Monday, 20 January 2020 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Jan 20

A 2016 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer presently posted as SDPO at Yairipok Police Station, identified as Ms. Anupam, who went to Moreh along with her escort party on official duty at the border town Moreh in Tengnoupal district has been reportedly detained and harassed by personnel of 12th Assam Rifles at Khudengthabi Check post.

According to a report, the official vehicle bearing registration number MN01G -6243 at which her team in uniform was travelling was checked and made them registered at 3 different places along the Imphal –Moreh route. On her return from Moreh, the IPS officer along with her escort was stopped at Khudengthabi Check post by D-Company, 12th Assam Rifles. An escort of the IPS officer identified as M. Hemanta, a constable of the Manipur police approached the 12th Assam Rifles and tried to inform them and registered entry of the vehicle. Identification cards were shown and also informed that they are on official duty.

What is surprising is that a personnel of the AR deployed there identified as PK Pandey , besides knowing that the IPS officer was on duty and was returning to Imphal detained them and even threaten to detain till midnight.

As per report this psycho even threatened the IPS officer saying that he will not leave her and her team if the matter is reported to the Director General of Police or the Chief Minister of Manipur. This AR personnel even thrash the vehicle where the IPS officer was sitting.

As per a complaint lodged by the IPS officer over the misconduct of the Assam Rifles personnel at Khudengthabi, the IPS office, Ms. Anupam said that the said Assam Rifle personnel continued to misbehave , humiliate , harass and even assault her and her escort team beside showing their official identity card .

Anupam said that he reported the matter to the Brigadier 26 AR and following that the Major of the D-Company 12th AR rushed the site and intervened. While trying to call the higher official the AR personnel even tried to snatch the mobile phone, Anupam in her report said.

A complaint has been lodged to the Officer in Charge of Tengnoupal district regarding the matter by Ms Anupam (IPS).

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Imphal, Jan 20

Popular Front of India has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Allahabad High Court seeking court monitored judicial probe by are tired Supreme Court or High Court judge on the police violence in connection with the Anti–CAA protest in the state. The petition was filed by Md. Shahzad, UP State Adhoc committee member on the behalf of organisation.
Unlike other states where the protests against CAA – NRC –NPR were largely peaceful, the UP police has resorted to all sorts of atrocities such as Illegal arrests, custodial tortures, unauthorised riots, even targeting women and children. Many innocent lives were lost in police firing in different parts of the states. Even after getting exposed through video footages and reports of fact finding missions, Yogi Government continues to harass activists by falsely implicating them in new cases and by spreading false stories through a section of media.
The petition came for hearing today in the court. The court posted the case for tomorrow along with other petitions before it on the same issue.

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Imphal, Jan 20

History talks about mass peoples’ movement demanding statehood for Manipur and some historians and activist of that time participated in agitation recounted their story of how they suffered while demanding a full-fledged state for Manipur. And finally Manipur became a full-fledged state on Jan 21, 1972. Since then the government of Manipur has been celebrating Manipur’s Statehood Day every year and this year too Manipur government is all set to organise a  mega celebration.
In this 48 years, no groups including those rebel groups waging war against the government of India for restoration of the Manipur’s Sovereignty had ever interfered. But this time armed rebel group Peoples’ Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) straight away question on why should the people of Manipur organise Statehood Day or take part in such celebration if organise by the government.
A statement by Leibaakngakpa Luwang , Secretary-in-charge, Publicity and propaganda , PREPAK, made available to media houses recounted the unceremonious way of annexing the erstwhile state which already have a democratic government under its own constitution by forcing the than nominal head of the state Maharaja Bodhachandra to signe an agreement of merger to the Indian Union in September 21, 1949.
“After annexing the erstwhile kingdom, Manipur was put as Part C state administered by a Commissioner appointed by the Indian government and fully occupied the on January 21, 1972 by converting into a full-fledged state”, the statement said.
Since its occupation the real face of colonialism is being sense by the people and people have no reason to be happy. One of the oldest armed Rebel group PREPAK said that the people have no reason to be happy about Manipur being a Full-fledged state and appealed people not to take part in the celebration.

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Imphal, Jan 20

Proscribed armed group, PREPAK (Pro) slams MP RK Ranjan over his statement that blamed parents of children for the rise in anti social activities like drug use among student community.
A statement by Th. Ishingchaoba , Assistant Publicity Secretary, PREPAK (Pro) said that Dr. RK . Ranjan’s irresponsible statement at which he stated that the present chaotic situation in the state is the product of irresponsible parents make no sense. The statement further said that he even mislead the parliament by stating that Manipur merged to India o October 15, 1950, when it was Oct. 15, 1949.
The PREPAK (Pro) questioned the MP saying that which parents would like to encourage their children in using drugs and other intoxicants. Dr. Ranjan should know who are transporting and smuggling drugs in the state , it added.

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Monday, 20 January 2020 17:44

Manipur Police Dog Squad

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Imphal, Jan 20

DGP of Manipur L.M. Khoute today inaugurated the Manipur Police Dog Squad at Lamphel, opposite Officer’s mess, 86th BN CRPF. At present, the dog squad consists of 4 Belgian Malinois of which 2 will be used for detection of explosives and other 2 for detection of illicit drugs and narcotic substances. Besides, there are 2 trained Lab dogs with Manipur Police Dog Squad that have been providing valuable K-9 services.

Following the inauguration of the Police Dog Squad, Manipur Police will now be in a better position to fight drug menace and handle internal security challenges, police source said.

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Guwahati, Jan 20

Kalpa, a Society for Promotion of Literature, Art, Culture and Social Harmony, announced the eleventh edition of Pragjyoti International Dance Festival (PIDF) at Guwahati Press Club today. During the conference, national award winning Sattriya danseuse and Festival Director of PIDF, Dr. Anwesa Mahanta announced that the festival replete with performances, film screening, panel discussions on art, music and dance will be celebrated at Sri Sri Madhavadeva International Auditorium, Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, Guwahati on January 31 and February 1, 2020. 

Dr. Anwesa Mahanta said, “The celebration of 11 glorious years of our Festival has been curated with a wider cause of addressing the various concerns of Dance – its practice and pedagogy, challenges and perspectives, training and research and other issues of social relevance. With a firm conviction to cultural identity, sharing a rich legacy of arts, the festival reaches out to the youth with a message of social harmony and cultural convergence through arts.”  

The curtain raiser of PIDF will be held at Sri Sri Madhavadeva International Auditorium of Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati from 5:00 pm onwards on January 31. The curtain raiser will feature a performance of Pung Cholam by artistes of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal. Followed by this will a Bharatanatyam performance by noted dancer and an Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar awardee Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya after which the young and dynamic Sangita Chatterjee will present a Kathak recital. 

The Festival has always valued the educative component of arts and collaborated with various educational institutions for a wider youth outreach. This year, the Festival has joined hands with Department of English, Gauhati University and Assam Down Town University. Distinguished scholar, columnist, Dr. Arshiya Sethi would deliver an illustrated talk on ”Tightly Plaited: Relationship between Literature, Dance and Indian Dramaturgy” on 31st January at 11 am in Department of English, Gauhati University. 

The evening sessions of the festival on January 31, in Sri Sri Madhavadeva International Auditorium at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra premises would feature invocation by students of Kalpavriksha – the performance and training unit of Kalpa at 5:00 pm. A film screening of a rare Sattriya Dance Documentary followed by a discussion with eminent masters of Sattriya Traditions, Bayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora (Padmashri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee) , Nrityacharya Jatin Goswami (Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna and Padmashri) . The session will be moderated by celebrated scholar   Prof. Pradip Jyoti Mahanta. There will also be an interactive talk on “Sattriya’s Challenges in Enlarging Geographies” by Dr Arshiya Sethi. 

The concluding day of the festival, February 1, would commence with a lecture demonstration session in the morning hours in Assam Down Town University at 10:00 am. The evening session also has a series of interesting panel discussion and performances stored for the dance and music lovers. The evening session begins with a panel discussion on ”Pay and Perform:  A Banal Trend in Indian Classical Dance Communities; Challenges & Perspectives” amidst eminent art personalities artistes, scholars and audience - Shri Ashok Jain, Ms. Anita Sharma, Ms. Marami Medhi, Dr. Meernanda Borthakur and Shrinkhla Sahai from 5.00 pm onwards. After this Vinod Kevin Bachan from West Indies, a young lively dancer and disciple of well - known Odissi Guru, Smt. Ranjana Gauhar will perform Odissi. Dance enthusiasts will also witness Mohiniattam by renowned scholar, practitioner and Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Awardee, Dr. Methil Devika after the performance by Vinod Kevin Bachan. The concluding presentation will be a Sattriya recital by prominent dancer and researcher Dr. Anwesa Mahanta. 

This year, the Pragjyoti International Dance Festival has been hosted in association with Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra and Kri Foundation, with a support from Sangeet Natak Akademi, Oil India Limited, State Bank of India, Indian Oil, Gauhati University, Assam Down Town University, Life’s Purple and The News Mill. 

Noted art scholar and Founder of Kri Foundation Dr. Arshiya Sethi in collaborating with Kalpa says, I see a global and local valence for the Pragjyoti International Dance Festival that is celebrating its eleventh year. While there is a civic churning all around us, the very fact that we can come together, for art, is not just part of our civic duty, but testifies to the adhesive power of art. Kri Foundation, a haven in the forefront of activism through the arts, is privileged to be associated once again with Kalpa as part of the Pragjyoti International Dance Festival. 

PIDF is an annual classical dance extravaganza conceptualized to exhibit the wide range of Indian Dance traditions together on one platform and to celebrate the rich heritage of Assam.

 “With every passing edition, PIDF has taken up socially relevant concerns and initiatives to promote the softer power of art in celebrating diversity and confluence of minds by providing a global platform to varied art forms and its practitioners.  While we have worked towards the cultural tourism of the region, the Festival this year also focusses on the importance of arts education. The festival experience would not only give the performers a platform to share their art form but also give a wider space to interact and see the rich artistic legacy of Assam concludes Dr. Anwesa Mahanta.

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The Amended Citizenship Act, which comes into force from January 10, this year amidst much protest in different part of the country, indeed has divided people of the nation into two - base on their ideology. When the groups against the CAA or NRC or NPR are arguing the constitutional validity, the Right wing groups associating the BJP advocated the compulsion for passing and enactment of the CAA followed by the NRC as they believe such an amendment will make a strong India.
The impasse between those favouring the CAA and those against the amended CAA is over the constitutional validity of the legislation. Well, as many as 21 petitions against the Act have been filed to the Supreme Court challenging its constitutional validity. It will not be right to comment on the legality or constitutionality of the CAA as it is in the highest court of the country and people across the country are waiting January 22 to listen on what the highest court of the country has to say about it.
What has been happening in the aftermath of the passing of the CAB and after it became Act after getting assent from the President of India is all about safeguarding the constitution of India.
To professor Akoijam Bimol of JNU, who is known across the country for his understanding on social and political issues, this CAA is widening the gap between the Nation and its ‘unintegrated region’. His opinion supporting his argument is well articulated in his writing that is published at one of the most respected web portal –The Wire.
When Prof. Bimol said that the CAA widen the gap between the nation and its ‘unintegrated region’ he is referring the North east states which has already felt a sense of alienation due to the treatment from mainland rulers by imposing various draconian act like the AFSPA , that gives license to the Army to kill common men on mere suspicion.
Sidelining the opinion on how Prof. Bimol elaborated in a logical way about widening the Nation and unintegrated region (preferably the North East region), Imphal Times on the contrary felt that, the gap and feeling of alienation between the mainland and the North East states, where aged old insurgencies existed fighting for restoration of the lost sovereignty has been slowly fading away with more people started believing in the Constitution of India. Whether it may be the civil society organizations, citizens and critic or say political parties all rise against the CAA saying that it is unconstitutional. No scholars, civil society leaders takes reference from the International law (Uti Possidetis Jury ) , or none challenges the implementation of such CAA which could endangered the demographic imbalance in Manipur, which was annexed by the Indian Union illegally.
The recent agitation against the CAA particularly in NE states including Assam showed that people of the state which had never believe the constitution of India is slowly falling in love with the Constitution of India which does not have any provision to discuss issues of various armed revolutionary group waging war against the government of India to restore its lost freedom.
Today, as almost all people including CSOs think it necessary to abide by the constitution of India, it may take only few months that the people may forget that - Manipur, the erstwhile kingdom has been forcibly annexed by India and that too illegally.

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Imphal, Jan 20

Left wing Opposition Political Parties in Manipur is all set to organise 10 days series of protest programme to safeguard the Constitution of India, Secularism and Democracy.
The leadership of the Left Parties and other Secular Opposition Parties are holding a Joint Press Meet at Irawat Bhawan, BT Road, Imphal today announced their stand today.
The agitation will be followed in par with the resolution adopted by National like minded political parties.During the course of discussion  leaders of parties expressed their graved concerns at the alarming deterioration in the livelihood status of the vast majority of our people due to the complete mismanagement of the Indian economy by the Modi  government.
The  economic crisis has pushed the economy to the verge of a recession with a record fall in the country ‘s GDP,unemployment levels higesh in the last half a century ,agrarian distress deepening with rising farmers’ suicides ,massive closures and lay off in industrial units accompanied by rising prices of petroleum products, cooking gas ,vegetables and all essential commodities is making people’s lives more miserable . Modi government has created an economic disaster.
Instead of addressing these issues and providing relief to the people ,soon after assuming office ,the BJP has embarked on a dangerous course of sharpening communal polarization and attacking democratic rights and Constitutional guarantees of the people affecting millions of people and marginalized communities.
The abrogation of Article 370 in a hasty hurry has left the State of Jammu and Kashmir ,nowbifurcated into two union territories under a virtual siege for over 5 months. Human right have been trampled upon and people’s lives ruined.
Communications continue to be disrupted ,its economy ruined ,free movement of the people curtailed. Three former J&K Chief Minister along with hundreds of political leaders and thousand of people continue to be detained .
Soon after ,the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was passed without any  meaningful deliberations in the Parliament by the BJP exercising its electoral majority in a tyrannical fasion.
The CAA,NPR and NRC is a package that is unconstitutional ,which specifically targets the poor ,the downtrodden ,the SC/STs and the linguistic & religious minorities. The NPR is the basic for the NRC.We demand the withdrawal of the CAA and the immediate stoppage of the  nationwide NRC /NPR.All the Chief Minister ,who have announced that they will not implement NRC in their State ,must consider to suspend the NPR  enumeration as this a prelude to NRC.
Peaceful multy – religious, popular protest the CAA,NRC and NPR have eruted all over the country. We stand in solidarity with all such peaceful protests to safeguard the Indian Constitution .
These protests are being met with violent repression in BJP –ruled Stated and in Delhi where the police is under the Home Ministry .All the deaths of peaceful protesters have occurred in BJP ruled states (Uttar Pradesh(21),Assam (5) and Karnataka(2).The police brutalities in Universities ,Institutes of Higher learning and research bodies across the country must be condemned in strongest possible terms.

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By -Chalamba Kshetri

I was motivated deeply to write this article after watching the film ‘ The Lady’ ( 2012 ) starring Mitchelle Yeoh as the lead, portraying the iconic character ‘ Aung San Suu Kyi’ of Myanmar. As the film progresses, I was totally shocked by her character, suddenly started to feel goosebumps by the realities and incidents she encountered through for the pursuation of Democracy in Myanmar. Her boldness attitude against the Military Juntas was quite a thing.

From the case where she was put under house arrest for 15 complete years to Military refusal to handover power after her Pro- Democratic Party ( NLD ), got a landslide victory over the Juntas in the election. The personal loss she meet, when she was not permitted to leave the country for her ailing husband to the situation where her two sons where denied Visa permission to reconciled their long separated mother. Aung San Suu Kyi life was full of surprises and the tussle for Pro- Democracy and patience which she endured makes her suitable for the title, ‘ The Lady with no Fear’

Dear reader, let’s further dig out more about who this iconic lady was.

Early Life and Background -

Aung San Suu Kyi was the daughter of General Aung San, the Independence hero who negotiated their Independence from the British. However, he was assassinated in July 1947, just six months before the Independence of Burma ( later Myanmar ). By that time Ms. Suu Kyi was only two years old. She spent a decade in abroad living in India, Bhutan, U.K and Japan. In the 1960’s, her mother ( Khin Kyi ) was appointed as Myanmar Ambassador in Delhi. She did her Graduation in Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. Four years later, she went to Oxford University in the U.K, where she studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. There she met her future husband, Michael Aris. After working and living in Japan and Bhutan for some time, she settled in the U.K to raise their two children. But Burma was never far from her thoughts.

Political Venture -

Aung San Suu Kyi arrived back in Rangoon ( Yangoon ) in 1988 to look after her critically ill mother. By that time, Myanmar was in major political upheaval going on, which was popularly known as ‘ 1988 Uprising’. Demanding Democratic reforms, thousands of students, office workers and monks demonstrated to the streets. Inspired by the non- violent Campaigns of Nelson Mandela in South Africa and that of Mahatma Gandhi in India, she widely rallied and travelled around the Country, calling for peaceful democratic reforms and free elections. She formed the National Democratic Party ( NLD) in 1988 with the help of several retired army officials who criticized the Military Juntas 

In 1990, the Military Juntas called a General election in which NLD received 59% of the votes, guaranteeing NLD 80% of the parliament seats. The World thought she would have assumed the office of Prime Minister, however she was not permitted as she did not stand as a candidate in the election. Contrary to her vision, the Juntas nullified the results and refused to handover power which resulted in International outcry. She was placed under house arrest after the elections.

House Arrest -

Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest for a total of 15 years over 21 years period, on numerous occasions, since she began her political career. She was prevented from meeting her party supporter and International visitors.

 Although under house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi was granted permission to leave the Burma under the condition that she never return, which she refused claiming that “ As a mother, the greater sacrifice was giving up my sons, but I was always aware of the fact that others had given up more than me. I never forget that my colleague who are in prison suffer not only physically, but mentally for their families who have no security outside in the larger prison of Burma under authoritarian rule”

Many Nations continuously appealed for her release and supported her movement. Prominent figures also vocalled for her release. On 12 November 2010, after the Juntas backed Union Solidarity and Development Party ( USDP ) won election conducted after a gap of 20 years, the Juntas finally agreed to released her from house arrest. She contested in 2015 Myanmar election resulting in her party, NLD won a sweeping victory, winning atleast 255 seats in the House of Representatives and 135 seats in the House of Nationalities. However she was barred from holding the post of President as she is the widow and mother of foreigner. Later on, after amending the Constitution, she became the State Councillor of Myanmar, a position akin to ‘ Prime Minister’ especially created for her .

Her tenure as State Councillor of Myanmar has drawn International Criticism for her failure to address her Country’s economic and ethnic problems. She was also accused of weakening the Freedom of Press.

International Response and Recognition -

Ban Ki - Moon the then, U N Secretary General went to Burma in 2009 to pressure the Juntas into releasing Aung San Suu Kyi and to Institute democratic reform. However, the Juntas refused to meet him citing ‘ not to meddle in the Internal Affairs of the State’. Her subsequent trail and arrest received Worldwide condemnation by the United Nations Security Council, Western Government, South Africa, Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, of which Burma is a member.

In December 2008, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning the human rights situation in Burma and calling for Aung San Suu Kyi release - 80 countries voting for the resolution, 25 against and 45 abstentions. During 2009 US- ASEAN Summit, US President Barack Obama personally advocated the release of all political prisoners especially Aung San Suu Kyi. Nobel Peace Prize winners The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Betty Williams, Jody Williams, Barack Obama and other prominent personalities called for the Juntas to release Aung San Suu Kyi. 

Aung San Suu Kyi has received numerous awards and recognition throughout her life for her Peace and Freedom Activism in Burma. She is the recipient of Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought (1990 ), The Novel Peace Prize (1991), The Congressional Gold Medal ( 2008) and Amnesty Ambassador of Conscience Award ( 2009 ). However, since the  2016 Rohingya persecution in Myanmar many of these honours have been revoked due to her perceived inaction to stop the crisis.

Rohingya Genocide and Criticism-

After a democratic opening up in 2006 and since she held the post of Myanmar State Councillor ( equivalent to the rank of Prime Minister). Aung San Suu Kyi has been rounded up the same International leaders and Activist who once supported her.

International Community was outraged by the possible Persecution and Displacement of Rohingya Muslim by the Burmese Army which resulted in Rohingya ethnic fled to the neighbouring countries seeking refuge. They accused her of doing nothing to stop rape, murder and possible Genocide by refusing to condemn the powerful military or acknowledge accounts of atrocities. In 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi told reporters that, she did not know if the Rohingya could be regarded as Burmese citizens. To this, several critics vocalled for the revokation of ‘ Nobel Peace Prize’ which she had received. Myanmar now faces a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice ( ICJ ) base in the Hague, and Ms. Suu Kyi has travelled to the Netherland to fight the charge of Genocide levelled against her country.

Just a thought, The International Community has expected and rellied too much on Aung San Suu Kyi. Yes, she is the beacon of Democracy in Myanmar, however we tend to forget that a single individual cannot change the whole situation and realities. Criticism is undeniable when you are an icon. With a great personal risk and choices, Aung San Suu Kyi demonstrated extraordinary courage. As an admirer of her struggle and sacrifice, she will always be ‘ Lady with no Fear’

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Monday, 20 January 2020 17:37

Open Quiz Competition

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Jiribam, Jan. 19

In connection with India’s 71st Republic  Day, the District Police Jiribam organised a quiz competition today at the Multi Utility Complex Auditorium hall, Jiribam.

The quiz competition was participated by the 11teams of students from various Schools, Colleges of Jiribam District. The participants pass through the two rounds. The preliminary round was conducted for written quiz consisting 50 MCQ, from where 6 teams were qualified for final quiz competition.

The teams which participated in the final round are – three teams from Jiribam Higher Secondary School, two team from RK Sanatombi Devi Vidyalaya and one team from Jiri College.

The quiz competition was conducted by SDPO, Jiribam District Police Thangjam Sanatomba Singh as a Quiz Master.

Among the participant teams- Team-A of Jiri College begged first position while Team - D of RK Sanatombi Devi Vidyalaya secured second position and Team- C, Jiribam Higher secondary school begged third position.

The prizes of the quiz competition will be distributed on the 71st Republic Day celebration programme.

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