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Governor launches digital literacy and online safety Programme

Imphal, Dec 5,

 The women of the North East, particularly women of Manipur are highly talented and they deserve to be sufficiently empowered with the digital technology for a space in this highly competitive world. This was stated by Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla today at the launching of Digital Literacy and Online Safety Programme at Sangal Conference Hall, Imphal Hotel. The programme is a nationwide campaign to digitally empower young girls and women. The campaign is aimed towards sensitizing women and capacity building to help navigate in the internet space but has also empower them to protect themselves and actively respond to issues and incidents like cyber crimes.
The Governor, who graced the launching programme as Chief Guest said the Central Government recently launched the Digital Northeast Vision Document, 2022 in Guwahati on 18th August, 2018 with the objective to improve digital connectivity and infuse digital literacy in the North East States in tandem with other States of the country. The Central Government’s flagship programme ‘Digital India’ launched in 2015 has newly incorporated the North-East Region into the programme.
She also expressed her pleasure that as part of the pilot project under Digital Literacy Programme over a one year period, awareness training will be conducted for sixty thousand women in universities across major cities of Haryana, Delhi, NCR, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Meghalaya and Sikkim on safe and responsible use of internet, social media and e-mail. The programme will enable trainees to differentiate between credible and questionable information circulated digitally. Internet has come to stay in the modern society and it is playing a role in our everyday lives like no other technology ever, she added.

On the positive side, it has given people opportunity to connect and stay connected with people, explore professional skilling and grooming, share information and participate in the global race for development. She also cautioned that it is crucial for everyone to be aware about safety practices, basic security and privacy tools.
The number of internet users among women is few in India due to lack of digital awareness and literacy about different platforms, their potential and opportunities for a smart usage. There are successful women running cosmetic product businesses through social media from their homes, women self-help groups selling local village produce on E-Commerce platforms and homemakers showcasing their food delicacies on YouTube. Women have launched great start-ups online and are pioneering some very successful ones having worked on technology, offering solutions to modern day problems of the people.
In India, we need to solve the problem of lack of inclusion of women in the Internet using population through technology capacitation and it is encouraging that the rate of inclusion is fast catching up. Along with access to devices and technology, women also need to be aware about how to use them. It is heartening to know that the present initiative of National Commission for Women has already reached out to close to twelve thousand women across the country and it is very encouraging to hear stories of women who have benefitted from a campaign.
Minister of Social Welfare Smt. Nemcha Kipgen who graced the occasion as Guest of honour said that the launch of Digital Literacy and Online Safety Programme is for the women of North East, especially for uplifting and digitally empowering the lives of womenfolks of Manipur. The programme seeks to promote digital literacy for women including the precautions that can be taken, raising awareness about cyber crimes through the use of internet. Minister also stated that the current use of internet by literate women is still low in the rural and hilly area which is due to the lack of awareness, ignorance and lack of services as well.
Chairperson, National Commission for Women, Smt. Rekha Sharma addressing the gathering said that women are empowered because of digitalization. Safety of women is a top priority with the knowledge to use internet safely and cautiously. She also said that the Commission will organize the same event in Meghalaya and Sikkim in the coming week.
The programme was attended by NCW member, Smt. Soso Shaiza, President, Cyber Peace Foundation, Capt. Vineet Kumar, Policy Programme Manager, India and South Asia, Facebook, Smt. Shruti Moghe, Joint Secretary, NCW A. Asholi Chalai, students amongst other. The programme was jointly organized by National Commission for Women, Cyber Peace Foundation and Facebook

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Chief Minister assuages hurting feelings of the disabled

By- Bit Irom
Imphal, Dec 5,

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has assuaged the hurting feelings of the disabled, saying, “The door of my govt is always open for the physically challenged fellows particularly the weaker section of the society residing in the far flung villages of Manipur.” The CM was speaking to the representatives of the Society for Empowerment of the Disabled Persons, Langmeidong village during his recent visit at Langmeidong in the southern part of the state.

Presenting a mat made of  locally called ‘Kouna,’ long weeds, during the reception function of the CM at Langmeidong ground, Kakching district of Manipur, the Secretary of the Society Laiphakpam Memcha Devi, 50, a spinster, drawing the attention of the CM disclosed that some of the Society members are not getting financial assistance from the Govt for the many months. Memcha said that she couldn’t walk properly since she was hit by a heavy bench on her back at the age of 17. Whenever she goes, a walking stick is always used, she said. “The disabled in our locality are not getting the monetary assistance apart from depriving of wheel chairs, tricycles and hearing aids,” the physically challenged female added.
On hearing the woes of the disabled, the CM said that the details of the matters would be put up through the proper channel of the local MLA and then it would be looked into the matter for providing all sort of assistances to the right persons.
President of the Society, Elangbam Babita Devi, 48, also revealed her plights of hearing impairing stating that the concerned authorities had so far failed to provide the much needed aids despite drawing theirs attention on several occasions. The Society has 70 members including 30 females and of them there are 27 handicapped, 18 hearing impaired fellows and the rest mentally retarded persons. One Elangbam Sakila Devi, 40, a resident of Elangkhangpokpi village said that for a few months her disabled son namely Kunjo was getting financial assistance from the Govt but it had been stopped six months back.

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Meitei/Metei and Tangkhul bondage strengthen as UNACSU felicitated Soso Saiza

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Imphal, Dec 5,

Soso Saiza, the first woman from Manipur to become a member of the National commission for Woman was felicitated by the United All Communities’ Social Up-Lifters, Kangleipak (UNACSU) yesterday.
The felicitation function was attended by a crowd of about 50-60 people, half of whom came all the way from Ukhrul and half of them were meetei/meiteis who knew her importance more than her Tangkhul belongingness and warmly held her reception as a harbinger of justice and equality for woman.
There was a dinner event organized in the evening, where she was again welcomed and thanked. No more shall women suffer and no more shall women cry was the resolution agreed by those attended.

It showed that when we produce outstanding achievers we bring down the hard walls that we produce in our heads based on community and politics of division. The most important part of the event has to be the fact that the dinner program entailed interactions between those present there, together for many of the Tangkhuls and meeteis/meities dinning on a single plate. This has to be an achievement against 300 years of Hindu occupation since King Pamheiba that prevented us from having any sort of “wine and dine” to foster the relatedness and shared belongingness that we can never overlook.   
In a time when this occupation has a second coming through institutions of governmental control just like it happened 300 years ago, it has to be true what the greatest revolutionary thinker in history, Karl max had said “History repeats itself, first as a tragedy, second as a farce” in ridicule to another Giant thinker Hegel who believes history has always a second coming. And just like Marx believed that history never truly repeats itself and always had different outcomes under different circumstances, the event yesterday showed history will not be repeated; circumstances will be fought for.
When absolute monarchy ruled Manipur with an iron hand, the people were never in control of their circumstances and history making. The trajectories of their lives were swept away by the direction of the ruling ideologies of the time that kept the monarch absolute and maintained his divine rights to decide the future of his subjects i.e. the people. Hence along the conversion of the king as a Hindu king, the kingdom of Manipur became a Hindu kingdom. The political and economic mechanisms and institutions of control that were under the king hence became the mechanisms of converting the non-Hindu population into a Hindu one; rewarding those who embraced it and prescribing severe punishments entailing even death for those who resisted. The concept of purity that lies at the core of Hindu ideology became the absolute ruling ideologies that the population at reach to the monarch had to adhere to.
A drunken man from Ukhrul told the most heart touching lines over the bonfire at the event. While in his drunken state of mind, he seemed to the one sanest while we have numbed our thoughts over the last 300 years. He said “Ng eiti ee ki mari ni, blood test tousi hairasu dna ta mari leinapani, ee ki mari pu kari ki mangpra. Same blood bu kariki mangpra. Awa na lan ngampaga Awa na palle, British na lan ngampaga British na palle, Mayang lanmi mayam amuk thachalak aka akhoi pu amuk palle, ato akhoi mayang natte, Awa natte, British natte Vap tamminase; Eina American Baptist chatle noina Hindtu chatpasu yaore, meetai ki hanna ki chatpasu yaore, ato ei American natte, noisu hindtu chatlenasu mayang ti natteba, circumstances na yatabaki akhoi dharma dharma matung inkhrepa ato akhoi kana no kaokumse.”  
The search for purity that Hinduism has sown in our society has robbed us of our belongingness and our dignity, it has even robbed us of our robbed us of a strong nation that we could have been. Nawadeep and Bengal became the ideological fountainhead in search of this purity and thus the greatest colonial occupation that has come from the west of us remains in power with an artificial and enforced cultural affinity we identify ourselves with the occupier. It is different hence to be a Hindu in a free nation and a Hindu in an occupied land where there ruling ideologies of the occupiers are also the same. To be a Hindu in the USA for example would not mean changing their social fabric and enforcing the practice of purity but a spiritual affiliation. There is no attack intended here on individual spiritual affiliation but the outright attack on the structurally enforced mechanisms of control and governance that had robbed the freedom of a nation; making the population celebrate its own un-freedom.
But the dinner and the interaction event has showed that it may take hundreds of years but the artificially enforced concrete walls of identity we have in our minds will break down and we are no longer accepting circumstances as given to us, we will no longer be subjects but free people who will control the destiny in  our hands. No power can robbed us of our destiny as free people, no more can the king spread its tentacles and no more can the guns pointed at our temples make us sing tunes of servitude. Nagas and meeteis will hold the destiny in hands together as brothers in arms, for meetei is naga and naga is meetei, blood to blood, gene to gene.  

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A good man perspective

The one simple thing that could make much of almost everything much easier and smoother, yet seemingly impossible to accomplish is the act of becoming a good person.
It would indeed take a much greater strength of character to own up our mistakes and short comings, and still greater willpower to refrain from deliberately committing acts we consciously know is wrong and false. The few fortunate ones who have the grit and will to transcend these urges are acknowledged and respected.
On the other hand, a new breed of “Go-Getters” who would not stop at anything to achieve their goal is on the rise the pressures of present day society helping in developing and pruning such mindset to perfection. They are the restless, hyperactive and aggressive ones who do not cater to emotions and aesthetics. Modern parents and guardians are increasingly urging their wards to adopt the letter approach towards life in order to carve out a place in the society that invariably results in a level of respect-respect that again is dependent on the earning capacity, the social circle adopted and living status maintained. Increasing compulsions for security in terms of food, shelter and a step towards a more secure future could be the factors that prompted the collective thinking towards adopting such an attitude towards life.
But then, does that mean the adage “All is fair and love and war” will be made true? Is our life becoming a daily struggle, a battle-if not a war, we are destined to wage every single living day of our lives? Where does that leave us with any room or opportunity for improvement not the financial kind, but a more rounded and holistic, as a person?

The present developments in the society-particularly that of mindless atrocities and lack of considerations that is becoming rampant would be a spill-off of this new approach towards life. The struggle for security-for the basic necessities of life has become the all-consuming tryst for wealth which invariably leads to the thirst for power and influence. Greed takes over everything else, making our lives worse off than when we started. What then could be the panacea for these aberrations that has come to plague our lives of late? The answer lays within us common knowledge which just needs to be acknowledged, and more importantly to act on. Putting up a façade of make-believe and a show of benevolence and righteousness will not absolve anyone of the crimes and wrongs.
This is of utmost importance for everyone, and more so for those who are donning the role of public representatives who we are following. Concepts like beauty, peace and harmony can only be experienced if we can rise above our petty urges and look at life-that of ourselves and the ones around us in a different and totally new perspective one that does not have anything to do with wealth, power or fame.
“The earth has enough to satisfy man’s needs but not man’s greed”. Mohandaskaramchand Gandhi.

The problems of insurgency in Keisham Priyokumar’s short stories

By-  Thingnam Joyshree Devi

Keisham Priyokumar (1949-   ) is an eminent short story writer of Manipur. He has contributed five short story books in Manipuri Literature. He has received many awards like Sahitya Academy award (1998), Manipur State Award for Literature (2014) etc. The problem of insurgency and issues related to communal clash could be seen in Priyokumar’s third book, ‘Nongdi Tarakhidare’ [1995 ].    
 The colonialism era have ended when the British left Manipur but there are a lot of discontentment in the heart and mind of the youths of Manipur. This is due to several reasons. When the natives thought that Manipur, being an independent state, would be a full-fledged state of India, the government kept Manipur in a very low status as part C State. People thought that democracy would be benificial but the opposite of it happened. The fruits of democracy and its benefits were not given. The people of India also could not view the Manipuries as Indian citizens. Due to these reasons the youths of Manipur demanded its independence back and gave birth to the idea of anti-colonialism. The political chaos also increased. The seeds of insurgency began to saw in the 1960s. The people demanded Statehood and finally Manipur got its statehood in 1972. But the anguish and hatred that started in 1960s still continued. And in 1980s, the conflict of insurgency heightened. The changes that came with time were seen in the works of the Manipuri writers who were also a part of this society. The writers felt the miseries of common people due to the insurgency and the conflict between state and non-state actor. These issues were reflected in Manipuri Literature. The Manipuri short story writers kept the burning issue of insurgency far away from their works. But within a decade the writers showed the various issues faced due to insurgency. The age long insurgency struggles from its strongest time until it slowed down that is, the wave of insurgency could be found in Keisham Priyokumar’s three short stories. We could see the communal clash in the hilly areas of Manipur in 1990s in his works. The themes of insurgency and communal clash could also be seen from his book, Nongdi Tarakhidare published in 1995. Later on “Lan Amasung Mang”[2000] and ‘Nongkhong Tamna’ [2013] were published based on the issues of insurgencies, ethnic and communal conflicts. He experimented on a new style while writing these fictions. Some features in which the writer encounters while sketching these significant revolitionary issues and their effects are:                                                                                          
1.    The life of the common people between the state actor and non-state actor.   
2.    Sorrows and suffering faced by the parents whose children enlisted themselves in the revolutionary army.
3.    The mental reflection of the changed feeling of home-sickness or return to home experienced by those who have been already in the revolutionary    armies.
4.    The psychological set up of those who surrendered.
5.    Fake revolutionary armies.
6.    The painful effects of ethnic conflicts.   
1.    Life of the common  people  between  the  state  actor  and  non-state   actor
In ‘Tha Amasung Rahu’, ‘Grahagi dasha’ [Nongdi Tarakhidare,1995], the agony of the common people who suffer while existing between the strong forces of insurgents and those who stand to suppress the former is depicted. The story ‘Tha Amasung Rahu’ has bee