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MHA announcement to take consent of State govt. is another trick to fool the people – O. Joy

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Imphal, Jan 23,

Veteran Politician, Okram Joy, an ex- MLA, who was elected as legislature for five times to the Manipur Legislative Assembly representing the Langthabal Assembly constituency today said that the statement of the Union Home Ministry’s spokesperson regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, at which he was that nobody would be granted Indian citizenship without the consent of the respective state government, as another trick to fool the people of the country.

“The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill comes under the Union list, and saying that consent of the state government will be taken while granting citizenship unacceptable until a clause on the Bill on what the spokesperson had said has been added”, Joy said.

The veteran Politician further said that BJP’s president Amit Shah public speech during rally at Malda in West Bengal 2 days back, at which he said that All Bengali refugees will be given citizenship under the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has also contradict what the MHA spokespersons had stated. The contentious Bill was tabled by the BJP and Amit Shah is the president of the BJP who had made that contradictory statement.

O Joy also further stated that certain parliamentary procedures have been skipped while the BJP led government is making its way to pass the Bill in Lok Sabha. The CAB 2016   while introducing in the floor of the Lok sabha was not referred to the select Committee even there are criticisms that it affects the Fundamental Rights of the people. The Bill also violates the Article 14 of the Indian Constitution by excluding the Muslim or atheist or some particular religion, Joy added.

“This is being done for political benefit as Parliamentary Election is knocking at the door”, Joy said.

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Protest staged against CAB; students’ to go at Delhi; another group criticize BJP

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Imphal, Jan 23,

Protest against Citizen Amendment Bill was staged today at various places of the state. At Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai women folk stage sit-in-protest using placards and banner denouncing the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Students’ body AMSU, MSF, DESAM, KSA, SUK and AIMS will stage protest at New Delhi on January 30. This was announced by the representatives of the students’ body during a meeting with reporters at AMSU HQ.

Students’ body like MSAD, DAMMS, UNIKAS are also joining the protest.

Meanwhile, SSUM, AMMSO, MSAD, RSF and AMPSUM have also come down heavily to the BJP saying that the Bill was put up by them and it should be withdraw by them. In a press meet the students’ bodies lambasted the silence of the RS MP Bhabananda for remaining silent over the Bill.

The Students’ Body further said that the so call spokesperson of the BJP can no longer fool the people of the state regarding the issue.

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NIT, Manipur a total mess; hunger strike staged

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Imphal, Jan 23,

The National Institute of Technology Manipur which is situated at Langol has been in a complete mess. The National level Institute was like more of degrading government schools of our state. Classes with walls made up of Rhino Boards were all broken and shattered. Classes from one class to another can be seen from each another. Most of the Ceilings of the institute were all broken.

Out of the total 1100 students studying in NIT, Manipur the library can accommodate only 20 readers in it. Surprisingly while visiting the campus by our reporter, around 7 students were made to accommodate in a room of their hostel. Almost all of the lights in the verandah of the hostels were not functioning.  Even the fencing is not properly maintained and also the walls of the building were cracked in many places. The institute also always faced flood like situation even when drizzling. And out of the 54 sanctioned posts for teaching staff only 32 regular teaching staffs were there. Even the 54 sanctioned posts should be 76 if they consider proper teacher students ratio. Well in a nut shell the infrastructure of the hostel and the conditions of the institute is extremely poor for a national level institute.

It can be mentioned that the NIT, Manipur was established in the year 2010 only. So, it is observed that the buildings were constructed without any quality control. Around 330 crores have already been sanctioned for NIT, Manipur. Out of 31 NIT institutes the NIT, Manipur is one of the 11 newly established NITs. The ranking of the NIT, Manipur has also declined from 15 to 28 ranking.

Because of the improper infrastructure in the campus the students has been staging a hunger strike inside the campus since 21 of this month. Speaking to media persons a student protestors claimed that the government schools in their places is far better than NIT, Manipur. The student said that they have struggled even for basic commodities like bed, tables and chairs and added that no authorities have come to inspect it. He said that with the developing of crack in the walls they fear to live in such places as Manipur is a high risk zone of earthquake. He also said that the institute lacks in many ways from teachers to equipments. Even they don’t have their own auditorium.  He finally concluded that the opportunities were all taken from them. All they do is more of a survival just eating and sleeping rather than studying.

The students also demanded to make a ladies hostel inside the campus at Langol. They said that they spent a lot of time travelling in a congested bus. Around 150 students were made to travel from Takyel to Langol in two vehicles.

The ABVP Manipur also participated the protest in the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Manipur regarding the improper infrastructure in the Campus and inadequate hostel facilities in the Institution.

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KLAM’ s Foundation Day

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Imphal, Jan 23,

Kangleipak Loinasillon Apunba Marup, KLAM is observing its 17th Foundation day on February 9, 2019 ay Kombirei Garden , Tinseed Road Imphal East.

On the occasion KLAM annual awards LEISANGTHEM SOMANANDA NINGSING LOINASILLON MANA for the year 2018 will be conferred on to Short story writer Shamurailatpam Shantibala for her book MINGSHELNA KAIKHRABADA, a statement of KLAM said.  KB Ingaremba’s lyrics compilation ‘ LANGDAI SHEIROL’ and  Kh Phamthoiba’ journal  ‘LOINASILLON GI NACHOM’  Vol. 2 issue 7 will also be released besides Dr. S Lanchenba  and Ningthouja  Lancha will deliver speech on literatures of lyricist and poets to the society.

Okendro Khundongbam, General Secy. of KLAM, Narengbam Samarjit, Chairman and Managing Director, Salai Holding’s Pvt. Ltd, Thiyam Ongbi Silleima  President , KLAM , and Ngashepam Bimola up- Adakshya, Imphal west  Zilla parishad will attend the function as dignitaries.

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CorCom, ULFA-I and NLFT boycott R-Day

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Imphal, Jan 23,

Rebel group Co-Ordinating Committee (CorCom), United Liberation front of Assam , Independent (ULFA-I) and the National Liberation Front Twipra (NLFT) has boycotted the Indian Republic Day.
A joint statement of the three rebel groups appealed the people of  WESEA region to BOYCOTT the India’s Republic Day Celebration on 26 January 2019.
It said, “As the Indian State’s pretence and deceit and her brutal suppression of our peoples have been exposed repeatedly and continued exploitation of the peoples of our Western South East Asia (WeSEA) region in all spheres of life. Recently, the Indian lower House of the Parliament [The Lok Sabha] has passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 hastily, that is, within 24 hours of the submission of a report by the Joint Committee on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. The purpose was to disrupt the peaceful situation in our region, going against the wishes the people of the WeSEA. The contents of the report indicate that the Committee and its report was merely a cloak screen to legitimize a hidden policy. The Indian Colonial ruler had already taken a firm decision, much before they introduced the Bill in the Parliament. For instance, on 7th December 2015, the Ministry of Home Affairs, vide notification clauses that are subsequently inserted in the Bill. The fact that Lok Sabha passed the Bill on 8th January, was a mere legislative drama or a final touch on a well-engineered plan.
“The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Bill No. 172-C of 2016), passed by the Indian Lok Sabha on 8th January 2019, amended the principal Act so as to insert, “…..persons belonging to minority communities, namely, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan,…..shall not be treated as illegal migrants….[and their] aggregate period of residence or service of a Government in India as required under this clause shall be read as “not less than six years” in place of “not less than eleven years.”

“Many Indian nationalists protest the Bill on the ground that it violates secularism and serves Hindutva agenda. It is true that on its face value the Bill conveys an open assertion of religiously communalized nationalist hype centred on Hindutva, i.e., identifying India with Hinduism. Proving that, the Colonial ruler plays with the sentiments of the Hindus, who constitute the majority chunk of the population in India. By creating a fiction of persecuted Hindus in neighbouring countries, the rulers depicts for itself an animated image of a Hindu messiah providing a safe haven (Hindustan) for fleeing Hindus. This populist tactic could manipulate the psyche of Hindus in blindly endorsing Hindu chauvinism and galvanise in expanding the numerical figure of Hindu voters. Colonial ruler aims to use the tactic as a handy tool for securing more seats in the upcoming parliamentary election. In short, Colonial ruler plays with religion-communal cards vis-à-vis its rival political parties.
“The recent Bill adds a qualitative difference to the continuous policy of demographic invasion. It selectively grants the wholesome concession of ‘naturalization’ or ‘citizenship, to the groups of people as mentioned who have entered India before 31st December 2014. The Bill, therefore, arbitrarily delegitimizes and contradicts: (a) the Assam Accord of 1985 and ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) updating process in Assam, (b) the agreement between the Government of Manipur and All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) & All Manipur Students’ Coordination Committee (AMSCOC) in 1980; reiterated by an agreement signed between Government of Manipur and AMSU in 1994; (c) the popular movements for protection of Indigenous peoples in WeSEA such as Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya and elsewhere; and (d) the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007.
“The Government of India neglecting the political responsibility of devising an effective mechanism to bring an end to the demographic invasion in the WeSEA. So far, NRC updating process in Assam has detected more than 3 million of illegal migrants. This number does not include a large chunk of migrants from India and elsewhere. The indigenous people of Tripura have been systematically outnumbered and marginalized. The ‘tribal’ states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland are facing massive pressure by Indian migrants, particularly in urban clusters and resource extraction areas. Manipur has been resisting the onslaught by the demographic invasion. The recent Bill, therefore, became a sensitive issue and indigenous peoples in WeSEA are united in opposing it. But the Government of India pushing it with determination and dorce to muzzle democratic dissents. Tripura witnessed large scale casualty and fatality in police repression. Police obstructed ambulance van ferrying to hospital repression victims. In Assam, Dr. Hiren Gohain (Intellect), Akhil Gogoi (leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti) and Manjit Mahanta (journalist) were booked on the charge of sedition. Many student agitators in Manipur were injured in police repression.
“The repressive methods of the Colonial regime expose the regime’s fascist character. Hindutva under colonial ruler is systematically moving towards fascism. It tends to destroy the unique histories and identities in WeSEA by fabricating history with Hindu myths and legends. The projection of WeSEA, as an integral part of a metaphorically mythicized United Hindu Nation [Akhil Hindu Rashtra]. With a dream to return to a fictitious golden past, Hindu zealots have been enticed the gangs sycophants to invade and rule WeSEA in the name of Hindustan. Perhaps, the Indian establishment is gearing up to push the demographic invasion by outsides to a grater heights. This policy reflects India’s continuous suspicion about the racial, linguistic and political loyalty of the indigenous peoples in the WeSEA to the her. Indian rulers have no trust on the local puppet regimes composed of elected representatives of the indigenous people. Indian ruler believes that the above Bill will ensure, in all the states of WeSEA; the Tripura model of complete marginalization, subjugation, oppression and exploitation of the indigenous people. The objective is to wipe out from prominence the indigenous peoples of their distinct ethnic/nationality identities, cultures, languages, social organizations, political will, destroy the spirit of resistance.
“The Bill has the larger ambition of fulfilling the imperialist ambition of India. It is difficult for India to expand beyond Nepal on the North, towards Pakistan on the West, beyond Sri-Lanka on the South and on the sea on the East. But WeSEA is vital for its territory, resources, markets and geo-strategic advantage in expanding India’s finance interest towards Southeast Asian Countries via Myanmar. In this regards, India is effectively playing the role of a subordinate proxy of industrially advanced countries to counter-balance China’s global economic ambitions. However, armed resistance and democratic dissents to defend indigenous rights have been obstructing India’s imperialist ambition. When militarization, communal divide and rule policy, installation of local puppet regimes, recruitment of tocal traitors, etc. could not suppress resistance; India adopted the policy of passing the Bill to legalise demographic invasion by Hindu infiltrators, whom the India rulers perceive to be just one in the long run. They must gradually outnumber the indigenous political power and government institutions. The Bill is designed to act as surrogate to organized loot and legalized plunder by imperial forces that it would affect the livelihood of migrant worker and peasants, are bluntly endorsing India’s colonial policy of demographic invasion. We cannot accept demographic invasion in the name of internationalism of the working people and peasants. We appeal people to devise effective  political and economic programmes so that Indian working people and peasants do not desert their homeland to become fodder feeder of the colonial master in colonizing WeSEA. As far as the Indian practices of colonial master is concerned we must fight every issue ourselves rather than imploring Government of India (Gol) to protect us from the demographic invasion. GoI will never do anything to safeguard  the indigenous people of the region. The dream of hardcore Indian politicians to build a greater India by bringing Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh within India. They realize that such an outcome may not be possible, but, they firmly believe that the present Indian boundary will remain intact forever. Apart from its political approach to keep WeSEA within India. GoI has been scheming to make Indians dominate the indigenous people demographic invasion.

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6 rebel groups calls total shut down in WESEA region on Indian Republic Day

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Imphal, Jan 23,

Six different revolutionary groups of WESEA region, namely the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) , Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT) and People’s Democratic Council of Karbi-Longri (PDCK), have ban all forms of Indian Republic Day celebrations in the North East region of India.
A statement released by Alliance for Socialist Unity, Kangleipak (ASUK), which is signed by leaders of all the rebel groups said, “ to effectuate the ban we call a total shut-down for 12 hours, from 6 am to 6 pm, on the 26th January, 2019, in the entire WESEA region”.
The statement however exempts emergency services and religious functions .

Giving reason for calling the total shut down, the statement said that India is going to celebrate her Republic Day on the 26th January, 2019. On this day in 1950, newly independent India got a constitution of her own and the previous colonial law, the Government of India Act, 1935 was replaced. This day is a day of national pride for the Hindi speaking mainland Indians and deserves joyous celebrations. But for peripheral colonies like WESEA and Kashmir, this is a day of enslavement and mourning. India is not a nation-state but a ‘state-nation’ where the mainland colonizes the peripheries. She is a prison-house of nations.
“The central government of India has been forcing the rim-land colonies to celebrate her Republic Day every year. In the WESEA region, this is nothing less than a cruel practical joke. India’s ‘intelligent’ design is to force a fictional narrative of unitary India down our throats. Celebrations and festivals are handy tools used by colonizers to dupe colonials into believing in the false stories invented by colonizers. Using the soft cultural tools like education, media, arts, festivals, celebrations etc., heartland Indian leaders try to paint a monochromatic picture of India in the hearts and minds of the colonized rim-land peoples. The Republic Day of India is such a day utilized as a tool of colonization of the mind. The intended function of this celebration is to obfuscate and finally erase the unadulterated historical memories of peripheral colonial peoples and to substitute them with a new history of India, fictionalized through deft cherry-picking of events and myths from the multitudinous streams of historical narratives of the multiplex of diverse nations and ethnic groups of Indian sub-continent.
“This erasure of historical memories makes it easy to make us Indian. They are changing our past to change our present. This will enable them to change our future too. But our future they are going to shape is nothing but our ‘national death’. Becoming Indian is ethnocide of the rim-land colonies. For heartland Indian leaders or the Indian ‘deep-state’, it is nation-building. Being a Republic is being ruled by the people themselves. On top this Indian constitution declares India to be a ‘union of states’. But what the rim-land colonial peoples are experiencing is neither a republic nor a union of states. They are being subjected to a modern and sophisticated type of imperial rule from New Delhi. The rim-lands have the outer paraphernalia of self-rule. But this is nothing but a shroud to cover up the scandalous colonialism lying under.
“But the letter and the spirit of the constitution of India are quite different from the intention of Indian mainland leaders. They cannot always hide their malicious designs against the rim-land colonies. One glaring example of such monstrous machinations is the present issue of The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Violating all the norms and basic principles of Indian constitution, the present ruling party of India is working overtime to demographically jeopardize the entire WESEA region. The Bill proposes to open the door to all aspiring Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh. It negates the Assam Accord of 1985 and the NRC of Assam. This Bill, if enacted, will become a demographic ‘death warrant’ for the indigenous peoples of WESEA.
“This move shows that the present day Indian leaders love the Hindus of Bangladesh, who are foreigners in true sense; but, on the contrary, they hate the indigenous peoples of WESEA, who are supposed de jure to be Indians. Their real intention is to replace the indigenous peoples of WESEA with the Hindus from anywhere in the world. There is nothing more nefarious and spiteful than this evil design. This proves the oppressive nature of the mainland Indian rule over WESEA. But this oppressive colonial rule is being camouflaged by a number of meaningless spectacles like elections, celebrations and festivals”, the statement said.

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R-Day rehearsal held

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Imphal, Jan 23,

Full rehearsal of the republic Day parade was held today at Imphal under tight security arrangement. The rehearsal parade was attended by various schools and colleges which had earlier announced that they will not take place in the R-Day, reports local TV news.

Meanwhile traffic in Imphal city turned out to be a nightmare with thousands of vehicles stranded during the Republic day parade rehearsal programme. 

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Words of caution for the expendable citizens

Viewing the country through the rose (or is it saffron?) tinted glass, the movers and shapers of the nation overestimated their own importance and invincibility to such an extent that what was initially hailed as the beginning of a new and radical changes in the society soon turned into a regime of intolerance and autocracy egged on by a support base unwilling to compromise or accommodate any other opinions or views not in sync with their hardened stand. Despite various path-breaking initiatives implemented to propel the nation towards becoming a leading country in various spheres, the over-the-top promises and inflated figures of achievements started a reverse slide in the trust factor among the public and it would not be much off the mark to state that the rapidly waning popularity of the present government at the centre has become a matter of grave concern.
What could prove to be the proverbial final nail in the coffin is the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016 which has caused so much uproar and protests from all quarters cutting across ethnic, religious and ideological lines. It has presented  itself as an opportunity for parties, groups and organizations to come together thereby raising the possibility of working out their differences of religion, region or ideologies and drawing up an understanding or a working modality to enter into an alliance for a common goal. It has also become an opportunistic moment for various organizations and groups to organize protests demanding solutions with even the slightest connection to the present issue much like a festering wound attracting every kind of insects and flies. The perplexing part, of course happens to be that the wound is self-induced.

While the contents and technical aspects of the proposed CAB has become public knowledge, the main objective of this piece is to bring to the fore the genesis of the idea of the Bill and what it projects to fulfill in the future. If one would care to look back a couple of years, the promise made in 2014 to provide shelter to the prosecuted minorities in the neighbouring countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan could not have been without any political connotations. With so much of these illegal immigrants from across the borders already inside India, it goes without saying that the political largesse will certainly translate into votes. What the political think-tank failed to anticipate was the unstoppable stream of illegal immigrants crossing the border fences while security forces manning the border watched helplessly as witnessed from social media sites. What this would mean to the indigenous population might be nothing to be concerned about for the people in mainland India, but for the people in the north east, the already congested and much contested resources including land and employment opportunities become dearer and as such social flare-ups and communal tensions becomes more frequent. The already unstable life of the public is thrown into chaos thanks to the insensitive and ignorant leaders who decided to go with the words of their employees pumping out fake reports to please their bosses rather than try and feel the real pulse of the people before making such sensitive decisions which will undoubtedly have a really lasting effect on the continuity and even the very survival of a political entity.
At this juncture it is pertinent and indeed important to try and look at the big picture which the government at the centre is trying to put together, albeit in pieces and deceptive bits. For a region which doesn’t subscribe to the fanatical ideals of any religion one may follow, injecting elements which could replace the political scenario with those that can and will propagate and preserve the idea of Hindutva is not an unpleasant option because electoral politics is about numbers, even if those numbers happen to lack intuition and intelligence. 

Eastern Army Commander calls on the Manipur Governor and Chief Minister

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Imphal Jan 23

Lieutenant General MM Naravane, Eastern Army Commander, met the Hon’ble Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla at Raj Bhavan on 22 January 2019.  He was accompanied by Lieutenant General Rajeev Sirohi, General Officer Commanding, Spear Corps and Major General KP Singh, IG Assam Rifles (South).
The Army Commander apprised the Governor of the actions being taken by the Indian Army and Assam Rifles in coordination with other agencies, towards maintenance of peace and security in the state. The Hon’ble Governor lauded the untiring efforts of the forces in difficult conditions and complimented them for carrying out people friendly operations. Later in the day, the Army Commander also interacted with the Chief Minister, Shri N Biren Singh and discussed the security situation in Manipur.

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