Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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Tuesday, 27 October 2020 18:00

O. Ibobi Lambasts Ngamthang Haokip

IT News

Imphal, October 27:

Congress Legislative Party leader Okram Ibobi Singh described the selfishness of the then Congress MLA Ngamthang Haokip who had joined BJP just after the 2017 election. He asked after he joined the BJP, what had he done for Saitu Constituency.

During the Congress regime, there was a plan for a permanent centre of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Mayangkhang with acquiring 150 acres of land investing around Rs. 7 to 8 crores. A 33X11 KV sub-station was also installed for 24X7 power supply for the IT centre. “What is the progress of the construction for the Permanent centre of IIIT, which was opened temporarily at MantriPukhri”, he asked.

Former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh was addressing at the Flag Hoisting Ceremony of Dr Lamtingthang Haokip, INC Candidate of 51-Saitu Assembly Constituency yesterday at Kholep Village.

He stated that the by-election would not have happened if the Congress MLA Ngamthang Haokip had not resigned. By-election usually occurred when the sitting MLA expired untimely and there was necessity to fill up the vacancy to represent the constituency. He asked why Ngamthang had resigned abandoning the constituency. Everyone must question him the reason. The reason was for his selfishness and personal advantages, not for the people of Saitu Constituency. It was very shameful at this age.

Criticising the ruling BJP government, Okram Ibobi Singh asked for the meaning of “Go to Hills”, “Go to Village”, “Go to Schools” and whether the hills or villages were fully developed. “What is the meaning of financial package? Financial packages are generally announced by the Prime Minister. Here in Manipur, the Chief Minister has announced financial packages for hill districts including Kangpokpi. How many crores of rupees have been announced for Kangpokpi District? Whether the packages for Kangpokpi have been completely translated into action? “, he asked.

He described the present BJP government was a publicity and propaganda government which was not trustable. During 15 years of Congress regime, five years were under BJP regime in the Centre. The Congress Government in Manipur had demanded all State’s share and ran the government effectively, he stated.

He mentioned that Dr Lamtinthang Haokip was well educated and a dynamic youth who was well connected with the intellectuals in the country. His candidature was proposed by the Saitu Congress Block Committee and the proposal was submitted to the Indian National Congress. Then Sonia Gandhi had accepted him for the candidature. He described Saitu constituency as Mini India where different communities settle. “We must respect each other with a feeling that we are one. I request everyone to cast your valuable vote to Dr Lamtinthang Haokip who has in his heart to work for a change”, He added.

Speaking on the occasion, former Deputy Chief Minister and the CWC member Gaikhangam said, “When people are facing various hardships, when the harvesting season has arrived, our people are facing another hardship that is this by-election. This is due to some incompetent and irresponsible MLAs who treated their people as a part of their trade and they resigned without consideration of the people. It is a misfortune that people are going to face this by-election when the case of COVID-19 is rising up to thousands day by day. And the people who made this kind of misfortune are sinners. And those sinners do not even deserve to represent in this election”. He further added, “Blinded by their greed of power and money, they could not see the power of the people. I want everyone to show the power of a citizen and make them respect you. They should respect and love their people.

The freezing wind that keeps the hills of Manipur, a once upon a time paradise for peace lovers, is finally getting even warmer this time. Not only the hill but almost all people across this region feel warmer, not only because thousand trees have been cut down but also because there blows an uncertain wind that will only be felt short;y, (if in case the government of India stands with its decision).
The fall out of the ongoing peace talk initiated by GoI with the NSCN-IM is a daring challenge for all the people of Manipur even though it may be assumed as a blessing for the neighbouring state Nagaland. This is being stated as almost all Naga community belonging to various ethnic groups have united, however, differences which still lingers among the various ethnic communities in Manipur due to the bitter truth of past events still divides the people. The unfortunate part is that some actors still fails to recollect the near past where thousands of our brothers and sisters have sacrificed but still spells the myth of far past history of feudal days.
Rose, the lady of our Tangkhul community, who ended her life – like the ending of an immature blooming orchid blown away by the unfriendly wind, is not even a reality to some actors who seem to be rusting the iron hearted youths of the region. But many ‘we’ still sheds tears for our sisters, aunties, brothers no matter they belongs to any community of this erstwhile kingdom because we were one and will be one forever.
It is not only the former Chief Minister of Nagaland SC Jamir dislike Tangkhul community but today the Tangkhul are treated like katcha Naga by the Majority community of Nagaland (as per news report appeared recently). NNPGs now have different strategy and is today the priority of the government of India.
Around 25 years of working by way of exchanging ideas among some few actors seems to have forgotten to discuss the reality of today’s society who has been in this part of land. The trust that people of their own has been shattered and the guns that they bought from hard earn money of the people of their own are now no different from an ‘useless swords’. It is upto the government of India that will now decide the fate of NSCN-IM. No matter how stubborn the NSCN-IM supremo Avakaran stands , he has been now reduce to toothless tiger today. Today we are seeing the the might of NSCN-IM reducing to a mere war mongering group that will become ‘not admissible to anywhere’.
The entire people of the state which is a home of 36 different communities is now shrewdly kept in state of collusion. Fate of the erstwhile nation has now been totally handed over to the authority of a younger nation that this erstwhile nation joined with great hopes but shattered since then.
The present modus operandi of today’s society and the grievances of the people seem to be out of the purview of the so call peace making process. Hate, enmity and jealousness have been injected and now the one time united people have been divided into pieces.
It is likely that screwy bullets that had haunted the people of Manipur may once more start floating here and there and it is also likely that the situation arisen may create a stalemate to the free movement of the innocent public once more.
For decades, the state of Manipur particularly in the Hill areas people had witnessed countless life from unwanted sound “pheecheeong” from the bayonets of many guns.
The later part of early 90s in the state of Manipur, if one recalled had seen many non authority mushroomed to countered by empowering themselves with SLP (self loaded powers). The number of “pheecheeong..” had put all lives under tremendous fear, every community were terrorized. Yes, please recalls the bloodiest blood bath between two major ethnic groups of the state ignited by the NSCN-IM in the early 90s and please let us not make that bloody history repeat to any other groups.


Pauliansaun Touthang,
New Delhi

A year has passed since the Judgement of 18th October 2019 by the Hon’ble High Court of Manipur quashing the MCSCC Exam 2016. Looking back it appears that MPSC is least affected by the judgement that should have ideally brought about a thorough cleansing of the recruitment agency in the state. Sadly MPSC seems to have simply proceeded with its usual nonchalance, least bothered about the massive destruction of youth and wealth of the state. Thus it is time to have a short recap.
The judgement of 18th October 2019 pointed out various lapses and irregularities in the conduct of MPSC, the rules of MPSC was termed as ‘half baked’, and a CBI investigation was ordered into the conduct of MCSCCE 2016 so that all those who are guilty is brought to book. However what has happened since? MPSC is yet to notify rules and regulations that meets the required standards, MPSC has not taken any proactive action to gain public confidence, nor has it shown any conscience by taking responsibility for ruining the lives of the very candidates it has selected through its faulty system, and so far no one, be it officials, candidates or any other person has been penalised for the MCSCCE 2016 fiasco. Despite all this MPSC has boldly come out with notification to conduct the 2016 main examination afresh. The daring however extends much further, when various organisation voiced concern over the said notification raising pertinent matters of rules of examination and the need for CBI investigation to be completed unhindered, instead of clarifying the matters raised the MPSC in its press release date 26th August 2020 simply brushed aside the concerns raised simply as “misunderstanding of a very few”. The press release besides belittling the concerns expressed did nothing to clarify the doubts raised by the various student bodies. One can only wonder if MPSC is even aware that 82 former gazetted officers of the state are now living a life of endless trauma and stigmatization because MPSC failed to perform its duty. If the various student bodies of the state constitute ‘a very few’ to the MPSC, than surely theselected 82 would be just an infinitesimal and negligible number to the MPSC. It is also be noted that the selected candidates themselves havealso urged for the CBI investigation to be completed first, and opposed re-conduct of the examination before proper rules and regulations are put in place.
MPSC is not an ordinary body but a constitutionally mandated commission. It should have been a model organ of the state. However in Manipur, it is sadly an irresponsible body that continues to wreck countless lives. In 2019 itself, the MCSCCE 2019 was postponed and kept in a limbo after some aspirant filed case citing that MPSC has not complied with directions of the Hon’ble High Court. Yet MPSC is least bothered about the suffering it cause to the youth of the state in particular and the Society in general. In monetary terms MPSC has caused immense damage, many students preparing for the exam takes coaching, in competitive examinations, the knowledge and information needed to compete is not constant, it loses currency and relevance with passage of time but MPSC appears to be oblivious of the nature and demands of competition in modern times. The state has also suffered mammoth loss of treasury in training and salary of the 82 selected candidates of MCSCCE 2016. Who is paying for the misdeeds of MPSC? Who is suffering for the Misdeeds of MPSC? none other than the youth and the state.
Therefore if MPSC is to start conducting exams again it is paramount that it is made accountable and acts responsibly. MPSC should actively cooperate with the CBI investigation so that the whole truth is uncovered, any erring staff are penalized. It should even act on its own to determine how it was operating with half baked rules, who made those rules? Surely some people would be held accountable there, because those rules would not have made itself, it would have been drafted by some people under a chairman and a secretary. MPSC needs to ensure that it complies with all directions of the Hon’ble High Court and that its rules and regulations meets the requisite standard.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 17:53

“God’s Shade?”

By- Rabin Prasad Kalita

“God gives us difficulties to bring out the best in us.”
-Marvin J. Ashton-

The next meal was his great fetch for which he had to juggle hard. Still, he didn’t prefer to be pre-occupied under someone since he had already seen the painful condition of the forced labours.
As the days went by, Dinesh was picked up by a landlord of the same locality to work in his paddy field by paying bare minimum wage. His carry home cash was not enough to accomplish his necessities. Somehow he was subsisted with his two other members at home. The indigence condition of his home forced him to earn before he attained his adulthood. Looked much older than the lads of his age was.
Dominance over the poor by their rich masters also can’t be ruled out in typical villages in the eastern part of India. His master was also no different. He had no empathy that devoiced Dinesh from working with self-respect though he was extremely submissive while delivering his duty.
It’s pointless to articulate that the planet poor had to withstand unutterable oppression over them by the planet richer. Yet, he was doing his cultivation work scrupulously. If he doesn’t, then where would he go!
In the meantime Dinesh got married to Dewajani, a poor cobbler’s daughter soon he attained manhood. While on the contrary, he became mature enough already whilst combating his penury. By then, his mother left for her heavenly ride and his lone brother too started working to earn his living.
Dinesh saw his neighbors often came home from Bangalore with lots of money. Formerly, they were also alike he, who worked for the well-off landowners in the village. For a few days, they would roam around happily wearing shipshape attires, and then they would leave for Bangalore again.
Hoping to have a quality life out there, he too thought to leave the village and work together with them. He found no reason why he can’t leave the village and search for a better option instead of working like a donkey in the field with a teensy carry home.
Subsequently, Dewajani was convinced to accompany him to an unknown place to try their luck. A hungry man always strives for a piece of bread. He doesn’t feel disdain, fear, and hesitation to fill his stomach.
One fine morning, foreseeing the grace of God, they left for Bangalore as guided by his friends. Reaching the city, they had to take asylum at one of his friend’s informal makeshift for some time until he manages to have his own.
In the absence of appropriate resources, poor people leave their village and go to various cities in search of two meals a day to stay alive. They live for today and have no plan for tomorrow. Ambition beyond this is a distant word to be conceived by them. They dotted in different parts of the country’s upcoming and developed cities engaging themselves in hundreds of dissimilar jobs.
Dinesh got an opportunity to work as casual labour in a newly established construction firm on a daily wage basis. After a few days, luckily Dewajani was also engaged as domestic help for household works. Thus both were happy spending time together along with other friends who hailed from the same region. Hence, they faced no difficulty being staying in such a remote place. Felt life was much easier than they had earlier.
Gradually they started saving a substantial part of their take-home amount. Out of which a portion was predominantly kept to spend for other auxiliary needs. When he heard the happy news that Dewajani is going to be a mother soon; he became more cognizant of savings. The days were spent cheerfully and were struggling to secure their future somehow.
Heard someone say, the happiness of the poor doesn’t last long. The moment the one ends, the other comes. Only the destitute one is the bearer of all pain and suffering. Both of them could somehow make their backbone straight after a long fight back for their survival. The hope that warmth in his heart got crushed with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus associated with the nationwide lockdown.
A rapid unfolding of lockdown had made their life awful. Whatever savings they had, got almost dried up as their earning clogged all at once. Their owners have refused to let them come for work in fear of virus infection.
Gruesome heat during this pick summer had made their life more miserable as if it was demons over the ghost. Hence, they preferred working outside during prickly heat where cooling facilities were available at least during the day to escape from burning heat. Lack of electricity in the makeshift, it was torturous for them to withstand.
It was more agonizing for Dewajani as being she was in her advanced stage of pregnancy. They had no idea left how to get rid of the distressing trouble and were thinking incessantly for a way out. The duos trapped badly and were in enormous stress out of panic.
This migrant workforce began to feel the city is most inhospitable and alienating for whom they were working for all the years. Over and above, dismissal of these destitute from the job whatsoever they did during the lockdown crisis, had made them feel unwanted.
Workers left their rented rooms as was pressurized by their house owners. Who listens and cares to a deprived one during the crisis of this nature except to look upon them with hostility? Being devoid of solutions, thousands of them were out on the road wailing for their home return but left with almost no penny. Besides, there was not even a single vehicle except goods truck, police vehicles, and medical vans seen plying on road during the lockdown.
Some of them cramped inside the goods truck or perched atop the truck defraying huge charges each to reach their destinations. Many dared to flee home by bicycle, hand rickshaw, or even in the barefoot from all over the places heading thousands of miles to their natives.
Seeing his friends leaving the city for home one by one, Dinesh too sought to move but his fretfulness about Dewajani pushed him back again and again. A choice between life and death was not so easy. Finally, he decided to go back home on his wife’s consent considering an unsafe life if they stay back there.
He bought a second-hand wheelbarrow cart to carry a little bit of essential household stuff. In all likelihood, he started pushing the cart to a vague and painful journey laden with whatever he could bring and also his wife who somehow sat over the stack. A discarded bed sheet was tied up across four sticks fastened to the cart for shielding her from the sunburn.
A journey on foot and the road ahead was lying like an unending ribbon. They ate whatever food they were offered on the way by some NGOs or individuals, otherwise, they kept on walking being hungry and thirsty. Walking with the skinned out slippers made his feet worst with the number of blisters. Sometimes he stopped and stood in a long queue between starving foot-travelers nudging one other to get one’s share of snacks.
There was a furor over all the way. Many of them had lost their lives even before reaching their homes and some collapsed while walking with no food and water. A wretched and grief-stricken atmosphere was buzzing amongst them.
Over and again, Dewajani descended out of the cart and walked along seeing her husband’s illimitable pain while pushing the cart forward. In the meantime, Dewajani was gradually developing her labour pain by the time they completed around two hundred miles of grueling foot march.
“Save me Dinesh, I’m dying out of pain. It’s severe, please, please do something”, being helpless Dewajani cried out prying.
Don’t lose your heart, Debo, Everything will be fine, trust God! Dinesh assured her, however, he was a little perturbed.
Helplessly thought about what he should do and how to handle the situation. He never dreamt of this adversity that would arise this way! So he desperately approached a couple of ladies and prayed for their support, who were also the same voyagers walked behind them.
They stayed back for a moment to assist his wife in that difficult circumstance. With the help of those divine lending hands, Dinesh was blessed with a baby delivered under the same cart shade. It was like, “yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a God’s gift”.
Soon the gossip flew on air, the local authority along with some media people arrived on the spot to stir it as breaking news. But, that broadcast gave them a shy of relief. It was like wherever human thought ends, the glory of God begins.
The mother of the newly born baby was helped with an adequate amount of cash by the local administration being pity on her. In addition to that, they were allowed to stay in a provisional shelter until the authority could arrange to accommodate them in a government-chartered bus. At length, they made their way home happily. No one can do any harm to him when he is in God’s shade! God has a purpose for one’s pain, a reason for one’s struggle, and a reward for one’s faithfulness.
(An imaginary story of sufferings based on the real issue during this corona pandemic)

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