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Stranger at my Home

(This peice is an extract from my Diary dated 23rd December, 2005
when I returned back to my native place to the jungle tribal village of Manipur.)

People used to tell me home is where the heart is. But some times, like this very moment, one can feel like a total stranger at one’s home.

The feeling of homelessness is no stranger to me. I have traveled to most part of India which I called home but wherever I go, I remained a stranger. I reluctantly accepted the tag, forgiving them for their ignorance or at other time consoling myself as being a lesser Indian. But among my own people, I am not ready to be treated as a lesser one, at least not in my own village where I grew up.

As a child, I was given the notion that anyone from the mainland, especially the army, should not be trusted. I remember my mother going berserk when I, once, went to the army camp with my friends. Their fear is understandable as I myself had often seen and heard incidents to justify it. But this time round, my only crime is that I dared to say that I am an Indian and that India is my home.

It is true that I am an Indian (I want it or not) and India is my home (at least my home lies in India). But the sad irony is that my Indianess ends the moment I passed my region into the mainland. Wherever I go, people would ask me which country I came from. I would tell them that I was from Manipur. When people don’t know that I would substitute Manipur for Mizoram or Nagaland, it doesn’t help either. Most of the states in the North-east, according to their guesses, are in Nepal or China. At the end, I was so feed up of the question; I simply nodded to whatever country they guessed for me.

Then I would went to visit monuments and there they would charge me 500-600 percent more unless I am ready to spent some amount of time explaining the geography and demography of India. And in the sphere of education, every subject that includes Indian subject matter exclude me, and in the few occasions when the media picked up news from the north-east, they would be half-baked with most of the name being misspelled as if they were aliens’ names.

I traveled aboard to see people raising their eyebrows when they know my nationality. They thought I must be a Red-Indian. They wanted to ask me about Indian food, Indian music and Indian culture. But the Indian food, music and culture they wanted to know were alien to me.

During my stay in Delhi, I tried hard to learn and appreciate the ‘Indian’ language, food and culture. I forced myself to sit through an hour of ‘Indian’ dance recital, endured many three-hour long ‘Indian’ films and spent sleepless nights after stuffing myself with the spice infested foods which my ancestral would probably say ‘killed the taste buds’.

No matter how hard I try, the freaky question keeps popping out, and would irritate me as ever. I tried to take them as an innocent question but still, it fuels one’s feeling of alienation. People often tell me to take them easy but the prejudice, abuses and discrimination one’s faced cannot be easily taken by the stride. And it doesn’t help very much even thought they sincerely apologized after abusing you especially if your abuser happened to be someone as educated as your very own teacher.

Such situation, though infrequent, aggravate one sense of alienation. It is under many such situation that I started to believe myself as an alien in this country, and take that little jungle village in the tribal areas of Manipur to be my only home.

But now standing here in the middle of the road, surrounded by the chief and elders of the tribe, I certainly feel like a stranger. I was absolutely enthusiastic to return home after more than two years of absence, but the moment I landed up, the first reaction was of general disappointment. Everybody takes a look at me and the first comment was that I was a lost child. My language was adultered and my pronunciation stained. ‘Lost, absolutely lost’, the elders lamented whilst the youngster called me pretentious. And with that big crimes I was standing here with the elders who sermons me on our value, how we were free and independent, with our own land and laws.

I don’t know if it would be wise to remind them that the government doesn’t even want to recognize our existence. To me that is as good as being lost. The elders may think that we are free with our own lands and laws, many anthropologists may come to study our primitive ways and our wild photos may found home in galleries and museums around the world, but that may not be enough if a seven degree minority community living under the mercy of others wanted to survive. But I choose to remain silent.

I don’t know, as of now all I need is some one to talk to me and make me feel at home without pretension. Then I started to wonder, if I can call this place as home even after what I have been through, why cannot I do the same anywhere else? After all, the whole world is my home.

Lyan Samte

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SEE LAMKA AND DIE!

Written by Lyan Samte New Delhi
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
The road was bumpy, the ride was long and the bus ran furiously. We were on our way to Lamka from Dimapur. There was an eerie silence inside the bus amidst the noisy engine and clanking of the bus. Each one was occupied in his own thought. I stole a quick glance of the other passengers and the faces I saw rather baffled me. I wonder, what good do those Marwaris and Biharis bring to our land?

Reaching down Imphal valley, the air was humid and cloud of dusts danced on our trail. My little niece was not impressed by the sight, she chose to cover her face and doze off. I thought that was a better idea than ‘trying’ to admire those balding mountain ranges, so I followed suit.

Despite the hideous daylight, and being stiff all-over from the day long torture, once we were there, the sounds of Lamka excited us enough to scramble for the door.

“Eew!” shrieked my little niece, stopping at the door. I don’t know what it was, but being nudged from behind, I pushed my niece and jumped down right after her. It was my turn to shout “eew!” I’d just landed in a pig sty! Well, that ‘pig sty’, officially, is called CCPur Bus Station.

Anyway, struggling along Tedim Road, it doesn’t take me much time to notice the shift of gravity in Lamka. My beloved Lamka, it has changed, and that too –for the worst, and it’s crumbling down! The building mourned under its weight and age, the drains cried for help and the roads struggled in agony with every passing vehicle throwing up heaps of dusts. The ghost of the old town gagged me with its stench and dust, upsetting my stomach, and squeezing my tear duct to the last drop with every gust of wind.

I don’t know if living in the metros for all these years have prejudiced my eyes and judgement, but Lamka is no longer the Lamka that was deeply etched in my heart, it is just a pathetic caricature of the old town.

Lamka of yonder years is a confluence of all culture –desirable and non-desirable, with none being dominant. It was the gateway to the world and life, it was the centre of education and learning, it was the centre of entertainment and life –of the enlightened sort.

I remember guitar strumming young men and women strolling the night streets and alleys, crooning Lianlunching, Lienzapao and Lengtong Pauno with the same aplomb. I remember people struggling for tickets at Light-house, I remember people rushing from all over the district to Lamka for the best of education, but, alas, we can only say ‘those were the days’!

There is no denying ’97 has dramatically changed our world, and of course, Lamka cannot caught itself in a time wrap. It has to change. Change we must, move we must, but in which way and which direction?

We definitely moved and changed, but in the wrong direction. We continued to mistake communalism for nationalism, and terrorism for patriotism, rendering a thick cloud of suspicions hanging in the air.
It will not be a mistake to say that the mass exodus of young men and women from Lamka is the direct consequence of such mentality. Nobody wants their children to grow-up in Lamka anymore. Those who can afford prefer to flee and live ‘outside’ or at least let their children study elsewhere, and with big relief.
I don’t want to sound like one of those self-appointed moral guardian, but I cannot help commenting on the declining brotherhood in the society. There is a big shift from the traditional societal living to individualism. The previously unnoticed differences in the pronunciation of a certain words stand higher as a boundary than the high walls they built to mark their plots –and we still sing ‘tuun sung khat pan’?

Corruption was rampant, so much so that even within the church, it was put as an ‘understood’ thing and was conveniently swept under the carpet –and they continued dancing and praying on that carpet! The once pitiable government servant are now the one who are most envied as they can keep drawing their salary without even working for a single day! And shall I say, Lamka thrives on them?

My big cousin who is a Headmaster of a Government School in a certain faraway village offered me to show his new building. I declined, I just cannot digest it. The building, and every newly built building I saw in Lamka, disgust me as much as the dirty drain that flowed in their nerves. They are dirty and stained, like each and every soiled currency note I saw was stained with tears and bloods of overtly exploited poor farmers who risked their head to earn it. How many people must have been deprived of their basic standard of life by the owner of such building, and other luxuries, so as to enable them to afford them?
To me each and every one of the government employee of Manipur are doubtable –doubtable of being corrupt. If I am at fault, it’s not my fault, rather it is theirs –for letting me believe to such extend. They said I am a pessimist, I am, I don’t denied that. But who can be so positive after tampering upon the not so hidden dirty drains running beneath the ground?

Every time I come to Lamka, it never does me good but antagonize me. A friend suggested that, may be, I am failing to see the bright and positive side of the situation, well thinking of anything positive there, my mind just went –well, blank. My friend suggested Khuga Dam, to me Khuga Dam is nothing but a picnic spot, a humiliating mockery of the thousands of lives it uprooted!
May be, the only positive thing that I saw there was –that my drug abusing HIV+ cousin died a decent death at Shalom while I was there. Thank you very much; the very presence of Shalom and its tribe is not a positive sign of development, since you can never say that you are very proud of (with due respect to) the dedicated doctors and nurses who work there. But I’ll definitely give a standing ovation, once, the people who run homes like Shalom, Priscilla Homes and Gamnuam, etc, are rendered unemployed.

Well, I should end my ranting here or else, it will destroy my mood every time I think of home until I can call that rented flat in Dwarka as my home. But the fact is Lamka is my home, and I love it. It is the place that gives me my now so cherished childhood memories as well as the nightmares in the form of ‘97. But no matter what, it will always remain my home and I would jump with happy feet every alternate year to return there.

Go and see Lamka, if you don’t die of ecstasy, you would die of revulsion. But if you think you survived, check yourself again, may be your heart, you mind or soul is being buried in one of the alleys of that old town, but for certainty, once you are there, you will never be the same. SEE LAMKA AND DIE!

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ZOD/ZSP IN PU HANGKHANPAO VAIDAWNNA NEI

Zaanni Sepkiani July 10, 2007 ni’n ZOD Office, Safdarjung ah nitalang nai 06:30 apan Pu Hangkhanpao, Ex. President UZO leh MLA vaidawnna leh kipapina vaiguon leh annzaluina thupitah in ki nei hi. Tuona mipi tamkuomtah kipeikhawm in, vaiguon lawching mama hi.

Pu T. Zamlunmang Zo in hunkem in Nu Chiinneikhum in hunpat thumna nei hi. ZSPDB Secretary, Mr. M. Soilienmang in mipi hingpeikhawm tengteng pulahna nei a, tuozaw in Nupawlte’n Zo puondum awsahna nei uhi. ZOD President Pu Haulienkap in Lungdampina leh ZOD tup-le-ngiimte tomkim a talatna nei in ZOD kiphunasan Nopni-dani’a ki uop a, apoimawna bang a i nam sung enkol dia panla ahidan gen hi. Tuozaw in ZSP Vice President Mr. S/ Thangsuonmung Zou apat in ZSPDB activities leh akip akawi chi umlou in ZSP nasepte ngaikhiet ahikia hi.

Mipi hng peikhawm: Nu Man, Pu S. K. Mung, Tv. M. Lalmuonlien Zou, Pu Khakhai Zou, Tv. Thanglunmang Mate, Tv. Kamlienlal leh adangte apat thugenna leh MLA inei uh ahoidan, tuoleh MLA pun i nam sunga khentuom paituom nei lou a na ahing sep touzeel a lam etdan uh taangpi ngaikhietna aban ban in ki nei hi.

Tuozaw in Rev. G. K. Joshua in Psalm 28:9 na tungtawn in hasot thugenna nei in MLA pu Pasian mai a khupdin pen a lu tunga khut ngam in vangpiehna leh thumsahna nei hi.

Tamteng zaw in Pu T. Hangkhanpao in thugenna tam bang in nei hi.

01. Tuni’a tambang kipahpina leh noutawina vaiguon nang siem ban uah annkuong luina na’ng neipi uh ka ngaisut chiengin kei tanguollou ahiman in kakipah na asang dieh hi.

02. Delhi ka’ng hawna san ahileh I zogam sung hoina diing toh kisai a hing haw kahi. PWD hilou a BRote’n i Zogam lamlien enkol uleh chi deina toh thuchien kan a hing haw kahi.

03. Chandel MLA kahi lai in Delhi ah khatvei vaidawnna ang nabawl ua, tuni aniveina ahita hi. Lungdam mamam ing ei.

04. A neulai a gentheitah a a lai anasimdan leh mittawte bang mai a Delhi khopi a laisim di’a ana kuon dan, agenthei dan leh Delhi khopi atun a mun-le-muol theilou pi hinanleh ana gamtatdante tomkim in agen hi.

05. Tupna lien nei nahi uleh nouma tanga di’n thugen sih unlen, nami na sa ua di’a representative hidan a ki ngai sut in thungen in laisim leh uchin lawchinna na ngah diing uhi chi hi.

06. A genzeelna ah, politics a a’ng luutna root cause ahileh Chandel a eimi leh Nagate hing kibuoizieh hi taangpi in agen hi. Naga leh Kuki kibuoi Zoute a lang bai a um, ginmaw a um, Sugnu ki tung ngam lou, tuo ahi tah chiengin alampi hing kingaisut in politics ah kahing ki involve khata hi achi hi.

07. UZO President kahilai in Politics oriented leader a’ng kichi hi, ke’n zong dih kasahna chieng a um thousam hi. Nampi leader hidiing in alienzaw sem tuona toh hingai hi. Eima sung mai a sep thei lu, I nampi’n a poimaw tampi a um hi. MLA kahi zangin UZO constitution ka kalna a um sih hi, MLA kakaini’n UZO President hina apat ka ki resign pai a UZOte deina bang in ka gam taang hi.

08. Zou Nampi’n MLA i poimaw ua, term ni vel i nei lou sung un a ngui in i nguui gamsieng uhi. MLA i neilou uh ahoilouna khat ahileh ZDV i neilawh uhi. MLA i neizaw lou ziehua ZVD hing pieng ahi. UZO President kahi lai in nam ngainatna toh koimaw theipi lou in kana si dihdih hi. Akilawmlou pi court bang kana kai thithe hi. Tuote pen nam a di’a ka sep ahiman in kipana’n ka la zaw bou hi.

09. Tutung MLA Election pen i nampi’n akipang hi. USA, Shillong, Bangalore, Delhi, Mizoram leh mun tuomtuom pat panpina leh hasotna laithotte kana mu suoh kei hi. Tuote thamlou in i Zou kho chin ah sing-le-suong, bu-le-baal khop seng lou pin agawtah den hi. I nam in MLA ing nei apat in akiliip a, iki thanuomsuo chiet uhi. Kei zong katha thousah mama hi.

10. Tuni chiengin mite’n i Zo hina ang deigaw ua, zong a’ng lasah nuom phielta uhi. Zoute Zo iki chilou leh koite Zo kichita diing, bangdi’a Zomi movement a Zoute kihallou a um thei di ihiei. Zoute’n pan ilahlou leh Zomi movement lawching thei lou diing hi. I nam min zong under threat a um ahi chinuom phiel kahi. Laisiemte’n ngaidan giltahtah hing sung zel un, UZO ah vaihawmna a um chieng bang in Dlhi lam, Mizoram lam, Shillong, Bangalore lam a i laisiemte ngaidan bang kichi theita leh ut huoi kasa hi. Noute hing hapan leh uchin, nangaidan giltahtahte uh hing kihat hun hing um tham diing ahi.

11. Poi kasah mama khat ahileh UZO President Election i nei chiengun laisiem pipi, sepna hoi muzou dite [laisiemte ahoisih kachina hilou in] hing teet ua, a chingzawlou chiengun lamkaite gensie in apang zeel uhi. Tuopen poi kasa mama hi.

12. ZOD pen UZO ah affiliate bawl un zong kachi ngam sih a, hinanleh kang gennuom pen ahileh UZO pen i nampi vaihawmna saangpen ahi chi hing manghil sih unlen, UZo in a thu ngaisutte pen mimal ngaidan hilou in i nam sung hausa leh intellectualte ki consult zaw chieng a nasem pan ahidan thei gige leh uchin chi hing gen nuom kahi.

13. I nam sunga zil tha di’a hoi kasah khat ahileh mi dangte mai a I dih louna hileh zong dup chitangma a ki gup a hinanleh eima sunga a bawl khiel penpen phaw chi tangma a kiphaw di chipen zil thei in zui thei lei dei huoi kasa hi.

14. Pasian in I ma hing pui hi. MLA I hing ching uleh nidang a nasep di bawldi ana kikhahtante zong ahing ki hong huoi huoi a, tu’n mit a muthei in I gam sungah khantouna hing um panta hi. Lamka apat Singngat pen hun tonlou a kaal sunga kimuthai thei diing dinmun in umta hi.

15. Pu Thangso Baite MLA ahisung in I gam sunga guolzawlna hing tung diingte toh ana ki apmai hi. Behieng lam a solar lamp diing teng zong apei mang dildel hi. Ka biel a di solar lamp kava nget lai in nang bielpen akipekim ahita hi chi’n hing ki dawng hieu hi. A theisiemte a di’n puonat ahuoi thei mama hi.

16. ISA, IPS leh laivuonna lienpipite a lungluutna nanei tahtah uleh nei kikuppi ngam diing uh ahi. I nampi a di’a na I sep diing uh ahi. IAS zou khat in ama angsung mai akho leh pen lawching ngai lou diing hi. I nam leh gam a di’a IAS nahileh vang laching teitei ding nahi.

17. Zo minphatna diing pen Zou ham zangte khut mama ah ki nga hi. Zou ham zangte’n ma I pat lu uleh Zomi pen pallun ngei lou diing hi. Zou kahi kichi pen I kiletsah pi diing uh ahi. Ni dang a Zou kahi kichi diing zong kizumpite pen tuni chiengin Zou kahi iki chi leh mite’n hing ngaisangta uhi. Zomi sunga Zou kichite pen akilang pen leh a hapan pen a I pan diing uh ahi.

18. UZO, ZYO leh ZSP Hqrs. Ahileh Zou chi ngen in akihengta hi. Ahi dingma zong ahi, Govt. in a’ng recognisedna zong Zou ma ahi. Tuoziehin Zou ma I pan san diing uh ahi. Delhi ZSPte’n Hqtr. Apat lai nu uleh mulou uh vang thei sing, hinanleh I mumpi in abawl pen a ka hiengte’n zong zui pen poimaw mama hi.

19. Atawpna diing ah, ZOD or ZSP in poimawhna na nei chieng in hing houpi pou leh uchin I Nampi a di’a ka bawl thei tan a pang diing a masa gige kahi. Ki thuzah tuo zeel vai chi’n ZOD leh ZSP panpina’n dang tamkuomtah pieh in ahun zawna bawl hi.

Tamteng zaw in Pu Zamlunmang in Kalaisai samna nei a, Nu Ngaineiching in thumna toh hunkhah in annkuong luina nei ahita hi.

2007 ZSP MERITORIOUS AWARDS DECLARED

Pu (L) Rev. T. Doupu Award – [Class X Topper in Zou (MIL)] goes to M. Hauminthang s/o M. Zamkholam of D. Phailien, Churachandpur. Mark 100 lah a 91 mu hi.

Pu (L) Thangkhanlal, Ex-President, UZO Award [Class X Topper among the ZSP] goes to Judy Hatsienchiin d/o Upa Ginzadong of Zomi Colony, Lamka. Total mark 600 lah a 482 mu in ZSP member tan X zoute lah a sang pen in pang hi.

Ka Pu Saipu Award [Class XI Topper in Zou MIL] goes to T. Kimngailun d/o T. Gouzalal of Tuibuong, Lamka. Total mark 100 lah a 88 mu hi. (Tam Kapu Saipu Award ahileh ZSP member sunga Zo Lai ngaisahna tu saanga sangzaw leh hoizaw a a’ng khanlet diing deina in Pu John Mangpite innkuon in a Pu uh thei zingna di’a a bawl uh ahi).

Tam hunzahna ah Pu. T. Hangkhanpau, Hon’ble MLA Singngat A/C in Chief guest hina toh uap hi.

Last Year Winners

(L) Rev. T. Doupu Memorial Award + Citation + Rs. 2000 (1st Div. & Highest mark in Zou MIL) was awarded to Ms. Kimdeiching d/o Tualzalam, Simveng.

(L) Pu Thangkhanlal Meritorious Award + Citation + Rs. 2000 (Zou’s HSLC topper) was awarded to Gouminlun s/o (L) Pu Sialchinlien, Singngat

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YOUTH SEMINAR

ZCFD Youth Department in ha khat a Pasiannii ngavei umnate a Fellowship anei zel bang un, ahing tung diing July 29 chieng in zong Youth Fellowhship um diing hi. Tuonah hun dang banglou in Seminar huoise tah nei in um diing hi. India a FCMG company lienpen, “Hindustan Lever Limited” a Corporate Affairs Manager, Pu Biaklun Shoute in huoisetah in “How to lead a successful & Motivated life” chi thupi a zang in Zomite a di’a poimaw sil tuomtuom sangnaupangte leh nu-le-pate thuhilna nei diing hi. A nuom tapou a di’n kot kizong hi. Tuobang thugen ngaichiet diing in iki deisah ua, michin telkim chiet diing in iki chiel uhi.

ZO KHAWMPI TOH KISAI THEI TUOHTE

ZSPDB Lamkaite apat thu kimu dan in Zo Khawmpi [ZSP Freshers’ Meet 2007] 2nd October (tentative) a zah diing chi uhi. Tuoleh tam anei abangin sum tuoh diingdan zong bikhietta uhi.

Innkuon (Family) – A: Rs. 1000/-
Innkuon (Family) – B: Rs. 600/-.
Single Employees
1. Rs. 10,000 & above lawte – Rs. 600/-
2. Rs. 5000 – Rs. 10,000 – Rs. 400/-
3. Rs. 5000 & below – Rs. 200/-
4. Students & Unemployed – Rs. 100/-

Mi tawmngaite’n na kot hing kiu panta diing ua, ahuntah a ana pechiet diingin ki singsah chietta vai aw le.

ZOD GENERAL SECETARY UMNA KITUON

General Secretary, ZOD Mr. S. Thangsuonmung te unau Munirka apat in Chirak Delhi lam ah laisimna lemzaw diing deina in kiruonta uh.

DU AH ADMISSION MUTA UH

Delhi University nuoi a under-graduate first cut-off list 26th June ni’n suohkheta a, first cut off list a ZSP member admission mute ahile –

Doulienkhup Jou – BA(P) – Hindu College
Robert Thangmuanpau – B.Com(P)-Khalsa
Hauminlun – B. Com(P) – Dyal Singh
TK Lulun Samte – BA(Geog) – KMC College
Chinhauching – BA (Phil) – Gargi College
Reuben Suantah – B.Com(P)- Ramlal Anand
Khupbawi Suantah – BA(P) – Zakir Hussain
S.Kapsuanthang – B.Com (H) – Dyal Singh
T. Zamminlun – BA (Hist) – Deshbandhu

Tualeh, 2nd Cut-Off list ah Tv. Robert M. Thangminlien in History(H) Dyal Sing ah mu hi. Cut-Off list a mulou te ahile lungkham ding um lou hi, 10th July in North Campus ah 10am in counselling um ding a, tuanah college peding uhi.

B & M. LIB FORM KIHAWMTA

Admission Form: DU nuoi a B. Lib (Bachelor of Library & Information Science) leh M. Lib sinna ding form kihawm panta a, 27th July leh 20th July tan tuah in dangka 70 jel in DU North Campus ah form lahtheiding hi. M.Lib. ahile Entrance test um ding hi.

QUARTER MUTHA UH

Quarter mutha: Nu Chingliensiem w/o Pa Siempi in jong GTB Hosp. geilam ah quarter mutha a, kal masa lam in ana kituonlut ta uhi. Tualeh Pa Nehzamang te’n jong APS Colony lam ah Quarter mu ua, akimkhat kituon lut ua, akimkhat Munirka ahum nalai uhi.

ZOU DIRECTORY

Directory 2007 a ding data kila lel pen form submit nailou tamlou umlai a, koipou in akinthei lam a vaisaite kung a submit ding in ikitheisah uhi. Form submit lou a Directory a namin atuon sih leh koima namawsah theisih ding hi.

OFFICE OF THE
ZOU ORGANIZATION DELHI
97/5, Krishna Nagar, Safdurjung Enclave, New Delhi – 110 029

NGETNA LEH THEISAHNA
(Dated New Delhi the 30th June, 2007)

Khovel khantou tawh kituah in, India phuolpi Delhi mun ah Zou tate tamkuom ki umta hi. Central Govt. nuoi a sem, private a sem, sangnaupang leh kaam (job) sui agawm in mi 400 vel Delhi leh NCR (National Capital Region) ah ki umthei ta hi. Kum teng in mising kibelap jel a, asiem-apil-a mawl, ahoi-asia zong ki um hi. Inndet-loudet neilou akihiman in shini-manni, nopni-dahni in hahsatna tuom tuom kituohjel hi. Tambang a hahsatna te leh Zou tate kikeptup na ding in kum 2003 in Delhi mun a Zoutate kihoukhawm in Zou Organization Delhi (ZOD) ana kiphutkhe ta hi. Zou Organization Delhi ahile welfare body ahia, non-governmental, non-political leh non-religious body ahi. Nopni-dahni a panlahkhawm nading leh khat-le-khat kipanpituo na ding a dingkhie ahi. Tualeh, Delhi/NCR sung a Zou tate kivaipuohna sangpen(apex Body) ahia, koizong Zouta umdan kilawmlou, nam minsietna tuntu te tung ah hoi asahbang leh nam kepbitna ding a pha asahbang in vai ahawm thei jing hi.

Koi jong Delhi/NCR a hing tungte ahing tun ni apat Ha 2 (two Months) sung a ZOD a registration akibawl sih leh genthei-hahsat atuohni in ZOD in maw apawsih ding a, nu-le-pa te’n Delhi a imi-isa te koima na mawsah thei sih ding uhi. Tuajieh in natu-nata te Delhi/NCR a um ding a nahing sawl leh ZOD a kitheisah ding in thuhilna hoitah tawh hing hakhe jel ta un. Tualeh, Delhi/NCR a um a, umdan kilawmlou a natu-nata a umle ZOD in pha asah bang in atung ah vai ahawm ding hi. Koi zong Nule-pa, Pi-le-pu te’n Delhi/NCR a um natu-nata te hindan theinop-kupnop nanei leh bangchihlai pou in ZOD lamkai te nakihoupi thei jing ding hi. A tawpna ah, natu-nata innmun a nakepjoulou; umdan kilawmlou a um, khamthei-guithei chiing(Drug Addicts) te Delhi/NCR a hing sawl mawh lou ding in ikingen in ikitheisah ua, na hing sawl teitei a genthei hahsat atuoh leh ZOD in pha asah bang in atung ah vai ahawm ding hi..

ZOD in nampi damnading leh khantouna ding a panla tawntung ahia, Delhi NCR aum Zou tate khantouna ding leh kipumkhat na ding in theitawp in pan la jing hi.

Issued By:
Publicity Wing,
Zou Organization Delhi, New Delhi

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ZOD/ZSP IN PU HANGKHANPAO VAIDAWNNA NEI

Zaanni Sepkiani July 10, 2007 ni’n ZOD Office, Safdarjung ah nitalang nai 06:30 apan Pu Hangkhanpao, Ex. President UZO leh MLA vaidawnna leh kipapina vaiguon leh annzaluina thupitah in ki nei hi. Tuona mipi tamkuomtah kipeikhawm in, vaiguon lawching mama hi.

Pu T. Zamlunmang Zo in hunkem in Nu Chiinneikhum in hunpat thumna nei hi. ZSPDB Secretary, Mr. M. Soilienmang in mipi hingpeikhawm tengteng pulahna nei a, tuozaw in Nupawlte’n Zo puondum awsahna nei uhi. ZOD President Pu Haulienkap in Lungdampina leh ZOD tup-le-ngiimte tomkim a talatna nei in ZOD kiphunasan Nopni-dani’a ki uop a, apoimawna bang a i nam sung enkol dia panla ahidan gen hi. Tuozaw in ZSP Vice President Mr. S/ Thangsuonmung Zou apat in ZSPDB activities leh akip akawi chi umlou in ZSP nasepte ngaikhiet ahikia hi.

Mipi hng peikhawm: Nu Man, Pu S. K. Mung, Tv. M. Lalmuonlien Zou, Pu Khakhai Zou, Tv. Thanglunmang Mate, Tv. Kamlienlal leh adangte apat thugenna leh MLA inei uh ahoidan, tuoleh MLA pun i nam sunga khentuom paituom nei lou a na ahing sep touzeel a lam etdan uh taangpi ngaikhietna aban ban in ki nei hi.

Tuozaw in Rev. G. K. Joshua in Psalm 28:9 na tungtawn in hasot thugenna nei in MLA pu Pasian mai a khupdin pen a lu tunga khut ngam in vangpiehna leh thumsahna nei hi.

Tamteng zaw in Pu T. Hangkhanpao in thugenna tam bang in nei hi.

01. Tuni’a tambang kipahpina leh noutawina vaiguon nang siem ban uah annkuong luina na’ng neipi uh ka ngaisut chiengin kei tanguollou ahiman in kakipah na asang dieh hi.

02. Delhi ka’ng hawna san ahileh I zogam sung hoina diing toh kisai a hing haw kahi. PWD hilou a BRote’n i Zogam lamlien enkol uleh chi deina toh thuchien kan a hing haw kahi.

03. Chandel MLA kahi lai in Delhi ah khatvei vaidawnna ang nabawl ua, tuni aniveina ahita hi. Lungdam mamam ing ei.

04. A neulai a gentheitah a a lai anasimdan leh mittawte bang mai a Delhi khopi a laisim di’a ana kuon dan, agenthei dan leh Delhi khopi atun a mun-le-muol theilou pi hinanleh ana gamtatdante tomkim in agen hi.

05. Tupna lien nei nahi uleh nouma tanga di’n thugen sih unlen, nami na sa ua di’a representative hidan a ki ngai sut in thungen in laisim leh uchin lawchinna na ngah diing uhi chi hi.

06. A genzeelna ah, politics a a’ng luutna root cause ahileh Chandel a eimi leh Nagate hing kibuoizieh hi taangpi in agen hi. Naga leh Kuki kibuoi Zoute a lang bai a um, ginmaw a um, Sugnu ki tung ngam lou, tuo ahi tah chiengin alampi hing kingaisut in politics ah kahing ki involve khata hi achi hi.

07. UZO President kahilai in Politics oriented leader a’ng kichi hi, ke’n zong dih kasahna chieng a um thousam hi. Nampi leader hidiing in alienzaw sem tuona toh hingai hi. Eima sung mai a sep thei lu, I nampi’n a poimaw tampi a um hi. MLA kahi zangin UZO constitution ka kalna a um sih hi, MLA kakaini’n UZO President hina apat ka ki resign pai a UZOte deina bang in ka gam taang hi.

08. Zou Nampi’n MLA i poimaw ua, term ni vel i nei lou sung un a ngui in i nguui gamsieng uhi. MLA i neilou uh ahoilouna khat ahileh ZDV i neilawh uhi. MLA i neizaw lou ziehua ZVD hing pieng ahi. UZO President kahi lai in nam ngainatna toh koimaw theipi lou in kana si dihdih hi. Akilawmlou pi court bang kana kai thithe hi. Tuote pen nam a di’a ka sep ahiman in kipana’n ka la zaw bou hi.

09. Tutung MLA Election pen i nampi’n akipang hi. USA, Shillong, Bangalore, Delhi, Mizoram leh mun tuomtuom pat panpina leh hasotna laithotte kana mu suoh kei hi. Tuote thamlou in i Zou kho chin ah sing-le-suong, bu-le-baal khop seng lou pin agawtah den hi. I nam in MLA ing nei apat in akiliip a, iki thanuomsuo chiet uhi. Kei zong katha thousah mama hi.

10. Tuni chiengin mite’n i Zo hina ang deigaw ua, zong a’ng lasah nuom phielta uhi. Zoute Zo iki chilou leh koite Zo kichita diing, bangdi’a Zomi movement a Zoute kihallou a um thei di ihiei. Zoute’n pan ilahlou leh Zomi movement lawching thei lou diing hi. I nam min zong under threat a um ahi chinuom phiel kahi. Laisiemte’n ngaidan giltahtah hing sung zel un, UZO ah vaihawmna a um chieng bang in Dlhi lam, Mizoram lam, Shillong, Bangalore lam a i laisiemte ngaidan bang kichi theita leh ut huoi kasa hi. Noute hing hapan leh uchin, nangaidan giltahtahte uh hing kihat hun hing um tham diing ahi.

11. Poi kasah mama khat ahileh UZO President Election i nei chiengun laisiem pipi, sepna hoi muzou dite [laisiemte ahoisih kachina hilou in] hing teet ua, a chingzawlou chiengun lamkaite gensie in apang zeel uhi. Tuopen poi kasa mama hi.

12. ZOD pen UZO ah affiliate bawl un zong kachi ngam sih a, hinanleh kang gennuom pen ahileh UZO pen i nampi vaihawmna saangpen ahi chi hing manghil sih unlen, UZo in a thu ngaisutte pen mimal ngaidan hilou in i nam sung hausa leh intellectualte ki consult zaw chieng a nasem pan ahidan thei gige leh uchin chi hing gen nuom kahi.

13. I nam sunga zil tha di’a hoi kasah khat ahileh mi dangte mai a I dih louna hileh zong dup chitangma a ki gup a hinanleh eima sunga a bawl khiel penpen phaw chi tangma a kiphaw di chipen zil thei in zui thei lei dei huoi kasa hi.

14. Pasian in I ma hing pui hi. MLA I hing ching uleh nidang a nasep di bawldi ana kikhahtante zong ahing ki hong huoi huoi a, tu’n mit a muthei in I gam sungah khantouna hing um panta hi. Lamka apat Singngat pen hun tonlou a kaal sunga kimuthai thei diing dinmun in umta hi.

15. Pu Thangso Baite MLA ahisung in I gam sunga guolzawlna hing tung diingte toh ana ki apmai hi. Behieng lam a solar lamp diing teng zong apei mang dildel hi. Ka biel a di solar lamp kava nget lai in nang bielpen akipekim ahita hi chi’n hing ki dawng hieu hi. A theisiemte a di’n puonat ahuoi thei mama hi.

16. ISA, IPS leh laivuonna lienpipite a lungluutna nanei tahtah uleh nei kikuppi ngam diing uh ahi. I nampi a di’a na I sep diing uh ahi. IAS zou khat in ama angsung mai akho leh pen lawching ngai lou diing hi. I nam leh gam a di’a IAS nahileh vang laching teitei ding nahi.

17. Zo minphatna diing pen Zou ham zangte khut mama ah ki nga hi. Zou ham zangte’n ma I pat lu uleh Zomi pen pallun ngei lou diing hi. Zou kahi kichi pen I kiletsah pi diing uh ahi. Ni dang a Zou kahi kichi diing zong kizumpite pen tuni chiengin Zou kahi iki chi leh mite’n hing ngaisangta uhi. Zomi sunga Zou kichite pen akilang pen leh a hapan pen a I pan diing uh ahi.

18. UZO, ZYO leh ZSP Hqrs. Ahileh Zou chi ngen in akihengta hi. Ahi dingma zong ahi, Govt. in a’ng recognisedna zong Zou ma ahi. Tuoziehin Zou ma I pan san diing uh ahi. Delhi ZSPte’n Hqtr. Apat lai nu uleh mulou uh vang thei sing, hinanleh I mumpi in abawl pen a ka hiengte’n zong zui pen poimaw mama hi.

19. Atawpna diing ah, ZOD or ZSP in poimawhna na nei chieng in hing houpi pou leh uchin I Nampi a di’a ka bawl thei tan a pang diing a masa gige kahi. Ki thuzah tuo zeel vai chi’n ZOD leh ZSP panpina’n dang tamkuomtah pieh in ahun zawna bawl hi.

Tamteng zaw in Pu Zamlunmang in Kalaisai samna nei a, Nu Ngaineiching in thumna toh hunkhah in annkuong luina nei ahita hi.

2007 ZSP MERITORIOUS AWARDS DECLARED

Pu (L) Rev. T. Doupu Award – [Class X Topper in Zou (MIL)] goes to M. Hauminthang s/o M. Zamkholam of D. Phailien, Churachandpur. Mark 100 lah a 91 mu hi.

Pu (L) Thangkhanlal, Ex-President, UZO Award [Class X Topper among the ZSP] goes to Judy Hatsienchiin d/o Upa Ginzadong of Zomi Colony, Lamka. Total mark 600 lah a 482 mu in ZSP member tan X zoute lah a sang pen in pang hi.

Ka Pu Saipu Award [Class XI Topper in Zou MIL] goes to T. Kimngailun d/o T. Gouzalal of Tuibuong, Lamka. Total mark 100 lah a 88 mu hi. (Tam Kapu Saipu Award ahileh ZSP member sunga Zo Lai ngaisahna tu saanga sangzaw leh hoizaw a a’ng khanlet diing deina in Pu John Mangpite innkuon in a Pu uh thei zingna di’a a bawl uh ahi).

Tam hunzahna ah Pu. T. Hangkhanpau, Hon’ble MLA Singngat A/C in Chief guest hina toh uap hi.

Last Year Winners

(L) Rev. T. Doupu Memorial Award + Citation + Rs. 2000 (1st Div. & Highest mark in Zou MIL) was awarded to Ms. Kimdeiching d/o Tualzalam, Simveng.

(L) Pu Thangkhanlal Meritorious Award + Citation + Rs. 2000 (Zou’s HSLC topper) was awarded to Gouminlun s/o (L) Pu Sialchinlien, Singngat

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YOUTH SEMINAR

ZCFD Youth Department in ha khat a Pasiannii ngavei umnate a Fellowship anei zel bang un, ahing tung diing July 29 chieng in zong Youth Fellowhship um diing hi. Tuonah hun dang banglou in Seminar huoise tah nei in um diing hi. India a FCMG company lienpen, “Hindustan Lever Limited” a Corporate Affairs Manager, Pu Biaklun Shoute in huoisetah in “How to lead a successful & Motivated life” chi thupi a zang in Zomite a di’a poimaw sil tuomtuom sangnaupangte leh nu-le-pate thuhilna nei diing hi. A nuom tapou a di’n kot kizong hi. Tuobang thugen ngaichiet diing in iki deisah ua, michin telkim chiet diing in iki chiel uhi.

ZO KHAWMPI TOH KISAI THEI TUOHTE

ZSPDB Lamkaite apat thu kimu dan in Zo Khawmpi [ZSP Freshers’ Meet 2007] 2nd October (tentative) a zah diing chi uhi. Tuoleh tam anei abangin sum tuoh diingdan zong bikhietta uhi.

Innkuon (Family) – A: Rs. 1000/-
Innkuon (Family) – B: Rs. 600/-.
Single Employees
1. Rs. 10,000 & above lawte – Rs. 600/-
2. Rs. 5000 – Rs. 10,000 – Rs. 400/-
3. Rs. 5000 & below – Rs. 200/-
4. Students & Unemployed – Rs. 100/-

Mi tawmngaite’n na kot hing kiu panta diing ua, ahuntah a ana pechiet diingin ki singsah chietta vai aw le.

ZOD GENERAL SECETARY UMNA KITUON

General Secretary, ZOD Mr. S. Thangsuonmung te unau Munirka apat in Chirak Delhi lam ah laisimna lemzaw diing deina in kiruonta uh.

DU AH ADMISSION MUTA UH

Delhi University nuoi a under-graduate first cut-off list 26th June ni’n suohkheta a, first cut off list a ZSP member admission mute ahile –

Doulienkhup Jou – BA(P) – Hindu College
Robert Thangmuanpau – B.Com(P)-Khalsa
Hauminlun – B. Com(P) – Dyal Singh
TK Lulun Samte – BA(Geog) – KMC College
Chinhauching – BA (Phil) – Gargi College
Reuben Suantah – B.Com(P)- Ramlal Anand
Khupbawi Suantah – BA(P) – Zakir Hussain
S.Kapsuanthang – B.Com (H) – Dyal Singh
T. Zamminlun – BA (Hist) – Deshbandhu

Tualeh, 2nd Cut-Off list ah Tv. Robert M. Thangminlien in History(H) Dyal Sing ah mu hi. Cut-Off list a mulou te ahile lungkham ding um lou hi, 10th July in North Campus ah 10am in counselling um ding a, tuanah college peding uhi.

B & M. LIB FORM KIHAWMTA

Admission Form: DU nuoi a B. Lib (Bachelor of Library & Information Science) leh M. Lib sinna ding form kihawm panta a, 27th July leh 20th July tan tuah in dangka 70 jel in DU North Campus ah form lahtheiding hi. M.Lib. ahile Entrance test um ding hi.

QUARTER MUTHA UH

Quarter mutha: Nu Chingliensiem w/o Pa Siempi in jong GTB Hosp. geilam ah quarter mutha a, kal masa lam in ana kituonlut ta uhi. Tualeh Pa Nehzamang te’n jong APS Colony lam ah Quarter mu ua, akimkhat kituon lut ua, akimkhat Munirka ahum nalai uhi.

ZOU DIRECTORY

Directory 2007 a ding data kila lel pen form submit nailou tamlou umlai a, koipou in akinthei lam a vaisaite kung a submit ding in ikitheisah uhi. Form submit lou a Directory a namin atuon sih leh koima namawsah theisih ding hi.

OFFICE OF THE
ZOU ORGANIZATION DELHI
97/5, Krishna Nagar, Safdurjung Enclave, New Delhi – 110 029

NGETNA LEH THEISAHNA
(Dated New Delhi the 30th June, 2007)

Khovel khantou tawh kituah in, India phuolpi Delhi mun ah Zou tate tamkuom ki umta hi. Central Govt. nuoi a sem, private a sem, sangnaupang leh kaam (job) sui agawm in mi 400 vel Delhi leh NCR (National Capital Region) ah ki umthei ta hi. Kum teng in mising kibelap jel a, asiem-apil-a mawl, ahoi-asia zong ki um hi. Inndet-loudet neilou akihiman in shini-manni, nopni-dahni in hahsatna tuom tuom kituohjel hi. Tambang a hahsatna te leh Zou tate kikeptup na ding in kum 2003 in Delhi mun a Zoutate kihoukhawm in Zou Organization Delhi (ZOD) ana kiphutkhe ta hi. Zou Organization Delhi ahile welfare body ahia, non-governmental, non-political leh non-religious body ahi. Nopni-dahni a panlahkhawm nading leh khat-le-khat kipanpituo na ding a dingkhie ahi. Tualeh, Delhi/NCR sung a Zou tate kivaipuohna sangpen(apex Body) ahia, koizong Zouta umdan kilawmlou, nam minsietna tuntu te tung ah hoi asahbang leh nam kepbitna ding a pha asahbang in vai ahawm thei jing hi.

Koi jong Delhi/NCR a hing tungte ahing tun ni apat Ha 2 (two Months) sung a ZOD a registration akibawl sih leh genthei-hahsat atuohni in ZOD in maw apawsih ding a, nu-le-pa te’n Delhi a imi-isa te koima na mawsah thei sih ding uhi. Tuajieh in natu-nata te Delhi/NCR a um ding a nahing sawl leh ZOD a kitheisah ding in thuhilna hoitah tawh hing hakhe jel ta un. Tualeh, Delhi/NCR a um a, umdan kilawmlou a natu-nata a umle ZOD in pha asah bang in atung ah vai ahawm ding hi. Koi zong Nule-pa, Pi-le-pu te’n Delhi/NCR a um natu-nata te hindan theinop-kupnop nanei leh bangchihlai pou in ZOD lamkai te nakihoupi thei jing ding hi. A tawpna ah, natu-nata innmun a nakepjoulou; umdan kilawmlou a um, khamthei-guithei chiing(Drug Addicts) te Delhi/NCR a hing sawl mawh lou ding in ikingen in ikitheisah ua, na hing sawl teitei a genthei hahsat atuoh leh ZOD in pha asah bang in atung ah vai ahawm ding hi..

ZOD in nampi damnading leh khantouna ding a panla tawntung ahia, Delhi NCR aum Zou tate khantouna ding leh kipumkhat na ding in theitawp in pan la jing hi.

Issued By:
Publicity Wing,
Zou Organization Delhi, New Delhi

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Moreh Situation – A Wake Up Call v


By: RS Jassal

Moreh incident of 09 June 2007 in which 11 precious lives have been lost has many stories to tell. Irrespective of with what prudence the state administration, politicians & SFs may prophess to pass it off as another incident as ‘just happened’, the implications are serious and not heading for a solution but collision to collusion . And most of the civil societies boasting in one breath with slogan lobbying for integrity and in actuality igniting the undercurrent toiling for creating the confused chaos . Regionally societies have been channelized to sit this side or that side of the fencing because of armed groups and many are sitting on the fencing to act and react according to the situation. This is a clear cut fall out of domineering tactics adopted by each & but two prominent communities in Moreh, adoption of cold strategies , actives moves in one up – ship for the past 40 years that situation has shaped so sluggish , putting up lives in Moreh township at peril and what to speak of hardship of villagers in remote localities. Prior to independence of India, these two communities who were living in peace complementing each other’s security, are now well armed not to protect their community but with venom of destroying each other’s lebensraum too .

As an analyst, I will be failing in my thoughts in all humility if I do not appreciate the excellent handling of the unfortunate events in the sagacious action of the CM in issuing a political statement that there would be no back lash, enveloping action of the DGP and his energetic Kuki / Meitei police officer’s and the constraints under which 24 Assam Rifles played the role in containing the murderous act of both Kuki and Meitei insurgents in such a riotous like situation created in spring – hit – hide action is all too praise worthy. This may perhaps be the reason why casualties on UG have been nil and poor helpless civilian paid the cost. Then followed media war, both the UG groups trying to get sympathies and love of the people claiming fairness in conducting such forced operation by both side, in the general interest of Manipur in a sense hill & valley to manage their own affairs and not to interfere in each other’s lands (media news refers). It has caused a serious damage to the centuries old ONE – NESS of the communities. It will keep on simmering if the UG apex leadership intelligentsia of Manipur and store house of higher portals of learning’s in Manipur University do not give a deep thinking to neutralise these grave negativities cracking relationship between various communities and some where intra community too . As is sufficiently clear, amongst Kukis KSO / KNA conglomerate of eight organizations are for creation of Zelangan which involves territories from Myanmar Bangladesh in addition to area under occupation in Manipur adjacent to IB. The other groups not covered in this stand for creation of Sadar Hill as a revenue district within the Constitution NSCN (K) for complete sovereignty with area NW Myanmar and Manipur Assam Arunachal duly amalgamated &NSCN (IM) for Nagalim with areas from Indian state as aforesaid by adding a special clause in the Constitution. UNLF addition to 100 % integrity status ‘as it is’ has also been keen for working up –borders to shape a bigger nation in the world under or in conjunction with Indo-Myanmar Revolutionary Front for which RJC stands formed . In addition another dimension is added by various smaller groups of UGs working for stronger UG groups for each community resultant to network of never ending new nomenclatures. One fails to follow the mission which has split into missions. How RJC (Revolutionary Joint Committee) can function without participation of Meitei – Nagas –Kuki – Pangal Muslims Tripuris – Maghalayan – Arunachalie &the Assamese insurgent groups. This entire hum-bag has given birth to common cause i.e. EXTORTIONS of various style and description i.e., kidnapping, ransoms, rapes, flagrant use of IEDs & thwarting state politics through elections. One wonder which way solution will come. Now come to the murk we have landed in going back to Moreh.

It is a fact (through not known to all ) but to the policy makers (SOG) headed by CS that town responsibility for keeping clear of UGs presences was entrusted to IRB , keeping IB clear of UG infiltration / ex filtration with the Assam Rifles , yet built up bunkers for firing by the UG were detected in the town (media news refer ) . How come State with district intelligence system failed to fore see? It needs seriously going in to from security point of view. Imagine what would have been the fate of Assam Rifles if any one of either community (out of 11) would have been killed by their bullet (s)??? Again charge of acting in partisanship against a particular group as was said in papers by UNLF about AR assisting KNA in their operations knowing fully well that this particular group is in signed commitment to suspension of operation with the armed forces of Union of India (through same not officially accepted by the Govt. of Manipur) . Through the last few reports in the media, one learns unit lost one JCO and a few OR on IB duty and absorbed attack, into their living lines by the IEDs/ lethod bombs. In any case without deviating from the real topic of unfortunate Moreh the aim of the write up is not to blame or absolve any agency of their short comings, who are working under heavy odds to deal with insurgent BUT to open a window for observers what is the real CAUSE which is keeping the innocent people on their toes. Is it for independence, or control over Moreh –Tamu trade/economy or domination of territories by either community &so on for political hegemony?

The poser of independence need not much discussion as is evident from the preceding paras that everyone is already independent. Control of trade commerce otherwise called taxes is an old phenomena right from pre independence period imposed by monarchial Govt. & bigger communities over smaller one who settled there by consent and permission of local authorities. After independence NNC / NFG used to collect voluntary or participatory taxes with proper recognition &respect to the people (mixed communities) without hurting their psyche. It took ‘u’ turn when NSCN (IM) started imposing Rs.500 per house as tax & increase of tax on village (S) of a particular tribe (say Kuki) settled in Naga area & so on this prompted UNLF to come forward & ousted NSCN control and a shift in rift commenced taking shape of territorial domineering . This roped in varies UG groups to play the commercial card and got stuck finally to extortions.

What is the solution? The territory of today’s Manipur is not creation of Aladdin lamp. It is a result of progressive historical events Kukis,Hamrs, Naga played equally important role in destroying the hegemony of Ava to the finish with the help of the British & British enjoyed the fruits of consolidation of area by giving boundaries to the state of Manipur . No historian is willing to bell the cat that inter community battle (S) were ever fought. Since India is independent, sovereign so every tribe/ community is boasting that they were never conquered by the British and the British left the area to be divided into two spheric nations called India & Pakistan. If this fact is admitted our history books can be modified accordingly to adjust our national bearings. It is no exaggeration if I say there is no Manipur without hills & there is no peace if some egoist leaders do not shed their egos. Imagine the gap widening between rich and the poor. Valley getting congested, arable lands getting converted into high flown building and with Govt Deptt, water masses drying up and tribalism enveloping valley because of constitutional provision. Isn’t it sufficient for all of us to rise to the situation & ask for parliamentary intervention to consider a wise NE Act with human face where indigenous people hills & valley can enjoy equal opportunities with economic criteria as base?

In fine, let there be unilateral suspension of operation declared by Govt. of India with all groups & offenders dealt with NSA under law &order prospects. KSO/ KNA CF/Suspension of operation is defective unless UNLF is also brought under similar agreement. Peace with SF does not mean freedom of fear from SFs operations &bold action against UNLF, hence suspension of operation be with all the groups in a meaningful manner. Peace camps be designated. There are very encouraging number of families grown out of inter marriages, hence equal land laws can be instituted under economic criteria. Assam Rifles have 25-30 % of troops from NE in each battalion, hence to dub AR siding with any particular tribe /community will be drawing wild goose guess as no commander can command his troops so composed by playing one tribe/community against the other. I am saying so with my personal experience of 35 year service in the AR. It is not easy task to command a composite group of troops in counter insurgency areas like it is today. Let the intelligentsia prevail on the Govt. To go more transparent & dispel the means to achieve peace & understanding. If MCA project, can be completed without money falling into the kitty of UG, why not BADF be spent by the administration through Sfs as per ruling by the GOI to ensure visible development of the border’s & interiors and make people proud of Govt. & the SFs .

If may be worthwhile to mention about the diminishing commercial status of Moreh. There stands a well organized marketing trading centre at Namphalong / Tamu. Compare it to our side. Moreh thrived in business when it was not liberalized .it was the only centre where Kuki, Mizo, Nepali, Punjabis, Southees and Muslims all were found working unison. Take the incident 9/6.We closed business for 2-3 days. Other side took 25 days to reopen. Thailand authorities visited Falam, Champai (Mizoram) and is reported to have visited Moreh too as a team with Mizoram official(s) & appears to be considering arrangements to divert their trading activity through Mizoram as Zoramthanga an experienced MNF leader both while UG and now enlightened & visionary CM is willing to offer relaxed border without tension. Naturally trader would like to invest where firstly his/her life is safe, secondly, where business return are higher. After relaxation of trade regulation at Moreh let our economist give us the figure, who gained more – not we other than ‘look East epithet’ but the South East Asian Countries. Now our cosmopolitan face of Moreh is lost and business over skeletons can never thrive. Traditional business community other than Kukis have left Cosmopolitan character of Moreh has been assassinated. It is therefore earnestly hoped that wisdom draws on people ‘who matter’ to sink their myopic differences on ‘uncontrollable controls’ of domineering and declare peace amongst themselves first than accuse the SFs and the GOI to enable trade flourish, GOI also need to handle gauntlet of dissent amongst ethnicities and declare Parliamentary decision that Manipur will not break & IB will be fenced through some appropriate legislation and put up a shopping centre under one roof and shops allotted to all communities proportionately as thought wise. MR/IRB is having all communities’ soldiers on their roll. So is in Assam Rifles, which I understand from AR authorities that MHA has considered raising % age to 60. Immediate requirement is let KSO/UNLF leadership shake hands and declare peace to provide breather o Govt. Of Manipur to enable them start peace process. It will be foolish to take shelter of adag “today is your turn on sacrificial slot tomorrow will be his and the time when my turn comes , there will be no body left and I will rule the roost ” Such wishful thinking & deep obsession with past history will lead us nowhere.

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Manipur, sports and investment: The fundamental issues now

By Amar Yumnam

Sports in Manipur is a culture; it is deep rooted and inherent in the character of everyone. While only research can establish what makes Manipur so good in sports, I have a hunch that our basic arrogant nature might be a contributing factor in the tussle for dominance. Whatever the case, Manipur’s power of sports is now appreciated and loved by all around the globe. It is exactly this which makes the general responsibility of Manipur much more critical now than ever before.

New Minister’s Enthusiasm: In order to maintain our national dominance and enhance our international presence, Manipur needs a ever fresher effort and endeavour. In this context the enthusiasm of the new minister in charge of sports is appreciated. His enthusiasm also gives us an opportunity to renew our commitment to fostering sports in our land.

Emotional: In this land where nothing seems to be in proper shape and most of the organisations are in disarray, if one happens to move about the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, one would not be able to help to feel so elated as to shed tears of joy. The complex immediately causes a disbelief as well as a rightful pride. Such facilities can be imagined in rich and developed countries, like the United States of America, but it is a reality in Manipur. The complex is an island of progress, strength and future.

But Much More: Having said all these, I would like to add that we need to give attention to some urgent issues for a sustained basis. We have to keep on working harder, as said above, even to remain in the current position. But the facilities we have created are not something we can create every now and then.

This immediately tells us that we have to maintain and sustain these. Here we must remember the fundamental difference sports facilities have as distinct from others. Unlike others sports facilities are to be maintained while at the same time subjecting them to maximum use. We have to create an atmosphere of invitation for utilisation as well as a spirit of maintenance.

While it is the responsibility of the general public to respond appropriately to the facilities, the main responsibility for maintenance is for the government. I have recent had the fortune of access to the facilities of the complex for a few days early in the morning. While I am absolutely elated at the prevalence of such a complex in our land, I am equally disturbed by the lack of maintenance. The issue of maintenance has three dimensions. First, if we do not maintain on a regular basis, the cost of maintenance at a later date becomes prohibitive. Secondly, if we do not maintain on a regular basis, there is a probability of the facility itself crumbling. Thirdly, if the second becomes a reality, given the fiscal condition of the State, we may not be in a position to create a similar facility.

These being so, it is imperative that we maintain the facility on a constant basis; we have to control the grasses, we have to maintain the concrete structures, we have to maintain the very sports facilities for various disciplines and what not.

But maintenance calls for two inputs, one of expenses and another of manpower. As far as I understand, fiancé is no longer a constraint in the development and maintenance of sports facilities in Manipur. Here we must emphasise that no group of any kind should ever indulge in anything to compromise the quality of sports and sports facilities in the State. The government also needs to prove its power of governance at least in areas concerning sports. One example immediately coming to mind is the non-completion of construction of a shallower swimming pool for learner children reportedly due to various interventions for contract work from various quarters. If this is so, nothing can be more unfortunate than this and nothing can be a better proof of the lack of will for governance in the State.

Besides finance, we need manpower to oversee the facilities and nurture them like own children. We not only need to have adequate manpower to oversee, but also see to it that they have adequate incentives to perform. We should go extra miles if needed in the interest of sports in the State. The appropriate response of the government to the manpower requirements and the commitment of the involved manpower are fundamentally needed now. In my recent exposure to the complex, I was really impressed by the involvement of coaches of different disciplines towards training their wards. I am convinced that other States would find it hard to catch up with us. Having said this, I would like to hasten that there seems to be a divergence between the involvement of some and the return they are getting. One example I am aware of relates to the Swimming Pool where my son had the fortune of access during the recent school break, thanks to the department. The involvement of the coaches is plain wonderful. There was also another person whom I initially thought to be a coach, but turned out to be the care-taker. His involvement in taking care of the facilities and the training of the children made me feel that he must be getting adequate incentives from the employer. But I found out that the opposite was the case, and it really pained me. I must emphasise that he should be appropriately rewarded in the ends of justice and nurturing sports in the State.

In the End: The bottom-line of my argument is that (a) no organisation should act in a way to compromise the quality of sports facilities in the State; (b) the government should respond to the quality of sportspersons in the State through a will for governance and a firm commitment to maintain the facilities created; and (c) the involved manpower should be appropriately and adequately rewarded to sustain our dominance in sports. One more thing: every parent should realise that what the coaches deliver are professional inputs, and nobody whatsoever he may be (including police officers in the swimming pool) should make the deliver process ugly by their unwarranted involvement.

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Should DU have a dress code?


The students want freedom to choose what they wear to college, the authorities have mixed opinions on giving them a free run on this issue…

PALLAVI PASRICHA AND JAYA DRONA

The Times of India

The shopping is over, the clothes have been purchased – DU freshers have already decided what they’re going to wear for the entire first week of college. While some have bought hot tank tops, others have stocked up on harem pants – only the latest will do. Even for their admissions, students came dressed in haute outfits – a trend that has not gone unnoticed by the college authorities, some of whom take upon themselves the role of advising students what proper dressing on the campus is all about, each year. Are things any different this time around?

In Principal, DU’s OK with what students wear

Principal of Gargi College, Meera Ramchandran says, “These students are just out of school and very excited to be out of their uniforms. So, they will freak out for the first few months. But they will definitely settle into jeans and tees after that. However, I have instructed the teachers to take up the topic in class.” But the principal of SRCC, PC Jain has a very different opinion. He doesn’t want a dress code in his college. He says, “One must understand that a college is different from a school. Looking at the way students dress up, one can understand their nature, behaviour and aptitude. University means universal – it’s a liberal centre of learning and we should give ample scope to the students to decide not only their dresses but also matters related to their studies.” Taking a middle stance is SK Arora, principal, Hansraj College. “These things can be dealt at a individual level. If we find a student indecently dressed, he or she can be spoken to by the teachers or by me. There’s no need to pass a law on this issue, and rap everyone on their knuckles unnecessarily.”

‘A dress code’s meaningless’

Ask the students, and they feel such a code is unnecessary. Pallavi Pathania, LSR says, “There is no need for a dress code, we are no longer in school. The authorities should not go overboard about this. Skirts, capris and tight tops are fine I think.” Students don’t want any boundaries to restrict them once they enter the college. Akshaya Shah, Hansraj College says, “I will wear what is comfortable – denim skirts, capris, funky tops with cool messages.” One girl we spoke to says she took admission in the all girls Maitreyi College so that she doesn’t feel any compulsion to wear a certain style of clothes. Saloni Kumari (name changed) says, “A girls’ college allows you to wear what you want. If I wear knee length skirts, at least there won’t be ten guys giving me a once over. Having a dress code is meaningless because we are mature enough to make make up our minds on what to wear to college.”
So, while the students want to dress easy, the authorities want to have their say on the issue. A few days into college will tell where all this is leading. Let’s wait and watch…

Looks like it’s going to be a jeans and top affair

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