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State police continue to hunt down MU students and faculties; President of MUTA Prof. I Tomba picked up and questioned

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Imphal, Sept. 23,

Self proclaimed Pro-VC Prof. Yugindro compliant to state police now is converting almost all faculties of the varsity as well as students as underground.
President of Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) Prof. I Tomba was today picked up by a team of state police today morning from his residence at Lilong Chajing and released later after questioning if he was present on the incident of Sept 20 evening.
This news paper term Pro VC Yugindro as self proclaimed as University act clearly stated the the Pro VC shall be appointed by the Executive Council on the recommendation of the executive Council on the recommendation of the Vice Chancellor. And the VC who is under suspension appointed the Pro VC Yugindro when he was on leave.
“We are being followed everywhere by state force and we cannot even convene a meeting to discuss the development, everywhere we tried to gather for discussing the matter, large number of police will arrive creating threat intimidation”, said a professor while talking to this reporter.
Midnight crackdown at Manipur University on Sept. 20 was conducted as per complaint lodge by the self proclaimed Pro VC Prof. Yugindo. As per police source the Pro VC reported he was pelted stones and detained for over 3 hours at a room at Manipur University.
General Secretary of MUSU Kenedy who is taking shelter somewhere in Imphal area while talking to this reporter said that the self proclaimed Pro VC along with the self proclaimed in charge Registrar Shyamkesho when entered the Manipur University complex along with large number security force was trying to get sympathy by telling false story. He said it was the Prof. Yugindro who suggested to enter in a room so that the matter can be discussed properly.
On one hand, Kenedy accepted that some student threw eggs on his vehicle, but the MUTA and MUSU volunteers tried to keep control them.
“It is natural that the fuel burnt if pour petrol”, Kenedy said.
He further condemn the midnight crackdown saying that those police didn’t simply check the students but entered every room , pull up the mattress , throw the pillow and open lockers and disburse all reading material. When tried to resist the police excess , the reiterated in the most hostile way.
“I think those police personnel were trying to justify what Mr. Prahlad Patel , who called the Manipur University as Den of insurgence. Had not we intervened there might be possibilities that they placed some unwanted anti social element that might score their point”, Kenedy added.
On the other hand Kennedy also stated that some of his colleagues reading materials as well as prepared project along with money are reported missing.
Over 20 students were injured on that might after they fired mock bomb, tear gas shell. 5 faculty members including the assistant proctor prof. Sanatomba were picked up and another faculty member was picked up from his residence .
13 students were picked up on the very night. Among them 2 students had been remanded in police custody while others including the faculty members were sent to Judicial custody.
In the presence of this reporter, Kenedy called on the Proctor of Manipur University Prof. Sumitra Phanjaobam and enquired about the midnight crack down at which she replied that she had no knowledge of the incident neither she was informed .
As per University convention any raid or security related matter should be informed to Proctor, in case his or her absence it is the assistant proctor that has to be informed . On the other hand any raid to hostel of Universities should be accompanied by a warden. None of the procedures as per convention of the Manipur University rules were followed on the day.
Meanwhile , a highly place source told this newspaper that the state government had selected 3 persons namely Dr. Ranjan, Prof. Joykumar and Former MLA Kh. Loken to meet all stakeholders of the Manipur University.
The three were not only directed to meet the MU stakeholders but also were advice to meet all leaders of civil society bodies who might create problem due to the recent development.
Another highly placed source also confirmed meeting between the three government representatives with some leaders of major civil society organizations of the state.

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160 students of Manipuri Dept says they will not appear exam if all arrested students and faculties are not released unconditionally

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Imphal, Sept. 23,

Demanding unconditional release of all students and teachers of Manipur University without any condition, students of 2nd and 4th semester today said they will not appear examination scheduled to begin from September 27.
In a write up signed by 106 students, it is stated that they vehemently condemn producing the faculties treating them as not less than a criminal . The 106 students demanded immediate released of the teachers and the students. They also demanded revocation of the suspended teachers.

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‘Stop Terrorising M.U Campus and State’

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Imphal, Sept 23,

Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) strongly oppose the move of the State and Central Government for terrorising the Manipur University in the name to bring normalcy at the MU Campus after a complaint was made by the Pro-VC of the university.
YFPHR also oppose the move of the State to book the innocent students under several sections of the IPC such as Attempt to murder, Kidnapping, Punishment for Criminal Intimidation, Punishment for Extortion, Common Intention, Wrongful Confinement etc, we cannot deny the fact that the unarmed students have been fighting against the corrupt head of the institution namely Mr. AP Pandey and for his removal.  
YFPHR asked, “why did the police entered the MU campus & Hostels of the University at the mid-night hour by disturbing the students from preparing for their on-going second & fourth semester Post Graduate examination?”, “Was the prior permission taken from the warden of the hostel to enter the Hostel?”, “Who gave the male police personnel to enter the Girls Hostels no. 3?”.
 Another unfortunate area is that in many instances the State Police Department fails to arrest the Rapist or other criminals from absconding, however, to arrest the unarmed students 100s of Paramilitary forces and the State Armed forces were deployed in the middle of the night by destroying the educational environment and also to destroy the hard earned normalcy of the MU which may leads to the loss of academic career and psychologically threat to the students of Manipur, a statement of the YFPHR said.
It added, “We also have a fear that like using the tool of “Rape as an instrument of War”, the Central and State Government is using the tool of “Destroying Education Environment is an Instrument of War” under the imposition of AFSPA, 1958 to destroy the people of Manipur from the on-going self-determination movement. We further fear that it was strategically planned by the State Government under the influence of Central government to make our Manipur more dependent to the central government by Destroying the MU which is the top institution of our state producing many intellectuals which is to be must aware by the state government”.
The Forum also appeal the Government of Manipur and the Governor to remove the deployed state and central forces from the Campus of the MU immediately and Stop terrorising the students and the people of Manipur in the best interest of the people.

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One Day State Level Sensitization Workshop on Children related schemes and acts held

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Imphal Sept 23,

A “One Day State Level Sensitization Workshop for NGOs Running Children Home and Hostels on Provisions of RTE Act 2009, NCPRs Regulatory Guidelines for Hostels of Educational Institution for Children and  Leveraging CSR Initiatives for Child Education, Child Welfare and Child Well Being” was held on September 23, 2018 at the Banquet Hall, MR Ground, Imphal. The Workshop was jointly organised by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
Ksh. Bhabananda Singh, MP Rajya Sabha, Manipur & President, BJP, Manipur Pradesh and A. Brajakumar Sharma, President Seva Bharti Manipur graced the Inaugural Session of the Workshop as Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour, respectively. Smt. Sumatibala Ningthoujam, Hon’ble Chairperson, Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights presided the session.
Paresh Shah, Expert Education, NCPCR, welcomed the distinguished guests, dignitaries and delegates of the Workshop. He expressed that hostels for children for in the country remains unregulated in terms of fees structure and the manner in which these are run. Likewise, homes for needy children remain equally unsafe. So the main objective of running both hostels and homes for needy children is to sensitize about them.
A. Brajakumar Sharma, in his speech as the Guest of Honour, shared that RTE for free and compulsory education was adopted in 2009. However, within the last 60 years, we witnessed that providing education as such remains a tragedy as the budget allocated for this sector is very low compared to other countries in the world. In the context of Manipur, he expressed that expenditure on education for children is very costly. Moreover, the state witnesses inadequate infrastructure and human resource to provide education, he added. This is the reason, parents send away their children outside the state for education. Homes and hostels for children in the age group of 6-14 years need a safe and secure environment especially in a state which witnesses crime against children. He concluded that there is degradation of moral education and most of the persons committing crimes are youths (below the age of 28 years). Thus, he pleaded for moral education in the state as well as provide a safe environment to children.
Chief Guest of the Workshop, Ksh. Bhabananda Singh, expressed that as a citizen of India we need a safe environment for children. He inferred that none of the human beings ever skipped the period of childhood. He asserted that what we are today is because of what we learnt and experienced during our. Even today, every person has story of childhood. He shared that he always remembers the hardship the he faced during his childhood as well as the love and care received from his grandmother as if etched in the brain.
40% of India’s population comprises of children. He shared that stayed in hostel during his school days in Sainik School, Golpara. He feels that homes are equally important although he never stayed there. Living in a hostel, one learns to learn about discipline and follow guidelines. Homes, meant for orphans and needy children, he heard are mostly disorganized. These are run under meager budget. And issues one hears about such homes, for example, recent case of homes in Uttar Pradesh, are shocking. When the ones who run these homes commit crimes against the inmates of tender age are despicable acts and highly condemnable. I believe today’s workshop is to prevent such crimes and sensitise the ones who are running them especially the NGOs. They need to be supervised and monitored. They should be guided by spirit of humanity, the human touch and feeling to serve and sacrifice not merely to earn profit. They should provide love and care especially to those who do not have parents. Without love of parents and guardians children cannot grow up normally and without psychological trauma. It is impossible to expect the same from these bodies but they should try to give the best and try are to be filled up the emotional vacuum. These demands that these bodies strictly need to follow the guidelines provided by NCPR but above all, work with a spirit of sacrifice and love as children are like God.
Smt. Sumatibala Ningthoujam gave a brief about Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights how the Commission has been striving to uplift the welfare of children, especially those who are in need.

She confided that the Commission has been working towards streamlining NGOs and individuals running hostels and homes for children. She shared that during the visits to hostels and homes, she came across majority of the shelters are run for profit. According to her one awkward observation most prevalent in many of homes relates to keeping boys and girls together in crowded-single rooms. However, on paper the segregations are supposedly recorded.
She heartily a shared a success story in Manipur, which according to her is historical. In Manipur for the first time a child-friendly police station has been opened. This unit envisages to look after incidences related with children below the age of 18 years. Acts committed by children need sensitive approach and dealings as they might not even know that certain acts constitute crime and are illegal. She believes the police station will go a long way in catering to the needs of the children.
She also urged the people of Manipur not to involve children in social and political issues. The Commission is underway to propose to the Government of Manipur to ban using children in rallies, agitations and other modes of strikes.
Finally, she urged NGOs based in Manipur to get Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) assistance from companies.
Dr. Shukhdeba Sharma, Member, Selection Committee, Child Welfare Committee & Juvenile Justice Board, Manipur and Head & Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus Manipur proposed the vote of thanks.
Inaugural Session was followed by a Technical session in which 3(three) Resource Persons delivered their papers.
K. Pradipkumar, Member, Manipur SCPCR, “Salient Features of JJ Act 2015 with Special Reference to Hostels and Homes for Children”
Paresh Shah, Expert Education NCPCR, “Key Provisions as per RTE Act 2009 for Hostels and Homes and Regulatory Guidelines for Hostels and Homes for Educational Institutions”
Nielenthang Pelien, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kakching, Manipur, “Situational Analysis for Hostels of Educational Institutions and Homes for Children in Manipur”
Letter an open House Discussion on the topic  MCPCR/NCPCR, “Leveraging CSR for Child Education, Child Welfare and Child Well Being” was also held.

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An untold story

I still know how it feels like, those uncomfortable;
Trying to take those moments away, I blend
Easy, undisturbed, safe and secure and comfortable;
Sunny brightly, serene compose that evening, calm and quietly;
I walked down the street swinging up and down beholding;
Fresh as a morning lily, I stood tall by the roadside;
Sweating softly as though morning dew drops shivering;
That lofty hair of mine swings across covering my face;
I took measures of those blue sheathe rapidly now and again;
Hanging down my spirit, veiling and masking my temple;
With that smooth half peeping blouse I adore;
I still remember that Phanek I carried a mystery to me.

Eager and hurried I glanced again and again distant apart;
Wanting a ride to some unknown place I ever visited;
I know it’s just a distance apart, handy but I doubts often;
I waited and waited, it never turns up that easily;
Securing myself, I was keeping ready for that excursion
Knowing not what may happen, I fasten couples of self potions;
Far distance I saw that beast riding sluggish towards me;
Ah! No vacancy, Seats all occupied, I hesitate;
Come! You can sit here, I doubts one and again inactively;
How! How can I sit in front by your side? I asked
I may fall off easily! How safe the sitting is on the side? I inquired

I feel a little dismay; I know something is going to happen;
Uneasy as I was, feeling uncomfortable, I was quite concerned;
Restless and uneasy, unsettle and watchful, I took the ride along;
Oh! What an incorrect situation I was involving in?
Sitting by ‘his’ side, I thought I’m Stupid and false;
Securing myself out and again; I try sitting little on that seat
Should I have known ‘his’ confidence, that auto driver a frail;
Trying to connect those soft velvety white sheets of mine;
Attempting Pressing and nudging, folding and patting;
How may he do? I wondered ‘his’ insecurities all rubbishes;
‘His’ emotions all a lie; ‘His’ reach a failure held.

Should I stop the vehicle? I thought twice and thrice
Should I jump off that running beast? I meditate deep;
I feel quite easy riding that distance, a child’s cradle holding tight;
How alluring I was to him? I question self five,
My Simplicity a pride; uneasy lies on ‘his’ beholding;
Now and again ‘he’ tied to capture ‘his’ attention tense;
With those dirty elbow of ‘his’, nudging wrought emotions;
‘Riding’ and ‘rubbing’ ‘patting’ and ‘connecting’
Sooner I observed calmly enduring what may ‘he’ do?
 Silly old beast! Inside ‘his’ insensible stupid maneuver;
Keep gazing ‘me’ still far apart, when in I fall detach;
I still recall that evening bizarre, an untold story of mine.

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Comrade Irabot has left with us a booklet entitled Capitalism . It is not known accurately as to when it was written and to what extent it was circulated to the people. However, it is likely that the booklet was written without much delay after he had adopted communist ideology while he was at the Sylhet Jail (1940 -1943) and after Manipur had experienced disastrous impacts of the Second World War (1939- 1945). It is believed that the booklet was used for ideological propaganda among the people when movement was launched after the formation of the Manipur Communist Party in 1948. In order to discuss the historical juncture of Manipur that the book was based on and the agenda of the book it is crucial to ana lyse ten years time period (1940 1950).The ten years period may be discussed as follows:(1) It was a period when Manipur had faced disastrous impacts of capitalism. On the one hand there was colonial oppression till the last moment of 14 August 1947 and on the other hand there were burdens of killings and destructions caused by the Second World War that was fought among the imperialist forces. It was also a period when peoples’ movement to establish responsible government was carried out till 1947 against the feudal regime that had been protected by the colonial rule. (2) It was a period when the Indian rulers were exerting strong pressures to establish rule over the peoples in the Northeast including Manipur. There were attempts to form new political entities such as NEFA and Purbanchal by merging Manipur with other entities with the alleged intension to wipe off the pre`existing status quo of Manipur. There was also large scale immigration of monopoly traders from India to control the market and Mayang war refugees from Myanmar. (3) Despite formal declaration of political independence from British rule in 1947, adoption of Manipur Constitution in 1947 and formation of a responsible government in 1948 the political power was controlled the Imphal Valley rich landlords headed by the king who had supported capitalism. There was also a section that was hatching plots in support of the Indian policy with the intension to fill personal coffer by selling off Manipur. Indian black laws were adopted and there were unrestraint suppressive actions against democratic movements of the Hmar and Mao peoples, and peasants and others.
(4) It was a period when communist movement was sweeping across the globe. In India communist movement was carried out under the guidance of the Soviet Russia. Communist parties were also rising in Burma. All these had catalytic impact on Irabot. Many who supported this goal were also carrying out movement to ensure growth and to protect democratic rights of the peasants. The State indulged in repressive actions to suppress them. The present booklet shall not deal in length with the history of the peasants and their democratic movements. It is sufficed to say that at the end there was open confrontation between Irabot and those who had supported capitalism. He tried best to sow the seed of revolutionary movement through circulation of literatures. His booklet Capitalism is a general outline to explain capitalism, colonialism and fascism. For all these reasons it remains crucial to discuss Irabot’s Capitalism The central issues raised in Capitalism are: (1) Capitalism is a political economy characterised by the capitalists who live by extraction of surplus value from the workers and resources of the peasants establishing themselves firmly and enjoying supreme control over the political power. Because of the exploitative policy of the profit hungry capitalists there developed class contradiction between the rich and the poor and it led to class confrontation.Wastages, destructions and unrests are developed due to the profit motivated over-production and competition among the capitalists. (2) Capitalism and colonialism went side by side. Fascism is the most brutal form of the capitalist colonial expansion. Due to capitalists propaganda many innocents are misled by blind nationalism and their lives are sacrificed in unjust wars. Unless capitalism is destroyed, despite a country might have overthrown colonial rule there cannot establish a society where equality, collective growth and peace would prevail.(3) A new social order where equality, collective growth and peace prevail can be possible only by revolutionary overthrow of the capitalist political economy. The new social order cannot be achieved by cosmetic reforms within the capitalist system. The revolution can be successful only by the movement under the leadership of the workers and peasants guided by the principle of classless society. However the capitalists continuously attempt to keep the workers and peasant parties weak by promoting sectarianism among them through cosmetic reforms and bribing the leaders. In other to overcome these challenges there is in need of a party that adopt correct ideology, farsighted strategy and committed tactics. Perception on India Irabot had challenged capitalism and the colonial rule associated with it. On the other hand he drew on a comparison among the capitalists depending on time and situation, and had termed Japanese fascism as more dangerous than British colonial rule. It is said that he had considered the Indian National Army as an enemy for its Japanese fascist connexion despite the fact that it had espoused Indian freedom. A pamphlet circulated on 12 December 1950 condemned the Nehruvian government as a fascist State. It meant that Nehru’s rule was adopting capitalism and extending colonial rule under the cloak of blind nationalism. Irabot had wanted an Independent Manipur in an Indian federation under a socialist system in the same manner of the Russian voluntary federation. It would not  be an exaggeration to argue that Irabot had supported the proposed federation model since the then Communist Party of India (till 1951 incorporated the right to secession) had supported voluntary federation. He was not inclined towards keeping Manipur under a capitalist colonial system. Irabot was not alone in opposing Nehru’s policy. Internationally, in 1931 Nehru was expelled from the League against Imperialism and for National Independence on the charge of deceiving the revolutionary youth and the working masses and a traitor to the cause of independence and an agent of imperialism. The Constituent Assembly of India debates and the correspondence letter between Nehru and Patel in 1950 would expose their capitalist and expansionist motives. The manner Manipur was forcibly annexed is being mentioned in the eye witness accounts of Nari Rustomji entitled the Enchanted Frontier and Anandmohan entitled Shillong 1949.Nehru’s ambition to create a super-national state stretching from the Middle East to SouthEast Asia and to exercise an important influence in the Pacific region is discussed in Suniti Kumar Ghosh’s book entitled the Indian Nationality Problem and Ruling Classes. Neville Maxwell’s India’s China War provides with descriptions about Nehru’s territorial ambition that was largely responsible for the war in 1962.In fact India as we know today is a post1947 invention. In 1947 the political power of British India was transferred to the monopolistic capitalist groups of Tata, Birla, Dalmia, Singhania,Bhatt, and comprador section of the Bombay bourgeoisie, capitalists from among Gujaratis and Parsis, Marwari moneylenders, Tamil usurers, etc., who were intimately linked to the princes, landlords and British capital. They adopted a capitalist socioeconomic system where social relations were based on commodities for exchange, in particular private ownership of the means of production and on the exploitation of wage labour and resources. The system has been perpetuated through means of suppression, subjective psychological propaganda, and other sectarian and counter progressive tactics that keep many divided and caught up in a vicious cycle of selfinflicting conflicts along communal and territorial interests.The capitalist path had necessitated territorial expansion. In other words, capital, which is both a pre-condition and outcome of capitalism, requires a territorial base to thrive on. Although territorial expansionism can be obstructed due to competition, rivalry, and protectionism among the capitalists of different countries, the Indian bourgeoisie took the advantage of imperial interregnum in South Asia in the post Second World War period to expand its territorial base wherever possible. While they selectively used blackmail or bribery or intimidation or military tactics to annex territory, they coined integrity jargons and carried nationhood propaganda to cover up forced annexation and military occupation. Till date the Indian constitution approves territorial annexation but no provisions on the right to secession.The Northeast, inhabited by economically backward tribal and peasant communities, apart from strategic calculation was important for; (a) labour, resources (water, uranium, oil, coal, precious stones, minerals, plantation, flora and fauna,tourism, carbon credits, and forest products), and market, (b) a buffer vis-à-vis presumed China, and (c) a military stockpile and commodity stocked for commercial expansion in South and South East Asia. They annexed the Northeast, forcibly integrated it into inter-territorial division of labour and subjected it to the restructured economic order as the primary supplier of labour, raw material, market, and military stockpile for Indian capitalist expansionism. Interestingly, whether a territory should be annexed to the extent of using military force as were the cases of Hyderabad, Kashmir, Manipur, etc. or should be kept as a subordinated neighbour as were the cases of Sikkim (now annexed), Bhutan and Nepal or should be shown favourable treatment as was the case of Burma (at the cost of the controversial Kabow Valley claimed by Manipur) was a meticulously worked-out capitalist programme.Capitalism from the current perspectives Irabot and the Manipur Communist Party under his leadership had stood against the policy of Nehru. However the rulers of our homeland had treated him as an enemy. In other words those who supported Nehru’s capitalism and expansionism became puppets and they launched repressive actions to root out the communist party and peasant movements. To defend the party and the movement Irabot took up arms. In this context the idea of “no internecine bloodshed” was discarded. Because, the internal traitors were several times more dangerous than the external enemy. It was necessary to fight and oust them. On the other hand, for the larger goal of revolutionary internationalism Irabot went to Burma and formed alliance with likeminded parties. However, his life ended as a guerrilla solider in the jungle on 26 September 1951. The question that may be raised is if Irabot’s perception on capitalism and the movement for an independent and classless society still relevant in the present context of Manipur. The question is being addressed as follows:
(1) The first two decades of the 21st century was remarkable in terms of increasing collaboration of the Indian big bourgeoisie with the imperialist cartels and financial institutions. They were increasingly penetrating into the Southeast Asian underdeveloped countries for markets and resources. They played direct or indirect roles in the US-led imperialist wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere and in extractive investments. Their role in the imperialist international division of labour was visible in the collaborative cum competitive engagement with the Chinese social-imperialists, investments in post-LTTE Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, etc. They were investing in the commercial networks spreading across the extensive Mekong-Ganga Riverbed stretches. In the Northeast, apart from other multinational companies and Indian banks, the ADB finance intrusion was gaining momentum. In tune with militarisation and war pre-emption the US army was permitted to conduct a series of military exercises in the jungles of Mizoram to adapt to guerrilla warfare. US FBI operations in Meghalaya are suspected. Protected Area Permit was lifted from the Northeast in 2011 probably under the pressure of the European Union, largely to promote foreigner strategic analysts in the guise of tourists. (2) On the other hand the Indian big bourgeoisie had withheld heavy industrialisation in India. India became a warehouse and market for foreign capitalist technologies and commodities, and exporter of assembled commodities. INDIA SHININGwas dominantly visible in the tertiary construction sub-sectors and in other secondary manufacturing sectors such as assembling of automobiles, expansion of telecom networks, etc. To maximise extraction of capital millions of tribal and peasants were being forcibly displaced at gunpoint to pavethe way for the installation of imperialist assembling units. At the same time a vast number of peasants were deprived of investment and impoverished due to forced extraction in order to fulfil the imperialist quota for food grains and other agrarian products. (3) In Manipur’s context the Indian big bourgeoisie had been closely working in cahoots with the subordinate ruling class composed of landlords, usurers, contractors, commission agents, corrupt officials, petty merchants, etc., who had been dependent on the Indian bourgeoisie for political and economic power. The latter did not directly create capital through investment in constant and variable capitals. They collectively indulged in accumulation of wealth through misappropriation of rent (in the form of central grants) received in return for exploitation of Manipur by the Indian bourgeoisie. They played crucial role in constituting puppet regimes in respectively carved out revenue blocs under the political command of the Indian State who also provided them with military back-up. (4) Increasing penetration by the State, market forces, immigration and job opportunities could not phase off the structural crisis leading to inequality and unrest. The State invested in cosmetic reformism to divert attention and militarization leading to suppression, repression and insecurity.

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Manipur Tourism organizes on-the-spot painting competition as part of Paryatan Parv 2018

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Imphal, Sept, 23,


Manipur Tourism organized an on-the-spot painting competition at the City Convention Centre in Imphal as part of observation of the ‘Paryatan Parv’ from September 16-27, 2018 in the state. A Heritage Walk at Khongjom was also conducted as part of the ongoing celebrations.

The Paryatan Parv 2018 celebrations in Manipur kicked off with a Heritage Walk at Kangla on September 16, 2018. A Heritage Walk will also be organised at Marjing, Heingang, Imphal East on September 23, 2018.

The on-the-spot painting competition at the City Convention Centre was participated by artists who competed in 3 categories- Upto Class X, Class XI to Graduate, and Open Category. The result of the competition will be declared on September 24, 2018 and will be available at www.manipurtourism.gov.in and on the Facebook page of Manipur Tourism. The prizes will be distributed on the World Tourism Day celebrations in the state on 27th September 2018.

‘Paryatan Parv’ is observed across the country from the 16th to 27thSeptember 2018 under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and in collaboration with other Central Ministries and State Governments. The celebration is aimed at drawing focus on the benefits of tourism while showcasing the cultural diversity of the country and reinforcing the principle of “Tourism for All”.

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NEFIS units hold protest in different states across India against the brutal crackdown on students and teachers at Manipur University

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Imphal Sept 23,


North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) activists staged protests across India against the brutal crackdown on students and teachers at Manipur University on Saturday. The protests were held at Delhi, Chandigarh, Assam and Hyderabad and saw large participation from other progressive organizations and common students. At Delhi, Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS) activists participated in solidarity and at Chandigarh members of Manipur Students’ Association Chandigarh participated. An effigy of N. Biren Singh was also burnt for his collusion with union BJP govt in curbing students-teachers’ movement. It should be known that Manipur Police personnel entered the university campus in the intervening night of 20th-21st September. The personnel barged into boys hostels, paraded male students and brutally assaulted them. Later, when teachers staying inside the campus sought to intervene, tear gas shells were fired upon them. At the time of writing of this press release, it was reported that 89 students and 6 teachers were under illegal detention. Also, 55 students are reportedly missing since the raids in hostels last night. The extent of brutality can be guessed by the fact that tear gas shells and rubber bullets were fired at students inside the boys’ hostel located in the campus. Even those brutally injured in the crackdown are being illegally detained and not being allowed to exit MU campus. Members of the students’ union and those teachers and common students, who were in the forefront of 85 day long agitation demanding removal of V-C A.P. Pandey, were specifically targeted. It should also be noted that the V-C was sent on leave following the students’ steadfast agitation, before he forcefully resumed office in September. He was later forced to proceed on leave pending an inquiry against his irregularities. However, the V-C had appointed Y Yugindro Singh as Pro V-C, who is reportedly close to him. The crackdown has been executed at his behest with the active support of Manipur govt. It should be known that BJP is infamous for its undemocratic and anti-social mentality and is out to terrorize progressive students and teachers in universities. At various university campuses, from Hyderabad Central University, JNU, DU to now MU, RSS’s student wing ABVP has unleashed a reign of terror. Across India in different universities ABVP has shamelessly attacked, assaulted not only student and activists of progressive student organizations, but also students, teachers and cultural groups speaking against their opinion. Manipur University is among those university campuses, which have been specifically targeted due to the students’ and teachers’ indomitable struggle against the anti-people policies of BJP govt at the centre and its stooges who have been appointed as heads at various public institutions. The crackdown comes amidst the state and Union BJP governments’ overt support to V-C Pandey. Earlier too, in August the state BJP govt brutally assaulted the students involved in the movement. After sending the V-C on leave under huge pressure, the state government had resorted to brutal measures to curb the movement. A students’ union (MUSU) councilor was arrested by Manipur Police on 4th August. The arrest was followed by the dismantling of the dais which had been erected at the site where protests had been going on for more than 2 months. NEFIS stated that educational spaces and university campuses should be a free space to engage in critical thought and dialogue. It strongly condemns strongly condemns the recent developments at MU which are connected with the governments’ resolve to curb the democratic movement at MU and stands in solidarity with MU community and resolves to continue its struggle even amidst crackdown. NEFIS demands that all the students and teachers who are detained should be released unconditionally. The state government should take action against police officers and personnel who were involved in the raid and violence. It also demands that all security forces including Assam Rifles camp should be removed from Manipur University. NEFIS also calls upon the larger civil society to extend support to the struggle in order to reclaim the university for the people and especially for saving the future of public education in the state.

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TSA stands in favour of Pro VC; say nothing about Sept 20 , crackdown by police inside MU complex

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Imphal, Sept 23,


Instead of condemning midnight crackdown inside Manipur University complex a students’ body called  The Thadou Students’ Association, General Headquarters (TSA-GHQ) lambasted  the mob violence meted out to the so called Pro Vice-Chancellor (Pro VC) by a group of agitators at Manipur University (MU) on Sept 20.  A statement issued by Secretary, Information & Publicity

Without mentioning the name alleged that the Pro VC and Registrar (i/c) with the same fate meted out to Prof. Islamuddin, who was murdered inside the university in May, 2009.

The mob also made the Pro VC and Registrar (i/c) sign an apology letter under duress stating “apologies for my unpardonable act and solemnly affirmed not to repeat such act of misconduct and violation of the sanctity of the university in the future” on 20thSeptember, 2018 at university campus.

“We also condemn the desperate public campaign taken up by the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) and its constituent bodies. University, which should be free from politics, has unfortunately been seized as a political ground by the MPCC to strike back at its opponent.

It is not that such a crisis has not happened during the Congress regime in Manipur. It was during the Congress rule in 2016 the mass exodus of tribal students from MU happened due to systematic discrimination of tribal students in the university. The politics is still on. The blatant politicization of the unfortunate situation in MU at the cost of the students is very unfortunate. It is high time political parties stop interfering in the functioning and administration of the university.

If the real intention of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) was to remove AP Pandey as the Vice-Chancellor as they always claimed, MUSU would have shunned agitation and confrontation against the Pro-VC and VC (i/c) Prof K. Yugindro Singh and Registrar (i/c) Shri Shyamkesho consequent upon the suspension of Prof. AP Pandey by the President of India through MHRD pending the investigation by the Two Men Independent Enquiry Committee.

“We would like to question MUSU if the whole agenda of their agitation was to appoint a particular person to the post of the VC of the University? Being a student association, it would be prudent on the part of MUSU to focus on education rather than being too involved in the appointment of the VC?”, the student body said.

The students’ body also appealed to all concerned civil societies to refrain from any activity that could vitiate the functioning of the university and be cautious about supporting mob agitations that could lead to mob violence.

“It is pertinent to note that the state cabinet has recently passed an ordinance implementing the Manipur Mob Violence Control and Prohibition Bill, 2018 with immediate effect in view of the increasing rate of incidents of awarding instant punishment by mob without any fair trial.

“One can never justify mob justice, and in a country with a working legal system, people cannot be allowed to take law into their own hands. Therefore, mob justice for removal of VC or anyone else is not acceptable and should not be encouraged or supported under any circumstances.

“We would like to appeal the agitating students (MUSU) and staff of MU to stop trying to control the whole affairs of the university and allow law and order to prevail in the university in the best interest of the MU community.

(This press statement is what the student body claim to published in this newspaper)

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EC to audit electoral rolls in poll-bound states

IT News
Imphal Sept. 23,

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to conduct a regulatory audit of poll-related activities such as those of electoral rolls in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram.
Elections in these four states are due this year-end. The EC  in a letter to the Chief Electoral Officers of these states said, the detailed regulatory audit of election-related activities such as electoral rolls, polling stations and storage of electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be carried out.
It said, an audit of the systematic voters’ education and electoral participation or SVEEP activities, and training of Booth Level Officers (BLOs) among others would be also conducted.
It also asked the Chief Electoral Officers to direct officers concerned to provide any clarification or information, which the teams may require as part of the audit immediately on the same day.

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