Thursday, 30 January 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Jan 30

It again happened when Professor AP Pandey, who is now under suspension, was acting as the full time Vice Chancellor of Manipur University. No doubt he is still enjoying the designation ‘Vice Chancellor’ and has been enjoying all benefit entitled to government employees who are under suspension. It was during his time that fund sanctioned for construction of two hostels for OBC boys and OBC girls have been diverted and constructed hostel for accommodation of delegates participating MU calendar programme Youth Festival.

October 26, 2016 Prof. AP Pandey took charge as the Vice Chancellor of Manipur University. Imphal Times Special Investigation Team managed to procure a highly classified official documents which reveals mass irregularities being practiced in the Manipur University.

As per Imphal Times Special Team Investigation, about a month after Prof. AP Pandey assumed charged as Vice Chancellor of Manipur University, i.e., on November 15, 2016 a firm identified as M/S M. G. Construction has been awarded work order for construction of two dormitory hostels for boys and girls.

The report said that separate work orders  were issued to the firm and the negotiated tender value for each work orders were Rs. 1,03,12,654/-. Construction of the Boys Hostel started on October 16, 2017 and completed on May 5, 2018 at the cost of Rs. 1,36,80,599/-. And the dormitory girl hostel which also started construction on the same day was completed on October 8, 2018 at the cost of Rs. 1,28,62,124/-.

What is interesting is that the fund utilized for construction of the dormitory hostels for girls and boys was sanctioned by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India under the central sponsored scheme for construction of hostels for OBC Boys and Girls on September 4, 2012, for providing hostel facilities to students belonging to socially and educationally backward students especially from rural areas. For the Central Universities 90% of constructing such hostels are borne by Government of India and 10% is left for the Central University.

Manipur University applied to availed the facilities on September 9, 2011 at an estimated cost of Rs. 3,50,00,000/-. That means estimate of each hostel is Rs. 1,75,00,000/-. The Ministry approved and released an amount of Rs. 2,80,00,000/- on September 4,2012 for construction of both the hostel.

Why the then Vice Chancellor (Prof) HNK Sharma failed to start construction of both the hostels under 90% centrally sponsored scheme for the poor and needy OBC students is a matter yet to be enquired.

However during AP Pandey’s era a sum of Rs. 2,65,42,723 have been diverted from the amount of Rs. 2,80,00,000/- sanctioned under central scheme which was allotted for promotion of poor and marginalized OBC students.

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By Raju Vernekar

Although no case of “corona virus positive” has been reported from any part of the country as yet, number of passengers, who were quarantined on their return from China, crossed 670 with staggering 633 passengers isolated and kept under observation in Kerala alone.
The break up of the persons kept under observation was: Kerala-633, Punjab-16, Tamil Nadu-8,, Maharashtra-7,  Haryana-4, Delhi-3, Madhya Pradesh (Ujjain-son and mother)-2, Hayana-2 and Bengaluru-1=676.
Up till now 33,552 passengers who arrived in India from China in 155 flights have been screened even as, health officials began screening passengers at 21 airports across India for virus symptoms.
Three suspected patients –all men aged between 24 and 48, have been kept under observation at Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Two of them are from Delhi and one hails from national capital region (NCR).
In Punjab, the patient, who is a banker, himself went to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
While up till now the samples of the patients were being tested only at National Institute of Virology in Pune, Union health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said that the laboratory testing facility will be extended to four more laboratories across the country. NIV, Pune and ICMR Laboratory in Delhi will coordinate the testing of samples. A control room at the national level with phone number 011-23978046 is operational for any query, support, and assistance regarding coronavirus, he added.
In a related development, eight students studying in Wuhan University and Technology  urged Union Ministry of External affairs evacuate them as fast as possible since the stock of water and food was fast depleting in Wuhan. The students hail from Assam, Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal and J & K.Similarly Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani spoke to Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar over the medical steps and security of 100 Gujarati students stranded in China.. “Chief Minister Vijay Rupani spoke to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and discussed medical steps and security of 100 Gujarati students in China,” Gujarat Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement.
Over 130 people have lost their lives due to coronavirus-related illness in China and thousands of confirmed cases have been reported from that country. Overseas confirmed cases have been reported from Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, France, the United States, Singapore, Australia, Vietnam, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The World Health Organisation in its latest report on Coronavirus’s latest situation said that there was a very high risk of the virus in China. China New Year Festival holidays have been extended till February 2 to prevent reverse migration of millions of people. Universities, schools and kindergartens across China will postpone the opening of the new semester until further notice.
In the meanwhile at the instance of Union Ministry of AYUSH, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy(CCRH) discussed the about the remedies for prevention of the disease  through Homoeopathy, ayurved and Unani in the meeting of its Scientific Advisory Board and recommend that homoeopathy medicine “Arsenicum”(album30) could be taken as prophylactic medicine against Coronavirus infections. It recommended one doze of “Arsenicu” daily in empty stomach for three days. The dose should be repeated after one month by following the same schedule if the disease prevails.
The board recommended Ayurvedic treatment which included drinking of “Shadang Paniya” (Musta, Parpat, Usheer, Chandan, Udeechya and Nagar) processed water (10 gm powder boiled in one liter water, until it reduces to half), to drink “Agastya Harityaki” 5 gm, twice a day with warm water, to consume “Samshamani Vati”- 500 mg twice a day, to consume drink a mixture of “Trikatu(Pippali, Marich & Shunthi) powder 5 gm and Tulasi 3-5 leaves (boiled in 1-litre water, until it reduces to ½ liter) and to inhale two drops of “Anu taila/Sesame oil” in each nostril daily in the morning.
The Unani treatment included: to sip a decoction of boiled “Behidana (Cydonia Oblonga) 3gm, “Unnab Zizyphus” (Jujube Linn)( 5 Nos), “Sapistan” (Cordia Myxa Linn) ( 7 Nos) in one litre water until it reduces to half.

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Mumbai, Jan 30

One confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus patient, of a student studying in Wuhan University, China, has been reported in Kerala a southern Indian state and the patient has tested positive for the disease and is in isolation in the hospital, a PIB statement released on Thursday afternoon.
The patient is stable and is being closely monitored, the statement added and further details were awaited. This is the first case where the patient has been tested positive for the deadly SARS-like Coronavirus in India.
Globally Tibet, Philippines and Sri Lanka have reported one case each of confirmed coronavirus. Tibet reported its first confirmed case after a 34-year-old man from China’s Hubei province, travelled to Tibet and complained of sickness. The patient surnamed Zhang is from the city of Suizhou in Central China’s Hubei province. He came to Lhasa by train from the provincial capital Wuhan on January 24 and was hospitalised on January 25. His vital signs are stable, and close contacts have been put under medical observation.

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 17:50

FEGOCTA held sit in protest at Manipur College

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Imphal Jan .30

Government Collage Teachers today staged a sit in Protest was held at Manipur College today on the third day. The protest was being held in support of the   FEGOCTA’S demands and other related issues of collegiate education.

FEGOCTA began the agitation since September 24 demanding implementation of National Policy of 7th UGC Pay and Regulation,2018. A spokesperson of FEGOCTA said that Manipur does not have an education policy even in the 21st century while the neglect of higher education policy is unfortunate .At present there is loss of trust by the College teachers to the Government which has failed to translate the verbal 3 written assurances given to FEGOCTA into action so far.

FEGOCTA threatened to continue series of agitation till fulfillment of its demands. Sit in protests will be held at M.B.College, Imphal on 31st January and at Y.K College ,Wangjing on 1st February. 

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Imphal, Jan 30

A 57 years old lady identified as Moirangthem (O) Manjuri , wife of late M. Ibopishak of Khangabok Awang Bangshibudhon Leikai in Thoubal district died yesterday after she was hit by a vehicle while she was riding on a by-cycle near KM Blooming school at around 5 pm yesterday. The vehicle driver instead of looking after her fled speeding the vehicle. Decrying the hit and run case people of the area convene a meeting at Khangabok KYC ground and form a JAC and threaten to caked indefinite bandh along NH 102 if the police and the district administration fails to provide the driver and the vehicle. Protest cum public meeting held today criticize the district police for not able to identified the vehicle and driver who hit and run the lady despite having CCTV installation at various places particularly at Various police Check post.

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 17:48

AMMSO condemn suspicious death of Washima

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Imphal, Jan 30

The All Manipur Muslim Students; Organization (AMMSO), while condemning the killing of college student Washima, today demanded capital punishment to the culprit involved in the killing .
Washima D/o Md. Jamanuddin Khullapam of Yairipok Tulihal Mayai Leikai , a student of BA 2nd Semester of MB College Imphal was found dead in a suspicious manner near Irong Cheisaba Konjengbung Leikai Lampak.
The AMSO while taking the matter said that the suspected killer of the girl should be well investigated and award capital punishment. It said that the student body will support all form of agitation to deliver justice to the departed girl.

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 17:45

Two day All India Bank strike to hit services

Over 10 lakh employees of banks organised under the banner of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) has decided to proceed on two day strike on 31 st January and First February as protest against increase workload, non-filling of vacancies and other issues.
The bank employees’ unions including AIBEA,AIBOC, NCBE, AIBOA, BEFI, INBEF,INBOC, NOBW and NOBO representing almost 100 % bank employees and officers
will proceed on strike on Friday and Saturday, followed by three day strike from 11 March to 13 March. If the government fails to come forward for respectable negotiated settlement, then the employees will be forced to go on an indefinite strike from first April, 2020 onwards, Convenor of UFBU Devidas Tuljapurkar stated here on Wednesday and added that the Indian Banks Association’s rigid approach has left them with no option but to go on strike
All the government schemes such as Jan Dhan, Mudra, Adhar Linkage, Social Sector Insurance Scheme, Social Sector Pension Schemes, Digital India, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana etc. are centred around banking. These schemes have drastically increased the workload at the counter. On the other side banks have not filled in vacancies arising out of death, resignation, retirements and promotion.
While considering wage revision, the employees demands are not considered, with a plea that banks are struggling on profits. But the banks are in bad condition mainly on account of provisions for non-performing assets in which big corporate share is 80% and thus employees and officers cannot be held responsible or accountable for this situation, Tuljapurkar said and added that the wage revision for employees of public sector banks is pending since November 2017.
“ UFBU apologises to public and more particularly bank customers for the inconvenience. We are more than willing to extend seamless continued services but are helpless since despite continued negotiations for about 27 months, the bankers have not come forward with respectable offer on wage revision and improvements in service conditions, in the last 5 years. The meeting before Chief Labour Commissioner on Monday also remained inconclusive so unions did not take back strike notice”, Tuljapurkar said.
“In 10 th bipartite settlement employees and officers had signed the settlement on 15% rise on pay slip component, but the bankers offered only 12.25% on pay slip component. In last bipartite , weekly off on Two Saturday were given. This time with the extension in alternative banking channel such as ATM, Mobile Banking, RTGS,NEFT,NET Banking and digital banking initiative of the government, the unions are demanding weekly offs on all the remaining Saturdays. They have also demanded updation of pension and improvement in family pension to the retirees. But the issue remains unresolved”.
SBI and other PSU banks have notified their customers that services are likely to be affected due to the proposed two-day nationwide strike starting from January 31.
All the government offices had instructed their field Principal Accounts offices (PAOs) to upload files of salary payments on PFMS by 28th January. As a result the government employees may get their January 2020 salary earlier. If the files are uploaded late, then the salary may be delayed. The strike will coincide with the beginning of the Budget session and presentation of Union Budget 2020-21.
In Maharashtra around 40,000 employees and officers working in around 10,000 banks branches will observe the strike. Employees and Officers from 20 Public Sector Banks, Private Sector Banks, Foreign Banks and two Regional Rural Banks will also join the strike.

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 17:44

The Changing face of Imphal Times

The growth of Human Civilization is the result of communication between human beings which perhaps is the only exceptional gift of the mighty creator. Communication among human being orally and later used sign language if in case the two speaks different languages. Since the growth of civilization the importance of getting in touch with large number of people particularly by those running the government. As the society grows the need for technology to make sure that the idea and policy programme of the government reached out to all is citizen and perhaps that could have been the reason for the speedy advancement of mass communication.
In today’s world, News has become one of the most vital products that we consume everyday. It is also one of the most perishable. The worker who contributes to making a car, bridge, house or even a pair of shoes knows his effort has produced something that will endure- perhaps beyond his life time.
This does not happen with news maker or in other words news worker. The story on which he laboured so hard and which he wrote so eloquently will be on its way to recycling machine a day later - if it is not used to warp a fish or some edible snacks.
By then he is gathering facts for his next story. This does not mean that all that is being produced by news person is of no used and goes in the dustbin. The product of a newsmen is something that will alert the citizens.  It is at this point that almost all the people of the world now consider news media and its products as the nations conscience.
Editorials which is the comparable to the spinal cord of human being condemn the venality of politicians and corrupt officials. If there is a slippage in the public morals or slackness in national purpose, some newspaper, magazine, or broadcast station is sure to deplore the trend. The news media give us advice on protecting the environment, driving the high ways, preventing disaster and even during the time of voting. If there is a political social controversy, a large sector of media has an opinion on way or the other.
Now after six years of survival , Imphal Times is now trying all effort to make sure that events and opinions or criticism to the government policy , reached out to all people not only in Manipur but to all those who are living across the globe interested in understanding Manipur. Imphal Times is a small evening newspaper with inappropriate manpower. Few of us working here spare no pains in rendering our service to make sure that our news report reached out to all the people and that is why we first launched our website Later, we also developed Android app which can be either downloaded from our web portal or from the google play store.
Now, as team Imphal Times also felt that a you tube channel specially for Imphal Times is the need of the hour. Information Technology is at its height and highlighting of what we have been reported and critical analysis of why such report are published after discussing with media experts. We expect support from all our well wishers and we do hope our readers will surely attend in the new venture of this news paper.

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 17:43

The Kaleidoscopic Prism

Dr. Aniruddha Babar,
Asst. Professor,
Dept. of Political Science,
Tetso College

I remember a conversation I had with a dear friend of mine. We were having a lavish dinner at one well known Chinese Restaurant in South Mumbai located near Marine Drive at Churchgate. As we were busy chitchatting a waiter (with a red uniform, a cap and typical Mongolian eyes) came to serve a soup, my friend looked at him and asked mischievously if he is really from China. He did not answer, he asked his name, he said ‘Jigme’, he stubbornly probed further and asked him the meaning of his name, he gave a dry smile, bowed and silently went away. While my friend was playing a joke on that poor Tibetan fellow, I kept looking at him with anger. I immediately blasted out,
“Hey Man, have you gone bonkers or what?, how can you asked somebody such  stupid and highly derogatory  questions, wasn’t that insulting to his honour”?
“I was just joking dude, was trying to know him!  
“Hell with your joke, he is a human being, isn’t that enough for your cruel curiosity”?....
Many years have lapsed after that incident. My friend’s words are still ringing in my ears. As a child and also as a grown up man I never understood the fascination that humanity has developed to labelled out the people. The notion of “us and them” was beyond the grasp of my little brain.
 I looked around, it’s almost 8.30 at night, and it seems the local trains are running late tonight. I picked up the chair on the platform of CST Railway station and started observing the crowd. Mumbai is indeed a city of dreams, I thought to myself. People come from every corner of India to play a gamble with their life. Some win. Some lose. But nobody goes back empty handed. Mumbai gives something to everyone…hopes, lessons, questions, answers, love, hatred, scars….
Life as a young Criminal Lawyer has been good and challenging so far. More than money the experiences that I have gathered matter the most for me. Experiences, given by people-good, bad, ugly help you to become a better human being in truest sense. But some experiences are enigmatic, complex, they make you restless, they make you challenge the truth of your own existence in the society, they compel you to look at yourself from the top of the distant mountain- like the experience that I had while my friend was literally pulling the leg of that poor waiter. Thoughts were clouding mind as I was wiping sweat off my face sitting on a cold steel chair at the Railway Platform.
Few months back at crowded Andheri Railway Station I met Adriana Chatterjee, a Free-Lance photographer  who was then busy early in the morning in randomly clicking pictures of people, and I was running frantically on the foot-bridge to cross it fast to reach the Andheri Magistrate court in time. Within a blink of an eye I dashed her. We both slipped on the floor, her camera flew away; must have got broken. My bag had fallen down and like a fool even in that highly embarrassing situation a question came out of my mouth-
“Clicking pictures, why”?
“Searching identities”, a swift reply came.
“Sorry, need to leave; take my card.” I muttered, took my bag and ran away.
At evening at 5’o clock on that same day a call came.
“Mister, are you the one who dashed me in the morning, broke my cam and ran away..huhh?’
“I had to, I apologise for what has happened in the morning ma’am but sometimes you cannot control certain things.’ I politely replied.
“That’s OK, but for now I need to meet you to steal your purse to repair this poor thing. She giggled.”
And we decided to meet at Andheri station, at the same point where destiny dashed us.
After formal introduction, I asked her about her photography adventure of the morning. She told me that she is trying to understand the society through her third eye-the Camera.
“Is it possible to understand the world through lenses?” I asked.
“I think so, that is why I said in the morning that I am searching for identities. World is not made up of people but identities, living, burning identities.”
“There cannot be identity unless I take up one.” I argued.
“That’s subtle, your society is your identity, your history is your identity, this struggle for survival is your identity, you run to reach to the court in time is your identity, you eat-sleep-make merry is your identity, in the crowded train you becoming the part of it becomes your identity. I am embracing those identities in my lenses. These are visible identities, easy to understand. However, there are invisible identities too- not so easy to understand.”
“Ha, invisible identities. Interesting! Are you talking about Ego, Status and Power?”
“Not the way you understand, it is much more than that and I know, I am playing a safe game by not venturing in this invisible world of identities. For I know, there is no coming back.”  
Adriana was becoming philosophical.  It was too much to stand in the corner of a busy foot-bridge and discuss philosophy.
“I want to know more about what you say.”
“Then wait for me, someday I may return to the same place Aniruddha.”
“Are you going?”
“Yeah, today’s my last day of shoot; I need to catch a late night flight.”  
“And camera?  Its broken na…”
“I threw that away…..”
How much did I know about Adriana whom I met in the morning by accident? We talked. She was in search of identities…visible ones. Reluctant to enter into the world of invisibles. What could that be?
I was lost in thoughts; suddenly an announcement of the arrival of train was made. Since the trains were running late, the local platform of Chhatrpati Shivaji Terminus turned into a battle field. I had to really push myself in to catch a prize- the fourth seat! What a relief. Only true Mumbaikar could understand and cherish the pleasure of sitting on the fourth seat in local train. The ‘Gladiators’ outside the train on battlefield of platform; suddenly become very friendly, pacified, polite and harmless creatures once they get a place in a train compartment. My compartment though crowded was indeed breathable. Four people were sitting right in front of me on the opposite seat. It seems three of them were known to each other but the fourth one was a stranger- just another commuter, like me.
Train started. People started chitchatting. I was trying my best to adjust myself on the fourth seat with a bag on lap. Those three people started talking with the fourth one who is directly sitting opposite to me on the fourth seat. Being a man of observant nature, I started observing them.
“Namaskar, are you comfortable na, what to do these days trains are running late hence the crowd. Normally at this time the crowd is less. My name is Sashidhar, and here meet my friends Rohit and Jignesh.” ….Third person who has been sitting next to the stranger introduced himself and his friends in a friendly and cheerful tone.
“Namaskar.” A reply came. Nice to meet you, my name is Nitesh Kapadille.”
“Nitesh Ji, nice to meet you. Me and my friends are working together at Bombay stock exchange. Hectic job u see.”
“Yes, I do understand. Though I am not an investment guy I can very well understand your situation.”
“So nice of you. Where do you work Sir?”
“Well, I am a Foreign Language Consultant. I work for an International Language Consultancy Firm. Normally, I avoid traveling by train, since I live nearby at Prabhadevi. It seems, everything gone wrong today. Had my day, finally!”
“Certainly Sir. We all have the days of salt and pepper..heheheheeh... Jignesh giggled and continued… “It seems you are not from Mumbai.”
“True, I am from ‘Buldhana’.”
“Mumbai welcomes everyone. Hehehehheeh…Jignesh giggled again.”
“But Sir, what did you say your surname is?”
Its Kapadille !
Unique Sir. Umm…Kapadille; Rohit was scratching his head…and asked, “Never heard of it before. I have many friends from your region but never heard this surname.”
Yeah, possible. A cold reply came.
“Sir which community do you belongs to? Rohit probed again. I was observing the direction of conversation.”
“Excuse me?”
“Hehehhehe…Jignesh giggled, you have good sense of humour sir.” The conversation seemed endless.  A sweat gathered on my forehead.
“Thank You.” A cold reply came.
“I believe, this surname comes in General Category Sir.”
“Yes it does.” A sharp reply loaded with anger came.
“Oh how nice, by the way what is your Caste Sir?
There was cold silence in the compartment except the noise of train. In today’s world in a global city like Mumbai this question is enough to make people feel awkward.
Suddenly a reply came, Kapadille was speaking in a bit sad but confident tone.
“I believe, everyone who has gone beyond the identity of caste is from General Category irrespective of their social genesis, I am a part of that category which believes in just and fair society, a category of a common man who toils every day to earn bread and butter to feed hungry stomach. Reserved are those who are reserved, crippled in their thinking, the narrow minded ones, who are still trapped in illusions and delusions irrespective of their social roots. I was born in a family that never introduced me to my caste, so what I write on the paper or the government stamp that I get is as immaterial as what you think about me and my possible root. We are living in 21st century; we have come a long way Brothers. The old invisible caste identities are now diluted and new castes like-Engineer, Doctor, Lawyer, Military Officer, Pilot, Teacher, Language Consultant, Model, Entertainer, Writer, Poet, Artist etc. are born. Hence, by Caste I am a Foreign Language Consultant and I belong to the community of Foreign Language Experts, born and brought up in India having Marathi as a Mother tongue. – This is my social identity.”   
I was stunned after hearing these words. Are we all victims of our past? Are we all eternal slaves of our own negative mindset? Is this the reason why I got angry on my friend when he cracked joke on waiter? Is this what Adriana was talking about- the invisible identities? Have we reduced ourselves to the nation of ignorant puppets of political undercurrents of culture? Have we forgotten the human nature of man? Have we forgotten that we all share the same blood and flesh? Have we forgotten that we all are sometimes good-bad and ugly? Have we forgotten that LOVE and COMPASSION is the ONLY answer? Have we forgotten that we are Human Race?.....have we forgotten that we are one?
Incidents of Caste Violence, Rapes, Communal Riots…….started slipping off before my eyes. Kapadille denied giving a direct answer to the most inappropriate and threatening question. But, will the question die its own natural death? Incidents of the murders, rapes, ostracization and discrimination of Dalits and Tribals are occurring behind the constitutional safeguards. The political voice of Dalits has been muffled. The ghosts of Poona Pact of 1932 caused irreparable damage to the political rights of the depressed classes. The tribals of the northeast have been negotiating with unending battle of identity on daily basis. Underneath the words of development, progress, justice, equality, liberty and fraternity there lurking a cruel face of system which is least bother about the ground realities of society. Sorrows too have a right to dissent ….just like a steam-whistle of yesteryear Trains that would react to the pulling pressure of the ‘CORD’.          
We are trapped in strange Kaleidoscopic Prism! Train’s whistle and my restless mind gone lost somewhere in oblivion.

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