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73rd Manipur Independence Day celebrated; Titular king declares he will not participate if two different flags were hoisted

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Imphal Aug14,

73rd Manipur Independence Day was celebrated far and wide by the people of the Manipur. Flags were hoisted at around 2000 different places.

The main event of 73rd Manipur Independence Day was held at Sana Konung and Youth Welfare Ground, Palace Compound organised by Coalition For Indigenes’ Rights Campaign (CIRCA) and Protection and Preservation Committee, Manipur (PPCM).

Addressing on the function as the Chief Guest titular king of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba reminded the history of how Manipur became Independent from the British on the intervening midnight of 14 and 15 August 1947 and added that today’s celebration of Independence Day will make the people aware about the history of Manipur. 

Condemning about the two functions being organised differently which the organisers claimed that the difference in the flags made them to organise differently, Sanajaoba said that he will not participate any event of the celebration of Independence Day if two different flags were hoisted.

He further said that the intervening midnight of August 14 where Manipur became independent from the British empire doesn’t have any hoisting of flag and added that the flag was hoisted on 15 August or 29th of Thawan of the Manipuri lunar calendar around 7.10 in the morning of 1947. 

He urged the Civil Society Organisation CIRCA and PPCM to organise unitedly as the hoisting of two different flags and organising the two events makes the people confused. He further said that the two different flags have different history.

Stressing on the importance of flag Sanajaoba said that its importance will come when people win in their movement and added that it is not the time for choosing of flags when the movement is just in its infancy.

Regarding the flag he said that a convention of the flags of Manipur was held in 2010 which was organised by IPSA and resolute to use the flag during the times of Khagemba.

Sanajaoba appealed that the flag hoisting ceremony should be done on 15 August or 29 day of Thawan and also appealed to use the flag used during the times of King Khagemba. He also said that the day which Manipur became Independent should be celebrated on Aug 14.

Leishemba Sanajaoba highlighted that the sense of nationalism will not run in the bloods of people if people didn’t know the history. He also added that the celebration is not against the Indian Government. 

He also urged to create a new generation with clean heart where the sense of Nationalism flows in the veins of the new generation. 

General Secretary of CIRCA, Moirangthem Angamba, in his keynote speech expressed the importance of understanding Manipur history in the celebration of Independence Day. He further said that the politics played on the internal conflict hindered the establishment of geo-political and socio-cultural activity in Manipur history. Manipur should have a political status with internal autonomy despite being a part of Indian Union, he added. He continued saying that the root cause of the crisis that the people of Manipur are facing today is the Merger Agreement of 1949. In his speech, he said that observing our Independence Day is a way to open the eyes of the people and let them know that we were once an independent nation. After British Crown granted independence, the Dominion of India and Manipur of that time were two independent political entities. Even under British Crown, Manipur existed as a protected state till 1947, he stated, and all the princely states under British India and British Provinces, even after British left, should have the entity of an independent state according to various internal laws and treaties. As conclusion, he expressed that the pre-merger political status that CIRCA is demanding is not the political system of the monarchy from the past, but the political system before the merger agreement and the political status of Manipur with its own internal sovereignty as included in the Instrument of Accession.

The celebration was attended by Thokchom Somorendro President of CIRCA, Titular King of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba and the royal councils.

Also Protection and Preservation Committee Manipur (PPCM) today organized 73rd Independence Day of Manipur at Konung Mamang.  

Vice Chairman of the 73rd Observation Committee Ph Deban said that our forefathers have protected and defended this land. In 1891 Anglo-Manipuri War, leaders of Manipur have fought the British and laid down their lives defending Manipur.

He further said that when Manipur came under the rule of British, our forefathers fought many struggle against the British. We should remember Lamyanba Irabot and Nupi Lal and added that we should remember the struggle against those who were doing market monopoly in 1939 when Nupi Lal broke out.

On August 14, 1947 British left Manipur and Manipur became an independent country with a democratic constitution. The constitution was brought out after much struggle.  However, in 1949, Maharaja Bodhachandra was made to sign a Merger Agreement in Shillong and Manipur was merged into India. Since then we see the differences between hills and valley given the policy of divide rule between hills and valley from the part of the government of India, there is exploitation of resource and under AFSPA many people have died and have disappeared.

“There are some differences, such as the matter of the state flag. But it does not mean that there is no disunity. Different organizations should organize this program at different places. There should be a united effort and people will see the unity in the next year’s event”, he added.

11 contingent of different schools also parade March past as a part of the observation.

The function was attended by Titular King Leishemba Sanajaoba, Ph. Deban Sharma, Pu. Hemjathang khongsai, Dr Kamei Heera and Rani Khider as Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honour and Special Guest respectively.

Students and teachers of Manipur University Canchipur also celebrated the 73rd Independence Day by hoisting flag in its compound.

Similarly Coordinating body Khurai and Eastern educational Club jointly organised a flag hoisting ceremony at the campus of EEC celebrating 73rd Manipur Independence day. A free medical camp for seniors were also organised as a part of the event.

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Manipur Patriot’s Day Observed at Tripura

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Imphal, Aug 14,

Manipur Patriots Day was observed yesterday at Tripura (Takhen Leibak) remembering the martyrs and freedom fighters of Kangleipak who laid down their lives for the safeguard of our land on Anglo-Manipuri war 1891.The function was organised by “Marup” weekly newspaper and Manipuri Literary and Cultural Forum , Tripura.

As a part of function a floral tribute was paid to the photo of Bir Tikendrajit and Thangal General. As a respect to the martyrs and freedom fighters of Kangleipak, two minutes of silence was also paid as tribute. President, Manipuri Literary and Cultural Forum, Ningombam Bira Singh, Manipuri Sahitya Parishad ,Tripura, President, R.K. Jitendrajit Singh, Lamyanba, Chief Advisor, Wangkhem Birmangal Singh, Takhen Leima Tengbang Lup , Vice-President, Khundrakpam Prajapati, Thongratabam Gourakishor Sharma and All India Radio (AIR) Agartala, News Editor, Dr.Reena Nongmaithem were attended as presidium members.

Child artist from Nagalria, khoisnam Chanu Momota (Thoibi) draw attention by singing Khongjom Praba and various other people also recited poems dedicated to the freedom fighters and performs cultural programmes.

“Marup” weekly newspaper and Manipuri Literary and Cultural forum, Tripura, selected 8 senior citizen from  Kawabon, Nagalria, Khunou and Bridhanagar were presented gifts.

Khongthang Publication also published a Bengali book penned by D.S. Kabrabam named Mahan Sahid Bir Tikendrajit  Singh.

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Yairipok to Ngariyan road Closed indefinitely

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Thoubal,Aug 14,

The road stretch from Yairipok Laimanai Thongkhong to Ngariyan road has been shut down indefinitely alleging the condition of the road has been deplorable and neglected far too long, a press release by Laimanai Youth Club Yairipok said.

The statement said “ The Laimanai Youth Club Yairipok earlier had set a deadline on August 10 to look into the issue of the poor condition of the said road by the concerned authority, failing which they had threaten to closed down the road from Yairipok Laimanai Thongkhong to Ngariyan Road”. Unfortunately, concerned authority has turn a blind eye to the appeal and they had to take this step of closing down the road indefinitely”, said Th. Ito President of LYCY.

Further, Ito said, “this closing down of the road will not be the last resort. If the government and the concerned authority continue to neglect in developing the poor condition of the said road, Club Organizations and the people living in around Yairipok Laimanai to Ngairyan are ready to launch series of intense agitations and protest.” The President shows its gratitude to the Clubs of Angtha, SYDO, TEA, TYDO, NNYA, TYPO for supporting them.

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Death of a patient erupts tension at JNIMS; JAC demands to cancel license of doctor

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Imphal Aug 14,

Demanding to suspend and dismiss the consultant doctor for the death of a patient, patient parties tried to storm JNIMS today. The angry patient parties was than dispersed by the police personnel stationed around the area using tear gas shells.

The incident happened today morning when Wakambam ongbi Devita (24 years) wife of W. Johnson from Sekta Makha Leikai who was admitted to JNIMS on July 8 died today.

On July 10 Devita was operated successfully but due to some problems in urination she was put to ICU on July 12. Further a meeting with Dr. Memi, Medical Superintendent, Director, HOD of Gynecology along with the local club members was met because of her deteriorating health at MS office and assured for a better health.  Executive of JAC against the Unnatural death of W. Devita, Hidam Suresh said that they demand to suspend and dismiss Dr. Memi and cancel her license to avoid such unfortunate events from happening in future. He further said that the government should compensate the victims and their family. Apart from these, the JAC also request the government to formulate a provision to not allow the doctors in government hospitals to have service in private hospitals, he added

JAC have decided to not take the death body till these demands are met. A memorandum along with their demands was given to Chief Minister.

Dr Memi is also undergoing trial at court because of a case where her patient from Sekta died on May 13.

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Internationally Acclaimed Award Winning Iranian Film-The Wind Will Carry Us Directed By: Abbas Kiarostami

Meghachandra Kongbam

Imphal, August 14,

The 118 minute long internationally acclaimed award winning Iranian film- The Wind Will Carry Us (1999) directed and written by Abbas Kiarostami will be screened on 17th August 2019, the third Saturday at 4 pm at MSFDS Auditorium, Palace Gate here. The monthly screening to be followed by an interactive session is jointly organised by the Film Society of Manipur and Manipur State Film Development Society towards the promotion of good film movement in Manipur. 

In The Wind Will Carry Us, a three-man film crew arrives in a remote Kurdish village outside of Tehran, in anticipation of the death of an elderly woman whose ceremonial burial and attendant mourning rituals they hope to turn into a television documentary. When she doesn’t pass away within the first few days, instead showing signs of recovery, the men are forced to wait out the inevitable.  The title ia a reference to a poem written by the modern Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad.

The film bagged four major awards including the Grand Special Jury Prize and FIPRESCI Prize from Venice Film Festival and got seven nominations in major international festivals.

Eminent personalities from the Critics Forum, Manipur will share the space of the interactive session to be conducted after the screening of the film. The Swarna Kamal Awardee for Best Book on Cinema in National Film Awards 2017, Bobby Wahengbam  will be the main speaker of the interactive session on the film. All the members of the Film Society of Manipur and Critics Forum, Manipur are informed to attend the screening and to take part in the interactive session.

Bharat Mata has no place on August 13 celebration

August 13 marks the struggle of Manipur for its sovereignty against British. It is about the battles that the people fought against the columns of British forces that entered the Imphal Valley to colonize Manipur. On August 13, Tikendrajit Singh and Thangal General were hanged by the British for waging war against the British Empire. The day marks the struggle of the people of Manipur in Anglo-Manipur war.
It has been very clear that the struggle was to defend the sovereignty of Manipur, and when Anglo-Manipur war took place in 1891, Manipur was not a part of India. Manipur became a part of India only after the merger agreement of 1949. It will be a historical blunder if we start seeing Anglo-Manipur war in relation to India and start arguing that the war was to defend Bharat Mata from invading British forces.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which is a hindutva right wing cultural organization, which stands behind BJP, has also celebrated August 13. However, sticking to their political ideology, they attempted to paint Anglo-Manipur war as a war to defend the body of Bharat Mata, which is India. Even if we leave aside the fact that there was no Bharat Mata before British left India, we should still acknowledge that Manipur became part of India much later and Manipur was an independent sovereign country before and after the British.
RSS, in their recent August 13 function, placed the photo of Bharat Mata along with the photos of Tikendrajit and Thangal General. Student organizations have banned RSS from ever celebrating the event given that it has defiled the history of Manipur. RSS is not new to changing history of Manipur. It sees the events in history from the lenses of its hindutva or hindu supremacist ideology. When these events do not fit their narrative, they change the event, color the event saffron and present it to the people, twisting history.  

What CM Biren of BJP did in Madhavpur fair in Jaipur, where he tried relating the history of Manipur with India based on harmful myths, is what RSS has always been doing. BJP, being the political wing, have made attempts to paint the history of the oppressed communities, who are now living in this country, according to their line of thinking. Or they will try to downplay the historical significance of the cultural events. We can understand what BJP did on Khongjom day in this context.  
RSS neither has an understanding of struggles that people fought against British nor benefits from remembering them unless they twist them. It does not have any understanding because it never was a part of it. Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, who is one of the icons of RSS, said “Hindus, don’t waste your energy fighting the British, save your energy to fight our internal enemies that are Muslims, Christians and Communists.” We should also remember what RSS leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the author of the book Hindu Rashtra, offered to be a witness for the British against others who have fought against British. Even Atal Bihari Bajpayee, who is taken as a person with a softer version of Hindutva, offered to be a British spy.
RSS in India has never struggled for India against the British and now they want to paint the struggle of Manipur against British as a part of Indian freedom struggle. The people of Manipur should never allow such distortion of history for Hindutva Ideology.

Police: A friend or a foe?

Community policing or community-oriented policing is a strategy of policing that focus on building ties and working closely with members of communities. In fact, community policing is philosophy of full service personalized policing, where the same officers patrols and works in the same area on a permanent basis from a decentralized place, working in a proactive partnership with citizens to identify and solve problems. The central goal of community policing is for the police to build relationship with the community through interactions with local agencies and members of public, creating partnership and strategies for reducing crime and disorder. Although community policing mostly targets low-level crime and disorder “the broken window theory” proposes that this can reduce more serious crime as well. Community policing is related to problem-oriented  policing  and  intelligence-led  policing  and  contrast  with  reactive  policing strategies which were predominant in the late 20th  century. It does not eliminate the need for reactive policing, although successful prevention can reduce the need for the latter. Many police forces have teams that focus specifically on community policing, such as Neighborhood policing Teams in the United Kingdom which are separate from the more centralized units that responds to emergencies. The overall assessment of community –oriented policing is positive, as both officers and community members attest to its effectiveness in reducing crime and raising the sense of security in community.
Police are a constituted body of persons empowered by a state to enforce the law, to protect the lives, liberty and possessions of citizens and to prevent crime and civil disorder. Their power include the power of arrest and legitimized use of force. The term is most commonly associated with the police forces of a sovereign state that are authorized to exercise the police power of that state within a defined legal or territorial area of responsibility, police force are often defined as being separate from military and other organizations involved in the defense of the state against foreign aggressors, however gendarmerie are military unit charged with civil policing. Police force are usually public sector services funded through taxes. Law enforcement is only part of policing activity. Policing has included an array of activities in different situations but the predominant ones are concerned with preservation of order. In some societies, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, these developed within the context of maintaining class system and
Protection of private property. These activities are the friendly nature of police.  
Police forces have become ubiquitous in modern societies. Nevertheless their role can be controversial,  as  some  are  involved  to  varying  degrees  in  corruption,  police  brutality  a