Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh, a resident of Keishamthong Elangbam has been with Imphal Times since its start, 2013. He handles mostly Press release and announcement related news. Naresh is also a social worker. He can be emailed at [email protected]

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Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:13

Mouri’s Story

By : Siam Sarower Jamil

I met her last when I was in class eight. Studied together just for a year then I moved. We had no contact for nine years. Now I’m a graduate. Doing job & primarily settled in life. Today I met her and just have shocked. Child Mouri is now a woman who is struggling with her daily life. I was surprised to see her in this situation.
She was very restless when we were together. She can move over stairs handle. It was a strange & a interesting move like a fairy coming towards you very fast!
There’s a mango forest next to our class room & she could climbed at the top of the tree very easily. Throwing the mango to me she ordered  me to put in her bag and I always followed her instruction.
One day Another classmate was beaten by her. After that headmaster asked to meet her parents. I rescued her from headmaster by telling lie that time.
Everyday during school time she ran through the full three storey building of school. I was acting all time like a perfect follower of her trail. Another day, Sohan, the most violent boy in our class. he was beaten by Mouri, in such a way, that The parents had to rushed  to the police station at the end.
On that day, I had to testify to Head sir. I said, ‘Mouri can’t do anything like this, sir. She is silly but very good.’ She looked at me with astonishment. Because, he had beaten me with a crcket bat two days ago! Nine years later, I am seeing her calm, untidy; who is very much matured too!
The identity is a saleswoman in a tea stall. There, I was a buyer of a cup of hard liquor & she was seller. She runs a tea, drink, cigarette shop. In her family, there are three children, a crippled house husband and an oldie mother-in-law. The responsibility of whole family is on her neck.
After meeting, she just asked about me, where I am living, what I am dong. Just updated her. I didn’t know what she understand actually. Just shaking her head like saying yes!
We did not talk later and just gave a smile like a middle-class Bengali man. I thought once that I should ask her question, ‘How are you?’ But I’m not so brave man.
I asked to meet the bill, she did not take it. I did not force her second time. I thought, It would be unfair to not give her the opportunity
So, leaving the tea stall, I got up on the street. I saw the mirror image of her on many people in the streets. Touchiness moves on!  Just said my mind. ‘Yes, I’m still alive. Perfectly. I won’t think of anyone!’

Siam Sarower Jamil is a Bangladesh journalist & he can be emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Dr. Sougaijam Priyokumar Meitei

    Do we have any single evidence for any extinct culture or any exterminated or deported community in Manipur. Not at all, I believe. Would have been any group name Y or Z in Manipur which had been disappeared or assimilated (the whole Y or Z) to Meitei group. I don’t think so. I don’t mean to some sub sections from a group merging to Meitei umbrella which would have been occured in the past. It reminds us that we must not be psychologically victimised ourselves by future shock with selfish demands and protests. Our voices and demands should not be ethnocentric, demands should have potential and objective quality to stand alone on global platform which are acceptable universally. Otherwise, the movement will be completely a nightmare overwhelmed by subjective emotions and sentiments.
Reconstructing the past, the Meitei Kings were almost having secular ideology. Cultural assimilation of Hindu Brahmins was recognized for performing rites and rituals of Hindu Meitei, while Meitei Maibas or traditional religious practitioners were also recognized to do rites and rituals of non-Hindu Meiteis. For the social requirements, some Muslim sections brought by king were given Meitei girls and expanded pan-Manipuris. The Muslim of Manipur are given the name as Meitei Pangals or simply Pangals and peacefully integrated to form Manipuri society. Meitei King had the idea of maintainig exterior caste, do have conscious on ill effects of close kin marriages including clan endogamy. King’s court directly involved in it and  offenders of incest taboo were exhiled, referred as loi thaba either permanently or for a few years based on the degree of offences.
From the early history, it is known that Meitei lineage (Yumnak) is one useful concept of kinship system to trace the social history. For example, the art of blacksmith is as old as the formation of Thangjam lineage or earlier or as old as the evolution of Meitei. In due course, Yumnak or lineages were created responding to social and cultural purposes identifying occupation, address or so forth. From the evolutionary perspectives, the Meitei community was formed at a juncture by uniting some kings of different groups having distinct lineages. The legendry narratives often mention the kingship of Khuman Ningthou (king), Moirang Ningthou (king), probably speaking the same language with different dialects. Such reconstruction are always debatable because in the eyes of post-modernist thinkers, two or more meanings may be interpreted from this narrative. It may be happened that one of them was more powerful and built up a Meitei nation by uniting all. On the contrary, equally powerful kings or kingdoms (probably seven kingdoms or more) united through negotiation to build a federal state. The process of structuring the society could be necessarily integrative and liberal exemplified by diverse cultural practices which were carried forward down the line of evolution. Sanamahi worship was remained continued, no evidence of enforcement to give up worshipping of Pakhangba, Emoinu, observing Lai Haraoba (pleasing of god), no evidences of imposition in pork consumption during rites and rituals of Chakpa people who also fall into Meitei community.
The more we dig deeper, the more will we get. History of Manipur needs to be supplemented by the social history to make us free from positivist fallacy - the logical error, sometimes made by historians, when they confuse ‘what happened’ with ‘that for which we have evidence’. If we assume that destruction of cultural heritage, artifacts, books, arts etc. took place in the past, then revealing something from the presently available history has limitation since it was made by the then rulers based on the limited reachable data. There could be loopholes in recollection of information which were beyond positivist observation. Also, most of the politically unfavourable events or evidences were likely to be underreported during those days. Therefore, in this situation, it is those anthropologists who will be able to trace the social and cultural history to reconstruct the past from the little evidence we have by using the wealthy anthropological skills.

From a Correspondent
Guwahati June 23,

City based College of Physiotherapy and Medical Sciences organized a physiotherapy camp for scribes at Guwahati Press Club on Saturday (22 June 2019), where Dr Ranjeet Singha (PT), Dr Chatrajit Das (PT) and Dr Vandana Pradhan (PT) were available for free preliminary treatments of various pains to the participants. Over 30 scribes took the opportunity to get consultations from the qualified physiotherapists in the camp.

Sickle-Cell Anemia (SCA) is a global health chronic disorder with India estimated to have the second highest burden of the disease by 2025. Many research has shown that the prevalence of SCA comprises of most socioeconomically weak communities where there is lack of basic necessities.

 “The awareness of “Sickle Cell Anemia” in India is less. There hasn’t been much written or spoken about the disease. In India every year 9000-11000 children are born with sickle cell and some die within 1st year because of unawareness. Sickle cell anemia affects Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand & Chattisgarh, however there is not much facilities or awareness available to treat the disease. Due to lack of awareness and diagnosis we are losing precious lives. Unfortunately people are not aware of the disease so how can they be benefitted. Through this we would like to educate people about the disease and request them not to delay the treatment.” Said Dr. Vikas Dua, Head and Additional Director, Department of Pediatric Haematology Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram

Sickle cell anemia is an inherited form of anemia — a condition in which there aren't enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout your body. Normally, your red blood cells are flexible and round, moving easily through your blood vessels. In sickle cell anemia, the red blood cells become rigid and sticky and are shaped like sickles or crescent moons. These irregularly shaped cells can get stuck in small blood vessels, which can slow or block blood flow and oxygen to parts of the body.


As the research advances in the field of sickle cell disease, a new range of treatments and medicines are being introduced. In the past, Sickle Cell Disease was not curable and it cost millions of lives worldwide. But, today science has advanced a lot, and so has treatment for Sickle Cell Disease. Bone Marrow Transplant is the only curative treatment available till date for this disorder where you preferably need a full match donor. If you don’t have full match donor available in the family, other options are matched unrelated donor for which there are various national and international registries worldwide and half match transplant in which mother or father can be taken up as donor, he added.


“We are trying to reach every possible SCA patient via media so that right information and education reach to patients and their families. Unawareness has taken a toll on many SCA patient and we are here to be with you during the fight with this life threatening disease. We have treated successfully many cases of sickle cell anemia at our hospital under the guidance of Dr. Rahul Bhargava and Dr. Vikas Dua.” Said Dr. Ritu Garg, Zonal Director at Fortis Memorial Research Institute


SCA is fully curable. Don’t let your child suffer just because you don’t know and understand the disease. Reach to the right pediatric hematologist in case your child shows symptoms of fatigue, anemia, regular bacterial infections, bony pains, history of SCA in family, liver congestion or any other unexplained behavior which you are not able to understand.

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