Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 25+ 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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Friday, 23 April 2021 17:47

Acceptance of life and death

By - Sanjoo Thangjam

How can we overcome our fear of growing old and of death? It has become an important question in our society where the population of the elderly has been increasing. But this is not the problem that has begun now. It has been a problem since the beginning of humankind and there are many academic subjects, which were born by this.
However, many of the practical studies such as medicine and biology have focused on this problem but other studies, which have focus on the inner-self such as religion and philosophy, have not been as strong in these areas.
Medicine and scientific developments have been affecting in prolonging the human life. And this is certainty a wonderful thing. However, even though we were able to escape death at one point in our lives, it does not eliminate the fear of death. This is because even though the average life span extends from 50 years to 80 years, this does not lessen the fear of death and on the contrary, the fear of death is even greater. Thus no matter how long the average life span extends; the fear will not change.
At the same time, it goes without saying that there are new problems where human lives are being manipulated and treated as a kind of item.
But chanting Buddhist sutras will also not bring a miracle. By utilizing religion as a means to obtain your own desires, you will always be preoccupied with your desires. For example, as long as a person is obsessed with living a long life, even though the person lives to be 100 or 150, theywill accept death without denial. And even if a miracle was to occur and a person is granted a long life, death will soon come and the person will die, despising their whole life.
Then how can we live our remaining years? The word “remaining” already gives a negative connotation and the feeling of giving up. AS mentioned earlier, one can find a hobby to upkeep his or her health and live their senior years quietly. However, will this really calm our minds and will this bring happiness?
By focusing on our physical health, will this help us over overcome our loneliness and anxiousness upon our retirement? These ways of living does not differ from leading from living a gloomy life, waiting for death to come.
No matter how many funds the government has allotment to build senior citizens’ homes or hospice facilities, the problem will not completely be resolved. Having facilities such as these are extremely important and the development of facilities should be actively supported.
However, with these developments, Death education must be implemented other else these wonderful facilities will be meaningless. Therefore education in self-reflection needs to be taught or people will have to unwillingly live their lives denying death.
The term “Quality of Living” has become very popular. If this term means to find a hobby or some reason to live and lead a peaceful life, it refers exactly to the problem mentioned previously. In other words, there will be no satisfaction with life and death. The term “quality of life” stands, in reality, with being and accepting life and death.
The writer is a, Social Activist for People Who Use Drugs (PUD)

Friday, 23 April 2021 17:46

Today’s Youth & Narcissism

By: Kaustov Kashyap, HR & Career Consultant
Narcissism is a personality disorder in which a person thinks extremely highly of himself or herself and lacks the empathy of a normal human being. This person only thinks about what he can gain from a situation which is attention and control in most of the cases. He is ruthless when it comes to achieving his ends. The narcissist has no qualms of guilt for whatever he does; he is better than the rest of the people; he is grand and faultless. Does that not ring a bell?
Narcissism is an age-old phenomenon and there are numerous books and movies based on such people. Unfortunately, it is something that has become a common phenomenon among the youth in the Indian society. What is causing this narcissist epidemic?
Narcissists have a poorly developed self-esteem. A healthy self-esteem is built on one’s achievements and abilities. With the advent of electronics and more and more video games, children spend their maximum time with them instead of engaging in constructive activities for self-improvement and growth. Consequently, the young adults today suffer from feelings of insecurity and shallowness deep inside.
On various social media platforms, as people view one another’s profiles, they compare a lot as well. They wish to portray their lives in as perfect a way as possible. With the number of followers they can have on instagram and the number of likes they can get on facebook, they can enjoy the status of a celebrity. They start thinking extremely highly of themselves. Moreover, they have become more and more obsessed with their pictures and the attention they receive through them. Not only does this add on to their craving for attention but also it diverts their attention from indulging in any useful activities to develop themselves which causes them to become even more and more insecure. Sadly, many of our youth have become trapped in this vicious cycle.
According to a spiritual leader, people today are being manufactured to be able to serve the economy. People are incentivized to get higher and higher offices for themselves. There is a dark cut-throat competition amongst the employees. People are ready to do anything to outshine their colleagues and do not mind being ruthless. Here, there is no place for empathy and compassion for one’s fellow beings. Inter-personal relationships do not count. People are ready to manipulate and misguide other people for the sake of their ambitions and the person who is able to do this is considered to be ‘smart.’
Lack of Parental Love is also another reason of narcissist epidemic. The attention and affection that a child receives in his growing age are very important for his perception of himself and the world around. Children are increasingly becoming subject to neglect. Their emotional needs from the primary care-giver remain unmet. As a result, they look for ways to fulfill their need for attention. They could become histrionic and frustrated within.
Further, the modern youth is brainwashed to make a name for himself. Often, contacts are made with people so that they are useful for the other person. The bonds of friendship and genuine care and concern are absent. In the past, people were obliged to be kind to and help their fellow beings. This ideology is becoming less and less important now.
The healthy self-love is being replaced by an unwholesome obsession with one’s wants and desires. Beneath all the show-bizz and glamour, the human is becoming more and more lonely and self-absorbed. The narcissist epidemic could be carried to the generations to come.

IT News
Imphal April 21:

In view of the sudden spikes of the COVID-19 cases in the state of Manipur, state authority has framed more effective strictures to contain the virus from spreading more.
For the 2nd time, the three Kwairamband Ima Keithel and the adjoining temporary market has been ordered to shut down to prevent large gathering as the three market area is the most crowded and insecure place.
In an order issued by the In-Charge Chief Secretary M. H. Khand today imposition of night curfew, restriction of gatherings, restored opening of shops in Paona Bazar and Thangal Bazar will remain as it is.
M. H. Khan took charge as the Chief Secretary in Charge after Chief Secretary Rajesh Kumar was tested COVID-19 positive and has been undergoing treatment at RIMS here in Imphal. His condition is stated to be recovering, a source said. 4 other IAS who are holding the important designation of the state government also tested positive. All are stated to be recovering.
The order issued today said that -
One in every three shops located in Galis of Thangal Bazar and Paona Bazar to be opened on rotation. For example on day 1 to open Shop Nos. 1, 4, 7, etc, on day 2 to open shop Nos. 2,5, 8, etc. and on day 3 open shop Nos. 3, 6, 9, etc.
One is each three shops of Wholesale and grocer item shops in Masjid road to be opened on rotation. For example on day 1 to open shop Nos. 1,4, 7, etc., on day 2 to open shop Nos. 2, 5, 8, etc. and on day 3 to open shop Nos. 3,6, 9, etc.
One in each three shops of Ngari Gali be allowed to open on rotation. For example on day 1 to open shop Nos. 1, 4, 7, etc., on day 2 to open shop Nos. 2,5, 8, etc. and on day 3 open shop Nos. 3,6, 9, etc.
All public transport vehicles, examples, Buses, Winger vans, Magic vans, Auto-rickshaw, E-Rickshaw, etc. to carry passengers upto maximum half capacity and ensure all passengers wear facemask always.
For markets in other districts, the DC and SP should immediately evaluate and issue suitable restriction Orders.
This is issued on continuation and in partial modification of the order referred to a para 1 above.
Deputy Commissioner, Imphal West and Superintendent of Police, Imphal West shall take necessary action to implement the orders.

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 17:25

Y. Erabot takes oath as MLA today

IT News
Imphal, April 15:

After Manipur High Court declared Yumkham Erabot Singh as the legitimate representative of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly of the 15- Wangkhei Assembly, the MLA was sworn in as MLA of 15-Wangkhei Assembly Constituency today at a ceremony held at Conference Hall (Ground Floor) of the Annexe Building, Manipur Legislative Assembly Secretariat, Imphal.
Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, Y. Khemchand administered the oath of office and secrecy. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, MLA’s M. Rameshwor and Y. Antas Khan attended the swearing-in-ceremony.
Mention may be made that three bench of Justice M.V. Muralidaran of the Manipur High Court, in its ruling April 15 declared the election result of Wangkhei Assembly Constituency MLA Okram Henry as null and void. The High Court order also declared Y. Erabot, the petitioner of the case as duly elected member of the 15-Wangkhei Assembly Constituency.
Interestingly, Okram Henry Singh, who was elected as Congress MLA in the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly from Wangkhei AC had resigned along with four other Congress MLA and had officially joined the BJP. After their resignation and disqualification of some MLA, 13 seats remain vacant. Due to pending election case in High Court by-election were conducted in 5 Assembly constituencies at which BJP won in 4 seat.
The By-election of Wangkhei AC was not held due to the pending election case filed by the BJP candidate Y Erabot in November last year. But Okram Henry was appointed as Minister by the N. Biren Singh government. After the expiry of six months and unable to get himself elected as MLA, Okram Henery remain as a mere politician with no legitimate position in the government.
With the winning of one more BJP MLA , the strength of the BJP is 24 now.

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