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Sunday, 27 October 2019 - Imphal Times

Memoirs of Khelen Thokchom recounted on his 59th Birth Anniversary Babie Shirin conferred 2nd KTT Media Fellowship for this year

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Imphal , Oct 27

Memoirs of Khelen Thokchom, the renowned Journalist who had left for heavenly abode on April 1, 2018, were recounted today on his 59th Birth Anniversary observed at Manipur Press Club. The Birth Anniversary observance was organised by Khelen Thokchom Trust. On the occasion, the 2nd media fellowship conferred by the Khelen Thokchom Trust since last year has been conferred to staff reporter of Imphal Free Press, Babie Shirin. This year topic of the fellowship programme is on the theme – ‘Water crisis and its management’ in Manipur. The media fellowship contain a sum of Rs. 50,000/- .

Prof. MC Arun of the Manipur University while recounting his association with late Khelen Thokchom said that Manipur has lost a visionary journalist with his absence.

“He was an angry man, he was angry about the rotten system of our society, he was not happy about the attitude of the politicians, government officers and he was very unhappy and angry towards the declining morals of the youth of Manipuri Society”, Prof. MC said. He added that Khelen was a journalist who reported news and events with a cause and was never bored of starting argument with people who were in power to find his story line.

President of Editor Guild Manipur Khomdram Khogendro , while sharing his days with late Khelen Thokchom said that he had struggle a lot to reach his position until he breath his last.

“He was never a happy man, poverty had stricken him during his school and college days and his dream of continuing PhD   after completing his Master degree was shattered due to his poverty”, Khogen said.

Khogen further said that Khelen Thokchom always think for the welfare of the journalist.

“This room that we are observing his 59th Birth Anniversary was constructed on his idea”, Khogendro added.

President of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union , Bijoy Kakchingtabam also recounted on how they suffered when they started their profession.

Earlier, floral tributes were paid to the portrait of late Khelen Thokchom. Certificates of the two journalists who had completed the 1st KTT media fellowship were also conferred. Booklets of the publication (Compilation from the works under the KTT media fellowship) was also released.

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KRU-NEI and KRSU-Ghq says no organization or bigger tribe can represent Kom tribe

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Imphal, Oct 27

The Komrem Union (NEI) and the Komrem Students’ Union (Ghq) has appealed all the umbrella of Komrem Union to be cautious from misinformation and misguide by the other illegitimate organization formed by vested interest persons among the Kom tribe.
“No other than the Komrem Union and Komrem Students’ Union can represent the Kom tribe which is under the umbrella of Komrem Union and Komrem Students’ Union since generations”, a joint statement of KRU-NEI and KRSU-Ghq said
The Komrem Union and Komrem Students’ Union still remains independent and stays non-alliance to any of the larger organization/tribes of Manipur, it added. The umbrella bodies also appealed to refrain from participating in any of the ongoing issues which are not related to the Komrem tribes.

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The Hand that Rocks

Dr. Nunglekpam Premi Devi

Independent scholar”

Ting-Ting Chaoro, Ting-Ting Chaoro” “Numitna wanglingei wanghouro””Epana leiringei wagnu, Emana leiringei kignu” Patted, stretching his hands onto his back; Carrying him with those “nawong-phi”So flattered and so dried up heavy;”His” Manners damn odd, bewildering now and again; Alash! His mother’s still returning home; Mockering himself, I ain’t man? I ain’t doing this? He ain’t my child? Where the hell are you? Come back soon;Shouting and yelling; calling and crying; Beating and slapping; frustrating and fusing;Make me heaven! Maketh him cool down! Make him stop; maketh me awesome; Shaking his hands nervously, patted and be patted.

 

Thought of a worldly pleasure, conquering all; Imagining it all drawn up, where to where;” Humm hummm, Humm and humm”Shaking and Rocking; jiggling and shaking”Walking now and again, his hands folding patted; No beds so tidy; No pillows so labeled; His steps onto shits; no ideas so useful; Shouting and crying; Beating and patting; Stop! You mother a bitch, no love a concern; Throwing and picking; murmering and angrying; He blames all; He insults to ‘her’ with no security; Rocking and patting; ‘humm humm and hummm’. 

 

All to blame, all to responsibility his father a mismanager;” Kari pammi echadi”? No mobile phone a toy; No sweets a candy; No plastic pistol so Lovely; No plastic cars a Maneuver; No flowers so scented; Feeling ain’t that hungry, no milk to full empty stomach; Come on baby; come on boy; Shaking and rocking; his ‘nawong- phi ‘ so dried up;He behold onto ‘his’ back so scratchy; Ah! His pissing so heavy wet, cold; His hands so dirty full, father with no option; Down he lay, let lose ‘you go’ run and away;Misery that brings, no threads link bounded; Letting go emptied those ‘hands that rocks’.

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Will the Prime Minister allow the Naga talks to go beyond the 31st of October? Won’t he like to see a solution that will be the harbinger of peace in the region?

By - Oken Jeet Sandham

After one week of his appointment as the Governor of Nagaland, RN Ravi, who is also Interlocutor for the Naga talks, met the NSCN (IM) collective leadership on July 26, 2019, and told them about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s desire to conclude the Naga talks in three months. Ravi took Oath as the Governor of Nagaland on the 1st of August, 2019.
In the meantime, the NSCN (IM) collective leadership had written a letter to Modi expressing their displeasure on reducing the “Indo-Naga talks” to a “mere Governor’s level.” They reminded him of commitments given by successive Prime Ministers of India on the “Indo-Naga” problem that “talks shall be at the highest level; venue of the talks shall be outside India (in a third country) and without any pre-condition.” They also said issues such as a “separate Flag and a separate Constitution” as part of their political negotiations to settle the Naga issue are yet to be finalized and expressed the surprise as to how he wanted to conclude the issue in three months without finalizing them.
At a civic reception organized in his honor at the Nagaland Baptist Churches Council (NBCC) Convention Hall, Kohima on August 16, 2019, Governor Ravi also said there was a sincere attempt but lamented that inclusivity was missing. “By inclusive, I mean all the Naga armed groups, Naga tribal bodies, civil societies, senior citizens, elders, and of course, the Naga legislators, because the Naga political issue belongs to the Naga people. No organization has franchise over it,” he explained.
Admitting that “all substantive issues have been resolved and nothing is left,” Ravi said the parties in talks had agreed that with the Government of India recognizing the unique history of Nagas, the “settlement is on the basis of power-sharing and peaceful co-existence.”
He has also denied that the talk has been reduced to the Governor’s level saying that it has always been with the blessings of the Prime Minister. He has explained that there is no conflict between his dual roles. As an Interlocutor, his duty is to carry forward the peace process not only to the Nagas of Nagaland but also to the Nagas of other states, and his coming to Nagaland as the Governor of Nagaland is Prime Minister Modi’s wish to see that the Naga issue finds a solution at the earliest. Besides he, as Governor of Nagaland, will give his time to see that the people of the state enjoy they deserve from the Government.
However, the Interlocutor and the NSCN (IM) have been on the confrontational mode over the issue of the Naga flag and the constitution. He has accused them of adopting a procrastinating attitude to delay the settlement of the issue by raising the “contentious symbolic issues of separate Naga national flag and constitution on which they are fully aware of the Government of India’s position.” Yet, the NSCN (IM) has been sticking that they cannot compromise on the issue of the Naga flag and the constitution. And a statement issued on Tuesday, they explained that “political decency and Naga sentiment” could not be simply discarded “in the name of going along with contemporary reality.”
The talk they held on Thursday at New Delhi again failed to break the deadlock over the same issue. They were reported to have, however, agreed to have one more round of talks before the 31st of October this month and it is largely considered as “positive.”
However, there is a widespread fear that the talk may collapse as both sides are not changing their positions. The state governments of Manipur and Nagaland have already taken security measures to thwart any possible outbreak of clashes if the talk collapses.
For the WC of NNPGs, they made it clear that “The solution is not confined to Nagaland state. It is equally for the Naga people across our ancestral land.” It further informed that the “agreed position” signed between the committee and the Government of India declares that “GoI recognizes the right of the Nagas to self-determine their future in consonance with their distinct identity.”
Many organizations have already urged the Government of India and the NSCN (IM) for an honorable solution to the Naga issue while pleading for unity among the Naga groups for the sake of peace and lasting solution. They also appealed to the Government of India to ensure that the final solution should be inclusive of all parties.
The JDU Nagaland has on Friday appealed the Chief Minister of Nagaland for immediately convening an “all-party meeting” to organize meetings with various Naga political groups negotiating with the Government of India, to set up a delegation to meet the Prime Minister of India and Leaders of various Opposition Parties in the country, and to stage an all-political-party Dharna in Delhi to draw the attention of the people of India with a message of appeal.
Meanwhile, many organizations are wondering whether the Prime Minister will allow the talks to continue beyond the 31st of this month. Many, however, believe that the talks may go beyond the 31st of this month as the Prime Minister was only expressing his desire to conclude the Naga talks in three months. Won’t he like to see a solution that will be the harbinger of peace in the region?

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