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Sh Ajit

Sh Ajit, a resident of Khongman, Imphal East is a regular contributor of Imphal Times mostly news photo and articles. He is a father of a lovely son. His favourite quote is " A Picture is worth Thousand words". He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Tension erupts after KNO cadre died in Police custody

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Imphal, Jan 28

Tension erupted in Kangpokpi following an alleged custodial death of one  KNO cadre at Kangpokpi police station, Kangpokpi district today morning. Enraged mob obstructed traffic along national highway 2, leaving commuters stranded on the road.
Locals charged with anger burnt tyres on the road in front of the police station. Hundreds of enraged women thronged the Kangpokpi police station and vandalised few furniture and computer desktop. The deceased KRA cadre identified as Thangboi is survived by three children and wife.According to source, the Thangboi was arrested by personnel of 38 Assam Rifles Kangpokpi post on January 25. He was handed over to Kangpokpi police station.
However, he was allegedly found death Tuesday morning inside the lock up of the police station.
Talks has been underway at the moment and details are awaited.
KNO/KRA armed group is under the agreement of Suspension of Operation with the government.

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The changing concept of patriotism: Manipur’s perspective

In the beginning of the 19th Century, different forces swept Manipur. The fear that forces which had swept Manipur would destroy the very foundation of the civilisation started to grow. The seven year devastation which occurred between 1819-1826 damaged the political as well as the socio political structure of Manipur and significantly depleted the population. This severely affected Manipur Nation and its nationalism which was developed during the 18th century. Manipur faced the domination of Awa and it started feeling the heat of British colonialism during this time. Large number of people from Manipur were taken as war captives and many ran to the neighbouring countries to take refugee as the Burmese wrecked havoc in Manipur. Manipur lost its pride and political status during this time. For the first time in the history we see that wars, which were fought historically to defend the kings, transformed into wars to defend the country in the 19th century. The war fought to restore the political order during the seven years devastation, the revolt under the leadership of King Chinglen Nongdren Khomba (Ghambir Singh and the guerrilla warfare waged by Herachandra became the foundation of modern national liberation movement. These wars fought against colonialism inspired the people of Manipur. This is the first time the conception that the nation belongs to the people and people should participate in struggle for the country and for their freedom started emerging.  
Chinglen Nongdren khomba (Gambhir singh) and Nar Singh built a people’s movement by bringing in various ethnic communities together at this dire juncture. Their contribution is significant in the history of Manipur. They are the leaders who fought for a free Manipur and inspired not just a new ideal but dispel the fears that people had at that time. As a significant achievement, the feuds between princes were resolved during this time. A new thinking that we should be proud people of a free nation was developed at this crucial juncture. This thinking gave a new understanding on war in this country. Given this, this very day in January has been remembered as the day of seven years devastation as on this day 186 years ago Iningthou Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba passed away. On this day, a treaty was signed between Awa and British on Kabo Valley. Manipur was ignored at this treaty and people felt that it was a humiliation to the erstwhile country of Manipur.
Manipur is now wrecked by storms today. The storm we face now is different from what we saw in the 19th century. The enemy is also different. The disunity which we have now is different from the disunity that existed in the 19th century. The only similarity if we do not get united, we would be unable to contain the challenges. So the path we must take is difficult. We must face the challenges as we are the majority community. We should not sell the interest of the whole at the behest of others and we must remember this.
The most important matter is which path the Meiteis should take given the present situation in Manipur. We should not ignore the responsibilities Meities have taken in building a united Manipur. Ignoring this historic responsibility of Meiteis is what our enemies want. The encouragement that Meiteis should give up the idea of united Manipur and only think about its own community is part of a big political game. Given this, inserting the agenda of just the Meiteis is similar to selling the foundation of the movement which is based on the idea of a united Manipur. We should remember and learn from Chinglen Nongdren Khomba that we will not listen to anything which sells the prestige of united Manipur.
We should never agree to live a degraded existence under India for some benefits. Some Meiteis are trying to pull down the Meiteis at the level of ST for some benefits of the community. This should be looked at keeping in the political game plan mentioned above. Meities have not been part of the tribal politics since two thousand years.  We must face and challenge everything which restricts the development of Manipur.
Writer- Sh. Ajit

Tungjoy villagers want complete protection of Manipur government to ensure protection from Nagaland villagers

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Imphal, Jan 4

The feelings of alienation among the villagers of Tungjoy, the border villager of Manipur neighbouring state Nagaland seem to have been flushed out as the state Government of Manipur under the Chief Minister of Manipur continues to win the heart of the villagers by asserting that the government is committed for the cause of the villagers. Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar, Education Minister Th. Radheshyam and PHEd Minister Losii Dikho today strengthened the trust of the Tungjoy Villagers which have been fearlessly guarding the territory of Manipur from intrusion by Villagers of Nagaland with spears , bow and now single bore rifles, by attending in the Tungjoy Glory Day.

Tungjoy Glory Day is annual two-day festival of Tungjoi village of Senapati district. The festival has been celebrating since 1970 with the main objective of promoting their indigenous art and culture as well as games and sports.

Taking advantage of the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar, Tungjoi village Authority submitted a memorandum urging the Government of Manipur for immediate construction of an approach road till Khezhakeno Village near Nagaland border to protect the present disputed land between Nagaland and those of Manipur.

The memorandum submitted urged the government for immediate construction of a nearly 3 Km stretch road from any available fund of the government of Manipur at the earliest possible time.

There has been a long standing conflict between Tungjoy village, Manipur and Khezhakeno village, Phek district, Nagaland on dispute over a land that the Villagers of Tungjoy claimed that a monolith which they had erected at their village was dismantled by villagers of Khezhakeno. Tension still runs high among the two villages as government of both Nagaland and Manipur are yet to solve the issue. 

The memorandum said that there is an aged old boundary dispute between Tungjoy Village, Senapati district, Manipur and Khezhakeno Village , Phek district, Nagaland since 19th century and the same case still remain unsettled. In order to protect the land and the people of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland carried out so many developmental works in the disputed land such as construction of an NAP Camp, an Extra- Assistant Commissioner office, one Forest Beat Office, One Border Magistrate Office, black topping of roads etc. However no such preventive steps have been taken up by the Government of Manipur.

The Tungjoy Villager also urged the Deputy Chief Minister to construct a Community Hall and upgradation of the Sub – Primary Health Centre to Primary Health Center.

Deputy Chief Minister while speaking on the occasion assured to convey the message to the state cabinet and to the Ministers concerned who happened to be from his political party.   

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Who was afraid of NK Sanajaoba?

NK Sanajaoba was born on December 30 1936 in an ordinary family of Nk. Ibocha and Muktarei at the eastern bank of Imphal River at Singjamei Wangma Kshetri Leikai, Imphal. No one, at that time, knew that a pioneer has been born. He was not the son of a noble family.  His parents, just like most people, served the king and his noble men. They were not rulers but were ruled on. NK Sanajaoba was born at a time when Manipur was disturbed with storms from all directions and in this dark rainy sky he would rise as a shining star, overshadowing the clouds.  The storm of confusion over formation of new Manipur and continuity of feudal-colonial rule was the political atmosphere that he grew up in. He was known to his friends for his witty comments on the administrative and political events taking place at that time. His childhood friends still remember his courage to make comments on political issues of his day when nobody could dare to speak up. He began his education at Singjamei Wangman Kshetri Leikai, Khongman LP School now Torban Kshetri Leikai Junior High School and later attended Raja Dumbra Singh High School (RDS High School), which was a prestigious school during his time, till his matriculation. For his graduation, he went to Dhanamanjuri College (DM College) in Imphal.
Late Nongmaithem Pahari’s book “EIGI DAIRIDAGI” reveals that when United National Liberation Front (UNLF, henceforth) was formed in November 24, 1964 which is still one of the largest and oldest revolutionary groups  in Manipur. And he was one of the founding central committee members along with Laishram Kanhai, Nongmaithem Pahari and Longjam Manimohon. His comrades Kalalung Kamei and Thankhopao Singsit were the President and vice-President respectively. The eminent scholar and playwright
 Arambam Somorendra became the first General Secretary of United National Liberation Front (UNLF).
His struggle for justice and national liberation found a medium of expression, without any fear, in the monthly publication of Pan Manipuri Youth League (PANMYL) mouthpiece Lamyanba.  PANMYL was founded by progressive and radical youths of Manipur at Guwahati University in the month of December 1968. NK Sanajaoba was one of vital key actors in establishment of PANMYL. He became the first editor of PANMYL’s mouthpiece monthly publication, Lamyanba in 1969.He was the driving force behind this publication. His publication stood out for its critical observation on Manipur’s administration, which was a Part C State and Territorial Assembly after she lost her sovereign status in 1949.
Lamyanba Journal brought out the corruption, nepotism and the malpractices that went on in post-merger Manipur tirelessly.
His keen observations on corrupt practices of political leaders, administrators and bureaucrats of Manipur created a bunch of enemies against him. Still he wanted to show the people of Manipur that corruption became an inherent quality of the political system which the people suffered.
He was hated by those who were toeing the line of the political system which was based on inequalities and which generated further inequalities. His fearless expression of truth became a model for the educated youths of his day. But the government, unsurprisingly, tried to suppress his views in Lamyanba. His home was raided by the police. The information of this raid by two police trucks was published as a letter in Lamyanba Journal in November issue of 1969. In the same year, he was arrested from his office. He was kept in prison multiple times in the 1970s when he was the editor of Lamyanba on different charges, including sedition.
His body was tortured in the dark cells of prisons But his love of justice constantly encouraged him not to bow down in front of those who perpetuate this injustice. Police arrested him in the last week of April 1987 claiming that he was involved in militant activities. He was put in jail under the draconian National Security Act.  He was moved to Naini Jail in UP. He was then released in October 1987.  
Throughout the 1970s and till the mid of 1980s, the talk of the town was the writings and rebellious tone of NK Sanajaoba. For him, it was the political system which had brought injustices to the people and his quest was to change the political system. He believed that fighting the unjust system would require a new language and a new style of expression. His choice of words and his coinage of new words to express the practices of corruption are remembered by the people of Manipur till today. The language of royalty or well educated literary persons is not strong enough to fight corruption in the political and administrative circles. He saw that people needed a new language to fight haabijabis of the men in power and the system which legitimize haabijabis. PANMYL under his leadership published books such as WHATS IS WRONG IN MANIPUR (1970), MANIPUR TODAY (1971) and BHARAT KI LOILAM MANIPUR (1993). Bharat Ki Loilam Manipur became a classic text for one of all. This book is a sharp political narrative on how Manipur became a colony of India. He also talked about the lived experience of the colonized people. He fell victim to the truth he spoke.    
NK Sanajaoba took so many risks in his life because he believed in revolution. He was a revolutionary who saw that his political goals lie beyond the prevailing system. He followed those who have fought to end the political and social systems which created haves and have-nots. He loved the people of Manipur. His belief in secularism was firm. He did not have a religion and rejected revivalism. He did not accept those who romanticized tribal way of life. He rejected clan loyalties. His vision was of a United Manipur, which is free from all forms of exploitation and inequalities.  
He was a revolutionary writer, and wrote throughout his life. His article on the great revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh called Khura Ho Chi Minh  in Manipuri appeared in the fifth page of CHINGKHEI HUNBA  Journal in 1993 July-August issue. He died on November 11, 1995.
NK Sanajaoba had the courage to fight for a free Manipur. He fought for a freedom which rejected all forms of inequality. He had the courage to fight back all the injustices done to the people of Manipur. His words attack the wrongful acts of the men who possess power. Though his loves for justice and for Manipur are still alive in the collective mind of the Manipuri people,   Lamyanba Complex which is the epicentre of Manipuri identity and pride of Manipuri community is becoming a commercial centre. The footprint and ideology of our leaders are losing its ground to the younger generations gradually.