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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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“10th Progressive Day” of PREPAK (Pro): Coronavirus flaunts India’s disintegration

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Imphal, May 31:

Chairman of the People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Progressive)  L. Paliba pays greetings to all revolutionaries of Kangleicha and appreciated to people who have been directly taking care of the novel Covid-19 pandemic.

The Chairman of the PREPAK (Pro) in a statement said that the novel coronavirus has broken down the deep-rooted norms of every society starting from every family.

“Such on-going pandemic underscores food  and health as paramount importance in any country. Even the developed countries are aware of the dreaded impact of this pandemic, and they adopted social distancing norms. While the people in countries facing food-scarcity are moving here and there in search of needful food, they could not maintain social distancing as they are unable to tie their mouths. Unfortunately, Kangleipak has been depending on imported food with an unaffordable healthcare system. Complying with the self-care under the norms of World Health Organization (WHO) is the best solution until the vaccine is invented.

In Chinese, crisis means “Weiji”. Wei means danger, Ji means opportunity.

Accorded with this meaning, the Chinese Government implemented timely precautionary measures. Their measures are highly appreciated by many countries. The word crisis can be expressed in some ways in Kanglei language as the burden and opportunity just like two sides of a coin. On the one hand, heavy burdens are fallen on the daily wage earners and oppressed classes. On the other hand if the opportunities from this pandemic are seized by the rich people, businessmen and elite groups, it is imperative to say that something is wrong in this political system. Hopefully, administrators and social scientists will be able to chalk out a far-sighted precaution and able to find the ways of producing more food items as blessing in disguise from the on-going pandemic.

But there is an obvious question that how far the leaders of a colonized nation could implement independently the competent policies.

While dealing with many political issues and pandemic the GOI misuses politics and wisdom towards the common people just like mistreating the prisoners in the jail at will. With just four hours’ notice the ‘Lockdown’ started at midnight which panicked citizens, demonetizing the Rs.500/1000 banknotes instantly victimized ordinary people, abrogation of Article 370 which identifies quasi federalism, such arbitrary actions expose that Indian rulers are authoritarians.

GOI boldly announced that there would not be any new cases of covid-19 in India by May 16. One funny thing was the adoption of dramatic and superstitious action to face the pandemic. Every house was appealed for lighting up candles, clattering dishes, blowing conch and beating drums. Fighter jets were ordered to fly at lower attitude streaking dark overhead, and naval ships were made to flare up. People were made up to believe that shouting and clanging sounds emitted positive energy to drive out the virus. The Chairman further added that Prime Minister Modi has been believed as a person creating “Energy Medicine”.

But in spite of prolong lockdown the measures could not contain the growing cases.

Nothing short of realistic advice has come out from this government by utilizing experts and scientific community. Referring to the books and mythology of Vedic periods, these ruling elites could express themselves openly as many diseases were cured by cow’s dungs and urine, aeroplanes were once invented, plastic surgery was already known, test-tube babies were born in ancient India. How would these unscientifically tempered leaders face the on-going pandemic? They would only end up by performing rituals, and nothing else. Such crazy and absent minded leaders’ policies have downplayed the Indian Spiritual Civilization. The sudden announcement of lockdown has menaced many workers and students. They have been returning to their home states at their own risk by walking a long distance. Such callous natures of every state government have exposed the disintegrated nature of the Union of India. This reminds the discontented calls of Indian “Je Rakshak Se Bhakshak” which means ‘Our protector is also our devourer” which was voiced against the British created puppet Indian officials and zamindars during the post Sepoy Mutiny (1857).

Similarly, the present leaders give support more to richer classes while poor Indian are exploited and they are awaiting complete obliteration of North East Indigenous people, for allowing big companies to explore natural resources. Mainland Indian unknowingly felt that Chinese are the spreader of this coronavirus and similarly, students and workers from NE India are despised as Chinese by treating inhumanly. These offensive actions have shown that the Mongoloid communities from this region are no more Indian. People from this region have a chance to step up a strong stand against this, thanks to their frequent mistreatments. British had projected the creation of India on basis of old Hindu books and mythology to enable their colonial expansion and exploration of unlimited natural resources. However not a single word “India” or its related name could be found in Old books of Kangleipak. So, it is a conflict between the British gifted India and two thousand plus years old historical gifted Kangleipak, it cannot integrate, but it can be developed as two nations separately.

The words of Parvez Hoodbhoy and A.H. Nayyar “the permanent militarization of society requires a permanent enemy” which is clearly followed by the current GOI. The extremely Hindunised voluntary organizations such as RSS,

VHP, Durga Vahini and Bajrang Dal are given extra power. Recently, RSS’s chief said that members of RSS and Indian communities should be trained in handling arms by Indian Army. These so-called voluntary organizations are closely allied with the current ruling party. They frequently mistreated to those who are not in Hindu domain, and the untouchable classes.The intermixing of Hindu Nationalism and Indian Nationalism is designed to categorize communities as anti-Indian to those who are different from majority

Hindu Indian vis-à-vis colours, clothing, religious faiths, and traditions. Such indoctrination of false consciousness is against the ideal of ‘Unity in Diversity’.

During the Kargil War 1999 many people from the media fraternity, celebrities including films stars, sportspersons and intellectuals were seen jingoistic and they had suffered too from nightmares followed closely by terrifying dreams.

Most of Indian TV stations during Pulwama and Doklam incidents looked like military installations, which exclusively broadcast the war hysteria to heighten the hot pursuits. Instead of broadcasting the fact news, tactical and war strategies were freely discussed to prolong the tension and even to declare a big war.

The current government has militarized not only the people but also their pet media. Medias are made to cook up misleading perception of enemies with an aim to have lengthy discussion for aggressive revenge. Skirmishes at border lines are taken as a boon to precipitate the false patriotism but not by good governance. Under the guiding principles of Neo-Vedanta of late 19 century, the foundation of the religious theory of Hindu Nationalism was advocated by then spiritual nationalists. Later, the Indian nationalism now so-called Hindu nationalism was shaped under the strong influence of Germany’s Nazism,

Italian Fascism, and noble class’s democratic values of western countries. It is obvious that Indian Nationalism is like the plastic by-products which can be moulded for any design. There is a saying “Politics are the plastic art of the State”. Similarly, Indian nationalism is both an art of Electoral Politics and Hindu Expansionism.

The word “Hindu” has been redefined as the esteemed value of spiritual truth in relation to culture not as religion. This is illusory definition to cover up the hidden political agenda. According to this redefinition, whoever lives in the

Indian sub-continent, he or she may be follower of Buddhism, Christian, Islam, Sikhism, and cultism are all set to be in Hindu domain. Despite this, many swami and spiritualists also insisted India as ‘a land of ultimate truth seeker’.

Could anyone write ‘Truth-seeker’ for the Religion Space while filling a form?

Thinking on this line, it is not wrong to justify that our Party does not recognize

India as a political nation or country but perceive it as cultural India.

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One more returnee tested positive; Number reached 60

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Imphal, May 30:

One more person has been tested with Coronavirus making the number of Coronavirus positive case to 60.  The person tested with Coronavirus is a 19-year-old woman who returned from Gujarat recently. She was confirmed positive after being tested at VRDL of RIMS.

The woman hails from the Kanglatongbi area in Imphal West district and is at present undergoing treatment at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), a source said.

“Necessary containment measures have been taken up,” the state’s COVID-19 Common Control Room said in a statement.

With the detection of the fresh case, the number of active cases went up to 53.

Seven persons have so far recovered and discharged from the hospital.

The state’s Churachandpur district has the highest number of active cases with 20 COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment.

The total Coronavirus positive cases in the country is 1,74,355 and a total of 82,804 has been recovered. Present active cases stands at 86,558 and as many as 4,982. In Assam’s coronavirus tally touches 1,100-mark with 43 new cases. 126 has been recovered and the number of death is 4. Total active case in Assam is 968.

In Nagaland number of Active Coronavirus cases is 36 with 11 more detected in the last few days. Mizoram has only 1 (one) active cases . In Arunachal Pradesh the number of positive cases detected is 3 and after one has been recovered 2 are still active. No death reported.

Meanwhile, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that a total 82 thousand 370 people affected with Corona virus have cured and the recovery rate reached to 47.40 per cent in the country.

During the last twenty four hours, 11 thousand 264 people have recovered and seven thousand 964 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported taking the total number of cases to one lakh 73 thousand 763.

This is the highest spike in fresh cases in one day since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in India. Health Ministry said, 265 deaths have been registered in last 24 hours taking the nationwide toll to four thousand 971. 

On the other hand, the Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total one lakh 27 thousand 761 samples for corona virus were tested in the last 24 hours. With this, figure of total number of tests reached to 36 lakh 11 thousand 599 in the country.

Meanwhile, ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for Covid-19 by giving approval to government and private laboratories. 

As of now, total 662 laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct the test for Covid-19 including 462 government laboratories and 200 private laboratories’ chains.

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NPF MLA Awangbou Newmai inducted as Minister in N.Biren Singh led Govt.

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Imphal, May 29:

MLA of the Naga Peoples’ front (NFP) Awangbou Newmai has been inducted as Minister of the N. Biren Singh led government of Manipur today. He takes oath as Minister today evening.

With the induction of Awangbou Newmai in the state Cabinet, NPF now have 2 cabinet ministers in the BJP led Government of Manipur.  NFP MLA L. Dikho is already in the Ministry.

Awangbou Newmai has been inducted in the ministry after a ministerial berth remains vacant after the disqualification of MLA Shyamkumar who was the Minister of Forest and Environment and MAHUD in the N. Biren Singh Government.

Source said that BJP’s central leadership had given approval for induction of the new ministry late yesterday evening.

It may be mentioned that NPF has been demanding increase in the Ministers since the last 6/7 months in the aftermath of the demand by BJP MLAs for major reshuffle of the ministry. The party even field its candidate, Honreikhui Kashng,  for the lone Rajya Sabha seat. However for reason best known to the NPF and the BJP the candidate the NPF withdraw its candidate and support the BJP candidate Leishemba Sanajaoba who will be contesting with Congress candidate T. Mangibabu. Assam Finance Minister Himanta Bishwas Sharma who is also the convenor of BJP Election Management Committee also came to Manipur and made an understanding with the NPF.

With the disqualification of MLA Shyamkumar, 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly now has 58 members excluding the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly. If in case the fate of Shyamkumar falls to the 7 other MLAs who had joined the BJP then the total seat in the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly will be 51. Total number of MLAs required by N.Biren Singh government to continue is 26 which he had even without the support of the 4 (four) National Peoples’ Party (NPP) MLAs who are Ministers in the government as Congress now have 20 MLAs. It is likely that a major reshuffled may take place after the measures being taken up to contained the COVID-19 pandemic has been settled. If in case the NPP MLAs drop from the government due to misunderstanding the congress will have 24 MLAs that means BJP still will lead the number taking into account the BJP play well with the Independent MLA Ashab Uddin.

Moreover, it is just about 1 years and  8 months left for the N.Biren Singh government and it is likely that his government may not face that much problem as the BJP too needs to prepare for the next election. 

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COVID-19 case in Manipur : Positive cases reach 55, building complex in Imphal East declared as containment zone

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Imphal, May 28:

With 7 (seven) more testing Coronavirus positive late yesterday evening and 4 more today, the total number of confirmed positive Coronavirus cases reached 55 in the state of Manipur. On the other hand total number of positive patient tested negative also reached 5 with another positive case testing negative. Total active positive Coronavirus case stands at 50. Authority are expecting rise in the number of patient with the increase in the number of Manipuri residents returning from outside the state. All the persons who have been detected with Coronavirus are outsiders who had return to the state. State government authority said that the virus is not spreading at community level due to the strict measures being taken up.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Imphal East district had sealed a school complex at Kabo Leikai in Imphal East after two person who were under quarantine after returning from Delhi were tested positive with Coronavirus.  Location of the school building is at Revenue Village 25 A-Kabo Leikai Nongpok.

Source said that, the two persons – one from Dewlahland and other from Tellipati in Imphal East were reportedly found loitering around the area leaving the quarantine center. Both were reportedly arrested by a police team. Unfortunately the result of both came out positive with coronavirus.

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