SENAPATI, May 18 : The ‘presidential council’ meeting of the United Naga Council (UNC) has ‘re-affirmed’ the July 1, 2010 Naga People’s Convention (NPC) declaration where the decision to sever all political ties with the Government of Manipur was taken.
Packed like sardines. Over speeding. This is the state in which kids are being ferried to schools every day and the funny part is no one seems bothered enough to even raise a question.
The victim was just 20 years old and two out of the three accused have been ordered to a juvenile home while the third has been released on bail.
Better late than never. At last some sense seems to have been knocked into the head of the State Government and this should explain its decision to back down from…
The situation is nowhere near settlement. Rather, it seems the wall of division which in this case happens to be the three controversial Bills passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly…
Now the fates of 514 candidates have been sealed in ballot boxes with 171 lucky candidates already elected unopposed out of the total 685 candidates who are contesting the election…
The stage is set for the election to 18 Municipal Councils and 8 Nagar Panchayats. Though the election and its campaigns do not generate as much heat as the periodic Legislative Assembly elections, the significance of the local body election cannot be undermined.
Understanding political conflict & symptomatic
One may call it skirmishes or random armed confrontation as witnessed between Grihang and Bungpa Khunou villages of Ukhrul district in the night of January 5. No doubt militancy has receded considerably since the past four/five years in Manipur but the core issue remains unresolved and it is very much alive.
The February 6 event would be highly significant and it would have far-reaching implications. A joint committee formed by the All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO), the United Committee Manipur (UCM) and the Committee of Civil Societies Kangleipak (CCSK) has declared that they will hold a mass rally on February 6, 2016.
Now the death toll has reached eight and reports of more casualties and damages have been pouring in from different parts of the State. It is heartening to learn that both the Government of India as well as the State Government has assured all necessary assistance to all the people affected by the devastating earthquake. Fortunately, no major aftershocks have been recorded so far.
Indeed this is catastrophic, tragic and unprecedented. Secen people have been killed and hundreds of structures have been either damaged or destroyed. Of course we are talking about the devastating earthquake which jolted the entire North East region in the wee hours today with its epicentre at Tamenglong.
Trust deficit is writ large. At least this much must be accepted by all stake holders; be it the State Government, the civil society organisations spearheading the mass movement for enacting a constitutional safeguard for protection of indigenous people or the other party which is deadly opposed to the three Bills passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly purportedly for protection of indigenous people.
The pressure is immense. Like any other profession, journalism too comes with its share of professional hazards, but the pressure that is mounted on the media houses here in Manipur is far removed from the classical understanding of professional hazards.