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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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National Seminar on ‘Mahatma Gandhi’s inclusive approach to humanity’ held; Whenever Ahimsa is there, world will be there and we will remember Gandhiji: CM

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Imphal, Feb 15

In commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti organised a national seminar on ‘Mahatma Gandhi’s inclusive approach to humanity’ today at Raj Bhawan, Imphal.

On the occasion, Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla and Chief Minister N. Biren Singh graced as Chief Guest and President respectively. Founder of the Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, Acharya Lokesh Muni was also on the dais.

In her speech, Dr. Najma Heptulla stated that Mahatma Gandhi is recognized as the Father of this great nation. He was an exceptional leader and human being. He has influenced and inspired both individuals and world leaders in fight against inequality and oppression, and has provided an invaluable contribution to peaceful freedom struggles across the world. Mahatma Gandhi’s struggle was first and foremost for the freedom and independence of the people of India. But his message was also one of universal relevance. His voice for humanity, equality, justice and non violence gained global recognition. In 2007, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, the 2nd of October, was declared by the United Nations as the International Day of Non Violence, and is today celebrated all over the globe. Despite grand thoughts, his was a life of austerity, tolerance, courage and struggle. A person who stood up for what he believed in and who lived as he preached. He spent a total of approximately five years in prison and was imprisoned six times in South Africa and seven times in India. All are for freedom, human rights and justice.

The Chief Guest added that today, Gandhi’s vision of an inclusive, secular India continues to be challenged, despite India’s fundamentally multi religious fabric. In this time of uncertainty and disruption, the celebration of Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary is a reminder of the continued relevance of his teachings and of their importance all over the world his teachings also remind us that change often begins at the individual level, and that we all, as human beings, have the capability to change the world through peaceful activism, she continued.

While addressing, Chief Minister said that there are so many strong weapons in today’s world. A single press to a switch can destroy the world four or five times. However, Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology for peace and Ahimsa saves the world. Whenever ahimsa is there, world will be there and we will remember Gandhiji. Mahatma Gandhi is beacon of peace and apostle of non-violence. He is an Indian but the whole world admired his principles and ideology. His two weapons—satya (truth) and ahimsa (non-violence) paved the way for India’s independence from the mighty British. Moreover, his style of simple living, honesty, deadly against untouchability, racial discrimination etc can be guiding light for this complex generation and have relevance to the contemporary world. Biren Singh appealed to remember Gandhiji’s service for mankind in his 150th Birth Anniversary.

In his speech,  Acharya Dr. Lokesh told that unity in diversity is the fundamental feature of Indian culture, with the strength of unity in India’a diversity, if our social and family values are not secured, then India’s future will be in danger. Adopt a culture of connecting, not dividing. Support the truth and recognize it. For this, we have to adopt Gandhiji’s ideas. The unity in diversity of our country will have to be strengthened by following the principals of Mahatma.

As part of today’s national seminar, Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Magazine ‘Aahwaan’ was released.

It is said that Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti is organising Peace and Harmony conclave in different states of the country to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and will organize 25 national seminars in almost all provinces of the country and last seminar will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.

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Is accepting gifts by newsperson unethical?

Much has been talking about journalists being paid by vested interested groups for the promotion of their activities. There are rumors about celebrity journalists across the country by big corporate houses in exchange for news report which promotes them. In Manipur, people started spreading rumors about journalists being pocketed by politicians by offering them gifts in the form of money or luxurious items. These are rumors spread by vested interested people who had faced the music of reported news items that sabotage their careers. Having said so this write up is not saying that all journalists particularly those who are based in Manipur are clean.

There may be some but if any person who has proof of auctioning their profession for mere gift or benefit, there is a body called All Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) and Editor’s Guild Manipur (EGM) whom they can complain with proof so that the declining image of the journalists’ fraternity can be safe. Simply blaming for personal enmity towards the journalists’ fraternity will not help the fourth pillar of the Indian Democracy in rendering their service to push forward the nation in the right direction.

When N. Biren Singh led BJP government supported by some other political party replaced the Congress led government in 2017, he being started his career as journalists invited all journalists of the state for a dinner and presented gifts (Samsung Tablet) to each journalist. Many people particularly the opposition criticized it. It was not to the selected journalist that he offered the gift but to all the journalists. It seems like these critics which tried to misinterpret the presentation of gifts seem to have forgotten that – the world has changed today. Diary and pen which used to be gifted to journalists in the earlier days were common and none criticized such presentation of gifts to journalists.

On the other hand, these days people who criticized or judged the activities of journalists started calling those journalists who use to visit Ministers, MLAs, bureaucrat officers without knowing the purpose of the visit. Journalists reporting political beat need to meet Ministers, MLAs, or even the bureaucrats to extract worthy news.

Talk about payment of some money during the press conference is also a matter of serious concern. But why these people paid to the journalist for publishing their news. Instead, they could come to the media house and request for publication in the form of advertisements through proper channels. Blaming the journalists is a kind injustice done to demoralize the spirit of journalism.  

People who are not in the profession should remember that everything that is being published by media today is still the nation’s conscience. Editorial still continues to condemn the venality of politicians and corruption.

Infringing to one’s profession without having a complete understanding of the profession will do no good to the society but will only demoralize those in the profession of journalism where the maximum of them works with sincerity with meager pay. 

Budget Session of 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly begins

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Imphal, Feb 14

The Budget Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly began today with an address by the state Governor Dr Najma Heptulla. Addressing the House, the Governor said that the government is deeply committed to protecting the interest of the indigenous people of the State.

She termed the implementation of the long-standing demand of the people - the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system as a “landmark” decision. She said for the ILP, which was implemented from January 1 this year, the government is launching online portal for issuing ILP for the larger benefit of the people.

Acknowledging the improvement in the security environment of the State, Dr Heptulla said that “With signing of Memorandum of Understanding with various Insurgent Groups, over 644 cadres have joined the mainstream”.

In her around one hour twenty minutes long speech, the Governor has highlighted various achievements of the government. Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio will present the state’s budget for 2020-21 fiscal later today. The 15-day long Budget session will continue till the 28th of this month and will have eleven sittings.

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Ruling legislatures sit together for breakfast before session

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Imphal, Feb 14

Should we term it as the wisdom of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh or should it be the bridging of misunderstanding between the ruling MLAs, for the first time ruling MLAs along with all the Ministers together had breakfast before the commencement of the budget session which began today. May be such gathering would have happened many timed in the nearly three years old N. Biren Singh government, but this is the first time that a photo of all the ruling legislatures sit together enjoying breakfast before the commencement of the budget session .  

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