Sh Ajit

Sh Ajit

Sh Ajit, a resident of Khongman, Imphal East is a regular contributor of Imphal Times mostly news photo and articles. He is a father of a lovely son. His favourite quote is " A Picture is worth Thousand words". He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Guwahati, Jan 5:

Reacting to a viral social media post insisting on India’s diplomatic liberty out of the Commonwealth of Nations, Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) bats for appointing ambassadors (instead of high commissioners) in most of the 53 Commonwealth countries, so that the Union Government in New Delhi can pursue diplomatic relationships with these nations without any prejudice.
One can observe from the list of ambassadors/high commissioners (of India) in various Commonwealth countries across the world that there is no Indian ambassador (but high commissioners). The question that arises is, why New Delhi is not interested to appoint ambassadors in neighbouring Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka along with Asian nations like Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.
Because of reasons unknown to the people of India, New Delhi is yet to appoint any ambassador in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, etc.  Similarly, India has only high commissioners in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Canada, Dominica, Jamaica, Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom, etc.
By the recognised definition, an ambassador serves as primary means of confidential communication with other governments. In fact, the ambassador is the highest-ranking diplomatic representative of a particular country in another nation-state. The host country typically allows the ambassador control of a specific territory called an embassy, whose territory, staff, and vehicles are generally afforded diplomatic immunity in that country.
Responsibilities of an ambassador, who is the head of an embassy, include primarily to protect the citizens of his/her home country in the host country. When two nations make a deal, it is usually advantageous to both the countries to have ambassadors along with a group of staff.
On the other hand, a high commissioner is the head of high commission and he/she is regarded as a senior diplomat in charge of the diplomatic mission in Commonwealth nations. The high commissioner normally keeps the interest of locals as well as their own citizens ahead.
“The understood policy is that any nation which was a part of British colonies normally appoints a high commissioner only (not an ambassador) in Commonwealth countries. Actually, in the British empire, high commissioners were envoys of the imperial government appointed to manage various territories which were not fully under sovereignty of the British Crown,” said the forum of nationalists.
It strongly opposes such a policy linked to the colonial legacy and urges the Centre to appoint the diplomatic representatives according to the interest of Indians only. PPFA argues that there is no reason to follow the British legacy anymore. As a sovereign nation, India must establish its diplomatic independence (no matter what other Commonwealth countries would prefer to do), asserted the forum.
Finally, the PPFA opines that there is an urgent need to revisit the existence of the Commonwealth in its present form. The organisational structure of the Commonwealth has far outlived its usefulness, asserted the forum, adding that it should be transformed with an aim to cater the needs, aspirations and values of various democratic nations in the globe.

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 18:03

Only Sports can keep drugs aside – O Romen

IT News
Imphal, Jan 4:

Oinam Romen Singh, the NPP Intending Candidate of Singjamei Assembly Constituency in the upcoming State General Assembly Election 2022 said that the menace of drugs can be thrown away only with Sports.
This was stated by him at the Felicitation Function of Jojo Rajkumari, the winner of Matrix Fight Night 7 in 52 kg category which has been held recently in Imphal. He said that there are a lot of jobless youths because of the failure of the state government policy for grooming up youths and then they become drug users automatically by nature. This is quite unfortunate.
During the Felicitation Programme organised by the National People’s Youth Front (NPYF) Singjamei Block at his residence, Singjamei Oinam Thingel, Imphal West District Manipur, Romen said that he would like to groom up sports personalities in his best level and as such different sports tournaments has been organised under his sponsorship during the last many years such Kang Tournaments, Football Coaching Camps so on and so forth. These were done not taking any aid from the government and the public as well. He said that if he is elected in the ensuing State General Assembly Election 2022, he will make a special initiative meant only for grooming up sports personalities.
He said that the youths are using drugs in large number is a major cause of concern. If the government or the public leaders try to do something for their welfare, the Fate of our younger generations may be void, Romen Singh remarked.

IT News
Imphal, Jan:

A one day State level Orientation programme for Journalists on Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme(MGNREGS)  and its Implementation was held today Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, Imphal.

The programme was organized by the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.

Addressing the gathering Additional Secretary of  Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Kengoo Zuringla ,IAS  Stated that the main aim of organizing the programme is to sensitized the media fraternity regarding the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. She stated that since the inception and implementation of the scheme, MGNREGS has become one of the greatest forces of social security for the rural poor in our country.

MGNREGS was an initiative with the objective of advancing livelihood, security in rural areas to at least provide 100 days job guarantee to those who are 18years and above.

Kengoo Zuringla also informed that the orientation programme will ensure how the scheme is being carried out and implemented is very well understood by the journalist, as they are going to provide the right information to the public domain.

Addressing the gathering as Guest of Honour, Dr. A. Ibomcha Sharma,IIS ,Head of Office, Regional Outreach Bureau, Imphal, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, the government said that MGNREGS is the biggest job guarantee Scheme and the Scheme is implemented smoothly in the State. He asserted that the scheme should be focused on creating a national asset, State asset, Community asset.

President of Editor Guilds Manipur, Khogendro Khomdram stated that the MGNREGS is a very good scheme for the welfare and benefits of the rural areas. He also urges the journalists to report the smooth functioning of the Scheme efficiently.

Addressing the gathering Editor of Poknapham, Aribam Robindro Sharma said that an orientation programme is an important event for the journalists. As they will understand carefully about the MGNREGS, which will help in reporting about the scheme efficiently.

As part of the orientation, officials of RD&PR highlighted the initiatives and achievements of the MGNREGS for the last five years. And they also held an interactive session with the journalists.

The programme was attended by journalists from various media firms and officials of the Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Department amongst others.

By: Sh Ajit
Imphal, Dec 30:

On a cold day of 30 December 1936, when NK Sanajaoba was born in an ordinary family of Singjamei Kshetri Leikai, no gun salute was given, no court singer was present. As a new person in Manipur, he kicked for the time in a dark atmosphere of Manipur, full of injustice, discontents, and fear of uncertainty. In those days, the fate of every single person born in Manipur was the same. He was subjected to the strict rule of prevailing feudal-colonial rule.  No one was free to speak out what he felt freely; one had to suppress his own anger. Speaking out of anger was either a sin or a crime. State torture in one pretext or another was the rule of the game. Young Sanajaoba had a strong agitating attitude to the system because he was so angry with it. He was so angry that the people could not open their mouths to express their likes and dislikes. Unlike other middle-class leaders of the time, he had no followers but a few friends to fight the injustice and to raise his voice for the liberation for justice. The injustice was structured and hence to bring justice, the only means was fighting against the system. To him, new order, a new leisemba, was the only option available to the people of Manipur.
Challenging the system is not fancy work. The ‘sleeping people’, whose potential was great, were accustomed to the hegemonic socialization of the feudal-colonial (or colonial) system. The soft and stylish expression of the time lured the sleeping people; so their sphere of consciousness could not be changed unless a new medium of expression of anger was used. The mind of sleeping people should be provoked with new vocabularies and tones. The stylish expression of leisure class had to be replaced with rough and tough ones. He used Lamyanba, the monthly publication of Pan Manipuri Youth League, published since 1968, as his medium to express his and his friends’ (Itaos’) anger. The existing system taught the sleeping people to suppress anger, as it disturbed one’s journey towards moksha. Everyone in those days subscribed to the feudal maxim, Ningthou Semba Yaoganu, Ningthou Kanba Yao. NK Sanajaoba who wanted to change the literal Ningthou-system encouraged the people to bring out a new Leisemba, in which no one is superior to anyone, in which no Sorarel would bar any women to use river water. An order of Mannaba Khunnai, a goal of liberation for justice, could only be achieved by expression of anger. For the new leisemba, new horizons are to be carved.
His new style of expression and his committed goal could appeal to the youthful minds of the late sixties and early seventies. His voice could gain its momentum gradually. History witnessed the birth and practice of a new ideology. With his witty comments, filled with anger, he exposed the reality behind the existing social reality. He found, behind the rhetoric of democratic principle, i.e., Yukhal Marumda, corrupt practices of the ruling class, exploitations, and suppression of new ideas and ideals. The whistleblower exposed the corrupt and dark system; for which he had to face the oppressive hands. Amidst the social outrage, triggered by the ruling class and its agencies, against his fearless efforts to wake up the sleeping people, amidst the suffering inside jail cells, he always smiled because his sufferings were examples with which the people would raise their voice against the system of injustice. His stand-in those suffering days was based on what Mao Tse Tung once said: In times of difficulty we must not lose sight of our achievements, must see the bright future and must pluck up our courage.
The tireless efforts and endless sufferings of the great Athou-Licha-Heppa did not go in vain. His voice was echoed in the sky of Manipur and a new tradition of protest was set. Understanding the habi-jabi of the system, his expression of anger is well valued today. The voice for equality, not only before the law but also at all fronts and levels, becomes mantra of real political practice since the birth of Lamyanba and was the basis of every single Resistance in contemporary Manipuri. The humble Athou-Licha-Heppa knew how the ruling class was benefited out of the system of injustice, but he did not negotiate himself with the system.
On the other hand, he did not want the people of Manipur, the great Manipuris, to step down to occupy inferior status. The people should live with dignity, shaped by our own history, and should protect the pride of a nation. Any act against any single person of the nation was considered an encroachment to our national journey; hence, he was so shocked by the Indian army’s torture on Rose or any single individual. He could not see the people being treated as inferior beings. Awake with pride, not with begging hands for some material benefits. Understand the people as a product of a long historical process in this part of the world. We are not inferior people who need the mercy of outsiders.
His ‘heavenly abode’ is the Lamyanba Complex which was created by him and his itaos, for radiation of new thoughts and ideas as well as source of driving force while practicing new maxims of new leisemba. The Complex became the new symbol of fighting back the hegemony of the existing system. The people of Manipur still look at this Complex as a sacred place of the new order. NK Sanajaoba is a dynamic person who fought conventional wisdom. Mere floral tribute to him as a conventional method of remembering him would not let hundred new flowers be bloomed in the Complex. The Complex should always be a combination of Lamyanba of new ideas and Resistance for a new order. Real understanding of this Athou-Licha-Heppa is to translate his ideas into action and to let his ideas grow in this new historical era.
Today, the people of Manipur know what he expressed, why he expressed beyond the style of the leisure class, and what was his goal, remember one of the greatest political actors of the second half of the 20th century; his itaos are still cultivating the gist of his fire.  Let the fire be burned and burn every injustice; let the fire bring out a new leisemba burn all forms of inequality. 

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