In my last writing regarding STDCM demand to include the Meitei tribe in the schedule lists of the fifth schedule of the Indian constitution and the subsequent reaction coming against it especially from ATSUM, I have proposed to ATSUM that if they have genuine issues with STDCM then dialogue would be the only way to solution.

The tripartite talk between the UNC and government representatives had ended on the expected line. In fact there was nothing to talk if the UNC wanted to dictate the agreement without any discussion. It was an  exercise in futility. What however, most disturbing is the presence of three Cabinet Ministers of the Manipur government in a meeting chaired by an official of the rank of a Joint Secretary of the union government.

After a thorough and passionate discussion with many experienced and thoughtful doctors, we find that most of the complaints from the medical fraternity stem from the fact that they are not given sufficient resources:

Mr Heikrujam Naba-shyam has naively posited in his letter to the editor under the banner “Imprudence of ATSUM” that the stance taken by ATSUM on the controversial demand of inclusion by the Meitei community into the Schedule Tribe of the constitution as ‘STUPID’. The semantic use of the word stupid to a monumental organization like ATSUM which holds sway over the whole tribal community residing in Manipur is rather callous and insensitive on the part of the writer who should have been more prudent before writing articles based on fallacious polemics.

The press statement of the All Tribal Students Union of Manipur (ATSUM) that came out in the media on Oct 5, 2017 saying that “ it will fight to the end against the inclusion of the Meiteis in the ST list ” of the Indian Constitution, is stupid.

Let’s revive the use of Chenghi (a traditional, indigenous, eco friendly hair care shampoo). Chenghi, as we know, is the residual water that we get after washing local rice grain before cooking. It is either applied as raw or boiled with differentlocally available herbs like Khongjai Napi, Sangbrei, Haona, Hanurei, Lallukok, Yenpat Mana, Khamela, Kege Angangba, Heikru, Heibi etc.

In continuation of our previous application submitted to you on 15/8/2017, we the members of Tribal Market Vendors’ Association (TRIMVAS), would like to bring the following grievances for your kind consideration and necessary intervention in the interest of the vendors in particular and the Tribal Market in general.