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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 - Imphal Times

Despite assurance, arrested faculties and students still in judicial custody; protest staged

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Imphal, Oct 3,


Assurances to release the arrested faculties and students of Manipur University, during the last dialogue held at Chief Minister’s officer room in the presence of some of the media persons, the 6 faculty members including the Registrar in charge Prof. Dorendro and Asst. proctor along with some of the students are still in judicial custody.

Despite the fact that the FIR report was a serious one with criminal activism, it is surprising on why the police had not remanded them in police custody, said a human rights activist while talking to this reporter. He further added that the charges leveled against them are serious but why they are being sent directly to judicial custody instead of requesting remand in police custody. Something fishy seems to be going on since the Sept 20 midnight crackdown of Manipur University.

Report also stated that the alleged Pro VC Prof. Yugindro had also assured the students of Manipur University who were undergoing fast protest in front of the hostel to withdraw the complaint he made to the police. Following the assurance of Prof. Y Yugindro the students had suspended the agitation as per report.

Meanwhile a press statement of the Manipur University Students’ Union vehemently condemn the hunting of the student leaders and stated that there is no reason to believe in the present government as there is always lack of sincerity on their side.

Students’ bodies comprising of AMSU, MSF, DESAM, SUK, KSA and AIMS continue to stage protest demanding release of the faculty members and students. The student body also demanded withdrawal of the security force from  Manipur University Complex.

It may be mention that the Chief Minister had met members of MUTA day before yesterday in presence of some of senior journalists as mediator. Conditions arrived during the meeting could not known but as per report appeared at some of the media, the Chief Minister had assured to stop hunting the students and the teachers. He also reportedly assured to withdraw the FIR by convincing Prof. Yugindro.

However, as per a Facebook post by one Erendro Leichombam, who was arrested for supporting the cause of the MU wrote that while meeting with the faculty members of the Manipur University, they have stated that they don’t care whether they stay 6 days, or 6 months or even 6 years for justice. 

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YFPHR condemn brutal killing of Mr. M Sairengkhup at Chandel

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Imphal, Oct 3,

Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) while condemning the killing of M Sairengkhup alias Akhup Kom (48), s/o M Tonpa Kom of Bungsanglen village under Churachandpur district, at Thotchanran village, Chandel District on the night of September 30, 2018, has appealed the state police department to arrest the people involved in the brutal murder.

“Such an act of inhumane and degrading action is highly condemnable and the persons involved in committing the heinous crime must be booked and punished according to the rule of law. It could be learned that the deceased person is survived with his three children and his wife, he is a daily wage earner,” YFPHR said in a statement.   

The statement said that the YFPHR suspect involvement of some influential people behind the brutal murder of M Sairenkhup @ AkhupKom.   

The forum appealed the civil society organisation, the students’ bodies and the religious leaders not to compromise the matter in the customary law but to respect the rule of law and the perpetrators be punished accordingly. 

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Communist mouthpiece closed down in Tripura

From our Correspondent
Guwahati, Oct 3,

 One of the oldest vernacular daily newspapers of northeast India, Daily Desher Katha that functioned as Tripura CPM’s mouthpiece, did not hit the stand on Tuesday, as the authority canceled its registration. The Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI) issued  the notice to the four decades old Bengali  newspaper, published from Agartala.
Meanwhile, the CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury criticised the decision of RNI to cancel the registration of Daily Desher Katha and termed the action as an attack on freedom of expression. He did not forget to condemn the newly elected BJP-led government in Agartala for this action.
The RNI letter to the newspaper management mentioned about the unauthorised change of ownership of the media outlet and it took the decision following a report from the concerned magistrate in the State capital.
The editor, Samir Paul however denied any kind of irregularities in the publication of the popular daily.

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No roll back to the 48 hours bandh – Police Constable DPC completed candidates Shut down to begin today midnight

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Imphal, Oct 3,


Clarifying doubt on whether the All Manipur D.P.C. Completed candidate of Police Constable, Male 2013 batch has called off or not the 48 hours total shut down, the DPC appeared constables’ body today said that there is no turning back to their stand.

Laimayum Nandakishhore Sharma , president of the DPC completed candidates of the police constables’ 2013 batch body said that there is no roll back to the 48 hours total shut down called from midnight today.  He blamed the government for breaking his promise of completing the appointment after the court verdict. He said the chief minister has spoiled the career of 7578  just because some of the candidates near and dear to the Ministers or MLAs are not included .

He appealed the people and CSOs  to support the total shut down called and added that emergency services, media and ritual related events will be exempted from the purview of the total shut down.


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7 top opposition leaders of Bangladesh get anticipatory bail

Siam Sarower Jamil,

Dhaka, Oct 3


The High Court of Bangladesh has granted anticipatory bail to seven top Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), an opposition party leaders, including its Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. The case was filed at Hatirjheel Police station on charges  of preventing police from carrying out their duties and “instigating subversive activities” on October 1. 

The High Court bench of Justices Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Kashefa Hossain passed the order after the BNP leaders appeared before the court, to plead for bail, on Wednesday.

The other BNP leaders accused in the case are – BNP Standing Committee members Nazrul Islam Khan, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, as well as BNP vice-chairmen Amanullah Aman and Ruhul Kuddus Talukder.

Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Advocate Zainul Abedin, and Barrister Mahabub Uddin Khokon represented the BNP leaders.

Zainul Abedin said the court granted the defendants bail for four weeks—until the submission of the charge sheet of the case.

On Monday, police filed a case against 55 BNP leaders, including: Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury.

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Napolean left Imphal to attend as Umpire of the 3rd Youth Olympic Games

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Imphal, Oct 3,

Chanamthabam Napolean Singh, the first person from the entire North Eastern States of India to be appointed as Umpire by the International Hockey Federation (FIH ) has left Imphal for Argentina today.
Chanamthabam Napolean Singh son of Ch. Balla Singh of Lairikyengpham Leikai Imphal East will attend as Umpire of the 3rd Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 7 till October 14 this year.
Hockey Union Manipurm Lairikyengbam Meira Paibi Association has wished him success.

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Traffic regulation still a Flop show

Driving or walking, it does make differences one suffers equally if it is in the street of Imphal. The comforts expected from driving a car is now a distant dream with traffic managers in the state had failed to prove their efficiency. The construction of Bir Tikendrajit Fly over and the widening of the roads seem to have no use with the authority failing to manage the situation. We do not simply blame the authority, the people too have responsibility. But it is the paid government authorities who are assigned for the job to make the traffic flow smoothly.
The state of Manipur has been witnessing a phenomenal increase in the amount of vehicles- but no wonder whether it is an indication of the rising social status of the public or improving economic conditions in the state. This is being stated cars cost over 50 lakhs are seen driving when the street which would take only few lakhs could not be repaired.  
While these factors are a welcome sign, the fact remains that the concerned authorities have failed to keep pace with the times and the changing social scenario in the state resulting in heavy traffic jams and delays which needs to be addressed immediately. The short term policies and systems being implemented from time to time in an attempt to ease the congestions and traffic jams have not been able to alleviate the problem in any way, on the contrary these ad-hoc measures have managed to confuse the public and compound the problem the authorities have been trying to solve. The formation of Traffic regulation and parking committee has not been of much help, and one can only wonder if they are functioning at all. Queries put up to the concerned departments have only resulted in more bewildering responses- a classic example of the effectiveness of passing the buck around that has been at work in all government set ups. While formulation of policies and systems to control and regulate traffic may be a beginning in the right direction, the fact remains that the increasing number of vehicles need additional space to accommodate them and juggling acts of the traffic system by the experts, however efficient and experienced they may be, will not bear fruit. Construction of additional parking spaces at strategic locations, bypasses and flyovers, and most importantly providing subways at important and crowded junctions will go a long way in reducing these problems. Construction of public utilities does not automatically guarantee improvement- their proper usage is as important- an obvious example being the use of footpaths by the vendors and shopkeepers to stock and ply their goods forcing the pedestrians to walk on the road. The need to streamline and re-orient the traffic police personnels is also being felt by the public.
Turning a blind eye to the irregularities being committed by the drivers of various public and commercial transport vehicles in consideration for a “quick handshake” has been well documented- despite the dangers and inconveniences such greedy acts causes. The present government ministers and high ranking officials may not be feeling the burden such traffic jams causes as they seem to have a prerogative of the right of use of the road over the common public but unless some concrete steps are taken up very soon, the only option that would be available to them would be to use their feet with their retinue of escorts and assistants wading through the impossible traffic- surely a distracting relief for the stranded common public on the road.

The Buddha Was Neither God Nor An Incarnation Of God

By Thangjam Sanjoo Singh

One of the noteworthy characteristics that distinguish the Buddha from all other religious teachers is that he was a human being with no connection whatsoever with a God or any other ‘Supernatural’ Being. He was neither God nor an incarnation of God, nor any mythological figure. He was a man, but a super-man, an extra-ordinary man. He was beyond the human state inwardly though living the life of a human being outwardly. Just as he is for this reason called a unique being, man par excellence.
Through personal experience the Buddha understood the supremacy of man and the concept of a ‘supernatural’ being who rules over the destinies of beings below, he found to be a mere illusion. The Buddha never claimed to be a savior who tried to save ‘souls’ by means of a revealed religion. Through his own perseverance and understanding he proved that infinite possibilities are latent in man and that it must be man’s endeavor to develop and unfold these possibilities. He proved by his own experience that enlightenment and deliverance lie absolutely and entirely in man’s hand. Being an exponent of the strenuous life by precept and example, the Buddha encouraged his disciples to cultivate self-reliance, thus: ‘You are your own refuge, who else could refuge be?’
It was the Buddha who for the first time in the world’s history taught that deliverance could be attained independently of an external agency that deliverance from suffering must be wrought and fashioned by each one for himself/herself upon the anvil of his/her own actions.
The Buddha warns his disciples against shifting the burden to an external agency, a savior, a God or Brahma, directs them to the ways of discrimination and research and urges them to get busy with the real task of developing their inner forces and qualities. He says: ‘I have directed you towards deliverance. The Dhamma, the Truth, is to be self-realized.
Buddhist monks are not priests who perform rites of sacrifice. They do not administer sacraments and pronounce absolution. An ideal Buddhist monk cannot and does not stand as an intermediary between men and ‘supernatural’ powers; for Buddhism teaches that each individual is solely responsible for his own liberation. Hence there is no need to win the favor of a mediating priests. ‘You yourselves should strive on; the Tathagatas only show the path.
The path is the same Ancient Path trodden and pointed out by the Enlightened Ones of all ages. It is the Noble Eightfold Path leading to enlightenment and highest security.
Another distinguishing characteristic is that the Buddha never preserved his supreme knowledge for himself alone. To the Buddha such a wish is utterly inconceivable. Perfect enlightenment, the discovery and realization of the Four Noble Truths (Buddhahood), is not the prerogative of a single being chosen by Divine Providence; nor is it a unique and unrepeatable event in human history. It is an achievement open to anyone who earnestly strives for perfect purity and true wisdom and with inflexible will cultivate the Noble Eightfold Path.
The Buddha, however, also made clear to his disciples the difference between a fully Enlightened One and the Arahats, the Accomplished Saints:
‘The Tathagata, O disciples, while being an Arahat, is fully Enlightened. It is he who proclaims a path not proclaimed before, he is the knower of a path, who understands a path, who is skilled in a path. And now his disciples are way-farers who follow in his footsteps. That, disciples, is the distinction, the specific feature which distinguishes the Tathagata, who being an Arahat, is Fully Enlightened from the disciple who is freed by insight.
When communicating the Dhamma to his disciples, the Buddha made no distinction whatsoever amongst them; for there were no specific chosen favorite disciples. Amongst his adherents all those who were Arahats, who were passion-free, and had shed the fetters binding them to renewed existence had equally perfected themselves in purity. But there were some outstanding ones who were skilled in different branches of knowledge and practice, and because of their mental endowments gained positions of distinction but special favors were never granted to anyone by the Master.
There is not even an indication that the Master entrusted the dispensation to any particular disciple before he passed away; not even to his two chief disciples, Sariputta and MahaMoggallana. He did not appoint anyone as his successor. In this connection, it is interesting to note that the Buddha made clear to his disciples, before he passed away that he never thought of controlling the Order. Addressing the monks round the death-bed the Master said:
‘The doctrine and the discipline which I have set forth and laid down for you let them after I am gone be the teacher to you.’
Even during his life time it was the Dhamma-vinaya that controlled and guided the monks. He was no potentate. The Buddha’s Ancient Path, the Eightfold Path, is the teaching for free men.

The writer is a lay Buddhist and a Vocalist of a Rock Band called ‘No Name’.

Speech delivered by Atif Anik, President National Committee Revolutionary Student-Youth Movement/Bangladesh at THAU ground, Imphal

Comrades,  co-worker and struggling people  of Manipur,
Red salute and Revolutionary greetings  on the behalf of Peoples Of Bangladesh. Thank you for giving me this opportunity  to speak before you on the 122th birthday of Comrade  Hijam Irabot.
I’ve come to Manipur on the invitation of the Students’ Union of Manipur to commemorate the birthday of Hijam Irabat. General Secretary of SSUM, comrade Bushan invited our Organisation, Revolutionary Student-Youth Movement through  facebook.
Our National Committee accepted that invitation and sent me here.  So, first, I want to thank the friends of the Socialist Students’ Union who have given us the opportunity to declare our Solidarity with the people of Manipur.
Today, it is the 122th birthday of comrade Hijam Irabat. Last 26 September was the 67th anniversary of his death.  But still, today, Manipur has not been able to reach the envisioned destination of Hijam Irabat!
Friends in struggle,
Comrade Hijam Irabat dreamed of a classless Society.  He dreamed of a sovereign  Democratic Manipur. Until the end of his life he fought the fight. And because of that he didn’t have much time to fight against his physical conditions. After becoming infected with Typhoid, he left the world.
Actually, this is the meaning of revolutionary life. Shouldn’t we be like him? How much we followed him? We have to reflect on this again.
We, the Bangladeshi People feel proud because in the time of the anti-British movement, comrade Irabat was Bangladesh’s Sylhet jail for likely two years. From this time, major ideological  changes happened in his life.  Sitting in Sylhet jail, he was educated to be a communist.
Bangladeshi comrades have many things to learn from Comrade Hijaam Irabat. We want to learn from his Revolutionary life.
Comrades, Manipuri people have a long-enduring revolutionary  history.  Though in the whole of South Asia Manipur is a small area, its fertile stirring soil has taken hold as a struggling region to the world.  From the start of the anti-British movement to now,   Manipuri People have been fighting continuously for their rights.
Friends in struggle,
When we study history of Manipur,  we notice that Manipur’s fighting women play a vital role in the revolutionary struggle of Manipur. In the struggle for social change the woman of Manipur are an example to follow.
We heard about Irom Sharmila Chanu. We were on the side of her long fair fight. Her long self sacrificing struggle couldn’t win in the end. But Manipur’s People should learn from her struggle . To the exploiter ruling class, People’s lifes are worthless. So, fasting will not give any solutions.
For Revolutionary changes,  Manipur needs Marxist politics of revolutionary violence. That politics is obviously different than the Revisionist CPM-CPI.
Till date, thousands of people and revolutionary warriors have sacrificed their lives in the fight for Manipur. But many of them died in the nationalist struggle. Comrade Hijam Irabat said that fighting against other nationalities cannot be fought for the benefit of just their own people. Therefore,the ethnic fight is subjected to class struggle. Independent national development is possible only in socialist society. Freedom for nationalities is therefore part of the struggle for establishing socialism-communism. Hopefully, the oppressed people of different ethnicities of Manipur will understand this well.
We believe that the fight of Manipur and ours is one and the same. We have to fight together against a common enemy in South Asia. In the revolutionary battle of South Asia, we should fight shoulder by shoulder. We, on behalf of the people of Bangladesh would like to call on you.
We believe that in the revolutionary struggle in South Asia, democratic development of the whole South Asian people will be possible. Within that revolutionary struggle, hundreds of ethnic groups will be able to enjoy their independent autonomous development.
We have to fight together against the exploiter ruling class of South Asia.
Finally, I want to say something to the youth of Manipur. Potecting the motherland is a very important issue. You are responsible for protecting the soil of Manipur till your last breath. You are the rising sun of eight or nine o’clock in the morning. Your participation in the leadership of Manipur’s working class and peasants will accelerate the struggle of Manipur.
Friends in struggle,
The people of Bangladesh are not in a good situation. Fascism has been established there. All means of expression of people are being stopped. Anti-people Article 57 and Digital Security Act are produced to stop the people’s voice. The farmer does not get the cost of his produced crops, the worker does not get minimum wages for his living. There is no good environment for the education of the children. The riches going more rich, and the poor are more poor.
There are also thousands of revolutionaries killed in the name of crossfire, a term used by the state and police to verify the extra judicial killings. In the name of anti-drug campaign, people have been killed arbitrarily. The common people of Bangladesh are also in a bad situation.
The oppressed people of Bangladesh and the oppressed people of Manipur are friends of each other. We call upon you to stand for the sake of our struggle.
We believe that there is no country for workers and oppressed class. Therefore, the struggle of the whole world’s working class is one and identical.

“Your fight is our fight.
Your struggle is our struggle.
Your victories are our victories.
Your defeats are our defeats.
Even though we are from different countries and different nations,
we are earn with the same ideology, strategy and aim’s.”
Yowlona Yaifare
Long Live Revolution .

Supreme Court dismissal of Public Interest Litigation against Pune Police disappointing: Popular Front

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Imphal, Oct 3,

Popular Front of India Chairman E. Abubackar has in a statement expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court judgment that allowed Pune Police to continue their fishy  investigation against prominent activists Gautam Navalakha, Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves linking them with Bhima Koregaon violence under the draconian provisions of UAPA.
The majority judgment of the Supreme Court seems to have taken the narrative of Pune Police at face value despite the existence of ample evidence against it and dismissed genuine concerns raised in the Public Interest Litigation filed by Romila Thapar, Devika Jain, Satish Deshpande, Prabhat Patnaik and Maja Daruwalla. It is quite unfortunate that SC failed to see the systematic attempts being made   in the country to quell democratic dissent by those in power by using police and right wing goons . Pune Police had used unconstitutional ways including fabricating evidence and character assassination and manipulation of media against the activists.  Yet, strangely, the court rejected the request to move the investigation to an SIT. It is tantamount to giving impunity to Pune Police.
E Abubacker also questioned the use of UAPA in the case.  Laws like UAPA are a blemish in a democratic society.  Since its provisions strip the accused of their fundamental rights and gives excess power to police, it is widely misused in the country to suppress dissent. Studies show that majority of the UAPA cases end in acquittals.

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