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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Imphal, March 26,

With the arrival of the 39th Red Army Uprising Day, the day on which the Armed Wing of People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), Red Army was established, that falls on March 26, 2019, Chairman of Military Affairs Committee (Red Army) conveyed revolutionary greetings to the people who are bearing the brunt of colonial pains under the colonial rule. In a message the Chairman also conveyed revolutionary greetings to the Army Wings of fellow revolutionary organizations of WeSEA including Kangleipak. In connection with the occasion of this significant day in the history of revolutionary movement of Kangleipak, the following statement is being issued to the people.

“The people of this region must not take lightly the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 which would lapse on June 3 this year after it had been passed by the Lower House despite united voice of protest and introduced in the Upper House that had been adjourned sine die without passing it. The main objective of the bid to enact this Bill in this region is that since Kangleipak was forcibly annexed by India in 1949 in total contravention of all international norms, its military power has failed to suppress the Kanglei people. This is a secret agenda to totally wipe out the entire Mongoloid communities by granting citizenship to the non-Muslim Hindu immigrants who entered the North Eastern region illegally from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, particularly from Bangladesh so that the region could be turned into an Aryan Hindu land. In brief, the Bill is a population or genocide bomb to create a Hindu nation by destroying the traditions, culture and language of the Mongoloid people of the North East.

   After forcibly annexing Kangleipak in violation of the provisions laid down in the IndianbIndependence Act, 1947 (ii a), United Nations Charter, 1945 and international customary laws, India has tried repeatedly to ensure that Kangleipak won’t be able to rise again as a distinct nation.  Ever since the then Chief Commissioner, Himmat Singh had removed the permit system that prevented outsiders from entering Kangleipak in November of 1950, there has been endless influx of migrants into Kangleipak thereby causing today’s big issue of immigrants. AFSPA was enforced in some areas of the hills in 1958 and this Military Act was imposed throughout Kangleipak in 1980.

Before the British occupied Kangleipak in 1891, the then Calcutta High Court in its ruling declared Kangleipak as one of the independent countries in Asia. After the British occupied Kangleipak, as per Section 7(1) (b) of the Indian Independence Act passed by the British Parliament in 1947, independence of all Princely States under the British including Kangleipak was recognized. According to the Act, the independence of the Princely States was strengthened by several judgments passed by the apex court of Indian Judiciary, Supreme Court

 

 According to Section 7(1) (b) of Indian Independence Act, 1947 and Article 2(1) of the United Nations Charter, Kangleipak and India are placed at the same political level. Thus

the treaty signed at Shillong on 21 September, 1949 without consent of the people has no validity in the eyes of international laws. This was first objected to by the Manipur Legislative

Assembly in its fourth sitting of the third session held on 28 September, 1949, second, the Manipur People’s National Convention held on 28-29 October, 1993 and third, National seminar on Human Rights held on 8-9 December, 1994. Copies of the resolutions were sent

to the Government of India. Under these circumstances, the present generations have started asking whether Kangleipak would bear the responsibility for the issue of illegal immigrants caused by the division of India and Pakistan in 1947 or not.

“ In the case of Sarbanand Sonowal versus Union of India in 2005, Supreme Court of India had observed that the problem faced by Assam was the influx of illegal immigrants, so the illegal immigrants should be   detected and deported to their country. It is clear that this directive of the Supreme Court has been attacked by the Bill.  The manner in which India tried to push through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill—2016 is a big mockery to the so called Federal character of Indian polity. It is a question that arises automatically whether

India knows this but pretending that it doesn’t know or acting ignorantly and why all the states of India are silent over this. The Uti Possidetis Juris presently followed in the world provides that no provision of Indian Constitution can disturb the territorial, social, cultural and linguistic integrity of Kangleipak. Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter also mentions similar guarantee. When it is said that territorial integrity of Kangleipak cannot be disturbed, it also means that the indigenous people of this state, their language, culture

and tradition cannot be destroyed. India ought to know this. As there is conflict between the Armed Forces of India and the armed revolutionary movement in Kangleipak, International Humanitarian Law should be ratified in this region too.

“ The 4th Geneva Convention held on 12 August, 1949, Article 3 of the United Nations Draft Declaration on Population Transfer and Implementation of Settlers and International Criminal Court of Rome Statute do not permit  the attempts of India, which is the occupying, 

administering and high contracting State to grant citizenship to a large number of immigrants from Bangladesh by passing the religion based Bill, to enable them, whose looks, colour and language are quite different from the indigenous people, to settle in the North east including Kangleipak. Moreover, Article 25 (1) & (2) of the Statute points out such act as war crime and that everyone involved in such act  should be liable for individual criminal responsibility.

“Above all these, what all our people should discuss with alertness is the never ending peace talk of one rebel group which had been trapped in the dragnet of deception laid by India, and which turned out to be the biggest hurdle in the united liberation movement of Kangleipak and the North East region. The demands they are making in the name of Peace Talk are not only creating problems to the integrity of Kangleipak but also hinders the united struggle for liberation to move forward faster. If India had made it known in advance that their demands cannot be granted, they should have given up their demands or withdrawn from the Peace Talk and joined the struggle for liberation of a united Kangleipak thereby building a more intensified liberation movement. However it was made to appear that the demands would be granted and their dream would come true. Thus they had been set against the fraternal revolutionary organizations of the North East. In their dream of building a big nation, bad feelings had been given birth to among the communities that led to the death of many people including women and children. Many villages had been uprooted. Even now they are blaming each other causing a tense situation. Not only these two communities, but also other communities living together are facing pains of such conflict.

“ Soon after this, the colonial master, India had sided with a particular community thus causing communal tension again. All our fellow countrymen’s strength, stamina, courage and resources that should be used in the struggle for liberation of our land are being used and wasted in this mutual conflict. As a result lasting animosity has been created among us.

“Presently India is preparing to set up a regiment exclusively of this community to be used against the liberation movement of the North East consequently resulting in an internecine war. We need to understand this clearly and prepare to face it. Right now, we are all travelling in a sinking ship that is perforated here and there but none of us seem to notice that we are waiting for the ship to be sunk.  Instead of abandoning this broken ship

and boarding a new ship, everyone is trying to plug the leaks in their own areas which would be impossible. Instead of continuing to board this broken and sinking ship called India which has so many leaks everywhere, we all had better abandoned this ship and prepare to board a new ship at one time together to reach the destination. This will be the desire of our people who have lost freedom and are living under the colonial rule.

“ Colonial master India has been applying all sorts of covert and open tactics at its best level to suppress and destroy all traces of the struggle for liberation that has been waged since about 70 years back. So in keeping with the changing scenario in the world, the Red Army men need to reaffirm their commitment and determination to sacrifice for the struggle for freedom courageously.

“On the other hand, it is not an easy task to regain the lost freedom of an occupied and colonized state by getting out of the colonial noose. It takes long time and needs to build a united struggle of the people for freedom. Only then it will become possible.”, the statement added.

DIPR
Bishnupur, March 26,

 The Assistant Returning Officers (ARO) under the supervision of the DEO, Bishnupur, have successfully conducted a meeting with all the Booth Level Officers (BLOs) and BLO Supervisors of the 6 Assembly Constituencies yesterday.
The said meeting for 27- Moirang and 29-Kumbi ACs were held at Multipurpose Hall, Mini-Secretariat campus whereas that of 26-Bishnupur AC, 24-Nambol AC, 25-Oinam AC and 28-Thanga AC were held at the office of their respective AROs.
On the occasion, the BLOs and BLO Supervisors were briefed in detail of their roles and responsibilities and the tasks to be conducted by them on the poll day.
The district also successfully conducted Supplementary Randomization of EVM and VVPAT which will be used in the coming Lok Sabha Election in the Video Conference Hall of NIC of the District Election Officer, Bishnupur today. Representatives of all political parties functioning in the district attended the event.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 18:13

World Water Day 2019

By- N. Munal Meitei

Today, I was shocked to read a Newspaper clip where it is reported that in Bengaluru if the present water crisis persist, then peoples have to evacuate within a decade. Now water is the most difficult problem in almost all states in the country. In Manipur also, due to the low water level of the Imphal River, the valley is facing the water crisis. In many parts of the town, water supply has been stopped. It’s not just for Imphal and Bengaluru, water is now an acute crisis all over the country. India will have a water deficit of 50% by 2030 as per an estimate made by the Asian Development Bank. Increasing in population and reducing in rainfall and other water resources are the main cause for the global water crisis.

World Water Day is celebrated on the 22nd March every year since 1993. The theme for 2019 is “Leaving no one behind”. It is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind. Today, there are million people living without safe water at their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.

In Manipur, during our childhood, lands were abundant and each of the homesteads had a pond. We could get all our water requirements from these ponds. But now due to increase in population and also the land value, we hardly see such ponds in our locality. Therefore, we are compelled to know the importance of water.

Water is life, sanitation and hygiene are dignity. All organisms contain water and depend for survival. Water is one of nature’s most important gifts to mankind. Water is at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between the society and the environment. Water is crucial for all biodiversity including mankind. In a wide range of ecosystems, water is a dominant component. Water bodies or wetlands are among the world’s most productive environments. They are cradles of biological diversity, providing the primary productivity for countless species of plants and animals. In our state to save from an acute water crisis, we need to save and conserve our remaining wetlands. Water is also an important storehouse of plant genetic materials. In short, water keeps our planet alive and well. Water helps the body metabolize stored fat; it may possibly be one of the most significant factors in losing weight.

Water has the power to unlock education, create economic potential, and improve health. Access to water and sanitation is a precondition to life and a declared human right. Over the coming years, our water-related challenges will become more urgent. The increasing demands of a growing population and rapidly developing global economy, combined with the effects of climate change, will exacerbate lack of access to water and sanitation. In fact, the unpredictable supply of water could constrain socio-economic progress in the future.

Celebration of World Water day also highlight the impacts of growing forests, creating rivers and fields rich with soil and restoring other natural elements of environments that are damaged, can assist in purifying water. Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption.

Water on Earth is constant. No water is added or taken out from the Earth. But the problem faced by the earth is its scarcity. Due to injudicious use of water, human is facing insufficient water. Our so called civilized society continues to contaminate this precious resource.

Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, and is vital for all known forms of life. 96.5% of the planet’s water is found in oceans, 1.7% in groundwater, 1.7% in glaciers and ice caps. Only 2.5% of the Earth’s water is freshwater and 98.8% of that available freshwater is in the form of glaciers, ice and groundwater and only about 1% are available with us. Out of this palatable water, the maximum are again in the lakes and rivers. Hence only a little fraction of water is available for our use. Approximately 70% of the fresh water goes to agriculture.

The human body contains about 70% water. To keep us healthy, the body requires about 3% of our body weight which is about 3 liters of water daily. Water is necessary for the digestion and absorption of food; helps maintain proper muscle tone; supplies oxygen and nutrients to the cells; rids the body of wastes; and serves as a natural air conditioning system.

A significant amount of disease could be prevented through access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and better hygiene practices. Diarrhoeal disease alone amounts to an estimated 1.5 million people deaths every year (WHO 2012). It is estimated that 8,42,000 deaths per year, is attributable to unsafe water supplythat includes 361 000 deaths of children under age five, mostly in low-income countries (WHO 2014).

World Water Day called on each one of us to maintain and improve the quality and quantity of fresh water available to future generations. Water has the power to change lives. The power that turn dreams into realities and poverty into possibility.

In Manipur, now we are facing water scarcity problem. The roots of our current water crisis go back a long way. Our state does not have a long term water plans like dams and other water storage facilities for any eventualities. Unluckily, all of our rivers are rain fed, there is no snow fed river in our state and hence when there is scanty rainfall, then we face the drought.

Most of our water sources have been dried up during the lean season and incapable of supplying the water requirements due to lack of vegetation in the upper reaches. Therefore, felling of trees at river catchments should immediately be stopped. As an impact of climate change, the state is facing the scanty in rainfall. Now we need to spread awareness program about the water conservation. Every new house construction should compulsorily have the facility for rain water harvesting. The authority should install for more water treatment facilities in all localities from all resources. Promoting ideas for making the best use of existing water supplies should also be a core initiative. The state needs have a sewage water treatment plant which can save a huge amount of about 200 million litres water annually from unnecessary waste.

Therefore, with the coming of World Water Day, 2019,we need to take care of our water today, and otherwise tomorrow may be too late for us from facing a dreaded water crisis in the state that cannot be solved forever.

From a Correspondent
Guwahati, March 26:

 College of Physiotherapy and Medical Sciences, a unit of PEWS, today organised a brief physiotherapy  camp at Guwahati Press Club, where Dr Chatrajit Das (PT) and Dr Jahnu Buragohain (PT) were available  for free consultations and preliminary treatments  of upper back, neck and shoulder  pains to the participants.
Earlier Nemcare Hospital on Sunday (24 March) conducted a media OPD clinic at the hospital premises where participants got the opportunity to check their blood sugar and pressure (also ultrasound) along with free consultations from the doctors.

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