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Dimapur, Nov.8: Delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of Naga Archives and Research Center (NARC) on Saturday at Toulazouma, Dimapur, historian and political analyst, Dr Lokendra Arambam delivered a fascinating insight into how Manipur provide a critical subtext to the Naga political struggle.
According to Dr Lokendra Arambam, Angami Zapu Phizo, in his urge to secure support for his people’s struggle was learnt to have visited Imphal and met the then Chief Minister Maharaj Kumar Priyobarta of Manipur to discuss the possibility of a common endeavour to fight against the Indian state.
He said the period was one of the most critical periods in Manipur’s modern history and pointed out that the people, after 56 years of British protection and rule was struggling to cope with the end of the devastating World War II and to retrieve the vestiges of ancient legacies of hills and plains unity.
Dr Lokendra Arambam informed that the equilibrium of a polity in Manipur was destroyed through the “forced integration” into India in 1949.He also opined that the “Naga independence struggle” could be hastened from a priori thesis of the Nagas not being Indians.
However for the Meetei, the long period of Indianization was countered by a conscious effort of de-Indianization and the new struggles that emerged after the forcible integration into India in 1949 .
He also informed that the founder of United National Liberation Front, (formed in 1964), late Arambam Somorendra made a trip to Kohima in August 1968 to meet General Kaito and General Mowu Angami.
“It seems General Mowu Angami had left for China, and General Kaito was just recently assassinated, and he returned, a little disappointed,” he said.
However, the post-Shillong Accord scenario of “mutual antagonism amidst the stalwarts of the struggle, and violent repression by the Indian army resulted to intense dislocation and displacements amongst the hill populations of Manipur”, said Dr Lokendra Arambam, He informed that valley community in Manipur rendered “yeomen service” to hide the then stalwarts of the NNC in the suburban households of Imphal, “providing hospitality and infrastructural support” for the Naga cause.
He also named Manipur Naga underground leaders who were “sheltered in the Meitei homes” during critical period.

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Imphal, Nov 8: Defeat in New Delhi Election and now in Bihar has confirmed that the Modi wave will not last long in India. This was stated by President of JD (U) Manipur Unit, M. Tombi in a press meet held at its office at Babupara today in connection with the Bihar election result.
He further added that BJP is playing in communal politics on food habit of various people. Such communal politics led the BJP defeated in the election. Tombi said that the BJP will also defeat in the upcoming by-election of Thongju and Thangmeiband assembly constituencies of Manipur.
On the other hand giving his personnel comment to the enrollment of various veteran politicians of the state to BJP, Tombi said that these veteran politicians who had joined the BJP showed their support to the demands of the NSCN-IM which is going to demand bifurcation of the state using any means.
He further caution the BJP of serious consequences if anything happen to the integrity of the state while trying to solve the issue of NSCN-IM.

Sunday, 08 November 2015 17:30

72 hours bandh called

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Imphal, Nov 8: The JAC formed against the killing of School head master on charge of cow theft has called 72 hours general strike from midnight of November 9 demanding arrest of the culprits involved in the killing of Md. Hashmad Ali, who was found brutally murdered on Nov 2.

Sunday, 08 November 2015 17:29

Political party to fight AFSPA revived

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Imphal,Nov.8: Media Meet on Resurgence and Reconstitution of the party of the political party Brachin National Union was held at  Manipur Press Club today. The political party was revived under the leadership of Lairenlakpam Sharatchandra on last October 21, the party
Addressing to media persons, Sharatchandra said that almost all political parties including those in the government are sidelining the issue of AFSPA.
“It was only in the election time that AFSPA is being remembered and the newly revived political party will fight to repeal AFSPA.”, he said.

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