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Tough words, tough response: Why can’t the CM summon or pick up James Gangte after receiving the letter? – Joykishan

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Imphal, April 5,  

Responding tough to the Chief Minister’s office over their complaint to ECI in connection with the press conference on how the brother of Chief Minister took brief from one James  Gangte, Congress MLA Joykishan today questioned the CMO on why James Gangte could not be summoned or picked up to clarify the matter after receiving the complaint letter.

Talking to a group of media persons at his residence, Congress MLA Joykishan said that as the Chief Minister fails to listen to the grievances of James Gangte who hailed from Churachandpur district, he only acted to deliver justice to James Gangte as it is also a role of the opposition MLA.

“The matter was addressed to me by James and as an opposition MLA I took it up as it is a serious breach of trust between the Hill and plain people”, Joykishan said and questioned the Chief Minister about the significance of his ambitious “Go to Hill” mission if a grievances of a single person from hill cannot be listened.

Joykishan further said that during a press meet held earlier he had stated that if the statement of James Gangte is wrong, let him be punished and if his brother took the brief than take action as per his commitment to eradicate corruption instead of going to the Election Commission.

James Gangte who also present during today’s press meet with MLA Joykishan also expressed surprise to the clarification made by brother of N. Biren Singh, N. Rajendro @ Boy, at which he stated that he don’t know James Gangte.

“ I myself and N. Rajendro @ Boy work together in ICHAM in the year 2010 – 2011”, James said and added that he was appointed as the Vice President of ICHAM.

James Gangte further added that after his grievances was brought to the public platform by MLA Joykishan, Rajendro @ Boy sent three person namely Yomee (President ICHAM), Jinjoy ( a friend of Rajendro) and Thangminlien (in charge of ICHAM for Churachandpur district) on April 1 and tried to hnad over Rs. 5 lakhs. As the amount he paid to Rajendro was Rs. 12 lakhs and that too after collecting from other desperate contractor he deny to receive the money unless it is fully cleared, James said and asked if Rajendro do not know me, how come he sent people to me for clearing Rs. 5 lakhs. .

“During our tenure I even brought four students who are outstanding in the hill districts of district of Manipur in an award distribution ceremony of meritorious students organised by ICHAM at Manipur Press Club”, James said.

“It was during the that time that he told me to give money as percentage for early clearance of our pending Bill”, James added.

“All this year I tried to meet him and the Chief Minister by taking help of BJP MLA to address my grievances but all goes in vain, then I sent letters and reminders through speed post time and again the last being on March 21”, James said.

He added that as he was left with no choice he approach to congress MLA for help. 

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UPRFM Boycott PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Imphal

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Imphal, April 5,

United People’s Revolutionary Front of Manipur (UPRFM)  also boycotted Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit at Imphal on April 7. A statement signed by the [email protected] (Info. & Publicity Secretary of the outfit called total shutdown for 12 hours  April 7 morning 6 am to evening 6pm.
The statement added that India forcibly occupied  the Manipur and people were suppressed under India’s regime. India’s Prime Minister Strategy to erase the indigenous people of Manipur and introduce  Citizenship Amendment Bill-2016 is to wipe out the people of the entire North eastern part.
“Today, we lose our freedom and came under India’s regime”, the statement said.
Talking about 18 November 1950, the statement said that it was during this time the Chief Commissioner Mr. Himmat Singh withdraw Manipur permit system inviting outsiders to come freely. With difference in identity, culture, tradition and history of more than 2000 years were split  and mixed. In 1952, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru gifted our Kabaw Valley to Burma(Myanmar) and a  policy of divide and rule was utilise between hills and plains. An act called Armed Forces Special Power Act(AFSPA) which was not accepted by the people was charge to the people of Manipur with other black law. Brutal killing, torture were done to the people. Arm forces camp were built inside the education zone University and military exercise were occurred in this zone.
India’s Prime Minister often came to our land with fake promises and tamping the people of Manipur by jokes like Sport University project.

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Hailstorm injured 3 in CCpur, destroyed 70 houses

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Imphal, April 5,

Three persons were injured and at least 70 houses damaged in a hailstorm, which hit Churachandpur district of Manipur on Tuesday, an officer said.

Mata, Tangmual, Bohlui, Sekhen and its adjoining areas were struck by the hailstorm, that lasted for about an hour.

The injured were admitted to the district hospital at Churachandpur, the officer said.

The severe windstorm at around 2.30 pm also damaged power supply lines and uprooted trees.

Detail information about the extent of losses caused by the hailstorm was being prepared.

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PWG asks PTA to stay away from the conflict with school authority

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Imphal, April 5,   

Armed group KCP- People’s War Group (Marxist Center) while appreciating the Parent’s Teacher’s Association (PTA) in the effort to solve the conflict between the Catholic Education Society in the interest of the student community appealed the Association to have some limitation in their work. It appealed the PTA not to approach the school authority of possible solution if they reserved seat for students and also not to spread rumours of solving the matter after providing adequate number of seats for students.
A statement by Comrade Lenin Meitei, Secretary, Central media Co-ordinator PWG MC said that this rumours may have been a handy works of some vested interested people by using the name of the PTA. The confrontation between the KCP-PWG – MC, Maoist Communist Party Manipur and Lanchenba led KCP – MC on one said and the School authority on the other side is to warn that the culture of enforcing a decision by any group with having second thought will never be accepted. The statement also appealed the PTA to stay away from the conflict being underway between the school authority and the 3 group.  

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Delegation from European Union explores areas of collaboration in research & innovation at RGU

From a Correspondent

Itanagar, April,5,

The Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) today hosted a delegation from the European Union for an interaction on areas of possible collaboration in research and innovation. The EU delegation comprised of Ms. Tania Friederichs (Head of EU delegation), Dr. Vivek Dham (Member, EU delegation), Ms. Inger Midtkandal (Royal Norwegian Embassy), Dr. Srinivas Kaveri (Director, CNRS, Paris), Mr. Alain Ghislain Baetens (Embassy of Belgium), Dr. Massimo Spandoni (Embassy of Italy) and Dr. Jakob Williams Oerberg (Royal Danish Embassy). The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the University organized the interaction programme.

In his opening remarks, RGU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Saket Kushwaha, while introducing the University to the visiting dignitaries, said that the RGU has been striving to serve its mandate of providing access to higher education as well as contributing to research in the border state of Arunachal Pradesh. Expressing his gratitude to the EU delegation for its initiative to reach out the RGU, he said that the University and its entire fraternity are enthused at the possibilities of affiliation and collaboration and congratulated each of the departments in working together to formalize the presentations that were made by the University.”The presence of the entire Team RGU, comprising of former Vice-Chancellor Prof Tamo Mibang, Registrar Prof Tomo Riba, officers of the administration, all Deans, HoDs and the large number of faculty members, research scholars and PG students only reflects the tremendous interest that this visit has generated”, he said.

Kick starting the series of presentations, IQAC Director Prof. Amitav Mitra, outlined the history of the RGU and shared about the mandate of the University, which was not only to “educate and train manpower for the development of the State of Arunachal Pradesh, but also to pay special attention to the improvement of the social and economic conditions and welfare of the people of the State, their intellectual, academic and cultural development”.

Highlighting the tremendous growth of the RGU in the last 10 years, he shared that the University has not only grown in the number of Departments it had from 15 in 2009-10 to 28 presently, but even enrolment has increased from 878 students to 2067. He also shared that through its various research projects and collaborations, the RGU has created a very congenial research ecosystem. Terming the visit of the EU delegation as very significant he said that the fact that EU is India’s largest trading partner and that India is one of ten countries that the EU has chosen as strategic partners, this makes for people to people contact and cooperation in higher education a key feature of this interface and hoped for a new era of fruitful academic cooperation. Marking the start of a series of presentations on the EU MS/AC-India research-funding programme by the visiting team, delegation head Tania Friedrichs shared that research and innovation cooperation was an integral part of the EU’s relation with India and called out for the University to engage more with the instruments of research that the EU offers. Describing the present visit just as a beginning of a long-term engagement, she said that the EU has an implementing arrangement with India that included scholar mobility programs, individual fellowships as well as bilateral and multilateral collaborations. Other presenters of the delegation each from Belgium, France, Italy, Denmark and Norway shared the respective country perspectives on thrust areas of possible funding and collaborations. All speakers commended the RGU on the innovative research initiatives and studies that were already in place in the University and said that this provided for a fertile ground for academic engagements in the future.

Concurring with the RGU’s mandate and its respect for biological and cultural diversity, the need for sustainable development and the idea that change elements must benefit all sections of society, the members of the delegation expressed their support towards activating instruments through which “we could internationalize future research and innovation initiatives”. The members also emphasized on the need for a mix of stakeholders in the research initiatives and suggested for a multi-disciplinary approach in conceptualizing the proposals where the focus could be on (new) technologies but also on how they impact society.

Earlier, RGU Dean of Life Sciences Prof. RK Singh made an in-depth presentation on the unique biodiversity of Arunachal, highlighting the significance of the diverse flora and fauna that the State holds. Giving a detailed brief on various on-going and completed important research projects that the University has taken up, Prof Singh highlighted the RGU’s potential as a major research partner that the EU could collaborate with.Prof Jumyir Basar from the Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies in her presentation spoke of how the RGU was upholding its mandate to engage with the communities of the State and the issues confronting them. Detailing some of the achievements of the University in the areas of Social Science and Humanities research, she highlighted that the RGU was the only University to have compiled a Human Development Report as also the State Development Report for Arunachal. She also put forward thrust research areas that the EU and RGU could collaborate on.

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Deflected focus: the dress debacle

The most important factor for formation of organizations by students should be to develop core competencies in areas including but not limited to learning to communicate effectively, the ability to think critically, building character, preparing for citizenship, living with diversity, preparing for global society, acquiring broader interests and preparing for a career and vocational development. And central to the development of these core competencies is the necessity for students to focus on their academic pursuits as utmost priority.
It goes without saying that politics has to have a large role in any organisation including that of students. The need to activate and prepare young minds to observe and form critical opinions and learn to assert their opinions and collective suggestions cannot be stressed enough. There is however an inherent risk for the young impressionable minds to be led astray from their focus of developing the core competencies to dabbling with issues which are beyond their area of interest and relevance.
With the multitude of mushrooming student bodies in the state raising a plethora of issues and not infrequently at loggerheads among themselves, it is no surprise then that every so often these organizations steps out of their area of relevancy and tries to raise non-issues for no apparent reason except maybe to announce their continuing presence which many could equate with ‘attention-seeking’ behavior.
The latest instance of a few groups of student organizations announcing their intention to ban certain dresses by teachers raking up more unwanted feedbacks from every social sphere is a valid point in case. Raising issues concerning the lack of essential facilities for students or educational institutions, speaking out against the incessant disturbances being applied on the academic atmosphere in the state and protests/demands for timely and smooth functioning of the state mechanism responsible for dispensing education in the state are valid and necessary steps that warrant support and appreciation. Such activities imply that the students are focused on advancing their academic pursuits and are aware of the impacts of any disturbances in the smooth functioning of the academic mechanism in the state. However, turning their attention to such flimsy and irrelevant matters as the dress of the teachers points to a regressive mentality counterproductive to their intellectual growth and global outlook which they should be trying to develop. It would not come as a surprise to anybody if such announcements and decisions are revealed to be made under the influence and direction of certain vested interests rather than a collective decision derived at after deliberations and consultations by the student organizations. This is exactly where the society begins getting concerned about the students who are still yet to mature intellectually as well as emotionally being swayed by certain ideologies and influences that goes counterproductive to the development of their core competencies.
Another cause for concern as witnessed during the recent announcement to ban or rather impose a dress code on the teachers by the student organizations is the increasingly evident self-appointed role of an executive body with the self-sanctioned right and power to impose its decisions in the society which is far removed from the main purpose of representing the students both within the institutions and externally on issues relating to facilities, support and services.
As prospective candidates for leading the society towards progress and development in the near future, students play a huge role in the society. The expectations placed on them by the society should be taken into account in every conduct and decision they take as the results will reflect the future path the society is taking. Perseverance, restraint and broadened perspective should be the guiding principle in their quest for perfection and progress. But most important of all, they should understand the thin line dividing activism and extremism.

Lest The North-East Fall Asleep

By- Tuisem A. Shishak

The Election Commission announces 2019 Lok Sabha poll dates beginning April 11. The Bharatia Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah declares: “BJP will make the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2016 part of the party manifesto for the next elections and pass it on return to power this year” (Nagaland Post). The CAB, 2016 seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to provide citizenship to illegal migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who are of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian extraction; Muslims are completely excluded.  Could there be any ulterior or deceptive motive? I fear even the inclusion of “Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian” is just a cover-up; the Modi government’s primary interest is the Hindus from Bangladesh.                                                                                                                                     
Having been defeated in the Raja Sabha, why is the current BJP Government determined to bring back CAB and pass it into law? Because that’s the only way they can control the North-East in general and the Church (Christians) in the hills in particular. How?  By allowing millions of Hindus from Bangladesh to settle down anywhere in the North-East as Indian citizens, thereby inhabiting the length and breadth of the eight North-Eastern States. Once the CAB becomes law, no government can stop the flow of alien Hindus to any state in the North-East. Indigenous Assamese have been very alarmed about the growing non-Assamese population; Tripura already has her indigenous population reduced to perhaps less than 40%.  Which State will be the next victim? How the North-East votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha election will either bury the CAB once and for all or bring it back to life to haunt us and even destroy the majestic land and the unique peoples of the North-Eastern valleys and hills.         
To be sure, most of those Bangladesh Hindu refugees will enter Nagaland from Assam as has been the case with the Miyas who have been filling up the foothills all these years. It is absolute nonsense to say that Nagaland is already protected by Article 371A of the Indian Constitution as well as the Chin Hills and Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations Act 1873.  According to Mr. Hayithung Tungoe, former Naga BJP, “Presently, North East is infiltrated with 2-3 lakh illegal immigrants but as and when CAB is implemented, it would be swarmed by them.”
The battle for CAB has just begun — the battle the NORTH-EAST must win and crush once and for all to save their indigenous land for posterity.  In the valley the All Assam Student Union (AASU) must once more lead as it did in the 1980 Assam Movement, and not forgetting the courageous Meitei women (Meira Paibi, Nupi lan) in the Imphal Valley; in the hills the Church and the Student Unions must lead. Thanks to Mizoram, Meghalaya and Sikkim for facing the BJP Government head on; sadly Nagaland has fallen short of the expectation.  Are the 12 Naga BJPs part of the problem?  This time the citizens of the North-East must in one voice let New Delhi know that we are masters of our God-given land, and we will never allow the current RSS-controlled BJP Government or any government in Delhi to decide our fate. How long will the citizens of the North-East continue to live under the deception and suppression of the New Delhi Government?   
To begin with, since when did the Government of India consider the North-East as genuinely an integral part of India?  All we know is that since India’s independence from Britain in August 1947, New Delhi has always considered the North-East in general and the hilly regions in particular as buffer zones, strategically important from the defense standpoint but not as an integral part of the country of India.  That’s how they have treated the North-East all these years. In Delhi’s mind, the real India did not cross West Bengal.                                                                                                                                          
The classic example occurred in 1962 when the Chinese attacked NEFA (North-East Frontier Agency), now Arunachal Pradesh, and took Tawang. Prime Minister  Nehru and the Indian Army fled, leaving the helpless citizens of NEFA to fend for themselves.  But who cared as long as mainland India was intact?  Then the Chinese Army suddenly withdrew from NEFA.  In the words of Nari Rustomji, “There can be little doubt that, had the Chinese wished it, they could have continued their advance on November 22nd and, within a matter of days, threatened the entire Assam valley by a series of thrusts through the four northern Divisions of NEFA. Their unilateral declaration of cease-fire with effect from midnight of November 21st was as surprising in its suddenness as their lightning putsch on November 19th and will remain one of the unsolved riddles of history” (Enchanted Frontiers, p. 292).   What if indeed the Chinese had come and occupied the Assam Valley? Where would India be today? It was divine intervention, not New Delhi, that saved the North-East.  Sure enough, Nehru’s government officials and the Army came back. Maybe they said “sorry” for having deserted the tribals of NEFA in a time of crisis; I hope so.  But this time they assured them they would do everything to defend NEFA and its citizens. Of course, that was only after the Chinese Army had unilaterally declared ceasefire and withdrawn.                                                                                                                         Since India’s independence in 1947, the Government of India’s treatment of the North-East has been worse than step-motherly. As for the Nagas, the experience can be labeled as “brutal,” even “hellish”, because tens of thousands of Nagas (young and old) have been killed by the Indian Army in the past 70 years of the Naga political struggle to free themselves from India’s forcible occupation of Naga territory in the 1950s. The Congress Party, which ruled India for over half a century, failed to solve the Naga problem, leaving only empty promises.                                                                                                                                               Coming to power in 2014, the current RSS-controlled BJP Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued with more empty promises such as that the Naga political issue would be solved within 18 months.  Maybe if Atal B. Vajpaiyee were the Prime Minister today the Naga political problem might have been solved.  One should not be confused about the two BJP governments—the one under Vajpaiyee and the other under Modi. The BJP government under Vajpaiyee was a secular government for the most part.  If there were RSS politicians and other radical Hindus supporting BJP, Vajpaiyee kept them under control.  Many of us thought persons like Arun Shorie and L.K. Advani were among the real radicals among Vajpaiyee’s cabinet members but certainly no longer.  No sooner had Modi taken charge of the BJP government in 2014 than the ugly heads of RSS cadres began popping up everywhere.  Either Modi is a genuine RSS, and there is enough evidence that he is, or he is not able to control the RSS’s destructive Hindutva activities all over India though much more in BJP-ruled states like UP where Modi and his right-hand man Party President Amit Shah have placed Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister.  No one can be more RSS than Adityanath.                         
What about Modi’s 2014 campaign promise of 15 lakh rupees to be deposited in the bank for every Indian?  This is 2019 and Modi says nothing about it anymore. Will Rahul Gandhi’s election campaign promise of Rs.72,000 minimum income to 25 crore Indian poor be more genuine?  In March 2018, following the Nagaland State Assembly elections, Governor P.B. Acharya said the Naga political issue would be solved within 6 months. Now the BJP-RSS hierarchy is saying that after the Lok Sabha elections, the Naga political issue will be solved. What’s next? Nagas are smarter than that, I hope. Thanks to the American Baptist missionaries who brought us education and the gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Could one reason for not solving the Naga problem be that the RSS-controlled BJP has not quite succeeded in placing their Hindu trishul by the altar of the Church in Nagaland?  As Secretary of the BJP NE States Coordination Council, Governor Acharya wrote to then Prime Minister Vajpaiyee:  “We have achieved our vowed object of piercing Trishul in the chest of so-called ‘Lord Christ’” (Mid Day). Once more I would urge the Naga national workers and fellow Nagas not to ever believe the Central Government in Delhi until the final Agreement is signed and  witnessed by either a UK or US Government representative, if not a UN representative. How long  will the FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT signed  August 3, 2015  between NSCN-IM and the Modi Government remain, as it were, a skeleton agreement just because the Naga national leaders will not compromise with what they consider absolutely essential for the very survival and security of the Naga nation? For example, Nagas inhabiting the contiguous region of Indo-Myanmar, now forcibly divided and placed in four Indian states and in Myanmar by Britain, India and Myanmar, want to live under one political umbrella. To the Nagas “integration” means geographical/physical integration. The Interlocutor to the Naga Peace Talks, R.N. Ravi’s talk about Pan-Naga sounds like Naga integration by remote control because that’s exactly what the so-called emotional and cultural integration is all about. My fear is that, like the Congress Government, Modi’s BJP Government may also fail miserably.                                                                                            
Let us talk about development. “Development” is Prime Minister Modi’s favorite word, and rightly so because that’s what every Indian citizen yearns for.  Not only does Modi talk about development all the time, he seems to be inaugurating either new projects with sanctions of crores of rupees or the completion of projects begun by his predecessors, again involving thousands of crore rupees.  Many are wondering how many of the new projects he has inaugurated so far have actually been executed.  Modi inaugurated in recent months the completion of the longest bridge over a river between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, begun years ago.  We know money doesn’t grow on trees, and I do question where Modi is getting the money to fund all the projects he has announced and even inaugurated.                                                                                                                              
I do want to remind the current BJP government as well as the old Congress Party that since India’s independence in 1947, New Delhi’s investment in the North-East, until very recently, has been what I would call mere “tokenism.”  I must add that even this “token” investment or development in the North-East has only been achieved following strikes, road blockages, and violence resulting in the loss of human life and property.                                                                                                         
In the past decade or two the Government of India suddenly realized the tremendous potential in economic development by linking up with Myanmar and the rest of South East Asia via the North-East region. Hence the “Look East” slogan under the previous government, and now “Act East” under Modi’s government. The current BJP government in Delhi says their top priority is the development of the North-East by impressing upon the more than 45 million people in the so-called eight North-East Sister States all the good things (highways and byways, waterways, railways, institutions, hydro-projects, hotels and motels, all the other modern amenities, etc.) already coming. But wait! All these so-called “good things” are all appendices to the “Act East” which in fact is the FOUR-LANE INTERNATIONAL HIGHWAY being constructed to link mainland India and Myanmar and the rest of South-East Asia through the North-East which is linked to mainland India with only a small strip of land (often called the “chicken neck”) between Bangladesh in the south and Bhutan in the north.  
I caution Northeasterners not to get unduly excited over the four-lane Asian highway as well as the talked-about railway lines connecting the capitals of the eight North-Eastern States. Do you know who and what the railways will bring to our hill capitals? Have you thought of all kinds of undesirable elements coming to our villages? What about the hundreds and thousands who will be travelling back and forth between mainland India and South-East Asia via the North-East?                             
Now consider carefully some well-known Indian leaders’ assessment of current Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his RSS-controlled BJP Government.                                                                                                                                                       
1.  Kuldip Nayar (now deceased):  “JP (Jayaprakash Narain, a Gandhian socialist) was conscious that the Jana Sangh was a political arm of the RSS. But he had been given an understanding that the two would part company. . . How could they have done so when the Jana Sangh itself was an RSS creation, with the avowed aim of creating a Hindu rashtra (kingdom)?  Initially, the Jana Sangh members tried to explain to JP that the RSS wasn’t what it was made out to be. When it came to the crunch, they refused point-blank to break ties with the RSS.  JP felt cheated. But by then he was too sick to go back to the people to expose the Jana Sangh (the political BJP and the totalitarian RSS).  The constitution is still a sacred document. But, I am afraid, in the 2019 election the BJP may try to get a two-thirds majority and if it does, the party would amend the constitution itself. Article 370, which gives a special status to Jammu and Kashmir and the spirit of pluralism which protects minorities, could be the target. The party which is the political wing of the RSS may attempt to dilute if not abolish the concept of secularism.”   Referring to the immense suffering of the  people during the Emergency (June 25, 1975 to 1977) under Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Mr. Nayar said, “But the ruling Bharatia Janata Party (BJP) which suffered from the emergency most, does not seem to have learnt the lesson which it should have.  Mrs. Gandhi was overtaken by the mania of one-person rule. Today Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also riding the same horse at the command of the Rashtriya Swayemsewak Sangh (RSS) and trying to change a pluralistic society, which gives purpose to the nation, into a Hindu Rashtra of sorts.”                                                                                                         
Kuldip Nayar:  Secularism is the ideology which we have chosen in contrast to Pakistan’s Islamic order (Nagaland Post).  And hours before his death he wrote:  “The ruling BJP must always remember that the Northeast is a plural society devoid of much communal violence unlike the Hindu heartland. Hence it is paramount that the Centre should concentrate more on development and good governance rather than trying to impose its Hindutva philosophies” (Nagaland Post).
“He (Kuldip Nayar) was concerned about conformist, indifferent or pro-establishment press and felt that the present conditions in the country require the judiciary, the press and students to speak out” (Morung Express).
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2.  Veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani had remarked ... “the recurrence of emergency cannot be ruled out.”  He further clarified that the arrogance of leaders leads to authoritarianism, taking a dig at Prime Minister Modi’s style of governance. . .  Advani spent 18 months in jail for opposing the emergency. To snub Advani for his forthright comment, BJP did not invite him to an event where it honoured those who went to jail during the emergency” (Nagaland Post).                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
3.  Atal Bihari Vajpaiyee was the moderate face of Hindu nationalism, admired even by prominent political leaders. . .Vajpaiyee was one of the leaders of the BJP to express anguish when hundreds of Muslims were killed in rioting in 2002 in Gujarat, which Modi governed.  Vajpaiyee called the 1992 destruction of a 16th-century mosque on a disputed site by Hindu fanatics India’s darkest hour (Morung Express). Vajpayee spent months in prison when Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency rule in June 1975 and put her political opponents in jail (Morung Express).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Speech of late PM A.B. Vajpaiyee in Kohima, October 28, 2003 (reprinted in Nagaland Post):  “. . . This is the time for reconciliation and peace-making. This is also the path that Mahatma Gandhi and. . .Jayaprakash Narayan wanted us to follow. Both were true friends of the Naga people.  It is true that, of all the States in India, Nagaland has a unique history. We are sensitive to this historical fact…We do not wish to impose any external customs on you.  India has a long tradition of tolerating diverse customs and ways of life. You have nothing to fear…I wish to assure you on another score.  India is a secular nation, both because of our Constitution and, more importantly, because of our civilisational ethos.  As you know, India is home to all the faiths in the world. India has respected and protected all faiths.  Indeed, Christianity came to India – to the Southern State of Kerala – before it spread to most parts of Europe. And it was a Hindu king who donated land for a church to be built... I thank you for this warm reception. . .My best wishes to the peace process.  I assure you that you will find a trustworthy partner in my Government in reaching the cherished goal of peace in Nagaland with dignity and honour for its people.”  
4.  Arun Shourie (former BJP Minister under Vajpaiyee) on Mainstream Media quoted a Zulu proverb, “A dog with a bone in its mouth can’t bark” (Morung Express).  “There is no doubt that there is also an attempt to intimidate the media. ABP news sacked some of its journalists. . . NDTV is also facing pressures. The strategy is to kill the chickens to frighten the monkeys. You don’t have to do it to everybody. . .My advice to readers is that you should support The Wire. There are only a few publications like Scroll, Altnews, The Wire and one newspaper, The India Express, which are telling the truth. . . Mahatma Gandhi used to say that the hands of copyists are our printing machines.  Today you have the internet.  If some story is blocked by a court order, let us all circulate it and it will reach all across India.”
5. Biswadeep Moitra, “India’s Silent Majority and the Battle for 2019" (Morung Express).  “A threat similar to 1977 stares back at us. Will the present generation of Indians, far more educated in numbers, reasonably more resourceful than before, rise up again eight months from now to reclaim liberty?. . . The 2019 elections bear similarities to the elections of 1977.  The people of India in 2019, like in 1977, will have to valiantly fight back to reclaim what was lost once before: liberty. ‘Hindu Rashtra’ is no longer a hidden agenda. The mask of a moderate BJP slipped a long time ago; the cremation rituals of the symbol have been performed as well. . . .The fight to save India from becoming a country for Hindi, Hindu and Hindustan is a fight similar to the one our mothers and fathers had fought against the Emergency.  Can the million raging mutinis of today be harnessed into one J.P.-like movement before 2019? Or will we reject an India based on the ideals Nehru and Ambedkar stood for and embrace fascism?” (Morung Express).
6. “…the saffron brotherhood has nurtured an anti-minority outlook for decades, regarding Muslims as ‘internal enemy No.1’ and Christians as ‘internal enemy No.2’ according to Golwalkar” (Nagaland Post).
7.  Sitaram Yechury, CPI-M leader: “After weakening the Election Commission, CBI, CVC and other Constitutional bodies, PM is now interfering with court proceedings which is extremely dangerous. . . Modi government had truncated Parliament proceedings and was brazenly undermining the judiciary, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), the RBI and other Constitutional and autonomous bodies.”                                                                      8. Yashwant Sinha, the former union finance minister under Atal Vajpaiyee. . . He “urged the people of the Northeast to be united to ensure that the saffron party does not get a single seat in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls in the region. . . . ‘The people of the north-eastern states are objecting and protesting as they are facing an existential threat due to the Bill (CAB),’ he said, extending his support to the agitation against the Bill’. . .” Sinha said ‘the current BJP government at the Centre has been challenging all the constitutional conventions and destroying all democratic institutions of the country. . .Referring to the status of the current Cabinet, Sinha said that in the current dispensation everything is decided from the Prime Minister’s office. . .’ (Nagaland Post).                                                                                                                     9.  Rajat Ghai:  “Dalit activists, leaders decry Prime Minister’s ‘Christ-like’ act” (Nagaland Today) - - - Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Babasaheb Ambedkar:  “‘This tradition, of washing the feet of the lowest of the low exists in Christianity, not in the ideology that the Prime Minister believes in. Has he become Christian?’” he asked Down To Earth magazine.                                                                                          10.  Kapil Sibal, “Democracy endangered by government and media: Misinformation is now treated as reliable information, a reflection of the turn our democratic institutions have taken” (Nagaland Today).  “If the government and the fourth estate are on the same page, democracy is truly in danger.  It is, therefore, important for the people of our country, especially those who have the capacity to articulate, to stand up and speak their mind. For if they don’t, untruths will go unchallenged and truth will be buried deep.  Institutions, given a special responsibility under our constitutional framework, are accountable to the country and not to the government. They too must speak their mind and not become fiefdoms of the government.  Investigating agencies, both at the centre and the states, must pursue the wrong doers no matter who they are. What we see is selective persecution and prosecution of those opposed to the government and the protection of those who are either part of the government or its affiliates. The judiciary must also realize that unless it protects those targeted unjustly, it may also be perceived to be partisan.” (Courtesy: The Telegraph).                                                                                                          11. Yashwant Sinha, former BJP leader, Minister of Finance (1998-2002), Minister of External Affairs (2002-2004):  “The Modi-Shah combine is practicing a brand of politics which is suicidal for the future of India. Their politics is exclusive and selfish. They have no use for the institutions of democracy, its conventions and practices, its norms and standards. The alliances they are building are purely for winning the elections and wielding power once again. They will go back to their old ways as soon as the elections are over. . .The Modi-Shah duo must be defeated decisively in 2019 in order to save the country. Nothing less will do” (Nagaland Today).                                                                                                                         12.  John Feffer:  “The political party of Narendra Modi subscribes to a virulent version of Hindu nationalism.  He largely soft-peddled this nationalism four years ago when the BJP won a commanding parliamentary majority. Once in power, however, he has fallen back on what worked for him as the chief minister of Gujarat:  inflaming the passions of more militant followers.”                                                                      
13.  Writes Max Frost in The National Interest:  “Indian politicians have normalized hardline Hindu nationalism through draconian cow protection laws, the renaming of cities with Muslim names, and the appointment of extremist Hindu nationalists to powerful positions. These shifting priorities explain Modi’s 2017 appointment of a firebrand Hindu monk, Yogi Adityanath, as chief minister of India’s most populous state. Adityanath has claimed that Hindus are ‘preparing for religious war’ and has called Muslims ‘a crop of two-legged animals that has to be stopped’” (Morung Express).                                                                                            Today nobody questions that the RSS is a Hindu religious, cultural and nationalist organization. Its primary goal is to make India one Hindu nation, with one Hindu religion, and one Hindi language. Also nobody questions that BJP is the political wing of RSS to carry out the latter’s Hindutva agenda; the current government’s Hindu theocratic cultural ideology will disintegrate the great country of India sooner than later; only a secular democratic government at the Center can keep India together. What’s happening all around us should be the concern of even the Hindus, let alone Muslims, Christians, Dalits, and other minorities throughout India.                                                                                                                                         “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins” (The Bible: James 4:17).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Joint Team Apprehends UG

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Imphal, April 5,

In its continued efforts to maintain peace and security in Manipur as part of overall security measures in view of upcoming elections, Tulihal Batallion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South), along with Manipur Police apprehended a sympathiser of PREPAK (PRO) from  North AOC area  of  Imphal on 04 April.

The Battalion received a reliable input on 01 April regarding likely presence of a sympathiser of PREPAK (PRO) indulging in recruitment activities in the Imphal Valley. Since then, the Battalion with its strong intelligence network indentified the suspected individual, continuously monitored his movement and kept him under close surveillance.

In the morning hrs on 04 April, the suspected individual was spotted by the surveillance team of the Battalion and the input was promptly shared with Manipur Police based on which Imphal West Commandos launched an operation and apprehended the suspected individual from the North AOC area of Imphal. The individual has been identified as Moirangthem Ibungo Meitei. The apprehended individual confessed that he is involved in recruitment related activities for the outfit in the Imphal valley. The apprehended individual is with the Police for further legal action.

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Poll Star And E-Atlas Training At Kangpokpi

Kangpokpi, April 5,

 In connection with the ensuing Lok Sabha Elections, training for polling personnel including women for use of Poll Star and e-Atlas mobile app was held at DC Office Complex, Kangpokpi District.
The training was conducted by SDO Chunglienmang, SDO S. Imoshana, SDC HQ Jotin Sapam, SDC Julia Khuraijam, SDC Ngangbam Romia and Nodal Officer ICT Muan Tombing.
The trainees were asked to download the applications and were allowed to use them as they will be using on the poll day. They were also asked to explain about the details for the use of the app by forming groups.
SDO Chunglienmang stated that the poll parties will be getting IVR calls at different timings provided at the manual and should respond to it without fail and in case if they miss any call, they should immediately call back as it is monitored by the CEO directly.
SDC Julia also instructed the trainees that the applications should be login by using their respective user id and password and should compulsorily click the close poll button before logging out.
Poll Star is an innovative and versatile platform for quick and error-free collection of polling statistics from presiding officers in polling booths and for visual presentation of the acquired data for online monitoring and analysis while eAtlas will give instant updates about the polling station every hour. Besides, second round of training for polling personnel of three ACs- Saitu, Saikul and Kangpokpi also continued in three different halls of the DC Office complex by their concerned AROs and master trainers.
EVM/VVPAT commissioning of three assembly constituencies of Kangpokpi district also completed on Thursday and the Strong room was sealed successfully in presence of DEO, Dy.DEO, AROs, Election Officer, micro observers, political parties, DNOs and security

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