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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Thursday, 18 June 2015 16:52

Subjugating dreams

The state observed the Great June Uprising, and the massive turnout at Kekrupat attending the memorial service and paying floral tributes by people from different walks of life from various communities reinforced the fact that the people of Manipur, with its diverse inhabitants and cultural mix, still believes in the spirit of unity, and despite setbacks and disappointments, are ready to go to lengths to preserve and protect its unique identity as portrayed by the variety of cultures, traditions, customs and beliefs. But then again, this intrinsic protective feeling is certainly not something unique to the people of this state. it is rather the universal feeling and one that has caused many a great epic battles and induced acts of heroism and sacrifices. The threat to one’s own space and liberty, whether personal or social, has always evoked reactions ranging from the passively defensive to the more aggressive and violent. The spontaneous reaction of the collective society on that eventful day in 2001 which saw the unrestrained outpouring of the frustrations of the Manipuris is no different. It would be prudent for us all to ponder over the issue without preconceived notions or personal feelings, and to try and understand the facts as they are. The aspirations of the different communities to better their own kinds is understandable, but if and when that aspiration starts to infringe on the right and liberty of another community or the rest of the communities as the case may be, then differences and suspicions are bound to develop amongst the communities. There is also the bigger threat of the political system feeding on the concerns of these different groups to its advantage, and what was at first a credible issue, even if only from the point of view of a particular community without delving further into the legality or the practical aspect and its impact on the entire social setup, such genuine concerns almost always gets tainted with political overtures, making the whole process a farce and drama, played out to the interest of the very few who are orchestrating such social disruptions. Ultimately, the issue gets sidelined, or more seriously, gets diverted, eventually betraying the hopes and support of the very people who are made to suffer the consequences. The final step- resorting to brute force and irrational violence to subdue and suffocate the rational curiosity and dissenting voice of the society. The only way out of such undesirable situations, and indeed the most effective means of preventing the very fomentation of such divisive ideas is for the people to put a decisive, just and impartial Government which have the political will and the guts to implement even the most unpopular and drastic measures for the good of the society, state or the country- an impossible expectation?

Thursday, 18 June 2015 16:51

Fitting tribute paid to June 18 Martyrs

Manipur observed the 14th Great June Uprising Unity day at Kekrupat, Imphal jointly organised by AMUCO and UCM. People from all the walks of life came to pay homage to the departed souls who sacrificed their lives while safeguarding the integrity of the state on June 18, 2001 protesting against the June 14 Bangkok Declaration where a dubious and contentious clause ‘without territorial limits’ were added to the agreement signed between NSCN (IM) and Government of India ceasefire agreement which provoked the people of the state to openly revolt against it. Various government buildings including the state assembly, official residencies of the MLAs, Ministers and political party offices were burnt down during the agitation. Various persons from different communities paid homage to the departed souls at the Kekrupat memorial complex.
AMUCO and UCM has been observing June 18 as the Great June Uprising Unity day remembering the heartfelt incident of June 18, 2001 which claimed 18 souls while trying to safeguard the integrity of the state and that people from all the communities co habiting in the state should strive to defend any threat to the territorial integrity of Manipur as one.
Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, Commerce and Industries Minister Govindas Konthoujam, MLA Ng Bijoy among others joint the people of the state in paying floral tribute to the martyrs of the state.

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions will submit a follow-up report analysing the steps taken by India to implement the recommendations he made in May 2013 in a country visit report. Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur, will submit the follow-up report today before the UN Human Rights Council 29th session in Geneva later today. The UN proceedings can be viewed LIVE through the webcast link http://webtv.un.org. An Amnesty international India press release today urged the government to act on the UN expert’s call for justice for unlawful killings, stating that over two years after a UN human rights expert raised serious concerns about unlawful killings and excessive use of force, India is yet to take concrete steps to address these violations and deliver justice. The follow-up report states that while some steps have been taken, “much remains to be done to address and prevent extrajudicial killings and to ensure accountability”. It says that guidelines provided by courts and the National Human Rights Commission, and recommendations by inquiry commissions, often “remain on paper with little or no implementation on the ground”. “The report is another grim reminder that India needs to do a lot more to prevent extrajudicial executions, and end the impunity that continues to deny justice to victims,” said Raghu Menon, Advocacy Coordinator at Amnesty International India. “Authorities need to urgently implement the recommendations of this report.” Though some positive steps have been taken to prevent unlawful killings, including Supreme Court rulings on ‘fake encounters’ (staged extrajudicial executions) and the death penalty, and the setting up of commissions which have made important recommendations on ending sexual violence against women and extrajudicial executions, he also points out that unlawful killings by state and non-state actors continue to be reported. According to the Special Rapporteur, “impunity remains a serious problem and the lack of accountability in the majority of instances of state actors is a principal concern”, and called for the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, saying that such legislation “remain a real impediment to proper accountability”. Pending repeal or amendment, the status of a ‘disturbed area’ under the Act must be regularly reviewed, and justified decisions made on its extension.

Thursday, 18 June 2015 16:49

Arrested DESAM members produced at court

Office bearers and volunteers of DESAM who were arrested yesterday evening in connection with the beating of a school teachers were today produced at CJM, Imphal West Court at around 2 PM. The police arrested 16 members of the student body after taking up a sue motto case according to news report appeared newspaper. The DESAM volunteers were later remanded till June 23 for further investigation.

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