbouring countries have been crossing over to India in search for a better and more secure life, often illegally who are collectively and generally termed ‘illegal immigrants’.

Under the Citizenship Act an “illegal migrant” is defined as a foreigner who has entered into India—
(i) without a valid passport or other travel documents and such other document or authority as may be prescribed by or under any law in that behalf; or (ii) with a valid passport or other travel documents and such other document or authority as may be prescribed by or under any law in that behalf but remains therein beyond the permitted period of time.
An illegal migrant ( though the term is often misleading since their presence inside the country is a civil infraction, not a criminal offense) is excluded from the acquisition of citizenship through birth, registration, or naturalization.  There is no program to grant citizenship to illegal migrants or their children. They are also denied the right to legal recourse and other basic amenities, reducing them to non-entities.
While the concerns on the pressures on the resources like land, law and order situations and economics of a state or country as a result of the influx of undocumented immigrants is legitimate and understandable, in the absence of an official deportation or any formal repatriation treaty with Bangladesh whose citizens form the largest number of such undocumented immigrants (Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs in the NDA government has put the figure at around 20

Alarming State of Students’ Life in Manipur; Schools and Hostels need (State) Intervention

The ongoing case of the suspicious death of Babysana in the boarding of Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School has brought to light a serious concern for the life and mental and physical health of the students of Manipur.
Concerning the toxic atmosphere of the school and its hostel/boarding recently surfaced, it reflects an alarming situation gravitating towards a collapsing education system.
 Expressed by its ex-students, the school has a history of its teachers and wardens physically assaulting, abusing, and mentally harassing its students. To top it all, the school has also been exposed for running a fake residential school under the same name with no valid permit. The given scheme of things pose concerning questions about the availability of such exploitative environment and toxicity in other schools and hostels in Manipur.

How many more such fake residential schools are in Manipur? Do all the schools and hostels follow proper guidelines of running an educational institution? How many lack the required facilities to run a school or hostel/boarding? Are there enough teaching and non-teaching staffs to address the academic and emotional needs of the students? Most importantly, how do the teachers and school authorities treat their students? After the uncovering of series of abusive events in Standard Robarth School in the past till now, there has also been a case of a teacher locking a student inside a classroom as a punishment a few days back.
The recent case is the 17-year old student of Royal Academy of Advance Learning, studying in class 10, found dead by drowning in a pond near the hostel he was staying. The cases of death and physical abuse seem to be accompanied by cases of sexual assault as well. A case of sexual assault in Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya by its principal has also been filed. However, attempts to sweep it under the rug have been exposed, and charge sheets have been filed against two individuals. To everyone’s surprise, one of the accused is Sumatibala Ningthoujam, chairperson of  the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Looking at the perpetrators and people involved in covering up such crimes, it does seem like the students of Manipur are in grave danger and not in the right hands.
 On the other hand, Government of Manipur has just sent out the notification regarding the Regulatory Guidelines for Hostels of Educational Institutions for Children, which was formulated by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights in 2018. Even the notification states that it has been adopted in some schools/institutions. It is August 2019, now. Why is it so that the Government of Manipur took so long to even send out this notification, let alone an order for the implementation of the same? Why did it take the death of a 14-year old and an outrage of the people to take this simple yet important step? Is it the incompetency or negligence of the state government? The negligence is quite certain, so much so that even the official notification writes “The National Commission for Child Rights (NCPCR)”, missing out the “Protection of”. Now, it is the need of the hour for the concerned authorities to check if all the schools and hostels are valid, if they have mandatory facilities, if they are following the guidelines, and if they are violating the Right to Education, especially by physically punishing and mentally harassing the students. Apart from all the academic routines, at this point in time, it is also of immense importance for every school and hostel to have proper counselling sessions for the students in order to hear their grievances and address their needs before the issues go out of hands. It is also time that the authorities question and keep an eye on the behaviour of the teachers and wardens. Therefore, in order to protect the future and for the well-being of the students, it is necessary to put our education system in the right place with the right people.

Escaped NSA detainee Kangleipal arrested as Manipur Maoist brought back to Imphal

IT News

Imphal, Aug 11,

Jail escaped NSA detainee Sapamcha Kangleipal was arrested by a Special Delhi Police team, as leader of Maoist Communist Party Manipur along with two others including   Wahengbam Thoi Luwang alias Thawai Lakpa and Kangabam Roshan of the Peoples’ War Group (KCP), another armed rebel group arrested somewhere in Kotwala area in Bihar few days back were today brought back to Imphal by a team of Manipur Police.

Sapamcha Kangleipal, leader of the Maoist Communist Party Manipur as claimed by the police, reached Imphal airport at around 11 am today in an Indigo flight while the two other KCP leaders were brought in separate flights today.

Sapam Kangleipal alias Chirangelen alias Sarat (38) s/o S Shyamsunder of Nongada Awang Leikai, was granted transit remand by the court in connection with a case filed against him in December 2008 and brought to Imphal. The court granted 6 days transit remand and police will produce him before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East.

Similarly KCP PWG leader Wahengbam Thoi Luwang alias Thawai Lakpa (36) s/o (L) W Thaba of Wabagai Terapishak and Kangabam Roshan (27) s/o (L) K Gogo of Brahmapur Thangapat Mapal, were also produced with a prayer for 6 days transit remand to produce them before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West, in connection with an FIR registered against them by Lamphel PS in May this year.

It may be mentioned that Sapamcha Kangleipal, was arrested on May 7, 2008 from Manipur Press Club on seditious charge and by the then government for his dissent against the decision of the then government for setting up of Special Police Officers (SPO) by allotting guns to the villagers of Heirok in the similar way of Salwa Judum.

On May 13, 2008 he was produced before the Chief Judicial magistrate and the court released him on bail on the ground that the sedition charge against him was not genuine. However, as he came out of the court room he was again detained by the state authority under National Security Act (NSA).

After staying in the Sajiwa Jail for some months jail authority admitted him at JN Hospital (now JNIMS) after he developed Erosine Gastritis .

On the adjoining night of 28 and 29 December, 2008 Sapamcha Kangleipal escaped from the security ward at the then JN Hospital. Since then police had been hunting him. 

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In the name of Love

By- Dr.Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

Call me by something, different and ‘even’ name;
‘Please’ me by cute, tiny and strange name;
‘Ebemma’, ‘echoubi’, ‘echan’, ‘e-che’ and ‘enao’;
Fascinating by the tangling ‘ethos’,
Captivating and enthralling and charming;
Oh! Those emotions so sweetening  
Making me proud; making me beautiful;
‘You’ hate me for nothing, blank;
‘You’ chase me for defying your words;
‘Naughty’ as I could; ‘Innocent’ as I exist;
Jumping and running free as I could,
There built no barrier ‘gender’ or ‘religion’;
 No secrete ‘hand’ dare tempt to touch,
So wildly and so vividly I flung off ‘naked’;
Re-birthing ‘me’ each day cocooning,
Tendering and fondling, caring and worshiping;
‘Home’ sweet home ‘ema’, ‘baba’ and ‘we’ll’,
Love, o love! Love’s a different meaning.

Call me by something, different and ‘even’ name
‘Fight’ me by worst, conquering and crushing ‘name’;
‘Kasubi’, ‘Besha’, ‘Oktabi’ and ‘Minai-nubi’,
‘Lam-chat naidbi’, ‘O-lakhi’, ‘Hing-chabi’ and ‘Mi-hatpi;
Criticizing and defeating with no mistake;
Killing ‘me’ so apart alive when in ‘you’ try ruling,

Pulling and triggering my emotions ‘unsaved’;
‘Whisking’ me away, forcing deep drowning;
Ah! You the ruler so timid,
Calling ‘me’ by different name ‘sarcastically’;
‘Rules’ for what goodness; ‘mastering’ your ‘egos’;
Living’s so threatening; I doubt as I live;
Oh! Log me in; count me off the ridge ‘social’
‘Ditching’ me into the category ‘scarlet’;
‘Flashing’ me helping ‘glowing’ so profoundly;
Love, Oh! Love you’re too daring I may say;

Call me by something, different and ‘even’ name;
‘Please’ me by trick, fraud and challenged name;
‘I love you so deep and I’ll die for you’;
‘I’ll buy for you’ and I’ll gift you’;
Oops! Everlasting sound emotions, sparkling into,
‘You deserve this and that’; Do I?’
‘Believing’ thousands, I fall down until I twisted;
‘Higher’ I float; ‘Lower’ down deep you pull me into;
Whirling and whirling until you shred ‘me’;
‘Into the jaws of shame; into the jaws of sinner’
‘Into the jaws of humiliation; into the jaws of embracement’;
‘Throwing me out’ and ‘kicking me out’;
‘Spit onto me; and slapping me harder’
‘Dragging me by hair and cutting it hurriedly’;
‘Who am I? And what you’re to me?’
‘So cruel and so murderous’ you become;
Love, Oh Love!  You’re so inhuman all thy ‘name’.

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