IMPHAL, May 17: A lady climber from the State, Ningthoujam Bidyapati Devi is among the three members of the 1st NE India Mt Everest expedition team to scale the World’s highest peak, Mt Everest today thus registering the entry of the region’s climber.....
IMPHAL, May 17: Degrees or diplomas are not the only inevitabilities for an individual like 67-year old Manoharmayum Manihar Sharma but resilience, ingenuity and a little cerebral exercise can be the mantra for success in life. A resident of Nongmeibun.....
IMPHAL, May 17: While announcing that results of the class 12 and 10 examinations would be declared on May 22 and 25 respectively Education Minister M Okendro has appealed to college students not to boycott the upcoming semester examinations. speaking .....
IMPHAL, May 17 : The Kuki Students Organisation, General Headquarters (KSO-GHQ) has announced a 24-hour bandh on May 21 in protest against the State Government’s alleged non-implementation of reservation in certain areas. The KSO said it had apprised.....
IMPHAL, May 17: Traffic police personnel severely beat up a man near the gate of Churachandpur police station at around 4 pm today. The victim, Kumam Rajbala (43) s/o Sanal of Moirang Turenban, while narrating his ordeal to reporters here said that he .....
IMPHAL, May 17: The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has appealed the UN Special Rapporteur to press the Manipur authorities for conducting thorough and independent investigation in connection with the alleged arrest of two human rights defenders on .....
IMPHAL, May 17: As agreed between Education Minister M Okendro and representatives of the Coordination Committee of College Students’ Unions, semester exams for BA, BSc, BCom will be held as usual. Notably, the committee has been demanding translatio.....
IMPHAL, May 17: Even as 12 police men held with illegal drugs worth Rs 3.50 crores have been sent to prison, Lalminsanga, one of the accused in the same drug smuggling case has been released on bail. Meanwhile, seven other individuals including an army.....
IMPHAL, May 17: A team of Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) led by its chairperson Dr L Ibetombi conducted an investigation into the murder case of Nekhohat Kilong yesterday. The team went to late Nekhohat Kilong’s home at Moreh Ward No 9 an.....
IMPHAL, May 17: Taking serious note of putting up wall posters and circulating quit notices against a community staying in churachandpur district, Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency MP Thangso Baite opined that failure to identify or pull up the cul.....
IMPHAL, May 17: KCP-MC Lallumba group which has entered into a process of dialogue with the Government of India and Government of Manipur has demanded a separate place of accommodation outside 7th MR complex where its cadres are presented housed. Spea.....
Aizawl, May 17: There is a sigh of relief in Mizoram as the cyclone Mahasen, feared to hit the state last night, lost its speed before reaching the region. This was informed by state Science and Technology Department Chief Scientific Officer Vanlalzara.....
IMPHAL, May 17: Twenty Myanmarese nationals including two women, who were caught by Manipur Police for violating the immigration laws of the country, were produced before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Thoubal district of Manipur on Friday. Th.....
Apropos to the news report appeared on the front page of May 17 issue of this daily under the caption, ‘Ukl takes up precautions’, ‘Mahasen Volcano’ must be read as ‘Mahasen Cyclone’. The oversight is deeply regretted. —Editor.....
IMPHAL, May 17: PFA Thoubal freed an injured Barking Deer yesterday after administering first aid to the deer. A statement issued by the PFA said that the PFA was contacted by one Athokpam Subhaschandra Singh of Moirang Kampu informing that he found a .....
IMPHAL, May 17: At least three persons including a police commando and a nurse have been killed while four others sustained injuries in separate road mishaps during the last 48 hours A nurse riding a scooter was killed when she was knocked down by a t.....
IMPHAL, May 17: A meeting of Manipur University students held today has resolved to constitute Manipur University Students' Union Revival Demand Committee along and submit a memorandum to MU authorities for necessary action to revive the union within July.....
IMPHAL, May 17: MPP advisor O Joy has stated that some Opposition parties have been playing spoilsport with regard to the collective effort of Opposition parties to field a common candidate in the next Parliamentary election. Reacting to the statemen.....
IMPHAL, May 17: The political awareness campaign of the Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF), Manipur State at Senapati district headquarters on Friday was marked with the party leaders coming down heavily on the Congress Government for all the ails in the state. .....
NEW DELHI, May 17: Tourism and YAS Parliamentary Secretary Mairembam Prithviraj has congratulated Ningthoujam Bidyapati to get to the top of the world’s highest mountain today. In a congratulatory message, M Prithviraj said, “I am very happy to.....
Hello friends, beginning today, I will be writing a column for this esteemed daily and will try to start a frank dialogue with you, the readers, over wide ranging issues that have dogged us. For a long time, we have evaded the real pressing issues facing Manipur behind the veneer of being nice. I say, kick the niceties, bring in the gutsiness. If the current state of our affairs is not kind to us, we should respond in a similar manner: ruthlessly in a cold manner. We should have the audacity to drag out the skeletons from wherever they are without fear and favour and pin the responsibilities on the people accountable for them. We should not be afraid of naming names and attacking the sacred cows of power—be it a Chief Minister or a blue-eyed bureaucrat.
I think the youths of today need a voice, a voice of reason. The old guards, mired in the retrogressive mindset, has presided over the fate of this State without feeling the pulse of the youths, who are more educated and have stepped into a world increasingly becoming a global village, where merit and talent are the only currencies for gaining respect and proving one’s worth. Unfortunately, our leaders have not recognised this new reality and are still trying to impose their writ on us with a contempt and impunity that is characteristic of feudal and authoritarian regimes. And after every five years, the hapless people queue in line to cast their votes to bring back and legitimise the same dispensation of pseudo leaders to power and who once elected play around with our individual destiny and that of the State. How conveniently we forgot that we bought the LPG refills for Rs 2000 and a litre of petrol for Rs.250. We quickly forgive the government that brought upon us this grotesque nightmare selling away our conscience at the hustings for a sum of few hundreds. This voters’ behaviour reflects poor understanding of economics resulting in our penny wise pound foolish actions.
I am not the first one to be dismayed. The educated youths have expressed disgust and a feeling of helplessness in varieties of platforms. Only they are not heard, or are ignored.
If you want to really tap into the general sense of disgruntlement among the educated youths of Manipur, one way to do so is to visit their favourite place on earth: the Facebook. This is what I did when the results to the 10th General Assembly Elections were being declared on 6th March, 2012. It was palpable that a majority of the netizens were hungry for change and expectations were high that the results would throw up an alternative to the government in power at that time.
www.e-pao.net hosted the online update of the elections results in Facebook and began its postings from 8 o’clock in the morning when the fates of the candidates being sealed inside the EVM were beginning to be unveiled as the counting of votes started.
As E-Pao Manipur flashed the much awaited election results and trends, the Manipuri Facebook users, whose typical profile is a student or a young employee in a private company outside the State, started pouring out their hopes and worst fears. I am reproducing some of their online comments below for a perspective into how the educated youths view the electoral politics in Manipur. Please be warned that these are highly candid outbursts of the netizens in a social networking website and may lack subtlety, which is why they are being highlighted in this column for they capture the true uncensored raw sentiments of a section of a youth population. Names of the commentators are being withheld to protect their identities though they could be easily ascertained from Facebook page of epao for 06/03/2012.
* Huranba mayamse mathang mathang potharakadi nungainidaaaaaa
(I wish all these thieves lose one after another)
* Contractor nina paisa chaaba haabi-jaabidi heidou mallihe!
(Being a contractor, he would soon adapt to corrupt ways)
* Thabk changbage.. handak si paisa kaya lougae haidoi jatno.. double rate laktoijatla .. vote ta paisa mangba fukatpage..
(I wonder what would be the going rate for getting a job this time. Will the rate be doubled to recover the loss during election?)
* No upai for people of manipur.. people of manipur di sen yendaba candidate tu angaobni haina hainaba lamdamni... sen khwaidagi yenbduna kare haibse resultsingsina fajana takle... natrabdii ahongba ama ugadabni..
(There is no hope for the people of Manipur. It is a State where candidates not resorting to bribing the voters are considered crazy. It is quite clear from the results that the candidates spending the most on buying voters have got elected)
As news trickled in that Congress candidates are winning in a majority of A/Cs, a sense of doom fell in the cyber world. Comments were passed for and against the INC, with the anti-incumbency factor coming to the fore. Here are some samples:
* Upai leite mayamna chinda pamnadaba congress thamoi nungdadi congress muk nungshiba leipotte madugee sakhi haibu kariba mayamshini upai leite congress na adum sar kar paiba tabani
(People pay lip service merely pretending to hate the Congress party while in reality there is no other party as beloved as the Congress party in their heart. No wonder, Congress will definitely form the government. No doubt about it).
* Disgust ! people of manipur... anybody can buy people of Manipur with d power of money..... manipur machasing uful adum chakhisi.... leikhom adum kumgisi... mei adum mangkhisi
(...Manipuri people, you will eat dust, waddle through mud, live in darkness)
* Congress nataba atopa amana sarkar pairaga free da thabak hapkadoubei typeta...
(You are rumbling as if a non-congress government will offer you jobs on a platter for free)
* Loire dana twrisidi......... Assasination twbna farani bu !
(It’s all over. Assassination is the better option!)
* Seems like its a Match Fixing.................
* EVM was just a fake.
At 12:49pm, E-Pao Manipur shared a headline from CNN-IBN:
Manipur polls: Congress on a hat-trick, set to retain power- A clear lead for the Congress in Manipur. Congress is likely to return to power with Chief Minister Ibobi Singh on way to a hat-trick.
A flurry of comments came on the possibility of Congress forming the next government with Shri Okram Ibobi Singh as the Chief Minister for the third term. What is interesting was the perceived sense of unfair treatment at the alleged disproportionate distribution of wealth and development projects in favour of Thoubal district. This sentiment was echoed in the following comments implying widespread cynicism at the prospect of status quo.
* Handak Manipur 5 year plan da Thoubal to Khangabok METRO chellage hairani tourisidi.
(It is likely that during the next Manipur 5 Year Plan, a Metro train service from Thoubal to Khangabok may well be a possibility)
* Imphal car tongba budi thoubal hambar tongba amana paiba yam helle cre wari ngaktani moidi
(The joke doing the rounds in Thoubal is that a bike rider in Thoubal is far richer than a car owner in Imphal)
* Taibi gunmen khanba hanthase....nongmie paiba yammandana..ngaore...pen paiba...kalam paiba thabak ta oina mai onshinbiyu...
(Dear Taibi, the excessive number of gunmen has freaked us out. Please reduce their recruitment and focus more on creating pen wielding white collar jobs)
* Taibi train lambi thuna loisallo national highways thuna loisallo aduga hantak mukka blockade toura di loina kapkhai yu ko, rainy season lak tri kan da lambi thong loisallo, fake encounter su toura gumsi ko taibi
(Dear Taibi finish the railway project quickly, improve the National Highways soon and should another spell of blockade occur, deal with them with an iron hand. Before the onset of monsoon, complete building of roads and bridges, and dear Taibi please ensure there is no more fake encounter again)
* Taibi votesu karabanina ngasigi numitsidi mei fajana lakhanbiyuba
(Dear Taibi, now that you have won the election, please ensure there is electricity in my house for at least today)
Eikhoina phana thamoi tengthaduna leirasu upai leite. taibi na adum shaktimaan oirani.
(However much we rue it, Taibi is destined to be Shaktiman)
* Matic chaba CM leite IBOBI natana Manipurda aduine maym sao yade
(Please don’t mind but there is no one who is qualified to be the CM other than Ibobi)
When Epao Manipur announced the result of Wangkhei A/C which witnessed the pitched battle between O.Henry and Yumkham Erabot, arch rival of the CM, the mood was one of jubilation and hope. Y. Erabot won. It was clear that he was the favourite among the netizens for the post of Chief Minister.
* Will call him a super hero if I’m asked to mention one.
* Imphal da chief minister amuk ta thamse, thoubal capital oikhidwre, imphal capital ne haibadoh khang oidwre mathang generation gi angang mayamda.. Irabot would knw...
(Let us make someone from Imphal the Chief Minister. Thoubal is becoming the capital of the State. Imphal risks being forgotten by the next generation as the State Capital. Erabot would know..)
* Change is a nature......!!! tired of driving Maruti 800 everyday.....wanna drive Hyundai i20....which have best features. Likewise we need (to) change our CM.......let’s hope we have better and more sophisticated person (like) “Yumkham Erabot Singh”.......let’s upgrade our state.
* Honesty is the only word synonymous with Yumkham Erabot!! 99.99% chance that he is the CM!! Kudos..!!
* Irabot na CM gi chance amukta piraga Manipur se kayam yamna ahongba purakbage haido amukta yangninge, thao litre da 250 youba, thao gi Q 10km youna lenghanba CM di matam khara pothahanse..
(Give Erabot a chance to be the CM and see what changes he can bring for the State. Let the CM who presided over the price rise of petrol @ Rs 250 per litre and got us standing in queue for 10 kms for the same take a rest.)
When the results of the all the 60 A/Cs were out with Congress bagging a record 42 seats, E-pao Manipur posed the question: ‘Are you happy with the 10th Assembly Election Results of Manipur?’ Some replies:
* Whatever happened happens for a good reason. Hope Mr. Ibobi and his party should realise the basic problems of the poverty stricken Manipur.
* The people of Manipur has lost all their “rights” to criticize the government and the political circle. The same government ruling for the past 10 years is going ahead with another term, despite their failure and suffering ( it caused) to the state.. Sadly, but true, we the public are equally corrupt.
* Our problem is not the govt.. it’s Ibobi Singh. Change in leadership will help.
* I will not single out Ibobi for the failure of the State, he hold his position with the support of other elected representatives, which all together form the government. If the other representative(s) of people have even a little bit of conscience, I don’t think Ibobi (or any other political member) will ‘toy’ with public like as has happened in the current situation. Likewise the public brought forward the same representative(s) to power. So I’m not really sure who is at fault. The stupid public watering this evil government or this evil government drying up the State?
The widespread cynicism among the youths of the Manipur regarding the current leadership is quite evident. However, this has not translated into electoral gains for the opposition parties. Two star legislators—Shri O.Joy Singh of MPP and Shri Radhabnod Koijam of NCP—in the opposition bench lost. Political analysts say that the inability of the non-congress parties to capitalise on the indignation of the people against the Congress party is because they do not inspire much confidence and do not hold out a promise of forming n alternative viable and stable government. Past experience has shown that a small state like Manipur with no political and economic muscle to flex to influence and extract concessions from New Delhi will fall into a further disadvantaged position if its government is led by a party different from the one in power at the Centre. This weighed heavily in the way people voted and resulted in voting back to power the government they hated. Memories of unpaid salary bills for months on end still persist in the minds of the government employees during the term of non-Congress government.
What is surprising is that we have conveniently brushed aside the inhumane episodes of blockades, price rise, fake encounters, corruption, continuous imposition of ASFPA and lawlessness that were at their zenith during the 10 years of Congress rule. As one commentator said, “the problem is not the government, it’s the leadership.” Well, that is a sentiment most youths share and will get pronounced as Yumkham Erabot, the original Hero of Manipur, is being marginalised by the current Government and we are being denied a golden opportunity for a change. Seems there is no place for a sincere and clean politician, who was the voice of opposition even while in the Government as the opposition parties forgot their role trying to get favours from the ruling party.
Meanwhile the same story of misgovernance and corruption is likely to continue for another 5 more years even as Thoubal becomes the new capital.
Stay tuned for more voices of reason.
either to choose to move for independent or stay with india... a contradiction has created a long term sickness of unordered system. inspiring the youth to move for a change dectect their responsibility.imphasis on religion,moral,uncommunialism,etc
People of Manipur is not that blind to see the bigger picture other then internal problems. Just considered the scenario: INC not in majority . And NPF among the coalition govt.
Interesting read. But as expected, doesn't give the possible solution for all the turmoils. Manipur is a failed state where everyone can be blamed and cannot be blamed! I pity the government being blamed for everything, even for rains, hurricane, etc.<
i seriously doubt that there will be any changes..power, water, roads are the most important to head development but in his two terms so far...nothing is improving except looting from people and begging to center...shame on manipur.
what a gud observer n thinker u r. . . .wish u r also a d0er. . . . Evry f. . .bein in manipur knws wht u hv put up hr. . .
i truly thank you for this wonderful article. im wit u in pronouncing the names of these criminals-corrupted politicians. they truly are criminals although indirectly eg.Mr.ibobi-his uncountable numbers of fake encounters,Mr.Biren -his son a murderer.<
Thank you for reminding us of what is very clear and well known. I am no fan of the Congres, but there were no choices.Chaoba, Nimaichand and Chandramani were bigger thieves.The opposition have never been able to provide a stable govt. in the past.So sad.
i love ibobi. long live ibobi long live Manipur. Ibobi is the best, and who is this erabot !?
It's shock..... to read this article but more shocking is ...........all our educated, wise, knowledgeful persons express their feelings ,give comments on this or that but what we are doing is....... only expressing our anger ......but nobody gives clear suggesions or something that as a whole can be used to build a strong perfect solution of these problems of Manipur......only commented thing is to change CM .......to change CM.....,.............. Dear brothers, sisters, friends let's now on action only ,time is limi ed .......if these problems of Manipur continue ........what will happen in future? We all know this..........LET'S TAKE UP ACTIONS QUICKLY!!!!!!!!!!!!
this is quite an interesting article...showing some of the true colors of our state....!! everybody knows about it and the hardships that we face only we Manipuris knows it but somehow we all managed to overcome all these issues, for example, the blockades, petrol price rise, unemployment issues....but seriously nobody is taking up any actions. even i think now its high time that we all educated youths to change our society, to correct all the wrong doings, to change our corrupted minds...or else there wont be any future for our state...please lets all stand up... and lets do our part now...to change our society
Dear Young lady, who is this Ibobi ? A thief? A Liar? A mudurer? Or a money lover. I think He must good at stealing money otherwise u won't like him so much.
Manipur is a state where evrything workz on the basis of money.Educated person thinkz twice when evr they go fr mpsc exam..fristly, shall i gv exam or not...2ndly if i gt through than hw mch do i av to pay to gt mi appointment order...dis is wt happnd,sad..???currption has gone so high dat people bfr ne intrvw ask first hw mch is for that post..Govt syz in evry function v r the govt fr the people n by da people bt when tym cmz fr any employment....they sayz Money matters my dear...Educated people has loose their hope...just coz hw mch the govt is serious towardz itz citizens...One dae me n mi frn went to collect scholarship since both of us were frm Nagaland university...ftr long journey to the capital city we rch the tribal office...we went inside..dat dae they took our college id card n told us to cm nxt dae..we went da nxt dae ftr waiting fr so long they said today the director vl nt come so cm tomarrow..no option lft v went bck n third day we came erly so that we vl b in first line...dat vry dae the clerk said ur ids were misplaced somewhere..we loose our hope..bt it was nt misplaced indeed they were asking money indirectly.we almost fnshd our money bi goin n cmng to offic frm hotel where v were stying..we dicided to meet director.they wrer nt alowing us.evn the peon..finlly peon took arround 700rs n we were abl to meet him and drew our scholarship..So dis is how the govt bodies wrk in Manipur...Frm peon to HOD..frm MLA to CM...do u expect any dvlopmnt?????
What a great pirce of write up! The youths must be prepared to take control of their destiny. I foe one, is not going to see the sufferings of the people. It's time for Youths to enter politics and evict the old and outdated people from ruling us. Enough is Enough! I am coming Ibobi...I am challenging you in the next Election.
Here is no impossible in Manipur. Everything is possible. One can do whatever they like if he is a son or a good servant of Money and Power.
dear young lady, dont waste your time writing about Ibobi instead better spend your time concentrate for your good career. Plis dont think that im too pissimistic but hope you too know that Manipur has no hope of developments. Indian or Manipur Politicians they didnt pass 10 standard sincerely... jas gist is given... think about it ...Hope you too dont have Job ...so leave Ibobi n concentrate on your studies ..if not join UG lol
write something about ILP , and how the people of other state will take the ILP decision and what can be the possible reaction. now political and non - political parties are trying to force ILP coz they are fully equipped with all the facilities and they dont know the pain of working hard by a mother and father and sending fees and expenses every month for their ward who is studying to get some good job and can share the responsibility .
We the people by the people for the people is our state's Government (Govt). O. Ibobi may be bad in politics but may be he was not like before. And may be he was not a shaktiman before. This is one of our mistake tackling with the issues. We go direct against the leader whom we choose to be the one, like the opposition will do when there is/are crisis. Who make him CM? Who make him rich? Who make him powerful? These few answers can show us clear the exact image of Manipur. The land is good, all the people living here are good irrespective of age, sex , race etc. and the zeal to practice politic in this land is amazingly superior in all respects. But the hearts of the public are isolated from this goodness. In most of the Govt and NGOs' department the corrupted, defiled, darken, insane system wanted a state leader that will not bring chaos in their own business. Every people wants O.Ibobi directly or indirectly with full intention for their self benefit. If you say he is a shaktiman then obviously we had transformed him. It is like HIV+ infection, where the whole emune system of an individual are slowly destroy. The public need a great change inside their heart through awareness, teaching, schooling, instruction, prevision and re-evaluation of the various concepts in the state. We need to change first before him. We are the Govt, the ruler and adviser and at the same time we are the subject. No steps or progress with the development of public mindset I believe every CM will do the same thing he do, no exception for you, me or them.
Education for all will drastically decrease corruption anywhere. The drawback in Manipur is lack of education among the PUBLIC and ultimately most of the public sold their valuable vote. Election system of India is also one of the injecting factor for starting corruption from the elected MLAs (POLITICIANS). To control corruption in Manipur or elsewhere, present election system must be change first to bring more changes in systemiteic rules for preventing corruption. Otherwise CM ibobi may change his present name of 10% IBOBI to 110% IBOBI.
Well guy's i was jst goin thru todays paper 10th of nov, but found out this interesting column of unused debates over what so called acountability or unaccounted act of our gov n state k. To begin with wat is that thing which triggers corruption? Ok lets get over a fresh start, to be precise ask an infant to come up to u------ wats the response? Now show that same infant with a choclate n ask again, the same thing, even if an infant with no mind of its own gets lured to corruption then how'z dat u poeople will ll get over it. The same applies to me. Yeah atleast we can try out to be responsive n minimis it which ll be for damn surei can gurantee is not goin to work out. So to my concern n belief wat we can do is if we cant change the system from outside then its ovbious we sud get into it n atleast give a try. Ok untill n unless its not goin to help out. Or else we stay out of manipur as i hope all the people out here penning to the far cry out there does the same. Wat to do thika touraga paisa tallaga vote leppana phbra but to cme up to dat level of status is smthin which needs quite legitimate cntacts n cntrl over sme u kno wat m sayin adoe masi konna khannarasi its almost dawn n m yet to sleep but whoeva wrote the above article the way presented its gud n creditable, hope u have these thoughts n gud to know that. Gud day folks
Well guy's i was jst goin thru todays paper 10th of dec, but found out this interesting column of unused debates over what so called acountability or unaccounted act of our gov n state k. To begin with wat is that thing which triggers corruption? Ok lets get over a fresh start, to be precise ask an infant to come up to u------ wats the response? Now show that same infant with a choclate n ask again, the same thing, even if an infant with no mind of its own gets lured to corruption then how'z dat u poeople will ll get over it. The same applies to me. Yeah atleast we can try out to be responsive n minimis it which ll be for damn surei can gurantee is not goin to work out. So to my concern n belief wat we can do is if we cant change the system from outside then its ovbious we sud get into it n atleast give a try. Ok untill n unless its not goin to help out. Or else we stay out of manipur as i hope all the people out here penning to the far cry out there does the same. Wat to do thika touraga paisa tallaga vote leppana phbra but to cme up to dat level of status is smthin which needs quite legitimate cntacts n cntrl over sme u kno wat m sayin adoe masi konna khannarasi its almost dawn n m yet to sleep but whoeva wrote the above article the way presented its gud n creditable, hope u have these thoughts n gud to know that. Gud day folks
Its a nice and well articulated small article from Ms Annebella. We all are Manipuri, know what's going on in our Kangleipak. Keeping aside all controversies, we, readers must try and understand the essence of article and writer's intentions. My appeal to all readers is to take it in good spirit instead of dictating small pea-nut faults. From my side, its well said and needs to give her a pad on her shouder.