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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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Hopeson Ningshen of NSCN (IM) sentenced life imprisonment for the murder of Kishan, Rajen and Token

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Imphal , Nov.23

NSCN (IM) cadre Hopeson Ningshen has been awarded life imprisonment sentence by a trial court of Delhi High Court.
Hopeson Ningshen was sentenced for life for abducting and murdering three government officials in Manipur in 2009.
Ningshen and his men abducted Thingnam Kishan Singh, sub-divisional officer of Kasom Khullen in Ukhrul district in Manipur, and five others on February 13, 2009.
On February 17, 2009, bodies of Kishan Singh, Y Token Singh and A Rajen Sarma were recovered from the banks of the Tuphau Kuki river.
Ningshen,  of NSCN (IM)), was arrested on May 25, 2009, after investigations pointed towards his involvement in the abduction and the triple murder.
He was sentenced for life by a trial court in 2014 and the Delhi High Court bench of Justice G S Sistani and Justice Chander Shekhar upheld the trial court’s verdict.

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Police arrested 4 leaders of MANPAC

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Imphal, Nov 19

State police today arrested four leaders of the Manipur People Against Citizenship Bill (MANPAC) which has been spearheading the protest against passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2019 in the state of Manipur. Those arrested are identified as Yumnamcha Dillip , Convenor MANPAC,  L. Jadu, Co-convenor ,  Y. Krishnadash and O. Ratan.

Meanwhile, Meira paibis and local club members today continue to stage sit-in-protest at different places in Imphal east and Imphal West area.

At RIMS road, Lancha Ningthouja , Convenor of NEFIP attended the sit-in-demonstration and deliver speech about the impact of CAB if pass in the parliament and converted into legislation.

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What Mindset does Government of Manipur have? Apropos to Radhabinod Koijam

Radhabinod Koijam, former Chief Minister of Manipur, in his recent article in one of the leading English dailies newspaper, writes his concern of ongoing Naga Peace Talk between one time Naga rebels and Government of India. He narrates some of the events that lead to the anxiety over the disintegration of oneness of Manipur. The article was serious reacted by COCOMI recently as being untimely and anti-Manipur. As Radhabinod Koijam has a wide range of knowledge in administration, politics and laws, his concern of the peace talk becomes more concerned in political arenas.  
We understand, the assumption in this writing is that Meiteis are still living in historical past and are still having their hegemonic ideology of feudal times. He does not like the feudal mindset of the Meitei as being a liberal thinker as he poses in the article. Now the assumption in the article is dangerous because the pro-Manipur movement is depicted as an expression of Meitei hegemony or of Meitei feudal mindset. He is correct the history of Manipur passes through various stages of human civilization, from pre-historic phase, to tribal stage, proto-history, feudal stage and modern nation (or nation stage in colonial situation). He is right to say that there was a strong Meitei hegemony when the Meitei ruling class ruled the State with different state apparatuses in medieval period. However, it will be wrong to conclude that anything speaking of by Meitei is linked with those feudal elements. To fight back the Naga expansionism under the shadow of guns of NSCN (IM) in Manipur is not necessarily linked with feudal outlook or Meitei hegemony which became a historical relic after historical experiences of 18th century.  Since the emergence of new political consciousness in the first quarter of 20th century, Meitei feudal mindset does not operate in every anti-colonial movement.
Likewise, the current movement for integration of Manipur or voice of oneness of Manipur is not even targeted to the tribal aspiration; it is neither anti-tribal movement, as shown by some Civil Society Organizations of hill areas nor anti-Naga movement. The interests for which the people of Manipur are driving are simple: No ethnic administrative arrangement, no political or otherwise arrangement that would lower down the dignity of the State and State Assembly. Is there any feudal element in such an interest?  Any arrangement in Manipur should be welfare of the communities in the State. For such a new arrangement, the State should take initiative and should have a clear foundation for such a new arrangement. Manipur cannot be at receiving end in any political negotiations that would affect the ethnic harmony, administrative disorder, historical legitimacy and geographical disturbances. Here, Mr Radhabinod Koijam should understand at least history is not all about past only.
Mr Th Muivah suffered a lot for a political cause. His dream of Independent Nagalim is shattered down. At the end of the political negotiation in which he was a key negotiator, his past political activities are remembered negatively by many sections of Nagas of Nagaland. Even his tribe is considered outsiders by the State of Nagaland. We feel the sense of humiliation and share his sadness. However, we would like to invite Radhabinod koijam and many others who think Muivah should be compensated for his sufferings and sacrifices to rethink the organic links between different groups in North East India right from pre-historic to feudal to modern life. He cannot be given compensation at the cost of Manipur’s existence.
The more worry over the article is that Mr Radhabinod Koijam is one of the two-men Consultative Committee, set up by Government of Manipur. The Committee is supposed to brief the interest of Manipur (irrespective of her ethnic aspirations) to the Government of India so that India should understand the political aspirations of Manipur as a political person. As Mr Radhabinod Koijam has a prejudice to Meitei as living in past hegemonic world and shows his readiness to give something to Muivah as compensation (losing ground in Nagaland) or trophy for his long struggle for the Nagas, the only question that comes in the collective mind of the State is over the neutrality of Consultative Committee. Did State of Manipur already take a decision to grant Naga autonomy in the State of Manipur? Will State Government be able to keep Manipur’s Interest on the negotiating table? Does Government of Manipur have a strong Naga Bias?

No more resolutions, translate those ‘taken’ into action

Manipur Assembly took several resolutions to safeguard Manipur’s integrity and interest. Many civil society organizations resolved to fight till the end to safeguard the same. Even the Chief Minister of Manipur is ready to die for the State if anything happens to lower down its dignity and authority. The people of Manipur believe N Biren, Chief Minister of Manipur, because what he says is in public. He is different as he claims now and then from many politicians of his stature. 
Today, Manipur is at the juncture of disintegration and fragmentation. The threat to Manipur’s existence is crystal clear after October 31. It is no time for taking resolution on the floor of the Assembly, but it is time to act and response – either diplomatically, lobbying or otherwise. It is time for the state leader to clear the confusion. At the same time people need no more rhetoric speech, colorful resolution or press conference. The people and state should act and solution lies in action.  
To begin with, let us be clear about working nature of Manipur’s Consultative Committee. The Consultative Committee should not act as an agent of Government of India, not even as interface between Government of India and people of Manipur. It should work for the Assembly resolution that reads as for oneness of Manipur. No administrative change on ethnic line; no territorial council in one form or other. In the word, the existing equation between State Assembly, State Government and Autonomous District Council should not be disturbed in any way. 
The bargaining between Naga outfits and Government of India is a threat to existence of Manipur’s political entity. Consultative Committee should not think, at any cost, of getting something for Manipur when Government of India is giving something to the Naga people. Manipur is a State, not a collection of populations. Getting something in return to whatever given to the Nagas is not proper way of political thinking. Manipur’s stand for integrity should be absolute. Consultative Committee should stand for translating the Assembly resolution into action. 
Manipur is a political entity; it cannot be kept on the negotiating table between two parties in which Manipur is not one. However, Manipur is facing trouble because of the concealing the negotiations reached with the Naga militant groups. This is not only a political threat to its existence but also an act of undermining the political abilities of the people of Manipur. 
An ‘Action’ is required. All the stakeholders should speak in their respective languages of action. Taking another resolution at this juncture is just wasting of time; such a move to take new resolution may be considered as attempt to delay our action. It is time of defiance; it is time to show we are still alive. It is time to prove that Manipur cannot be taken for grant. We had committed in 1827 when two other parties entered an Agreement that affected Manipur’s integrity and dignity. We are still losing our ground because of the Treaty of Yandabo. No more 1827. To correct the 1827 mistake and to take a dignified position in 2019, we have to act bold. How many languages of action we know to express our interest? Unluckily, students are now busy with the Government-set election process. Is it not an example of ineloquent in action language? Stop the election process for college student unions. Let the students speak their own language of action. 
Manipur should act for the resolution we take. We should remember how we suffered during the indefinite Economic Blockade. Have you forgotten that the Economic Blockade was for alternative arrangement?  We suffered a lot during those days and bear all sorts of pain only for safeguarding the oneness of Manipur. The pain was not for price hike in essential commodities but for the love of an unified Manipur. In those days too we denied all the demands of alternative arrangement or demarcation of Manipur in the name of ancestral lands. The denial is only to safeguard Manipur and peaceful co-existence of the peoples of Manipur. Speak loud this denial in the language of action, today. No more rhetoric, we need. We need realistic and pragmatic approach to defy high commands of all sorts. Let us remember how this State defied central command when Muivah tried to enter the State to disturb the ethnic harmony in the State. Remember defiance is also one language of action. 
If the elected representatives see no means available, resignation from MLA-ship or MP-ship is the only means left. Resignation is also a language of action. Be brave, ready for such action too, if we are so committed to the cause of safeguarding Manipur’s interest and oneness. If you can sacrifice your life then do it diplomatically. 
Writer : Sh Ajit