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Thawai Meerel demands immediate cessation of attacks on Newspaper Editors and Meira Paibis

by Aribam Bishwajit
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Thawai Meerel demands immediate cessation of attacks on Newspaper Editors and Meira Paibis

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Imphal, Jan 7:

Following the apprehension of one of the prominent editors from a leading vernacular newspaper, Thawai Meerel has vehemently criticized Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, accusing him of purportedly singling out journalists and attempting to curb the activities of Meira Paibis through the initiation of First Information Reports (FIRs). The organization vehemently calls for the resignation of the Chief Minister, citing purported inadequacies in his ability to safeguard Manipur and its citizens.
Expressing their discontent, a spokesperson for the organization convened a press conference at the Manipur Press Club in Majorkhul, underscoring the pivotal role that editors and journalists play in catalyzing positive societal change. The representative asserted, “Editors and journalists are diligently working towards fostering a constructive transformation in our society. However, it is disconcerting to observe that the government is specifically targeting newspaper editors. If the government harbors dissatisfaction with their work, go ahead publish newspapers.”
Continuing her impassioned plea, she fervently urged the government to desist from such oppressive measures, emphasizing that its focus should be on safeguarding Manipur and its people. Addressing the Chief Minister directly, she asserted, “If you find yourself unable to effectively protect Manipur, perhaps it is time to consider resigning from your position. Otherwise, the Meira Paibis, the very guardians of our state, will be compelled to voice their dissent through protests that even the Chief Minister won’t be able to quell.”
With a tone of disbelief, she accused the government of targeting Meira Paibis by resorting to the registration of FIRs against them. “These women are the mothers of our society, playing pivotal roles in safeguarding the state. How can the government contemplate arresting Meira Paibis? We will not remain silent if such actions persist,” she declared resolutely.
In a further critique of the government’s actions, the spokesperson raised concerns about the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) training, expressing dismay over the decision to send new recruits to Assam for training, deeming it unacceptable. She emphasized, “The government ought not to engage in such practices, as training sessions can and should be conducted within Manipur.”
Drawing attention to the sacrifices made by the brave sons and daughters of Manipur in the line of duty, she lamented, “Many of our invaluable gems – our sons and daughters – have laid down their lives while defending Manipur. The government should redirect its focus towards safeguarding the sons and daughters of the soil.
Our patience wears thin as we witness the Chief Minister clinging to his chair without presenting viable solutions. It is high time for meaningful dialogues and prompt resolutions.”
With a palpable sense of urgency, she issued a stern warning, stating, “If the government persists in targeting journalists and Meira Paibis, our protests may escalate, potentially leading to regrettable consequences for the government.” This assertion underscores the gravity of the situation and the heightened tension surrounding the government’s actions, further highlighting the urgent need for constructive dialogue and resolution as Manipur violence enters 9 months since it broke out in May 2023.

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