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Our unwavering convinction

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What started out as a tiny seed of an idea amongst friends who were discussing ways in which we can collectively effect a change, however miniscule it might turn out to be, in our society have today grown into an institution called Imphal Times, and the journey has just begun. It has withstood the cynical comments and weathered the dark moments as any startup is bound to come up with, and we are under no illusion that the worst is behind us. It was not the lure of money or the trappings of fame that spurred us. Rather, it was the possibility of participating and doing our bit to shape our society we feel should strive towards. We still hold our convictions as strongly, and we will be carrying on in our efforts to contribute to bringing out the injustices, anomalies and social apathies chocking the natural progression of our society, despite the claims of the powers that be to the contrary. Do we still look the other way and hear what the well-connected, the powerful and the influential only want us to hear and believe? Should not the general public and those less-fortunate have a say and air their views and opinions without the fear or the fright of retributions and recriminations? Our collective endeavour has indeed been fuelled by the need for creating a society based on equality, one that justly rewards the diligent and sincere hardwork, not to mention the protection and respect for personal liberty. Our resolve has been strengthened by the recent spurt in violence, crime and injustices- setbacks we have set out to reduce and remedy through unbiased, uncensored and detailed reporting of the truth without the least of doubt or concern for ourselves- and we have had such unfortunate incidents which we are learning to take in our strides and draw strength from.
As part of our 2nd Foundation Day observation, we organised painting competitions at Children’s Home- Tera Bazar on the 7th and Kanglatongbi Children’s Home on the 8th of this month. It was an eye opener for us, as the enthusiasm and participative spirit displayed by the children taught us to see the simple pleasures of life in a new light. These children, denied the things most of us have taken for granted in our quest for grandeur and gains, have opened our eyes to the really important things we should be striving for- positive interaction and empathy, and to appreciate the simple gestures. It was indeed a humbling experience for the few of us who were fortunate enough have spent some precious moments with these children who have so little yet have the temerity to smile in the face of obstacles life has thrown at them, albeit not of their choosing.
We owe it to ourselves to try and build a society not as we need to further our personal goals but to enable them to develop and sustain themselves and their future. These are the moments that makes everyone at Imphal Times forget the daily grind and rush and energises us to push forward. Our journey has just began, and we will be relentless in our pursuit of the ideals we set out to achieve.   

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