Saturday, November 10, 2007

An interaction with worthy purpose

By Donn Morgan Kipgen

When on the 22nd day of October, 2007, a IGAR(S), many interesting and sensitive matters were brought up. That unpre-cedented interaction-cum-luncheon was attended by a dozen of Media boys and a same number of AR Commandants, including the CO of the 22nd Maratha LI, with Maj.Gen. B.K. Chengappa, Brig. Kayastha and Col. Pant at the dais, along with Col. Gen. Staff officer HQ IGAR(S), Col S Gupta. It was an open debate with volleys of questions, answers and swift retorts targeted upon alleged harassments and personal high- handedness upon the State’s news reporters, journalists, etc., by young Army/AR-Officers and Jawans. It was more than an AR-Media interaction since many sensitive issues were covered and discussed upon like never before . The alleged high-handedness of AR personnel was sincerely clarified, well-reasoned ad acknowledged by Gen Chengappa by “apologising” on behalf HQ IGAR(S) if they are really true as reported which has never been said or done before by any general officer of Combat Command.

He promised to see to it that such things are taken care of and asked the media persons to report any atrocities seen to be committed by his officers and all other ranks. He was brutally frank and sincere in saying that the mental outlook, IQ and reasoning of some of his officer and jawans need to be noted since all human beings have different mental aptitudes and personalities. Well, blindly shielding and protecting the wrong doings of any armed forces unit regularly are disadvantage course of action and even against the law of nature.

The MPHQ must have to address this controversial problem openly so that they would get much better support from the general public and the media boys. It is all about professional and diplomatical game plan. Yes, indeed, the action of some officers or jawans does not reflect the overall image or standard procedure of the whole establishment. Apart from the harassed citizens, the media boys have to prepare or accept the mandatory professional hazards like war-correspondents. There is no gain without pain. Undesirable circumstances can be avoided by adhering bravely to the strict media ethics and professional responsibilities.

When it comes to news coverage and news reporting, personal interest and loyalty have to be kept strictly personal - and that also apply to all armed forces personnel. Mental toughness, common sense, reasoning, ethics and “mind reading” are the best answers to many problems. There is no room to fool around in critical situations in CI and Counter-Terrorist (CT) Ops for any party concerned. It pays to go easy and patient to stay out of the harm’s way. In CI/CT Ops, there is no need to take chance for better ringside or onsight view before the highly charged smoke clears out. Once it happened, it always stay happened. You definitely won’t expect sweets and handshakes in any ambush or gunbattle site be them from the police, Military and even UG Militants. The IGAR(S), Gen. Chengappa, did frankly pointed out as to why all security forces personnel went on rampage or high-handed mode aftermath a bloody ambush and encounters. He asked the Media boys to take into account the justifiable hostile mood of officers and jawans whose colleagues were either shot dead or mortally wounded right in front of their own eyes while on routine duties. One may also add the killings of SF personnel while shopping or marketing in the civvies on off-duty period. Moreover, even ordinary citizens have been repeatedly shot dead by UG militants, “open” execution by UG militants are sometimes as good as extra-judicial killings and summary executions without trails by Peers of Jury as required on humanitarian ground. Even most sections of the general public just could not accept any type of socio-political crimes and acted as civil police cum court of the law. We have seen countless number of destruction of houses, public properties and beatings by irates public whenever there is a brutal rape case or murder case committed by local citizen(s). They also went on rampage on their own ‘goodwill’.

One important point was that of the plights and sorrows of family members and relatives of all armed forces personnel killed in action and that of civilians killed by UG militants. All the unfortunate victims of CI/CT Ops have had families to feed, children to raise, lovers to dream etc like all UG militants killed in action. So, it’s all about the two sides of every coin. Another worthy subject matter has been that of quick bails and early releases of hardcore UG militants by the police and lawyers through the Court of Law which hampered CI/CT Ops.

With the right amount of hefty bundles of banknotes, lawyers and police IOs exploited the various loopholes of the existing law. Many hardcore militants are bailed out or released out of jail in quick time period only to be ‘recirculated’ into wrong side of the ‘mainstream’ to re-operate with more authorities and powers against the very system which literally bailed them out of trouble to be a free man. Actually, these loopholes were ‘made’ so as to protect the poor, helpless and innocent citizens from the rich, literate, powerful and criminal-minded citizens. Otherwise, without solid physical evidences, eye-witness testimonies etc any innocent citizen could be framed and sent to jail for life imprisonment, or even to the hangman’s noose. However, nowadays, this legal protection for unarmed individual citizen (a suspect of a crime) has been wantonly exploited and abused by both UG militants and high-class criminals with money power.

Well, there’s nothing much to do when a law is being fully honoured by the court of law as and when injustice is justified by lawyers as permitted. In order to make an arrest or conduct raids, lots of time, plannings, resources, lives, limbs, etc were lost and, hence, the sheer disappointments of the armed forces when their prize catches are recirculated freely in quick time to make their jobs harder and harder. But, then, they are all trained and paid for this disappointing job. The show must go on.

Source: The Sangai Express

Search for human morality

By : Oken Jeet Sandham/IFP

Religion wants to convert the human mind into a static state because that which is static is easily prone to exploitation. Yet this inertness is the very antithesis of the mind’s characteristics. A knotty problem! The founders of religions wanted human beings to shun their dynamic nature and out of fear or illusion, to unquestioningly accept certain specified ideas as the infallible truth. To prevent their shallow knowledge being exposed some so-called religious teachers avoided answering embarrassing questions by pretending to observe silence. This gets around all the fuss about answering questions and even gives the pretender the credit of appearing learned. In order to stifle the inquiring nature of the human mind, some of these charlatans go so far as to say that an inquisitive nature is very bad. So-called religious books seldom discuss such a thing as tolerance of other people’s religious beliefs. I don’t say that one should accept whatever is said by somebody, but surely non-acceptance and intolerance are not the same thing. Why this mania for refuting other people’s views anyway? Diverse opinions from philosophical books can be discussed without being disrespectful, and the philosophical and psychological loopholes of the arguments may be pointed out. But the attempt to cast aspersions on others is not indicative of high-mindedness. In the so-called books of religion there is a greater tendency to refute other people’s religious doctrines than to propagate one’s own ideas. Seeing all these machinations, genuine theologists and theosophists cannot hold religion in high esteem. People of wisdom say, that is, even if a child says something logical, it should be accepted, and even if the lotus-born Brahma (the mythological creator of the universe), says something illogical, it should be rejected like a straw. That is, it is not desirable to accept anything just because it is written in the scriptures, because if illogical sayings are accepted and acted upon, it results in the decline of Dharma. The derivative meaning of the word “Niiti” or morality is that which has in it the principle of leading. It is the starting point on the earth of spiritual practice, which is the persistent effort to establish communion with the Supreme Entity. But this is not the only significance of morality. Morality is endowed with the distinct faculty of leading human beings towards perfection. If morality fails to provide human beings with sufficient provision to move towards perfection, then it does not deserve to be called morality. Because morality must have an inspirational quality, it cannot afford to loose its dynamic nature by limiting itself to a specific time, place and person. Morality is thus a living force, the practice of which is capable of establishing human beings in supreme subtlety, in Supreme Cognition, through the medium of all-pervasive contemplation. However, there is a predetermined limit to the extent to which morality can lead human beings along the path of perfection. If morality can inspire people to reach that limit, then it is worthy of the name. Morality is not the dreamy fantasy of the idealist nor is it the means of fulfilling the mundane needs of the materialist. Rather it gives people the possibility of merging their atheistic objectivity into supra-mundane subjectivity. Human beings will have to start the habit of imbibing the spirit of morality from the very moment that the seed of activity is sewn in them. By activity I mean social activity. Judged in this light a child’s mind is the best receptacle for morality. But who will impart those moral training or education? Parents find fault with the teachers and the teachers in their turn argue that they cannot teach an individual child in a crowd of two or three hundred children. Although it is true that most parents are either uneducated or semi-educated, and it is not unjustifiable to expect that the teachers are well educated, yet it not proper to leave the responsibility for a child’s moral education on the teachers’ shoulders alone. Increasing the numbers of teachers in educational institutions may partially solve the problem of moral education, but the key to the solution lies with the parents themselves. Where parents are unfit to shoulder this responsibility, the teachers and well-wishers of society will have to come forward to demonstrate their greater sense of responsibility. Remember, when this morality, on which the very existence of humanity is based, leads human beings to the fullest expression of their finer human qualities, then alone is its practical value fully realized.

The Imphal Free Press

Manipur Burning Topic | Noose tightening on Ibobi govt? Dissidents meet Sonia; claim support of 18; Debendra to lead | Delhi agog with resignation new

By : A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL, Nov 9: If the 15 Congress MLAs now camping at an undisclosed location in New Delhi are to be believed, the noose around chief minister Okram Ibobi is tightening.

The 15 called on the All India Congress Committee, AICC, president, Sonia Gandhi today to extend their Diwali greeting, and according to the newly appointed spokesperson of the group, Yengkhom Surchandra who spoke to IFP today, the AICC president on her own accord assured them she has read their memorandum and that she would be calling them for a more detailed discussion in a day or two.

He said the rebel MLAs have come to a consensus on senior party leader, Th Debendra, to lead them in the next government if they manage to topple Ibobi.

They would however accept anybody else the party high command wants, he said.

Earlier, the dissidents had submitted a memorandum to the Congress high command complaining of an alleged total breakdown of law and order in the state and of rampant corrupt practices of the chief minister and the coterie surrounding him.

The 15 signatories of the memorandum included two ministers from the Ibobi government, namely Y Erabot and DD Thaisii.

Surchandra said the support of three more, Gaikhangam, Allauddin and Debendra being a foregone conclusion, those against the continuance of Ibobi’s leadership totalled 18 so far, but indicated there were more feelers coming in, although he declined naming where these feelers were coming from.

Reliable sources in New Delhi said that the dissidents would also be parading their number before the AICC secretary in charge of Manipur, Prithvi Raj Chauhan soon.

If the AICC gives the go ahead, they would then demonstrate their number to the Governor, SS Sidhu. The latter is currently in Chandigarh to celebrate Diwali with his family and is scheduled to return shortly thereafter.

It is also learnt that the dissidents had cited another memorandum submitted to the Central leaders by a group of elders from the state, complaining of what they said was a total lack of initiative by the government to bring the law and order situation under its control, and of unprecedented official corruption of the Ibobi government.

The strongest indictment Ibobi received was for the repeated hauls of militants along with weapons and incriminating documents from the quarters of MLAs in the ministerial colony of Babupara where the chief minister’s own bungalow office is located, and for not taking any adequate action on the matter.

He was also rapped for alleged corrupt practices and for allegedly amassing wealth by siphoning off developmental funds through such practices.

Meanwhile, there were flutters in the state in the afternoon following a report that two ministers had resigned from the Ibobi cabinet. Other reports soon followed claiming that the number of ministers who resigned was actually five.

These however proved to be rumours, although not totally unfounded as there are two ministers who had signed the complaint against Ibobi’s leadership, and three more, including the MPCC president, Gaikhangam and the dissident leader, Debendra whose loyalties are today an open book.

Source: The Imphal Free Press


Delhi agog with resignation news

New Delhi, Nov 9 (Agencies) : The month-old turmoil over the demand to dismiss the Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has intensified as the number of Cabinet Ministers, who have resigned from the State Government, has reached five. According to Manipur Congress party sources, the dissident group is now bent upon removing the Chief Minister as he has failed to improve the State’s law and order situation. Extortion, killing and bomb blasts have became the order of the day and the Chief Minister is watching these developments as a mere spectator, they said.

On the other hand, Chief Minister O Ibobi has flatly rejected the news report filed from Delhi that five Cabinet Ministers have resigned from the SPF Government. He clarified that no Minister has resigned from the Ministry. On being contacted, the Chief Minister maintained that despite the political unrest prevailing within the Congress party, no Minister from the SPF Government has tendered his resignation so far.

Regarding the report that two rebel Cabinet Ministers called on Prithiviraj Chauhan yesterday, Ibobi denied any knowledge about the meeting.

When The Sangai Express contacted FCS Minister Y Erabot who returned to Imphal from Delhi today he refused to make any comment but observed, “State media is more mature than National media”.

Source: The Sangai Express

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Wishing You All.............

Faith and worship of Koireng people

By Pr Kungsong Wanbe

The Koirengs are followers of a well set traditional religion which is a system of worship of the Supreme God called by them as Pathian. The Koirengs’ attitude towards God is that while the Supreme God or Pathian is worshipped on all occasions, small gods and evil spirits representing different form of nature are to be propitiated. The mode of worship of God is through a series of sacrifice, rites and ceremonies which may be done either by an individual or by the community to get God’s blessings.

The concept of Supreme God whom the Koirengs call Pathian is very clear and well understood. The Pathian is the supreme creator of the universe; the sun, the moon, the earth, the stars, all the living creatures on earth including human beings and other natural and animal kingdoms. He is the benefactor of mankind, and is the dispenser of the destiny of men. Pathian is worshipped by simple prayer or through rites, ceremonies or sacrifices which may range from mere offering of simple water to sacrifice of mithun. These sacrifices are the mode of worship of Pathian. He is worshipped during the festivals for health and prosperity of the village, for good harvest, for protection from pests, pestilence and epidemics. The Pathian does not have any image. The Koirengs have a belief in the village presiding deities. Every village has a presiding deity who is the protector of the village. Thus, it is found, the Koirengs worship the nearby Meitei deities. For example, the Koireng villages which are in the eastern face of Koubru mountain worship Koubru as their presiding deity. Likewise, it is claimed that god Thangjing, the presiding deity of Moirang in Manipur valley was originally a Koireng God when the Koirengs were settling at Thangjing hills in the south-west Manipur hills. Even today, God Thang-jing is referred to as Koireng (Koren) lai, the God of the Koireng/Koren.

The next important deity is the Inpathian, a household God (In means house, Pathian means God). The Inpathian is worshipped in every household for the welfare of the members of the family, for good harvest and for protection from disease. Inpathian is also worshipped daily by foun-ding the Chapikung post inside the house without any offering. Sometimes, offering of animals like pig is also made when the need arises. The process of worship of Inpathian by animal sacrifice is called “In rei” (In means house, rei means duty or worship). There is also a belief in the class of spirits known as Khopu Khoter who are inclined to do harm to men. They are evil spirits who try to take advantage of a weak moment in the life of a man. The evil spirits are also given offerings and sacrifices to propitiate them not to create disturbances.

There is also a belief of spirit possessed trees and holes called Thing-cho and Khur-cho (Thing means tree and cho means possessed; Khur means hole and cho means possessed). To heal the sickness of such tree or hole spirit possessed person, the priest of the village with some companions would go to the place either of the tree or the hole to sacrifice a cock to the Supreme God or Pathian. After the sacrifice is made, they would root out the tree and burned it in the fire and they would strike iron rod to the hole. With this ceremony the sick person is healed. The Koirengs, sometimes, sacrifice a goat to pay obeisance to God in a special occasion. The sacrifice of a goat or mithun is the most special and final worship to the supreme God or Pathian.

Lastly but not the least, there are thirteen ceremonies of the Koirengs in a year to worship the Supreme God. The elaboration of the ceremonies are not mentioned in this paper. Let us look one by one.


End the vision 2020

By Aram Pamei

A Vision of our ancestors, that has brought us this far. The people vision together, with changing times the Vision adapts, resists, modifies, but it remains with the people. It leads them to the future but is never devoid of the past but progresses from them. They are sacred and life in itself, and sustains through the forces that impinges on to them. It is collective and the people moves with it.

But in our time, our vision is being written and directed, not by the people themselves but people from outside, those powerful forces that have been haunting us all these while. It is for all of us to ask, should we leave our future to be envisioned to a few authors who are not even known to us. Has the life force that dwelt within us disappeared beyond recall?

The first thing that will strike any reader of this Vision 2020 document is the list of authorial figures looming (and rather lurking) large all over. There are 6 authors with an additional 6 research associates. Out of 6 authors only one seem to be from Assam, while the rest from outside the region. All the 6 research associates too are from outside the region.

This is an insult, and is clearly reflected in the introduction where they mentioned that the region (and hence its people) are backward and hence cannot think or vision for themselves. This is an insult to our ancestors, our traditional institutions, our revolutionaries, our academics and the people as a whole.

NEC and MDONER needs to explain to the people of NE why our Vision has been handed to a few people from outside the region. A Vision - if at all, needs to be laid down in writing - has to be written and agreed by all communities inhabiting the region. Few consultants or authors have no right whatsoever to write a Vision for the peoples of North East.

Since the British and then with India, the peoples of NE have suffered. Our ‘borders’ were nationalized, our decades of relation with our own people now across the border are de-linked, the cultural and economic ties were cut off. Our political institutions were not even respected. What kind of vision are we now supposed to adopt? The Vision document never ever mentions what has been destroyed and the process of its destruction? Never ever makes an effort to truly talk about the aspirations, the struggles, sacrifices and the visions that accompany them.

Not only that the document is also historically wrong in blaming the region’s remoteness/partition from mainland India; it is also not historically or politically correct to fully blame the partition as the reason for the situation in North East.

While traditional trade routes might have been closed with Bangladesh there are more borders with Tibet, Bhutan and Burma where close linkages were also closed that suffocates the NE. In other words, partition was not the prime cause of what killed NE but more primarily the annexation of NE that has resulted in suffocating the region.

It is important for a document of such importance to acknowledge what actually happened and is happening or else this document has no value whatsoever.

In the preface, it is mentioned that the NE is surrounded by ‘intimidating and unsympathetic environment’. We take this as a problematic and insensitive statement. Is it not possible to reverse the gaze of the dominant and ask whether Delhi or Punjab is surrounded by the same kind of environment? And does it also mean that India is a great benevolent country and that the rest are ‘intimidating and unsympathetic environment’, And if they are ‘intimidating and unsympathetic environment’ to India, the question is why did it so happen? Has it got nothing to do with the way India behaves with its own “people” and neighbours in the region?

The document keeps harping on the region as ‘backward’. Backward to whom and what is never mentioned? What is the yardstick of Backwardness? And who defines it? This has been the key argument from the past used to justify building roads and other infrastructure and bring private investments, and here too the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, is still stuck in this very logic which has no basis whatsoever.

It seem that this Institute lacks the Indigenous Peoples visions that is now well recognized as capable of not only conversing and protecting the forest, the water and the land, but even revitalizing and regenerating.

The document is clear on what it intends to do. Push it down through our throat in the names of so called consultations and drown our region under ‘development’ defined in their terms. The time is ripe to tell them - enough, you cannot do this any more, hands off our land.


Political corruption as crime: A retrospection

By Thangkholun Haokip

In this Land of ours while a helpless poor person who commits a theft to feed his hungry children is promptly put behind bars with third-rated (neglected) citizens while those who plunder the country (looting the people) goes about as Honourable citizens basking in unwarranted glory... merely because they happen to be political bigwigs.

Different scholars may have pointed out different causes of political corruption. But my contention here is that the main factor is the emergence of political elite who believe in self-oriented rather than nation-oriented programmes and policies.

The question is what type of acts of politicians can be called corrupt? Though the term corruption has wide connotations but the following patterns of behaviour can be described as corrupt within the provisions of law: (i) acceptance of gratification as reward for work done in an official capacity. e.g. - granting licence, assigning a project etc. (ii) obtaining any object (car, house, fridge etc) or pecuniary advantage illegally, (iii) fraudulent misappropriation of public money/property (iv) being in possession of financial resources, or property disproportionate to one’s known sources of income, (v) misuse or abuse of official position, (vi) borrowing money for purchasing a costly article from someone with whom one has official dealings, (vii) accepting gifts from persons, and (viii) to use unfair or foul means to get into power and get elected, depriving the people’s voting rights by forfeiting the democratic norms is what matter-most from where corruption originated. “Because corruption is the off-shoot of corrupt and dishonest politicians”.

It would be interesting to refer to some major political scandals in thousands of crores of rupees involving top-politicians a few decades back in the Union Government. Mostly it is the Chief Ministers, Central and State Ministers, and leaders of political parties who are reported to be involved in the scams. But hardly anything has been done to uncover, trace, apprehend, prosecute and punish the culprits, on the plea of lack of evidence.

Some of the notorious scandals involving political corruption pertaining to years 1985 and 1996 such as Bofors Pay-off scandals, Hawala scandals and the Animal Husbandry or Fodder scams.

The Bofors Pay-off Scandals: It was in the year 1987 in which a total amount of Rs. 1,750 crores involved in the purchase of guns from the Swedish firm for the armed forces. It was alleged that a sum of Rs. 64 crores had been paid as kickbacks, though one estimate puts the figure at Rs. 160 crores, and another estimates it as high a figure as Rs. 204 crores. High ranking politicians, including the then Prime Minister were alleged to be involved in the scandal. A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) was appointed in 1987 to find out the nexus between politicians and recipients of kickbacks. It submitted its report in April 1988 that Bofors had not used any middlemen to win the contract, nor had it paid any bribes. But a South Indian newspaper (The Hindu) pointing out the hollowness of these conclusions made many disclosures of commission paid to middlemen including politicians.

Following the publication of these documents an enquiry was ordered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Directorate of Enforcement. However, no action had been taken against anybody till date.

The Hawala Scandal: This scam which surfaced in 1991 not only rocked political circle but also the whole country.

— to be contd

Manipur Leading News | MPCC heads towards a divided house

By Our Staff Reporter

IMPHAL, Nov 7 : Even as the Congress led SPF Government is caught in the oust Ibobi campaign launched by dissident Congress MLAs, the MPCC (I) seems headed towards the direction of a divided house, with opposing opinions coming to the fore and groupism within the party becoming the order of the day.

Though a good number of Congress workers had set November 15 as the deadline to implement the assurance of giving more political benefits to them, there is every possibility that the disgruntled Congress men may start their agitation before the deadline.

On the other hand, the Congress Working Committee held its meeting today at Delhi and discussed among other things, the political situation in Manipur.

The details of the meeting are however not available at the time of filing this report.

Earlier in the day, before the CWC meet got underway, dissident MLAs met the Congress leader in charge of North East, Prithiviraj Chauhan and put across their points, said a source from Delhi.

The dissident MLAs are seeking an audience with AICC leaders later in the evening today.

MPCC (I) president Gaikhangam met Chauhan at Delhi today at about 10 am and minutely discussed the current political situation in the State.

An official of the MPCC informed The Sangai Express that following the open revolt by some Congress MLAs against the present leadership, differences of opinion have also cropped up within the MPCC (I), resulting in groupism. The AICC would do wise to address this issue at the earliest, advised the Congressman.

In the meantime, Lok Sabha MP Dr T Meinya and Information Minister TN Haokip returned to Imphal from Delhi today.

On the other hand, MLA O Landhoni, the CM’s wife left for Delhi today.

A Minister who is close to the Chief Minister said that the AICC has advised the Council of Ministers to concentrate on their work and added that the rebel MLAs ought to return home in the interest of the people.


Reconciliation Vs Naga Political Issue

By : RS Jassal/IFP

1. Naga Reconciliation emerged with big ‘Bang-bang’ on 20th December 2001 at the combined Naga National Reconciliation Function held at Kohima with 132 NAGA leaders representing 35 Tribes/ Sub tribes from Manipur, Arunachal, Assam, including western Myanmar beside Nagaland . The leaders took a solemn pledge which read as follows:-

“On this historic day, the Twentieth of December, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and one before all Naga gathered here, representing our people from all the Naga country, on behalf of my tribe, I pledge that:-

i) Nagas are one and we are one family. We will work towards the Nagas growing as a people.

ii) I hereby state that we will start a process whereby we will truthfully examine the ways and areas in which we may have hurt others so that, the needed changes may begin with us leading to practical steps of restrictions to make healing lasting.

iii) I affirm that we will go beyond seeing only where others have hurt us and be ready to see where we too may have provoked them to hurt us so that forgiving and being forgiven will become possible.

iv) I shall undertake to enlist the full support of my tribe for the Naga Reconciliation Process. We will do all we can to strengthen it. So help us God.”

And thus a need to form a committee was established.

2. After a lapse of one year, the second meeting (20th December, 2002) was a combined Naga national Reconciliation Anniversary Function attended by Naga Hoho, Church Leaders, Nagaland Christian Forum, Naga Students Federation, Naga Mothers Association, NPHMR etc., at Kohima. In this meeting it was proposed to authorize the Naga Hoho and NCF to draft a new committee to limit its size and to raise the status to Commission and they be answerable to Naga Hoho and NCF only, which was approved and the names of the following members appeared in Newspapers viz.; Mr. Niketu Iralu, Convener, Rev. Dr. Tuisem A.Shishak, Secretary, Rev. Kari Longchar, Rev. Dr. V.K. Nuh, Mr. Charles Chasie Rev. Shiwoto Sumi & Rev. Dr. Wati Aier. Thus Naga Reconciliation Commission came into form on 9th April, 2003. The mission statement of this commission issued on 23rd May stated “to realize the reconciliation among Naga people as declared on 20th December 2001”. So the validity was renewed as it was to carry forward the original pledge as said in para 1.

The members met on 21st April, 2003 at Dimapur. Three Organizations viz., NSF, NMA and NPHMR withdrew. Thus one to one functional relationship between Commission and Naga Hoho. NCF closed in. The Commission asked for functional autonomy. Terms of reference were made and the first clause said, “The Commission shall have autonomy of functioning in close relation to the committee of the NH and NCF on reconciliation in matters of policy.” The second clause allowed the expansion of Commission members by NH + NCF. The commission was duly commissioned on 24th May 2003 at a simple ceremony at the NBCC office in Kohima with solemn prayer for success. It built up lots of hopes for putting and end to mutual and internecine killings.

Non-Starter :

24th May, the Commission was commissioned and 26th May comes news from an NGO that Commission had done nothing and was a non-starter. On 26th May, 2003 the objection came from NSCN (IM) that no cooperation with the Chairman and Secretary would be given. Other five members’ reposed faith in them and ultimately the Commission came to collapse and this is what it is today, with all members resigned. It is a big loss to the cause. The entire episode has reminded the happening of 1963 around the period of creation of Nagaland. Allegations and counter allegation leading to creation of Nagaland and elimination of star- personalities responsible for creation of Nagaland. Silver lining exists today in reconciliation effort that A.Z. Phizo is being taken as undisputed leader by all factions. The thread for unification can be picked up from here in a renewed effort without castigating or excommunicating of important personalities. The opportunity provided by CF situation must be fully exploited for free, frank and open consultation as to how to reach at an honorable political solution of this vexed problem. The march of events from the beginning have put the Naga tribes of various origins at a very respectable and enviable position. For the sacrifices of the national workers, pragmatic personalities we call them moderates and many church leaders we call them visionaries are worth recalling, than affixing blames on stray and sundry for the parts left unachieved. In the maters of negotiation, it is commonly understood that ‘gives & takes’ do take place. So the past leaders contributions need recognition than dumping them as reactionaries or traitors.

What is Reconciliation?

It is to reconcile to accept, adjust to, resign yourself to, submit to facts the facts that revolve around truth. Truth is difficult to speak. It requires lots of moral strength to speak truth. It is true; it needs double the courage to accept the truth. And superlatively, it is extremely difficult to act on truth. And in this case chronology of events starting from British Rule has to be kept in mind. To quote an example, most of the Naga historians, political activists say Nagas were never under British Rule, but, in the current Zalukie Zangde Manglamukh land issue, village chief has upheld his authority on land allotted to him by a DC of Naga Hills in 1907, named as A.N. David or Davi as legal claim as appeared in local papers ex Dimapur.

“It appears most of the people have confused the reconciliation Process with the Peace Process Reconciliation has to do with forgiveness and healing, it is about repairing and restoring damaged relationship while Peace Process is about negotiation and settlement – the one is moral and spiritual , the other is political. The two are not synonymous although both the Reconciliation Process and the Peace Process will involve and include all the people. In a sense, it may be said that the two are two sides of the same coin. The reconciliation process therefore can only strengthen and affirm the peace process.” It is therefore emphasized, political reconciliation may occur or may not, may take time as it is evident with Padmanabhaia- Collective leadership talk, but reconciliation is to understand urgent need of the Naga among Nagas to stop killings which can be achieved if sincere efforts are put in by the Commission. But unfortunately they are not facilitated to work. It is just like putting horse behind the cart. How cart will move?

Conclusion :

Mutual doubts, suspicion, speculation apart, the qualification of members are extremely good and they are men of learning, understanding and integrity. Those who oppose may reconsider their stand in the name of peace and loyalties to solemn pledge taken by all Naga leaders. More members may be added specially those who can act as facilitators to bring leaders at different dissent closer. In any case what is so good about KILLINGS. In this age of globalization, can’t we take a pledge not to kill as service to humanity in the name of Prince of Peace. Ego is good if it is constructive, but highly devastating otherwise. Chiten Jamir & Mr. Vero may be names worth consideration for adding in Commission. Atmosphere is needed to be created so that intellectuals can have exchanges of views in open and unsuspecting manner. Castigations, excommunications, doubting, casting aspersions will not bring people closer.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Lamka Post | November 6,2007 | Zogam ah kielpi tung

DSO/CCpur team Thanlon Bial veh hong tung; Singtang ah kialpi kipanta, MHJU in Thanlon, Singngat, Henglep leh Tipaimukh pha ding: DC in Rs. 30000/- Sanction

‘Pa’ hon chilou siah ka nek uh a ngai ding- Bukpi

Lamka Nov 05: District Supply Officer, CCpur Mr. Michael Ginzasuan leh Thanlon A/C MLA Nominee makaih a Thanlon A/C sung a FCS Fair Price Shop toh kisai a khualzin damtak in Lamka hong tung kikta uhi. DSO/CCpur in Thanlon bial a vehna uh toh kisai in zan Pathianni nitaklam dak 4 in ama teenna in ah Lamka pansan thuthaksaite kimuhpih in Thanlon A/C sung kho tuamtuam 13 ah Fair Price Shop hong khia hi.

DSO in a genna ah, Mautam kialpi chi kigen pen hong tung ding hinawn lou in, a taktak a hong tungta ahih dan a mit ngei a mu ahihdan gen hi. FCS tungtawn a antang piak ding leng kho sung pumpi BPL hivek mahle uh government record ah 40% khong lel in BPL card nei ua, a ding 60% APL antang ahihman in hawm rual dingdan haksa mahmah ahihdan gen hi a, gen kawm in BPL list naktak a hihsang ngai ahihdan uangtak in gen hi.

2007 sung a lounasemte sep gam 90% lohsam a, tuate pen Sazu ziak kia hilou in, biltep, bak, ngal leh a dangdang te leng uang mahmah in buhvui omsunte amaute kihawm gai pah zel uh ahihdan in louneitute’n DSO kiang ah lou mun mahmah a hohpih in ensak uhi. Mr. S. Paukhogin Chief of Dialkhai in buh tin 2 a tuhna ah tin 2 la zou hamham a, Bukpi khua a Village Authority Secrtary Pu Pumzalam ngial in ‘Nek ding kinei nawnlou, inn sung a ‘Pa’ hon chilou siah ka nek uh ngai ding ahi’ chin gen a, hiai thu in DSO lung tang dengsak mahmah ahihdan leng gen hi.

Thanlon A/C MLA nominee Pu Kampi in a genna ah, Thanlon khua a singlei (ginger) neitu Pu Thangvel in sing tamtak chiing a, himahleh a leinuai a Bui in a zung tengteng pettan vek in, siingte laktak ding omlou a, tuamahbang in Bal lei bawlte a leng hiai bang hithou dan in gen hi. Tu laitak in bel, lampi bawl ziakin Truck leng lut theilou a, lampi kibawl leng kial bawltu suak maimah hi’n leng Pu Kampi in gen hi.

Hiai kialpi toh kisai in, Manipur Hills Journalist Union (MHJU) in hiai kialpi toh kisai a mun mahmah a etchetna nei ding in thupukna la ngal ua, tua toh kisai hiai a MHJU in a poimoh bangbang a a zat ding in DC/CCpur Pu Sumant Singh, IAS in Rs. 30,000/- sanction ngal hi. MHJU in Singngat, Thanlon, Henglep leh Tipaimukh bial ngenteltak a etna ding in Rs. 60,000/- val poimoh a, hiai a ding in mi kiphal leh singtang a haksatak a khosate khualna a pe nuamte’n MHJU President/Secretary kiang ah Sintawpni tan in piaklut theih ding hi.

Spl. Contractor GS Haupu’n Press te kimuhpih

Lamka Nov 05: NEC nuai a Lamka Police Station apan Singngat kikal lampi kibawl pailel a Lamka khopi sung a gen-le-sak om neuhneuhte toh kisai in zan Nipi ni’n a bawltu G.S. Haupu, Special contractor in Press te kimuhpih hi.

Hiai ah GS Haupu in hiai toh kisai a haksatna tuamtuam a tuahte gen kawm in work specification toh kituak a bawl ahihdan gen a, a hoihlouhna khenkhat a om mai thei, huaite leng ka bawlhoih lai ding chi’n press te theisak hi. Nasepna etkai haksa mahmah ahihman in a hoihlouhnate kigensiat san mailou in, kitheisak pahzel le panlak dan a nuam mahmah ding chi’n gen hi.

Hiai toh kisai in hun remchang masapen ah contractor tel Press Team in Lamka Police Station apan khe in en suak vek ding in leng uhi.

Malaria vei 11 mukhia

Lamka Nov 05: District Malaria Office/CCpur a Malaria Clinic leh kho tuamtuam a FTD leh DDC apan October 2007 kha sung in damlou tuamtuam sisan lakkhawm /Blood Slide Collection uh 1532 phazou hi. Hiaite etchetna a neihna uah mi 11 te sisan ah Malaria om ahihdan musuah ua, huaite bel PF 10 leh PV 1 hidan in mukhia uhi.

Naupang tamtak natna dalna piak in om

Lamka Nov 05: District Immunization Office/CCpur ah National Child Survival & Safe Motherhood programme tungtawn in apaisa October 2007 sung in naupang tamtak nupi gailai natna tuamtuam dalna piak in om uhi. Kum 1 nuailam Pasal naupang 140 leh Numei naupang 159te BGC (TB dalna) piak in om ua, Pasal naupang 350 leh Numei naupang 372 te OPV (Zeng dalna) leh DPT (khuh hiip dalna) dalna piak in om uhi. Sensi/Measles dalna Pasal naupang 97 leh Numei naupang 107te piak ahihbanah Nupi naupaai 196 te Tetenus toxoid a kaap in om uhi.

TB vei 55 damsiang

Lamka Nov 05: District Tuberculosis Control Society/CCpur nuai a TB Clinic ah apaisa October 2007 khasung in Damlou 322 ki-ensak uhi. Huaiteng lakah mi 169te khaksuah etchetna nei ua huai ah mi 11in TB vei ahihdan uh musuah uhi. Hiai khasung mah in TB Damdawi nek zouta a damsiang mi 55 pha uhi.

Khawnvaktui toh kisai in meeting

Lamka Nov 05: CDSU makaih in tuni sunnung dak 3:00 in CDSU Office ah DSO/CCpur tel in District sung a MLA Nominee’ teng in District quota Khawnvaktui muh ginatlouh toh kisai kikupkhawmna nei uhi.

Thutut kingah dan in hiai toh kisai in in zingchiang sunnung dak 3:00 in YPA Hall, Upper Lamka ah CDSU makaihna mah in District sung a MLA Nominee’ teng banah SK Oil Agent teng in meeting nei nawn ding ua huai ah panlak dingdan genkhawm ding uhi.

NIT toh kisai Public meeting

Lamka Nov 05: CDSU leh JAC kithuah in zingchiang sunma dak 11:00 in YPA Hall, Upper Lamka ah NIT toh kisai in Public meeting neih hiding hi. Hiai hun ah phatuamngai pawl tuamtuam, Student Organisation leh Community leader/Public leader tuamtuamte banah mipi kuapeh lunglutna neite’n uap ding in chial uhi.

Deptt. 33 in loh la

Lamka Nov 05: Finance Department in Manipur solkal nasemtute October 2007 kha loh laktheih dia order a suah dungzui in Treasury Officer/CCpur in tuni tan in Pensioner 1000 vel te bill a passed sak banah Department/DDO 33 te Pay Bill leng passed sak hi.

Inter-school Tourney

Lamka Nov 05: State Level Inter-school Tournament-2007 hongtung ding November 6-8, 2007 sung Imphal a Khumanlampak Main stadium ah neih hiding hi. Hiai ah Athletics a tel ding in Lamka apan in kimawlmi 13 tuni’n kuan uhi.

NREGS toh kisai meeting ding

Lamka Nov 05: National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) toh kisai in hongtung ding November 8, 2007 sunnung dak 2:00 in DC’s Office Conference Hall DC/CCpur makaih in DRDA Staff te leh BDO teng banah SBI/CCpur Manager leh UBI/CCpur Manager te meeting ding uhi.

Thudang kizadan in DRDA office pan in BDO te kiangah khochih a hawm ding in Job Card piakkhiatkhit hita hi. Himahleh veng/khua khenkhat ah tunitan in nasemtu dingte’n Job Card tang nailou lai uhi.

Muanhuaitak apan thukizadan in, hiai Job card te bel a neitu’n kikep ding chih himahleh khua khenkhat ah hiai Job Card-te hawmkhelou in khohausate’n kem uh hi’n thutut kingah hi.

Doctor 4 Released 1 in joined

Lamka Nov 05: Lamka Damdawi Inn a semlai mundang a sem ding a Government in a transfer dungzui in Medical Superintendent Dr. M. Lachinkhai in tuni’n Doctor 4te released hi.

Amaute bel PHC Behiang a semding Dr. Michael H Taithul, PHC Senvon a sem ding Dr. Phirthanglien Buhril, PHC Parbung a semding Dr. Jamthianlal Valte leh PHC Henglep a semding Dr. Paulunmang Vaiphei te hi uhi. Huailou in Dr. Chinthianding Tawmbing in Borobekra PHC pan in Lamka Damdawi inn a semding in tuni’n joining report pia hi.

NOAP Scheme pension hawm

Lamka Nov 05: CCpur District sung a National Old Age Pension (NOAP) scheme nuai a pensioner Red card neite ading in tuni apan in Lamka Police Station ah pension sum kihawm hi. Tuni apan in November 8 tan in CCpur Block ate ading in hawm hiding a, November 13&14 in Henglep Block ate ading in hawm hiding hi. November 15&16 in Singngat Block ate ading in hawm hiding a, November 17 in Samulamlan Block te ading in hawm hiding hi. November 19& 20 chiang in Thanlon Block ate ading in hawm hinawn ding hi.

Capacity Building training kipan

Lamka Nov 05: SSA/CCpur saina in Synod House, Hill Town ah ‘Capacity Building- 5 days Training for Block Personnels & District Programme Officers’ tuni’n kipan a, zing dak 10:00 in hiai training Programme honkhiatna DMC(SSA)/CCpur Mr. Joseph Lalrothang in nei hi. Hiai training ah Mr. Lulun Gangte, Mrs. Boboi Gangte, Ms. Binodhini leh Mr. N. Pakasana te’n thupi tuamtuam pansan in sinsak ding uhi.

Nupi 1 vuak in om

Lamka Nov 05: Mrs. Laxmi (35) W/o. Basanta of Tuiringphaisen apaisa November 3, 2007 nitaklam in a khua uah bawng hawllai pasal zukham 2 in a bawnghawlte a soisak ziak un va khou a, himahleh tawp naksang in ana kivuakhuan ua, tu’n Lamka damdawi inn ah etkol in omlel hi.


Manipur Burning News | CM’s camp on a high, Congmen greet Ibobi with Nov 15 deadline

IMPHAL, Nov 6 : Even as Chief Minister O Ibobi returned to Imphal from Delhi today after meeting Sonia Gandhi and AICC leaders in the backdrop of the dissension raised by a large number of Congress legislators, State Congress workers today served an ultimatum to the AICC that if the memorandum submitted earlier to grant them political benefits is not fulfilled by November 15 then they would be constrained to launch a series of agitation.

The decision to submit the ultimatum was taken during a meeting of the Congress workers held at Congress Bhawan today.

On the other hand, the Congress Working Committee will meet tomorrow to discuss the political situation in the State.

The latest development however did not seem to faze the Chief Minister and his supporters.

An MLA loyal to the Chief Minister who accompanied him back to Imphal from Delhi today informed The Sangai Express that AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were unanimous that they will not entertain any demand to remove Ibobi from the post of Chief Minister.

However the rebel MLAs have still not thrown in the towel and on the contrary have taken a more rigid stand to demand the ouster of Ibobi. Hectic lobbying is also on to meet AICC leaders soon, said an MLA from Delhi.

A few hours after Chief Minister O Ibobi returned to Imphal today, Congress workers met at the Congress Bhawan and deliberated on a number of issues.

The main agenda for today’s meeting was the sidelining of the MPCC (I) by the Government on crucial issues as well as the failure to define the relationship between the Government and the Congress party as an organisation.

A large number of active Congress workers including members of the MPCC (I), members of NSUI, Seva Dal, Congress Mahila and Youth Congress were present at the meeting.

After the meeting, a spokesman of the MPCC (I) informed The Sangai Express that the meeting was called since the MPCC (I) was left out in the cold on many issues which should ideally have been referred to them by the Congress Legislature Party. It was obvious that the MPCC (I) was being ignored by some CLP leaders for their own personal agenda, said the spokesman.

The spokesman further said that many Congress workers expressed their dissatisfaction with the conduct of the Chief Minister vis-a-vis the MPCC (I) and elaborated that in contrary to an earlier understanding that the Congress party would be taken into confidence when it came to developmental projects, the Chief Minister had given them the cold shoulder.

Shortly after the last Assembly session, the Chief Minister had assured the Congress party that to maintain a good relation between the Government and the MPCC (I), political benefits would be given to the party.

However instead of fulfilling the promise, even junior Ministers had started ignoring the Congress party and the workers, charged the spokesman.

If the agreement to grant more political benefits to the Congress as a party is not translated into action by November 15, then Congressmen will be constrained to launch a series of agitation, asserted the spokesman.

The agitation will include sit-in-protest at Congress Bhawan and other form of agitation, said the spokesman and added that messages to this effect have been faxed to AICC president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Secretary in charge of North East Prithiviraj Chauhan.

On the other hand, on arrival at Imphal today, Chief Minister O Ibobi convened a meeting with his loyalists to discuss the political situation.

A Minister loyal to the Chief Minister informed The Sangai Express that during the meeting with Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Shivraj Patil at Delhi yesterday evening, the AICC leaders had made it clear that a change in the leadership of the CLP at this juncture is premature.

The AICC leaders also assured that they will not encourage any internal dissent, claimed the Minister.

Since the size of the Ministry cannot exceed 12, discontentment will always be there and a change in leadership will not be able to address this, maintained the Minister.

Out of the 12 Ministers in the Council of Ministers, 10 are still with the Chief Minister added the Minister.

Meanwhile the rebel MLAs who are still camping at Delhi are yet to be granted an audience by the AICC leaders, according to a late evening report.

A rebel MLA informed that they have still not met the AICC leaders, because of the hectic schedule in connection with the upcoming election in Gujarat.

Source: The Sangai Express

Ccpur public meeting demands NIT site shifting | Moreh mystery disease detected to be dengue, Blood tested at Mumbai lab found positive

By : M Kaimuanthang

Lamka, Nov 6: A public meeting jointly organised by the Churachandpur District Students Union, CDSU, and the JAC constituted in demand of the National Institute of Technology, NIT, took place at Young Paite Association’s hall today from 11 am.

Kim Gangte, chairman of the JAC, Haukholian, chairman of ITLC, AMUCO president Yangsoso Koireng and its general secretary S Khaibam Sanjoy, COHR spokesperson Phulindro Konsan, CCDD leader NG Jiten and president of the Irabot Foundation and social workers Iboyaima and many other leaders participated in the meeting.

An estimated 1500 students from 20 schools and 4 higher secondary schools also attended the meetings.

The meeting decided to oppose the proposed site at Langol/Lamphel while entrusting the CDSU and the JAC to demand for a shift of the site from Langol to Churachandpur.

Iboyaima said that unless development reaches the hills Manipur cannot be said to be developed.

He went on to say that instead of spending lots of money at the cost of the destruction of many dwelling-places and reducing the many cultivable lands at Langol areas it is better to construct at Churachandpur where there are lots of vast land given by the CDSU.

The AMUCO said that they would fight for equal development of the hills and valley while endorsing the demands of the CDSU and the JAC.

Haukholian said that while all development infrastructures are concentrated in the valley the government refuses to construct at least the NIT in Churachandpur.

Kim Gangte said it was the right of the people to demand for such facilities. She said the meeting condemened construction of residential sites and many others at Imphal alone.


Moreh mystery disease detected to be dengue, Blood tested at Mumbai lab found positive

MOREH, Nov 6: The mystery disease that has caused several deaths in the Moreh area in the past few weeks has been confirmed to be dengue fever. Blood samples from a patient which were tested at a Mumbai laboratory have been found positive for dengue, health authorities here said.

The CMO, Moreh hospital, has dispatched an SOS to the state health department in this connection, seeking urgent assistance for bringing the disease under control. Moreh-based civil society organisations have also taken the initiative to alert the public and spread awareness of preventive measures.

It may be mentioned, over the past several weeks, since the last part of September, several dozen people living in Moreh and its vicinity had fallen ill due to the unknown disease, which had characteristics of viral fever. A high percentage, well over a dozen, had also died of the illness, but till date doctors, including experts from the district headquarters were unable to determine its exact nature.

According to health authorities here, blood samples of an 8-year old patient hailing from Moreh Khunou, who is currently being treated at RIMS, Imphal were sent to SRL Ranbaxy Ltd, Mumbai for testing. From the test results, the mystery disease has been determined to be dengue fever.

Dengue is spread by mosquitos, and is characterised by fever, rashes and head and joint aches.

As soon as the report of the blood tests was received, chief medical officer, Moreh hospital, Dr Y Mani, dispatched an alert to the director, health services, urging for urgent assistance in bringing the epidemic under control.

In addition, after learning of the test results, volunteers of the AMSU, Chandel district committee, and Meitei Council Moreh went around Moreh with loudspeakers, alerting the public and advising them of measures to prevent spread of the disease.

MCM assistant secretary, L Brojendro, drew the urgent attention of the state government to the need to take immediate measures to control the dengue epidemic, urging that an expert team should be immediately dispatched to the town to take the necessary steps. He also advocated taking up DDT spraying and fogging on a large-scale in the Moreh area.

AMSU, Chandel district council vice president S Santosh Meetei observed that due to lack of specialist doctors and proper equipment at the Moreh hospital, many lives have been unnecessarily lost to various illnesses.

He said if the government does not dispatch an expert team within three days, and post specialist doctors at the Moreh hospital, and also conduct a mass medical camp to protect the public, the AMSU will launch a stern agitation.

Source: The Imphal Free Press

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Mission of peace in Manipur

By Vermini Sanasam

‘Blessed are the peace-makers, they shall be called the children of God’.
(Matt. 5:9)

Peace is the crying need of the hour. People all over the world are yearning and hungering for peace. There is very little peace within communities, within nations and religions today. They are also often at conflict with one another. Peace is impossible without love and unity.

True love is forgiving, enduring and self-sacrificing. This is the nature of the divine love that God showered upon human kind in and through his son Jesus Christ, the Lord of love and prince of peace. A civilization of love and a culture of peace in the world can be built only by this strong ‘Corner Stone’ - that God in his great love has laid in human history. It is by being united to Christ and by being united to one another in and through him that we can find true and lasting peace within us and among us in the world. True peace consists of three important dimension: personal, social and environmental. It encompasses the economic, social religious, cultural and political aspects of life. Peace is an all inclusive phenomenon. It is not the mere absence of war and violence. At a personal level it demands repentance, and forgiveness. Socially it requires- justice, liberty, equality and fraternity. Environmentally it needs eco-friendly technologies, renewable energy sources, organic farming and a simple life style. Peace also implies sustainable development and freedom from corruption. The consu-meristic culture and materialistic philosophy are destructive to mankind and environmental. A true activist of peace has to first of all over come the temptations of consumerism and materialism. He/she also has to struggle for justice, liberty, equality and fraternity in the society. We, the disciples of Christ are called to be instruments of peace in our respective areas of work and parts of the world following the path of our divine master.

This is the challenging life mission entrusted to us by God. Our part of the world is Manipur, India. We need to work selflessly, fearlessly and tirelessly for peace in Manipur. So- the Bible says - For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing will be there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 3:16,17,18). This will mean united effort and joint action for sustainable development and freedom from corruption. Peace is impossible without sustainable development and sustainable development is impossible without justice. In a society of wide-spread corruption, justice is impossible. It is in a struggle for freedom from corruption that we can give a practical expression to our commitment to justice and peace. In such a struggle the non-violent method of suffering love of Lord Jesus Christ is the path of liberation. Mahatma Gandhi demonstrated to the world how to apply the path of Christ for the political freedom of India. Now we have to use this methodology once again, but in a more powerful way for liberating our society from its slavery to corruption. This is the challenge of the era. We need a concerted and united effort to liberate the Mani-puri society from injustice, corruption and violence. This has to begin with peace and justice in our personal lives. We also need to launch a nation-wide struggle in the form of a Gandhian Liberative campaign for corruption free Government and clean public life in Manipur.

Can the Christian Chur-ches in Manipur become the salt of the earth and light of the world in this historic mission of helping people find peace within themselves and of creating a corruption-free society in this State? The National Regeneration Movement (NRM) initiated during the Golden Jubilee of Indian Independence provides an ideal platform for this last of the era. NRM is now being transformed into a second freedom struggle for the economic social and moral freedoms of India as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi. Peace and value education and a corruption free India are important objectives of National Regeneration Movement.

Today the whole world is going through a deep crisis of values. Violence and terrorism are on the increase we the disciples of Christ are called to be at our best when the world is at its worst. We need to be effective instruments of God for healing, reconciliation and peace. In order to respond effectively to this call, we the members of different Christian Chur-ches need to be united in Christ. This was Jesus prayer to God our Father. (John 17:21) we need to work with ‘one accord’ as the early Christians did (Acts 2:44-47) for a culture of peace in the world. Lord Jesus is the centre of Christian unity for the mission of peace. His path of the cross is the common path in this mission. The vision of the ‘Kingdom of God’ - Love, Unity and Peace presented - to humanity by him is an inclusive vision. Every person, saints and sinners, men and women, rich and poor, married and single, old and young, ‘Jews and gentiles’ .. all alike, are included in the vision of the kingdom of God presented by Lord Jesus Christ. The ‘sermon on the mount’ that greatly inspired Mahatma Gandhi contains within it an integral spirituality for the reign of God on earth. The vision, spirituality and the path of realize that vision presented by Lord Jesus Christ, together constitute the basis of true and lasting peace in the world. What is urgently needed today is a ‘special task force’ of disciples who are prepared to dedicate their lives for the mission of peace following the path of their divine master. Let us join hands and work together for promoting a culture of peace in the world base on ecumenical unity and cooperative action, we United Christian Women Manipur (UCWM) is not part of any particular church. It accepts and respects all denominational churches as part of the ‘one body of Christ’. It aims at Christian unity and harmony. United Christian Women Manipur is spiritually affiliated to our precious Lord Jesus Christ. It promotes a deep and abiding communion with Lord Jesus Christ and among the members of UCWN through Lord Jesus Christ the Prince of peace and son of God. Jesus said to his disciples. ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest’ (Matt 9:37,38). We Christian are all his disciples.

Today we need many more courageous men and women to join this ecumenical communion of love. All those committed to peace and sustainable development following the path of Christ are most welcome to join the UCWM. Together we shall work for a culture of peace and values in Mani-pur and the world. Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Prince of peace. In and through him God blessed us with peace that the world cannot give or take away from us, and the peace that is beyond human understanding. We the disciples of Lord Jesus Christ are called to be the instruments of this true and lasting peace on earth. The world so desperately needs this peace from us today. Manipur and the world are crying out for the healing touch that only the disciples of Lord Jesus Christ can give at this stage in the wounded history of humanity. Let us love one another fervently and let there be unity in the churches and in the families. It should bring peace and harmony in our State. Let us keep marching on realising that love and unity are the hallmark of true discipleship of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Bible Love:

a) ‘By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another’. (John 13:17)

b) ‘These things I command you that you love one another’. (John 15:17)

a) ‘Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brother and sisters dwell in unity’. (Psamls 133:1-3)

b) ‘You may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’. (Romans 15:6)

May the Lord lead and guide us to work together for the extension of his kingdom and may the good Lord increases love, unity and peace among his people through United Christian Women prayer Ministry, Halle- luyah Amen

The Sangai Express

IFP Editorial - Ding Dong Bell


Is it ceiling problem again or is there something more? The Anti-Defection Law, which ensured a full term for the Okram Ibobi ministry in Manipur, it seems has two cutting edges. If it saved the ministry from falling in the last term, it is now threatening to topple it this time. It will be recalled, dissident movement had become so formidable and the government had seemed almost on the edge of falling in the last quarter of 2003, prompting the chief minister to even resort to skipping the Winter Session of the Assembly to avoid an imminent no-confidence motion, nearly creating a Constitutional crisis. The government was however rescued by the Parliament approving the 91st amendment of the Constitution on December 18, toughening the already existing Anti-Defection Law. Among the clauses that deflated the wind out of the dissidents’ sail that time around was a limit set on the size of the ministry, relieving a huge burden on the shoulders of the head of the government. He then could pass on the buck for his inability to induct everybody into his ministry, to the law. The dissident camp then broke up and never could gather wind for the rest of the term that ended February 2006.

The same law should give the present government, again headed by Ibobi, the same strength and dissidents ought to be rendered as toothless. But not so this time, precisely because the dissidents have cleverly changed strategy. They are no longer threatening to defect, but merely demanding a change of leadership within the same party. The Anti-Defection Law does not have anything to say against such moves.

According to reports, many Congress MLAs who did not make into the ministry this time have headed to New Delhi to camp there and lobby for a change of leadership. Although Ibobi still apparently has the number, he is unlikely to be comfortable in his seat at this moment for a shift in the mood of the Congress central leadership can turn the table easily and leave him without defence. This exactly must be what the dissidents camping in New Delhi must be hoping for too, and their hope hinges on their allegation of non-performance by the government under Ibobi and the ever deteriorating law and order situation. The fact also is, these indeed are charges that Ibobi will find difficult to duck. As of today, not a day passes without somebody getting shot or a government officer abducted. Raids at VIP quarters have also proven beyond doubt the level of penetration of various underground organisations into the core of the establishment; physical infrastructure of the state is crumbling; essential services like water supply are virtually non-existent; most of all, the sense of security of the ordinary citizen is at a nadir.

But the despairing thought is, how good an alternative do we have to the present set of ministers. How much would the putative new set be able to deliver what they are charging the present set is not able to? Would they have any stronger resolve to reclaim and bring back the law and order agenda into government hands? Would they be any different on the question of corruption? More pertinently, is their grievance more about their being left out of the plunder of public money – a crime which has come to be generally treated as an important privilege of those in positions of power, or power brokering. We could be wrong, but we doubt if the motivation of the dissidents has anything to do with any commitment to public cause. This being so, the minute the second set comes to power the first set would automatically become the dissidents. Ding dong bell indeed. But at least one thing is certain. Ibobi can put his patent on a certain and obvious impropriety he has institutionalised. In these times of “one man one post” slogan in the officialdom, he has kept all key posts of the government to himself. He is the chief minister, home minister, finance minister, DP minister, besides holding charges of all other portfolios not distributed to other ministers. These include MAHUD. Isn’t too much power being allowed to be concentrated into a single hand? This can happen only in a tin-pot dictatorship. If the chief minister felt the bad situation made this essential, at least he should have tried to justify it by delivering the goods a good government is supposed to. Maybe the 10th Schedule of the constitution should be amended again to make the anti-defection law forbid any minister holding more than one of any of these key posts.

The Imphal Free Press

Tribal bodies protest govt’s attempt to take over community forests

By : A Staff Reporter 11/6/2007 1:07:55 AM

IMPHAL, Nov 5: A meeting of the tribal students, civil and human rights bodies in Manipur Monday called upon the Central government and the Manipur government to cease undermining community control over forest lands in the hill areas.

They also unanimously decided to extend their support to the ongoing struggle for the scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers (Recognition of forest rights) Act, 2006, and called on the government to explain the repeated efforts to dilute and delay this key legislation.

Apart from the United Naga Council, the Naga Women’s Union, Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights, the Human Rights Lawyers and other interested citizens participated in the meeting which was held at the Centenary Hall of the Manipur Baptists Convention, Imphal.

Participants raised their protest against forest department’s use of ambiguous and extra-legal terms like “unclassed state forests” when describing community forest lands, according to a joint statement of the leaders of the organizations after the meeting.

After the Supreme Court’s rulings in recent cases, these terms can be used to claim that these lands are actually government forests, and hence are subject to the Central government’s control under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, they observed.

This would mean that any “non-forest” activity, such as jhum cultivation, would need permission from Delhi and all activities would need to pay money for compensatory aforestation, that is planting trees to replace those felled, Shanker Goplakrishnan, a member of the Campaign for Survival and Dignity said.

The state forest department has, as for instance, demanded afforestation funds from the BRTF for the two-lane road from Imphal to Ukhrul, when even the communities who own the land are not asking for any compensation, the meeting revealed.

Such developments are of particular concern in the wake of recent moves by the ministry of environment and forests to institute a legal definition of the term ‘forest’, for the purposes of the forest conservation act, that would also include community forests and “unclassed forest”, the speakers observed.
The participants also condemned the extension of joint forest management schemes in the hill areas of Manipur and other areas of the northeast.

“Such schemes in the hill areas of Manipur and other areas of the northeast seek to bring community forests under the forest department’s management through the JFM committees and constitute back-door method of taking control of community land,” they observed.

All these policies are illegal, the participants stressed, since the community’s right to control, manage and protect forests is enshrined in customary law and in the Constitution and cannot be taken away by official fiat.

Manipur Tit-4-Tat Drama | Ibobi Singh throws down gauntlet to detractors, Prove corruption charges, CM challenges rebels | Congress high command gives

IMPHAL, Nov 5: Chief minister O Ibobi Singh, making his first public comments on the ongoing move by a section of Congress legislators to unseat him, has thrown down the gauntlet to his detractors, challenging them to prove the charges they have made against him.

The chief minister has also served a blunt warning to the ministers actively involved with the dissidents, saying there are any number of MLAs who would be willing to replace them in the council of ministers.

The chief minister, who spoke to IFP from New Delhi over the telephone this morning, categorically denied the charges of corruption laid against him, stating that if any credible evidence is produced of his involvement in corruption and bribe-taking, he would resign from chief ministership instantly.

‘If anyone produces proof that I have been engaging in corruption or bribe-taking, whether it is in assignment of contract work, sanctioning of bills, recruitment or transfers, I’m ready to quit on the spot,’ said a spirited Ibobi.

Ibobi also denied categorically that he had taken bribes in assignment of ministerial portfolios.

On the question of law and order, the chief minister said, ‘The people of Manipur know better (why the law and order situation is so bad)’.

He remarked that if there is no insurgency, and all the insurgency-related killings and violence stop, law and order situation would automatically improve, and reiterated that his government has been making repeated attempts to initiate talks with the underground groups to bring a political solution to the insurgency.

Referring apparently to Rajya Sabha member and former chief minister Rishang Keishing, who had made some adverse comments in the local media, Ibobi also pointed out that vicious ethnic clashes had taken place during the tenure of previous chief ministers which they were unable to bring under control.

‘Would anyone say that law and order situation was under control at that time,’ he asked.

Regarding the reported involvement of some members of the council of ministers in the move to oust him, Ibobi claimed that he had no idea which ministers were among the dissidents.

However, he made if clear to such ministers that if they are tired of their jobs, there are any number of MLAs who are hankering for a ministership and who were ready to replace them.

Ibobi also said it would be more gutsy on the part of such ministers if they resigned from ministership before taking up cudgels against him. ‘Nupa thokna hanna minister phamdagi resign touraga loabiyu,’ (‘Act like men, and quit your posts first’), he said.

The chief minister went on to observe that the current political unrest was unfortunate, since it could prove to be a hindrance to the development of the state.

At the same time, he said the so-called political crisis in Manipur had made hardly a ripple in Delhi. The postponement of the central working committee meeting called by AICC chief Sonia Gandhi, had nothing to do with the emerging crisis in Manipur, he clarified.


Congress high command gives Ibobi camp a hearing, rebels made to wait

IMPHAL, Nov 5: The matter of revolt against chief minister O Ibobi Singh’s leadership has finally reached the ears of the Congress high command at the Centre. But not by the efforts of the rebel camp, rather from the chief minister himself.

The chief minister who along with his supporters is camping at the national capital had an audience with the Congress high command including Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh late this afternoon and reportedly briefed them on the latest developments in the state.

Interestingly, Congress MLAs in the dissident camp are yet to get a green signal for an audience with the high command despite their repeated pleas. However, reports said that MPCC chief Gaikhangam had a brief meeting with Congress north east in-charge, Prithivi Raj Chauhan.

The chief minister is likely to return to the state capital tomorrow by an Indigo flight. Security from the airport to his bungalow has been arranged by the state police department, an official source said.

According to a minister who accompanied the chief minister to New Delhi, they called on Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Sonia’s right hand Ambika Soni, and Congress general secretary north east Prithivi Raj Chauhan late in the afternoon at around 5.20 pm. PWD minister K Ranjit and IFCD minister N Biren and some other MLAs accompanied the chief minister in the meeting.

During the meeting, the chief minister reportedly admitted that the law and order situation in the state had worsened but also observed that the state alone could not deal with the subject effectively. It needs Central help in restoring the same, an MLA who did not want to be named but who accompanied the chief minister during the meeting said.

After hearing the statement of the chief minister, both Sonia and Manmohan assured of all possible help to the state in dealing with the law and order situation, the MLA added.

The chief minister who is also attending the 4th International Conference on Federalism is scheduled to reach the state by tomorrow without attending the remaining part of the conference which is due to end on November 7.

On the other hand, Gaikhangam who was unhappy with the failure to get an appointment till now with the Congress high command had a meeting with the party north east in-charge Privithi Raj this evening and was still making efforts at his best level to contact the secretaries of the Prime Minister and the Congress chief.

There is still no indication of fixing of any date for the meeting to take place, reports said. Although unhappy with the situation the rebel camp has, however, not lost hope, an MLA of the dissident camp who still claimed to have the support of 17 MLAs informed.

As they had earlier submitted a representation to the high command containing a detailed report of the badly affected law and order situation in the state and the corruption charges against the chief minister, the high command was sure to give them a hearing, the MLA observed.

Even though the Ibobi government has been charged of failing to maintain law and order which has deteriorated since 2002 and lack of transparency and concentration of Central funds to the constituencies of a select few, political analysts however observed that the ceiling on the number of ministers meant that most ruling party MLAs would anyway be left out of ministerial consideration, widely believed to be the reason for the dissension.

Source: The Imphal Free Press

Monday, November 05, 2007

Ugly facets of famine now visible

Lamka, Nov 5: At this instance, when the elected representatives were diligently rummaging for power the interior populaces in Churachandpur were helplessly gazing at their meager harvest, recollecting the devastation ‘Mautam’ had landed them fifty years ago.

The revealing account, though very much anticipated has shocked the entire media community here as M Ginzasuan and his team recount the gloomy encounter they had while engaging themselves in launching Fair-price shops last week. The district supply officer and his team advance to the interior for streamlining PDS and initiating FPS were greeted by distressing tales of pitiable villagers.

‘The fate, interior villagers were enduring at the moment is nothing sort of a famine’ Ginzasuan said while narrating his encounter while touring the area. Of the thirteen odd villages he had been to during his week long tour in Thanlon sub-division, not even a single village had reportedly claimed of reaping normal harvest.

Rodent the most talk about cause of devastating the harvest were not the only dilemma. Bats, Wild Boars, Insects and storm had cause similar havoc to the jhum dependent populaces, he said and further quote the villagers of saying that it will be only usual if Boars and other animals enters the field, but the magnitude of the devastation it had caused were not seen before.

Chief of Dialkhai, S Paukhogin is said to have inform the visiting official that two tin of crop he had sowed merely reap the same amount. If it’s in other years he would have easily reap a hundred. Zamthuam of Thanlon failed to reap one tin of the one and a half tin he sowed. Same is the case for Khatzathang of Sinzawl. What is revealing, in fact is the claimed that these three people were the lucky ones with their counterparts many of their counterparts having nothing to harvest at all.

The best harvest witness by the team is a man who claimed to harvest nine a half tin, but as he had allegedly joked to the officials – he still lack half a tin to pay the Christian tithe - one tenth of the harvest.

The DSO team being encountered with unlikely facts takes the trouble to walk to their fields and confirm of the mass crop failure in the interior villages. Samples of standing healthy looking crops but with bare grains and those nib by bats and rats were brought here and produce before the media.

Besides the Paddy, it was alleged that the devastation has effect chillies and ginger field as well.

Another alarming fact according to the DSO is the provision of containing only 40% of the populace under BPL. Even if PDS supplies were brought to the village in the present set-up the supply has to be shared with the remaining sixty percent, making it too little to sustain them for the month. Such a situation transpires, according to the official, as all the villagers were very much under BPL category.

With the people having failed to reap even sufficient harvest to last them till Christmas, the once a year merriment the jhum based populace enjoy is sure to lack the spirit, if there is any merriment at all.

To obtain the true magnitude of the devastation and witness the suffering its brethren in the interiors were undergoing Manipur Hills Journalist Union in its emergency executive meeting held later today decided to conduct an extensive week long tour of the length and breadth of the sub-divisions beginning this weekend. The team will then confirm if the clamed to Bukpi Chief of having to eat anything that fails to call them ‘Pa’ (dady) is overstated.

By S Singlianmang Guite


By Apashang

Tanu Tapa te laisiam,pil leh thuthei mama ding chite Nu led Pa Chingkip /chingkip te ngaituona leh duthusam ahi hi. Nanleh India in Nampipa a chi hial uh Pu Mahatma Gandhi in atate Sang ka sah lou bilbel mawh hi Bang ngaidan nei a diei mah ki thei talou hi. Tuhun chiang in Laitheiloute ahi leh Munapi a mulou,ajanapi a ja lou,theinepi a theilou ahita mawh hi. Laitheilou pen a jum huai ban ah sil daahuai penpeen te lah a khat ahi hi.

1986 kum in India phualpi solkal in Education for all chileh Compulsory Education upto the age of 14 years chi te Education Policy Tha tungtawn in hing guan be uhi.Tuothamlou in Nauoang kum 14 tan tengteng in alouthei lou a education a mu ngeingei ding uh ahi chi Fundamental Rights Article 15 of the Indian Constitution.42 Amendment Act of 1987 ah hing guan lut be nalai uhi.

Tam a tung a kigente deljuina ding in leh sepsuo na ding in Solkal in plan tuomtuom hoi pipi hing bawl be uhi. Banah GovermentSchools te ban ah Grant –in-Aid,Schoolless,SSA leh a dangdang tampite Department of Education,HRD,Family Welfare Health leh a dangdang te tungtawn in hing guan lut be in hing thuap sahsah mai hi..Tamte bana a NGO tuamtuam ten jong pan nasa tah in laa veve uhi. Tam te a ding in Sum tampipi jong Grant nalailai uhi. Sum leh Pai mai hilou in Infrastructure tuamtuam jong tam a tung a I gen te Educational Grant Package ah tel phanalai hi.Tam solkal Scheme te pen hoi mama a, ahi ding bangtah a jang a supiching chiat hilei I gam ah naupang kum 14 nuailam teng in Education mu ding ua I gam in nasa tah in ki phattuom pi mama ding hi. Tam scheme ten a tup pen tah ahileh Naupang kum 14 nuailam teng in Basic Education (3R’s) tan teitei beh a mu ngeingei ding uh chi ahi.

Alang khat ah policy/plan hoipipi kibawl nanleh Basic Education maimai jong nga/mu/tang lou ban ah School drop out (Lai vuonna a Ong jou lou )jong tampi mama um nalai hi.A diahdiah in Zoudawn lam ah Labu Bible en/simthei lou,laihah gieltheilou ,Mit nei napi a mulou,mit taw lah hisam lou,Bil neinapi a Zaa lou-bilbing lah hi diah lou ,chitlaana nei lou napia maw adim pi'n muthei ding in um hi. Tamte jiah in I gam in baa law mama a ,I gam a khang ding bangin akhang thei tahtah lou in hing subuai phamama hi.Tamte jiah in Mipi ngaidan=Mimawl ngaidan=laitheilou te ngai dan ki paipi nalai a ki khang thei lou hi.I khan na ding uh dal chilei ki khial lou ding hi. Tuote hing khanglian ding ua Nupi Papi hing hi ding ua Ta-le-nau etkolna ,sianthouna,damtheinaleh nehlehtah suina ah laithei te sang in chau/ngiam jo ding ua ,tami in I Innsung gentahlou khosung gamsung tanpha ah buaina nengneng piang sah thei hi..I khotang kisiatna,I gamsung buaina, innsung buaina te va bulsui dit det ding chilei Education kitahsap jiah ahi chilei kidih maw lou ding a ki khial lawmlawm lou ding hi.Ahi lou tawp in jong Indirect in hi veve ding hi.Ahin tamte sut sawm a gel sawm I hi laijang sih hi..I geen ut pen tah ahi leh Education-Siamjilna lampang a I gam solkal in plan a bawlte bang chih in aki jang in aki semsuo a bangtan in a lawchig ei chi ahi jo hi.Ahi sihleh bangma phawh lou in I um mun uah I tou muang muang nalai uh amah? I siamjil dante bang a chi ei?? A hoi huntawh in a lung tun huai nai? Tu a I pai dan te uh sang a ahoijo ding ngaidan nei a um diei chi ahi bou hi. Hichi jo deuleh chi a um ei ,bang a chi ei? chi ahi bou hi.

Compulsory Education I chichi pen uh a Compulsory tahtah ahi nai?? Compulsory nasa jou nai?? Compulsory Education ahi na/ahilouna muthei ding a um diei? Keima mimal mudan in ahi leh tu a I paidan uh pen Compulsory I chi na ua Compulsory jou la deu in ka tuot hi. Compulsory system hilou in Examination System hi jo in ka mu hi. A jiah pen Examination toh I hal jieh un. Compulsory Education ahi leh a Compulsory tahtah na ding in a tawm pen a Compulsory age hun sung beh a exam kichi mawngmawng a umlou ding ahoi hi.A jiahpen Examination System I chi chiang in Competitative System china ahi mai hi.Kumkai laivuonna a a Ongloute(those who failed)pen pawl suan thei lou ding china ahi mai hi.Laisim thei nonlou ding,Laisim phal nonlou china toh kibang ahi ta a akikhiatna umlou chi ding ahita hi. Examination System ah naupang ten a laisim uh a lel chiang un Exam zauna (Examination Fear) ahisihleh ki giitna(Treat) khat dan in a laa ua , tuo in a lungsim tanpha uh subuai thei in thadaa den,zau den thei uhi. Compulsory age a bei masang teng Exam umsahlou in a ban jomsah toutou in hilei a compulsory Age uh a bei toh kituoh in Tan Sawm (Xth Std) tan bang hing tung thei tham ta ding uhi.Tuohun chiang in Naupang pen kum 14/15 lah bang hing pha ta ding uh ahi man in piching tah in ngaituo thei tading ua Exam zauna jong hing kiam/tawm deu ta ding hi.

Naupang khu High School Graduate(Pass) masang un exam umlou in a kumkum in a pawl uh suan toutou uleh School Drop-Out jong hing tawm deu tading hi. US Educational System ah Tan Sawm(Xth) tan ah Exam bangma umsah lou ua a banban in jom sah toutou ua a tawpna ah High School a jaw ding kuan chiang in Exam khat neisah giap uhi. Tami in Examination Stress sungiam in School drop-out rate ngiamsah jou mama hi.US Educational System leh Examination system I tekah chiangin US te System pen Compulsory jo mama in kilang hi. Tua ahi tah leh ei jong juithei chiat lei hoi ding in ka koi a, dei huai kasa hi. I gam Solkal in ahing Introduce tah lou leh jong I Mission School te beh uah Apply/Introduce thei lei dei /ut huai diah hi. A jiah pen Naupang khat kumkai Laivuonna a a Onglou jiah a alaisim tawp mai ding chi hithei lou in ngaingam huai lou hi.A thapvah mai ding pam mai tazen hi. Gitlouna,huhamna lehumdan hoilou tuamtuam te a pat I khangsawnte uh I I hepkhiat,I lahkhiat theina uh umsun Laipilna piah lah ahi ngal ajong ahi giap nalai a ,adang aheng thei ding a um tuansih hi.

Examination Sytem a ki taitena ngen ahi man in Nang-kei- ki thangsiat,ki engsiat nate,ki tuombawlna chi te a hi mai hi.Tambang paidan pen jui tou denden lei a jo teitei diei chikhat jong a umthei kon veve hi.Lekha pen a siamthei te leh a lunglut te a ding bou hi giap lou amah jong chithei veve hi. US ah sangnaupang ten Hobby bang a ana ngai ngeng ngong mai dan uh ahi. Laisim na maimai a Anntang man din piang ding lah hituom samlou a maw?? Sildang Anntang leithei na ding jong tam veve hi. Ahilouleh a siamtheilou mama ten jong bangtan ahei khat beh I khuat vevo a I thuoh kenkon i pan kenkon mai ngai a diei?? Tambang in Siamsin Sangnaupangten pomthei chiat in a diah in I mission school te ah kijang thei pai taleh deihuai tazen. Tazen aw Lawmlawmmmm.



By Apashang

“One is enough”."Two is many: you decide” chite leh a dangdang te khu Family Welfare Department te Slogan minthang pawlte ahi.Tualeh a dang khat ah “A Small family is a happy Family “ chi kia leuleu uhi.

Kahile… Ahitah leh,'Small family' khu a happy tahtah na diei??Taa ni(2) nei setsut l;echin tamseng sa ding in naki gingta ei?Koi in ‘Ta hau na seusou chia’ ang chi diei? Awleh khat jong tam seng na sa phial amaleh??Khat ah na lung a kimna diei??Na ta neisun vangphat huaitah in hing mitsiin san ta mawh leh bang chi ding??bang law ding??

Tam a tung a dohna thupilou,nuijat huai simsim lah bangte kuultah in ngaituo detdet voi tah! Bangchi nasa ei? Nuijat huai talaw kholsoh maw?? Zou vontawi te a ding in tam Family Welfare Dept. te Slogan te kisuh mangthang na leh ki naikhemna maimai hi beplou amah?? Khat veitoh entha kia mawng mawng voi. Ta khat chauh na nei ding a, a sangam ding umlou. A nopni in a ki pahpi ding tungman bang in sou letlut kha na van phelum pul bang kha na ve un..Hinanleh..Leitung khovel hinkhua khu a nop mai mai hilou in a haasa toh ki hal ahi aw. Daani I tuoh ding khu I leibaa ahi. Tuoni chiangin koima kiu-aw -kau-aw va chi ding um lou ding a ‘da huai na e maw’ ;’lungkham sin Pasian a um na, mijousia in I tuah chiat ding mawng ua Pasian in a siam ahi’ va chi ding umlou ding a, ‘na sangam keima ka um na hi,lungkham lung ke mai sin’ va chi ding bei taleh tuoni chiang in na ta in bang bang pi a tuot tuottuo ta maijen diei? Bang lung a gel diei?.Thawmhauna ki panpan, a thei pan pan ahi nalai ding hi. Miten ka U ka nau a chi chiang un nata in bang a gen in hoi teng a en in koi a kawh ta diei??Koi in ama ka Sangam hi chiin a va khutuo ta diei???tam ki thangsiat na khovel ah??? Apapi/neu anupi/neu te naute umna na chi kha maithei. Tam bang ngaidan na nei leh nang leh nang ki sol nahi kha giap ding hi..A jiah pen Upa ten ‘Inn guo led gamguo kit e theilou’ ana chi uhi,..Inn guo leh sumphung suon guo jong ………………… A dang khat ah , na ta Officer liantah khat hing suoh in Office lian deu khat hing enkol ta mawh leh Khat chauh a alung kim huai na diei???Na lung a kim na diei?? 'ING' chi na dawn na ahi leh na JUOU ahi china ahi .Ni leh Thum beh ki nei kha ta leh hoi di hia na chi vung vung ngeinegei ding hi..Tuo lou dangkhat ah ta ni nei inlen ani un Numei hing hitaleh koi in na gou lou ding?? Pasal tuoh hitaleh mouhat ding,tanu hah ding neilou in na ki tung luong thei hi.A hiei?Hina maw?? Tamte thupi lou bang nanleh I buaina leh nupa kal a I ki ngeungeu na himawh hi.Ban ah Lungneu vai hi jenjen lou in Lungpi kuo man,saupi leh sil ngaituo mama a ki khuol man ahi jo hi. Tam bangte pen mawh a pomsiam haa thou ahi.

Khovel a mihing a tam mama a a paiang jungjung hi. Minute khat maimai sung a jong a zaa asim piang khe jung jung ding in misaim ten a tuot uhi.Tam bang ahi tah leh dahkal khat sung ah mi 200x60 =12000 bang hi ding a , ni khat ah 288000 val tham bang piang mawh ding hi. Mihing tam mama sam hiding hiven A val bang jat ahei khat jong umlaw kei mawh hi.(ei lah a chu hinai samlou). Mi a jawng a hau a sia a pha a piang in piang mai uhi..Tu bang a mihing a pun tou jeljel leh I tenna Leitung in a sung a mihingte kum sawm bangjat a hei khat nua chiang in dawl nonlou ding uh hi chi misaim ten a a gen uhi.. Tambang kal ah eiten bang jat I tang/luo jou ei le??Ngaituo/khuot da vet vai aw??ki jaa la kha giap va. Miten ta a tam thei bang pen senkhiat sawm uhi.A diah in Pangal ten bangta hau thei maama ua a tate uh Lapawl sa thei ching thei vaya uhi..I tate Numei simlou in Phubul team khat bang hing ching mawh leh kimuan huai thou lou ding I maw??.Mite a ding in taa tamnei khu a haa uh kipahna ana hi valong hi.

A langkhat lam ah , ei Zoute bang jat mawng mawng I pha ei le??.Anam aphung mangthang te simlou in . 2001 census en mawng voi, kingaisiat huai mai ahi.I umum na ua ki tuohlou ki kei tuotou nalai, ki keikei mai.Midangte a tam nah kal uah pungpung nalai uh. Aaaahah.ei lawi pi bang suah sawm I ta di uai le.. Mi kum sawm sung a a siing a sim a pun lai ua ei a sang a sim jong ki pung jou lou mawh??whats wrong??koi I ngaw ta diei??Gen gawpgawp talei(a jum maw hing chi sih un aw)Aki lawching joulou kihi ta . But Why?A tam in tam himhim lei sil ngaituo dan jong hing um ding hi .I ha pan mama uh ngai china himai lou di??Poimaw ta mama ahi man in.Ahilouleh ki mangthang khongkhong ding hita . Zouta suan a pa,akop kimteng,leh ahithei liei nalai teng ban ah ahing hitou nalai ding te a ding a kingaituo hun ahi tahi. Hilou maw?? I phung I taang taangchi bang a tawn nou toh. Bang suah sawn I lihleh phuat di uai??Ki khen bang ki siam nalai. Khat veivei ka ngaituona ah I numeite uh fertile lou deu uh a diei ahilouleh I pasal te uh hat jou laa deu uh a diei? I damthei na uh toh kituoh lou ahi jo de aw chi bang ngai tuona mah tahtah ka ngaituo kha va muol jel hi.Upa thugousia in ‘ahta mang kuon ki tutu’ a chi te khat hou uh I thaw dan deu a diei chi bang a ut huai phiel hi.Ahisih leh Pasian in ahi chi ding mawng a ahing siam khat hou a diei bang a chi ut huai phial hi. Nidanglai in Manipur ST te lah ah I tawmpen tuan sama ah maw?? Tu a a tawmlam a position holder bang ki hi ta vanuh.(awleh ka thei khel khat a jo amah?) daa huai sa vangut ing.

Tambang ahi tah leh ei lawi lah a Family planning bawl a phattuom na um ding in na ging ta teitei nalai ei?? Point khat leh ni vang um kha na va. Hinanleh point tamjaw tham vang a hoilou lam hijo ding in ka mu hi.(ei a tawm te a ding in)Na pawm thei ei??Family plan bawl a I nam pumpi I man law sang in bawl da vai in met jo lei hilou maw? Bang ma Family planning bawl a buai na ding lah um nonlou ding a,nepnep a nuam jaw tham nalai ding hi.Buaina pel lah kihi nalai ding. Hilou maw Sangam?? Mite population explotion buai a a buai lai ua ei lawi in a tawm ih khetetui kai jen a ki genthei nalai… Mite buaina ah ei jong buai ve sam lei A Changkang a chite uh kihi leltah lou ding amah? Asiatna ,a hoilouna jong I gintat sang a um seng lou jo maithei ahi aw…….

Miten taa tampi nei ding a lunggul lai ua a gam solkal in khautah in gaah a eite I ut jatjat neithei ding a umtem sum tampipi seng a kum jawn law jen a I naubu/sul uh ki khah vial. Sum jah na ding theilou bangbang a. bang jieh a ta diei? Bang e I buaina uh?Neh leh taah ding maw?? Tuote ah lungkham da vai.Kam pepe,ha pepa’n ngaituo na ding hi. Tung leng vaa ten bawn taangsal lah neilou,Nelou dawnlou a si tuan lou uhi. Zu leh va'n bawn a ngol lou leh ei mihing bang e I lung kham na ding uh??? Lungkham na ding umlou hi.Um mawngmawng lou..Sem pou lei, sepman lah leiba ahi ngal a. I Zou numei te lah a fertilelou chiding lah hisamlou ua.bang e.Tampi nei in pung a chin pung jungjung mai lei ,asiam a pil ding jong hing um van,anei a lam ahau ding khop jong hing um van hing piang piang na ding hi. Hilou maw Koiiii..

Tambang ahitah leh tuni tan a akikhel nailou teng teng in a hun a umlai pet in tah ! Kapa tapa chi in khapet liang in pang vevo tai. Tuchiin ta leh nau a tam thei bang pen nei sawm tai. Ta tampi nei lei bang a se tuan sam diei chi ut kahi. Ta tampi nei lei ta khat mai neipa tanu/pa sang in I taa Officer a hi ding chance tam jaw thamlou ding amah?? Ama khat maimai a dau en ding ahia ei khat sanga tam jaw a dau en ding ihi man in….Pasal maimai sawm chauh bang nei in nga teng jahtheilou hing hi ta jenjen leh jong a dang nga umnalai.Bang ngai dan na nei ei. Khat mai nei in len hing duhdah ta sih leh a ki chai vawt ki himai ding hi. hilou????

Tam pen kei mimawl ngai dan ka gel ahi jo. Juiteitei ding china bangma a um tuan sih hi Thutawp nangma ngaidan ahi veve ding hi. Bang ngaidan na nei kha ei chia ka lungsim a um kang gel maimai ahi jo hi.Koima gen mawh gintat sin len nangma ngaituona ma ki jui inlen ki mit taw sialkhau tuh jo mai in.It’ll be the best. Ahin!!! Ahin ‘Kholak a mi thugen haw kha diksek ai’ chikhat jong umveve ahi aw.. Gen/gel khel a umleh ngaidam aw…