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Friday, 06 July 2018 - Imphal Times

Impasse at MU sees no solution; MUTA to begin relay hunger strike; ‘CM Biren is a tame tiger in front of VC Pandey’

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Imphal, July 6,

As no sign of solution now foresees with no response from either the Union HRD Ministry over the 35 plus days old impasse at Manipur University, teachers community of the University now prepare to follow up series of relay hunger strike inside the Manipur University Complex from July 9.
“We have to continue the agitation to save the University and the students, I could not understand what make our Chief Minister so weak to interfere to our University’s issue”, said a Professor who did not want to disclose his identities.
“ CM N. Biren Singh is now a tame tiger of the BJP regime in front of VC Pandey - the man of the RSS”, another said in a mockery way. He however said that the Chief Minister have nothing to do to the affairs of the Manipur University but as it is the students of the state as it is matter which he can pursue with the HRD Ministry, the reason for his silence is nothing but similar one with a tame tiger in front of Prof. AP Pandey.  
Faculties of the Mathematics and statistic department will begin the relay hunger strike at the Traffic point of the Manipur University on July 9 from 11 am said a statement released by the teachers’ body of Manipur University-  MUTA. The relay hunger strike will continue till July 21 by faculties of every departments on simultaneous days, general Secretary of MUTA , Prof. Sanjukumar Singh said in a released.
Meanwhile, the fight against the autocratic universities authority, suppression of students rights and saffronisation of education was the subject of a discussion ‘Public discourse on Manipur University crisis’ held at the Manipur Press Club in Imphal today that was attended by the National General Secretary of the All India Students Federation (AISF), Vishwajit Kumar who is in Imphal.
The Manipur State Council of the AISF resolved on the occasion to support the demand for the resignation of the Vice-Chancellor of the Manipur University that has been the topic for a hot debate among intellectual circles, academia, the Manipur University teachers and has been fought tooth and nail by the Manipur University Students Union (MUSU) that has passed vehement comments against the Vice-Chancellor.
On the other hand, report submitted by the independent body selected by the Union HRD Ministry regarding the impasse at Manipur University has not been given any response, a source said.  Some among the BJP members seems not happy with the attitude of the HRD Ministry to the issue of the Manipur University as they were expecting immediate response no matter the VC Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey has been replaced by some other competent authority or not.
Another highly placed source said that Union HRD Ministry too has been under undue pressure from some BJP leadership to side with the VC Prof. Pandey which the MUTA, MUSU and MUSA have been demanding for removal. This gave a real headache to the state Unit BJP leadership as they cannot make any decisions without approval from the central leadership.
This source from the state unit BJP suggested that the impasse at Manipur University is likely to continue for another months and students of the states will face the worse music.
Meanwhile, the issue is likely to spark another wild fire with the Meira Paibis and local clubs from Singjamei to Kakwa has extended support to the demands of the MUSU, MUTA and MUSA.

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First ever fish farmers’ meet held  CM assures sufficient fish production by 2020

Imphal, July 6,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the present government is keen to enhance the fish production in the State so that the State would have a self sufficient fish production by 2020. This was stated by him at the first ever ‘Fish Farmers’ Meet’ held at Durbar Hall, Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister said that there is vast scope for fish farming as there are abundant water bodies in the State. He maintained that a Fish Feed Factory would be set up at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.5 crores in the State soon. Fish feeds would be easily available in the market, he added. He stated that a bigger factory would also be constructed under the PPP model.
Chief Minister further maintained that a State level Committee has been formed to increase the fish production in the State soon. He highlighted that such kind of meeting is especially convened to chalk out the plans with the officials of Banks, NABARD, Fisheries Department and Fish Farmers to improve the fish production in the State.
Around 200 fish farmers attended the meeting. During the three hour long meeting, farmers gave their opinions and suggestions to increase the fish production in the State. Many farmers appreciated the government for organising such meeting. During the meeting, the farmers were made aware of the existing Central and State sponsored schemes for fish farming in the State.  
It may be mentioned out of the 50,000 Metric Tones required for consumption in the State, only 30,000 Metric Tones are being produced by the fish farmers in the State annually.  
Chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board L. Radhakishore, Chairman PDA T. Robindro, MLAs P. Sharatchandra, L. Susindro Meitei, S. Subashchandra Singh, Secretary (Fisheries) M. Luikham, Director(Fisheries) H. Biramani Singh, high ranking officials of ICAR and NABARD, officials of Banks and Fisheries Department attended the meeting.

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Protest staged against assault by bandh supporters

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Thoubal, July 6,


Assault of individuals using abusive language to persons who were on their way to attend rituals related ceremony by bandh supporters during the 48 hours general strike called by AMUCOC and Pangal civil society on July 3 was severely condemn by people of Thoubal Wangma Taba.

While announcing the 48 hour bandh by the AMUCOC and civil society organisations against the eviction of the 75 houses at Kshetri bengoon Mamang Ching Reserved Forest area, it was stated that rituals related activities , electricity, medicals, water supply and media were exempted. However, on July 3, a person identified as L. Raghu of Thoubal Leishangthem Khong Manung said that he was severely assaulted by bandh supporters at Keibung and Moijing area in Thoubal district while he was returning after attending a Shradha ceremony of the mother of his friend at Leishangthem.

A JAC was formed demanding action against those responsible for the assault.

A meeting held by the JAC had demanded to produce those responsible for the assault of Raghu by the people of Moijing within 5 days failing which any untowards incident arises should be taken as their responsibility.

The JAC also blame the people of Moijing to bear the burden for anything happen to the JAC members.

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Bandh by tribal students’ body affects normalcy at Imphal –Moreh route

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Statewide bandh called by tribal Students’ body from today morning has severely affected normalcy at many parts of the Hill districts of the state.
The bandh is called demanding recruitment of tribal Language (MIL) teachers in Higher Secondary Schools in the state by three students’ body which is supported by other tribal students’ body. The bandh however fails to give any impact in the valley districts of the state.
Since early morning today volunteers of the Thadou Students Association, Chandel/Tengnoupal Branch came out on the Imphal Moreh Road and set fire using tyres in the middle of the road blocking all sort of traffic along the NH 102..
Indo-Myanmar border trade has also been severely affected due to the ongoing bandh.
Speaking to media persons General Secretary  of Thadou Students Association, Chandel/Tengnoupal Branch,  Lelen Haokip said that negligence to the demand of the tribal students prompted the students to support the bandh called as it is a genuine issue. He said the bandh will continue until the demand are fulfilled.
Thadou Students’ Association, General Headquarters (TSA-GHQ), Siamsinpawlpi , General Head Quarter (SSPP-GHQ) Rongmei Naga Syudents’ Organisation, North East Idia (RSO-NEI) and Liangmei Naga Katimai Ruangdi (LNKR-AMN) called the state wide bandh starting today over failure of the state government in recruiting Tribal Language (MIL) Lecturers at Higher Secondary Schools in the state.
The students bodies have been demanding appointment of the MIL tribal language lecturers in Higher Secondary Schools of the state.
Earlier, the Joint Student bodies have served an ultimatum to the state government on June 26 through press communiqué and also submitted the copy to both the Chief Minister and the Education minister demanding immediate action by issuing notification for recruitment of the MIL teacher on or before June 30.
During the Bandh Medical, media, Water Supply, Electricity, religious Activities and airport were exempted.

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3rd Death Anniversary of Robinhood on July 8; JCILPS appeals CSOs not to call bandh on the day

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Thoubal, July 6,

Convenor of the JCILPS Arjun Telheiba, while calling on the people of the state to attend the 3rd death Anniversary of Sapamcha Robinhood who sacrifice his life during peoples agitation for protection of the indigenous People of the state appealed organisations and civil society organisations not to hamper the memorial function to be held on July 8 at Awa Ching now called as Lamjing meira Ching as a mark of regard to the student.
Sacpamcha Robinhood died during police action on July 8 of 2015 while they were protesting introduction of Inner Line permit System in the state.
Sapamcha Robinhood was given the title “Lamjing meira” or  “Torch bearer” for the protection of the indigenous people of Manipur and mass memorial service is being organised at his memorial site at Awa Ching on July 8.

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Nomination for 22nd Mahaveer Awards

Imphal, July 6,

 The Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation which is a public  charitable trust with an aim to identify, nurture, encourage and honour individuals and institutions who are engaged in providing selfless service to the society and also encourage others to follow suit.
The Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation has instituted the annual Mahaveer Awards in five fields, (Non-Violence and Vegetarianism/ Education/ Medicine/ Community and Social Service/ and Women Social Entrepreneur/Achiever with Indian Values.  Each of the awards carry a sum of Rs 10,00,000  (Rupees Ten Lakhs), a citation and a memento.
Nominations are invited from eminent citizens of the country and administrators and the general public.
In this regard, a letter has been sent to Deputy Commissioners, (Imphal West/Imphal East/Thoubal/Bishnupur/Churachandpur/Chandel/Ukhrul/Senapati/Tamenglong/kakching/Tengnoupal/Kangpokpi/Kamjong/None/Jiribam and Pherzawl), Manipur by Under Secretary (Home), Government of Manipur.
 The Deputy Commissioners of all District of Manipur are requested to nominate eligible persons in the above mentioned five areas to be considered  for the 22nd Mahaveer Awards on or before 15-07-2018 positively informed the letter.

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Tales of the shattered jewel; Is Manipur a part of India?

Five Manipuri soldiers were among those martyred Indian army who gave up their life fighting to protect the Indian Territory when Pakiskan army intruded the Indian territory in the year 1999 at Kargil.     Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum, MVC from Shillong who happened to be a cousin of my friend also martyred fighting a fierce battle to protect Indian Territory.
 Among the five Manipuri soldier Sepoy K Ashuli Mao of the Naga Regiment, was posthumously awarded the Vir Chakra. The other four soldiers were Sepoy Chara Nicholas, Naik Kaleshwor, Ng Beningvir Moyon and Sepoy LNk S Germinthang.
The last two soldier were from a village in Sajik Tampak along the Indo Myanmar border .
Now the irony is that Myanmar troop had cross towards Indian Territory by 3 km and reinstated a border pillar claiming it as their land. This was flatly denied by not only the villagers along the Indo Myanmar border but the District Administration had officially announced that the Border Pillar No. 81 was reinstated 3 km inside the territory of India.
It was amidst the time that BJP National President Amit Shah visited the state for preparation of the upcoming  2019 parliamentary election. The National President of the political Party who is leading the government at both the center and the state didn’t give a single comment over the encroachers by Myanmar troopers and installation of border pillar inside Manipur’s territory. What angered the people was the statement of Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju at which most daily newspapers published in the state quoted him as saying that there is no border dispute between the Govt. of India and Myanmar. This was however reported in a different way in an English newspaper quoting him saying that there will be zero tolerance to any occupation to the Indian Territory, the following day.
Well and good but even if assuming the earlier news report as misquoted it is a matter of serious concern for the people of the state as no official statement regarding the issue at which even the district administration had stated that the Myanmar troop had intruded the Indian territory have been issued. The location is somewhere near a village called Kwatha in Tebgnoupal district in Indo-Myanmar border.
Almost every team of political parties had visited the site and inspected the site. The CSOs had visited and confirmed that the Border Pillar No. 81 was reinstated inside the territory. Its very unfortunate that a High Level Committee headed by Revenue Minister Karam Shyam went only today to inspect the site, when it should have them that should be the first to response.
Former member of the Manipur Human Rights Commission Yambem Laba along with his team too had taken stock of the situation. A video uploaded through social media drew the attention of the general public as the Border Pillar reinstated by the Myanmar troops was seen protected by Assam Riffle troopers of India.
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh who was once an active vocal against intrusion of the Myanmar troopers to Indian territory and who had spare no pains in rendering service for the protection of the territorial boundary of the state is also quiet this time for reason best known to the government .
Now thing that surprises the nation is the silence of the mainstream national media over the intrusion by neighbouring country to Indian territory. When Chinese troops intruded the Indian Territory at Arunachal Pradesh at the McMohan line in Upper Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh on December  last year, it took no times for the Indian army to rushed the site and took up all precautionary measures to challenge the Chinese troopers.  . But when Myanmar troopers cross over the Indian boundary and harassed (there are report of villagers being harrass ) the Indian people at the border not a single voice is being heard from any of the leaders of the country. Remember two among the martyred soldiers in Kargil war were from this area of India where the Myanmarese are slowly intruding.
Well is this silence from the part of the central government as well as political party’s leader a sign to show that India don’t care about the state called Manipur which was merged to the Indian Union in the year 1949. If that is so the government of India should make an announcement so that the Manipuri can take up its own course action to protect its boundary.
Since time immemorial Manipuri have been protecting its land from the hand of any intruders. In 1826 Manipuri has been protecting the erstwhile nation state fighting the Awas now Myanmarese. Many of our forefathers had sacrificed their life fighting the British knowing that they will defeat to protect the country in 1891. The essence of patriotism of our forefather still runs to the veins of many sons of this soil and Manipuri will fight at its own if the government of India sincerely tells the people that the Indian nation does not include Manipur.

Socialism or destruction of humanity?

By- Anonymous
A letter from Europe

In October 2017, “Le Monde” published an alarming article: 80% of the insects had disappeared in Europe over 30 years, even though global warming should encourage their proliferation. All those who live in the countryside or like to walk there can notice it: we don’t see the clouds of insects flying away when one enters a field or the woods anymore… The disappearance of the bees regularly makes the major media headlines, but all earthly life is declining at a breathtaking speed: massive loss of terrestrial and marine animal diversity, destruction of all forms of plants and mushrooms. It is not a question of protecting some symbolic animals, but all living species.
All of the alarming past predictions about our planet’s future have turned out to be very pleasant next to the new nightmare projections that are made today. The catastrophe worsens and each new study makes the previous one look obsolete and optimistic.
It is not a matter of human stupidity, of simple individual misbehavior, that should be rectified, but the entire production of all humanity, which determines consumption afterwards – since we can only consume what is produced, by definition – which is what needs to be changed.
It is not “human beings” who are guilty but the capitalist mode of production
In capitalism, the only factor for production is capital accumulation – that is, reproducing what is consumed and producing a surplus, which is accumulated by the class holding the means of production, the bourgeoisie.
The workers in capitalism (and by workers we mean all of the participants in commodity production, the heart of the proletariat, directly engaged in the production of goods) are exploited by the bourgeoisie. That means part of their work is used to produce what is necessary to preserve the standard of living of the workers, and of the whole proletariat, and another part is taken by the bourgeoisie, who reinvest a part of it in the reproduction of capital, which gives another share to management and retains the rest in the form of profit, taken largely the form of new capital.
Thus, capital always accumulates: human labor transformed into capital is the most important task of capitalism. Human work accumulated in the form of machines replaces the work humans currently do. Marx said, “Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor”. There is therefore less and less value produced compared to accumulated capital; there is less and less human labor in relation to accumulated capital. It is the downward trend of the rate of profit, which forces the companies to always produce more, to always intensify human work … which again makes the value of the commodity fall, resulting in a lower rate of profit.
It is ultimately a contradictory and antagonistic process of capitalism, which breeds overproduction and crisis.
Whatever the producers’ morals, no matter if there are “ecological” or “bio” labels on products, the planet will always be looted by imperialism, with no respect for life.
Ecology is a class issue
Above all, the first to suffer the consequences of environmental destruction, are the proletarians and the nations oppressed by imperialism.
The imperialists are increasingly relocating their polluting and destructive industries to oppressed nations to escape from environmental standards and exploit cheaper and unprotected labor. Thus the majority of the polluting production activities of the great imperialist monopolies have been delocalised to Asia or Africa, while the less polluting tasks such as the assembly phase have been kept in the imperialist metropolises. The division of labor is a good tool used to pass on the polluting tasks to the proletarians of the oppressed nations. Moreover, the imperialists are at the same time free from all the security standards in their destructive activities, as the workers of the oppressed countries work in the most dangerous conditions and are the first victims of the capitalists’ polluting activities: whether it is the proletarians who work for Areva in Niger or those who manufacture textiles in Bangladesh and breathe chemicals all day long without any protection in factories that are like powder kegs… It’s also felt in the context of looting natural resources as is the case in South America, India or all of Southeast Asia, where the indigenous people are most often the victims of the imperialist monopolies who come to expropriate and destroy their land in order to access mineral and forest resources.
In the imperialist countries it is also the proletarians and the oppressed masses who are the first to be the victims of environmental destruction. We see it with all the industrial diseases, the so-called “occupational” diseases of victims who who work in chemical industries. It is also seen through spatial planning, with the poorest finding themselves increasingly concentrated in the most polluted areas, the closest to polluting industries, while the rich have beautiful avenues and houses in the shelter of large green spaces that they have built and renovated with their fortunes built from exploitation. The bourgeoisie can afford to live in “cleaner”, greener neighborhoods, they can afford to eat organic and healthier food, they buy their electric cars and build their beautiful bike paths next to their homes.
It is therefore totally wrong to speak of equality on the issue of the environment, because  the oppressed peoples and the proletarians have the most interest in change on this question. This change can only come by completely destroying the system responsible for this situation; this change can only come in the struggle for socialism.
The masses will not surrender
The ecological question is not a subject floating in the void of ideas. Even before communists in imperialist countries can fully grasp the question, in France the masses are trying to find a solution to this question. We must analyze every political aspect advanced by the masses with all its contradictory aspects.
One of the solutions is “change through consumption”. But to consider the problem of environmental destruction a question of consumption is to look at the problem in reverse, because it is, as stated above, a production problem. A change in consumption can only be carried out by the richest sections of the proletariat in the imperialist countries, without ever touching the consumption of companies. This position of change through consumption is a predominantly moralist position developed by the bourgeoisie and popularized by the petit bourgeoisie who would like to make ecology a problem of the individual responsibilities of “citizens”. Thus, defending the environment would be primarily a matter of properly sorting waste, eating organic and owning a hybrid car. By proceeding in this way we depoliticize the question of the environment; we fall into the liberal myth of demand determining supply and therefore of consumption being the principal instead of production. The masses are made to feel guilty by advertising spots on TV while the multinationals relocate to overcome any environmental norms and destroy all the planet’s resources, which renders the behavior of each individual towards his waste useless. This situation, which is found everywhere in “changing consumption,” nevertheless shows the reality of the impasse in which humanity finds itself in if it continues to produce in the way it does today. It diverts attention by locating the problem amongst the masses and not the capitalists. But the masses are not fooled; they see the destruction that engenders this system and are always more aware than the real leaders that the problem is not them but those who have the power, who control the production lines. They see that the problem is this system based on the search for maximum profit in a minimum of time.
Another aspect of the ecological question is expressed in ZAD, the “Zone to Defend” like there was in Testet or Notre-Dame-des-Landes today. This movement has been founded on the defense of geographic areas attacked by the bourgeoisie, to confront what are called the “great useless projects”, results of the deadly capitalism which seeks to increase its profit by all necessary means. ZAD activists were able to mobilize the masses locally more or less efficiently as well as different anti-capitalist and radical environmentalists. ZADs have often led to criticism that goes beyond the mere temporary defense of a place, a criticism that states that it is a system as a whole that must be fought against, and that ecology and capitalism are incompatible. On that basis, ZAD activists want to build an alternative to this system now by setting up other ways of organizing, working together and producing. Nevertheless it is impossible to create a system that would be “alternative” to capitalism within capitalism itself. Solving the question of the environment can not be done by coexisting with capitalism but by attacking it head on. All of these types of alternatives end up either being taken over by capitalism, like some workers cooperative which engage in self-exploitation to be able to compete with other capitalist companies, or knows a brutal end based on the will of the bourgeoisie, as it is the case today in Notre-Dame-des-Landes. The ZADists are right in resisting the assaults of the bourgeois state, and the lesson we can learn from their experience is that we can not coexist with capitalism but that we must bring it down. Bringing the bourgeois state to its knees can not be done by retreating to a “zone to defend”, by setting up an alternative micro-system. ZADs can only be encircled and destroyed, or coopted by the system and rendered harmless. The question of the environment is the question of putting an end to capitalism – it is the question of socialism. Opposing the destructive projects of capitalist monopolies is now a necessity, and ZADs can be a good tactic to make a monopoly give up on a particular project, but they are neither a strategy nor an end to themselves. The main question remains that of power and, consequently, of the way in which the proletariat can be mobilized as a whole to overthrow the ruling class.
Beside these, there are also many popular mobilizations concerning daily life: the proletarians of the Valley of the Arve, for example, led important mobilizations against the use of lorries and extremely polluting alpine tourism. In the working-class suburbs, there have been many mobilizations against pollution suffered daily, destroying the quality of life of the masses.
But if many workers are mobilized on these different issues, it is rare that an awareness or a workers’ organization capable of directly influencing production emerges from these struggles. Yet it is urgent to organize the working class, the only people able to offer real solutions, because they are able to differentiate the useful from the useless, to optimize the production without waste, to invent solutions and block destructive projects by refusing to work.
Against alternativism and the idea of   building autonomous communities, let us reinforce the working class movement; they are the only ones capable of preventing the destruction of life on earth.

Assam rifles conducts lecture on education system In India

Imphal, July 6,

Moreh Battalion of HQ 26 Sect Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) conducted a lecture on Education System in India and various entries to join Indian Armed Forces at village Thangbung Minou, Tengnoupal District, Manipur on 04 July 2018. The lecture was delivered by an officer of the Battalion, in which he explained the various education patterns followed across the country, levels of schooling, curriculums and education boards. He also highlighted the avenues which education opens up for the people and the empowerment it brings in dealing with everyday situations of life. In addition, he briefed about the education standards required for joining the Indian Armed Forces, both for men and women. To motivate the people of the village a short movie showcasing the training of officers and men of Indian Armed Forces, was also screened.
The event was participated by 15 males, 20 females and 25 children from the village. Moreh Batallion also established a water point in the close vicinity of the village to help the villagers meet their day to day requirement of water.
The event was a grand success as it received acclamation from the local populace and it rekindled the feeling of mutual trust and faith between them and the Assam Rifles fraternity. Villagers also extended their gratitude toward Assam Rifles for providing water point to the villagers

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