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Made in Myanmar

By Barkha Dutt Managing Editor, NDTV 24×7

The images are indelible thousands of red- robed monks, bare-footed and bold, quietly standing up to the armed might of riot policemen and tanks. And then the even starker photograph of a Japanese journalist continuing to film protestors on the run from military guns, even as soldiers pump him with bullets. One look at these pictures and you know you are watching history in the making. Somehow, their rawness and naked honesty make India’s silence on Myanmar seem both loud and brutal.

You wonder how the world’s largest democracy can be so numb and unmoved.

Foreign policy wonks will dismiss the outrage as the sentimental hand-wringing of the liberal elite. We will be told about the several strategic imperatives that drive our relationship with the military junta. And arguably, at a certain time in history, India probably had no other option than to do brisk business with the generals of Yangon.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who went to college in Delhi, was admired and loved, but it was clear that the struggle for democracy was losing steam. China, which had supplied arms and knowhow to Myanmar’s military, had begun to upgrade ports and facilities dangerously close to India. Military alarmists were warning that Indian armies had once marched into China down the Burma Road. How was India so sure that the reverse journey southwards was not a possibility?

And under the new regime, a country that had been a historical haven for Naga militants was now ready to close down training camps and forest hideouts. Besides, India shares a 1,700 km-long border with Myanmar. Realistically, how long could we not talk to another government based on a moral principle?

So, painful as it is, let’s agree that government policies are invariably imbued with pragmatism and cannot afford the purity of ideologies. And let’s rephrase the question — as every global leader of worth condemns the military atrocities in Myanmar, is India’s decision to remain a mute spectator an intelligent, well thought-out policy? Or is the government in danger of misreading the public mood and batting on the wrong side of change?

Poignant and disturbing as the underground stories of the Burmese people are, this cannot only be an academic debate about democracy. In fact, democracy has for long been an excuse used by powerful nations to push their armies into countries where they don’t belong. There’s no better example of that than the ill-fangled American invasion of Iraq. In the name of democracy, President George W. Bush has slapped new sanctions against Myanmar’s military government, accusing the regime of enforcing a “19-year reign of fear”. But his passionate outburst against autocracies and oligarchies was interestingly silent on Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt — all close American allies, all a huge distance from democracy.

Despite the fact that a popular political movement has clearly taken root in Pakistan, Washington’s strategic interests have defined a stubbornly supportive policy when it comes to President Pervez Musharraf. This, even as every major American newspaper and commentator of consequence is warning against the Bush administration’s blind faith in a regime that has an expiry date stamped across it.

Closer home, we may like to boast that our democracy is what elevates us above the grandiose power of China, but the fact is that India’s official relationship with democracy has been full of ambivalence and contradictions. Take Pakistan again — despite all our suspicions and misgivings, and despite Kargil, the Indian establishment and many ordinary Indians were quite willing to be charmed by the smooth-talking General. On my many visits to Pakistan — and this was well before the upheaval — I was always confronted with the same question: why were Indians so taken in by a dictatorial regime? But we genuinely believed that President Musharraf was moderate, tough, innovative about the peace process and, ultimately, our best bet. The dialogue with Pakistan may have broken down a million times but our problem with the General was never that he came into power through an army coup.

It’s not as if we believed that the ‘democratically’ elected leaders who had been pushed into exile were necessarily ‘better’ for India. The Pakistan Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to allow him to contest in uniform means a huge setback for the political uprising against him.

But even so, India’s enthusiasm for his government has been inevitably diminished by the popular mood in Pakistan. We are suddenly looking at Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto with fresh eyes. This is because there comes a time in the history of nations that propels them to the precipice of dramatic change. And other countries, especially those which see themselves as regional leaders, must respond accordingly.

It’s the same principle that we must apply to the military crackdown in Myanmar so that we don’t repeat the mistake we almost made in Nepal.

India’s decision to send Karan Singh to mediate with a despot king who had already been rejected by his own people was hugely controversial and much criticised. Days into the upheaval against the palace, the government’s official position remained that the constitutional monarchy and multi-party democracy were the “two pillars of Nepali polity”. When we finally decided to put our weight behind the forces of change, it looked like a belated response, instead of the firm stand by a country willing to lead.

Of course, there is nothing to indicate a sudden or dramatic turn in Myanmar yet. But the Buddhist clergy is deeply respected across every divide among the Burmese people. This time it may be a rise in fuel prices that transformed their serenity into anger and actually pulled them out from the monasteries on to the streets. But the very visible protests beamed across the entire world have stripped the Burmese generals of the last layer of legitimacy. It’s clear from the continuing street protests that this time the seeds of dissent may have been sown much deeper than the military estimates.
Change, whenever it comes and it could still take years is now an inevitability in Yangon. India has to decide which side it will be on for the day that the monks come marching in.

(Barkha Dutt is Managing Editor, NDTV 24×7)

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ZOKHOPI | ZOGAM NEWS

HIV/AIDS Helpline in Lamka

HIV/AIDS tungtang haksatna leh dotnop neite adi’n landline phone hiam WLL khat zawsam tungtawn in telephone No. 1097 (toll free) in Women Dev Society pawl contact theih a, amau panpih ngaite lampi kawkmuh sek uhi.

Sungkhoh tam

Lamka, 29 Sep 2007: District Hospital a Medical Ward ah tulai a damlou omte laka a tamzaw sungkhoh ziak hi a, kuapeuh nek-le-dawn thil a pilvang ding leh tui dawn ding himhim suansousa kia dawn poimoh chi’n doctor te’n gen uhi.

ZRF pawlin thusuah bawl

Ngaihkim Zomi, i/c Info & Public Relations, ZRF in thusuah a balw dungzui in ZRF sunga kitheihsiamlouhna neuchikte ziakin PS Hangshing, C-in-C, ni tamlou sung pawldangte operational area a om sungin ZRF in KNO pawtsan chi a thusuah omte amah theihpih hilou ahihziak in zuauthu hizaw a taklang in ZRF in KNO Pawtsan in pawldang zomlou a, ZRF pen KNO armed wing laka khat hizaw chi’n puang uhi. Hun paisa a kitheihsiamlouhna neuchikte ziaka ZRf cadre kik nailoute leng Oct 5, 2007 tan a ZRF GHQ a ki report dingin theisak a, malam hun ah pawlpi musit leh masawnna ding daltu peuhmah ZRF dan tawh kithuakin pawlpi lampi apan hepkhiak hiding chi’n leng puang hi.

Electric Transformer kangsia bawl hoih uh

District hospital a electric meivak lakna Churachandpur Govt College huansung a Transformer om Aug 2007 tawpkuan a kangsia a department te’n bawlhoih dingin Sep 2, 2007 in lakhia uh a, Sep 25, 2007 in repairing zou in thuah uh a, huaini pumpi charging bawl in Sep 26, 2007 in huai transformer in ngeina bang in electric meivak supply nawnta hi. Transformer kha 1 val a siat sungin District Hospital a doctor te’n damloute operation a bawl chiang un sunni tum in generator a zatsek uh ngai hi.

CDSU in District a ding K Oil tungtang thusuah

Churachandpur District in khateng a SK Oil a ngah ding monthly quota tutan hongtunglouh ziak thildang hilou in phaijang helte pawlkhat kigolh ziak hi’n Gen Secy, Churachandpur District Students’ Union (CDSU) in thusuah hi. CDSU in mipi khualna a PDS system a buaipih lai ua hiaibang a hihbuai pawlin mipi vantang genthei taka khosate muhding thila a kigolh uh tawsan dia ngen in district ading SK Oil quota a kintehi lama puakkhiak ahih deihthu leng puang uhi. Hiai banga mipi in a ngah ding thila kigolhte’n Churachandpur District mipite tanvou hihsiatsak sawm a koih hiding uh a, CDSU huchibang thil ah dai dide in omlou ding chihthu leng puang uhi.

Rev Douzapao Memorial Trust

Evangelical College of Theology (ECT) a faculty leh student pawl kigawm in ECT akai student dinmun haksa deuhte khualna in ECCI General Secy a letlai a si “Rev Dr Douzapao Haokip Memorial Trust” patkhiak sawm uh a, Oct 2, 2007 zinglam dak 11 in ECCI Chapel ah huai honna leh mini-concert kithuah omding. Huai ah Elder LS Gangte, Chairman, ECCI in huai Memorial Trust project hong ding a, Rev Lalrosiem Songate, General Director in thugen ding hi. ECT Choir, Femal Voice, Jeff Akai, Calvary Bandh, Male voice, Rengneithang Kom, leh Michael Thangboi Haokip in mini-concert hun ah phatna la sading uhi.

KSO GHQ Election hunding puang

Secretary KSO Gen HQ a Standing Committee in Oct 27, 2007 in KSO Gen HQ vaipaw ding telna election omding hi’n puang hi. Candidate nuamte adi’n Oct 20, 2007 tan nomination fee Rs. 100 tel in nomination paper piaklut theih ding a, Oct 22, 2007 in candidate kizukkik nuamte adi’n hun hon hiding a, Oct 23, 2007 in scrutiny omding hi. Huai thusuak dungzui in KSO Gen HQ a Executive thak telma in President P Simte in Care taker President hihna lentou ding a, Onkholun Haokip, Chairman, STC a khawltak ziakin Henkholun Doungel in Chairman, STC leh Lhunkhothang Haokip, in Secy STC len ding a guan hi uhi.

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ATSUM caucus calls for white paper on edn in hill areas | 450 more fake appointments in dept. | Violation of reproductive rights in Manipur

ATSUM caucus calls for white paper on edn in hill areas
By : Newmai News Network 9/29/2007 2:08:10 AM

Imphal, Sept 28: The All Tribal Students Union, Manipur (ATSUM) sponsored Caucus 2007 under the theme, “One Day Academic Session on Manipur Tribals: Today and Tomorrow” was successfully held on September 27 at Kuki Inn, Imphal, according to the ATSUM Information and Publicity Secretary Joseph R.Hmar. The ATSUM leader claimed that more than 300 delegates from all federal units, Manipur University, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), MIT, etc turned up for the programme.

Joseph R.Hmar further stated that besides an extensive seminar paper presented by Prof.Gangmumei Kamei on the topic-Manipur Tribal Areas Administration–Today and Tomorrow, a panel discussion on ‘The State of Tribal Education in Manipur’ was organised during the programme and made some important recommendations during the two sessions of the Caucus 2007

The first point recommendation was on the school education. The recommendation says that Caucus 2007 could not understand how the state government work-out the number of vacancies of teachers in government schools of the hill districts. “We therefore strongly demand that the government give out a ‘white paper’ on the staff position – sanctioned posts, present strength on school wise, district wise and then all hill districts”.

Caucus 2007 strongly suggests the involvement and participation of the local tribal population in the day to day functioning and administration including construction of school buildings and staff quarters in their villages.

It is also suggested that communitization of primary education in the tribal areas as a part of decentralization policy and the local villagers having the power to issue leaf of absence, detain or release the salaries of teachers and further initiate action for further recruitment of new teachers or termination of teachers by the higher authorities.

The seminar expresses with regret that the much publicized Sarva Shikshya Abhiyan (SSA) project is not facilitating education, primary level in particular as anticipated. It is therefore felt that the state government of Manipur reviews the whole scheme with ATSUM caucus calls for white paper on edn in hill areas inputs from inside and outside the government.

Caucus 2007 also strongly reiterates the recommendation of Caucus 2005 that reads, “In view of the government induced decline in the quality of education in the hills of Manipur the certain points have been recommended for the government to take up in order to redeem itself for failing the hill peoples in their right to education which which include opening of one Model Primary School and one Model Junior High School in each of the blocks of every sub-division of hill district. (for administrative and infrastructural requirements/ convenience the two may be clubbed as one in one campus), opening of one Model High-Residential school in each Legislative Assembly Constituency in the hill area of Manipur. These MH-R-schools should be run and funded on the lines of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV), opening of one Model Higher secondary-Residential school in each of the Hill districts. These MHS-R schools should share many key infrastructures and facilities with the High Residential schools or Colleges that already exist in the district headquarters, to save on overheads while getting efficient administration and work. The colleges too should be made into Model Colleges.

This year’s ATSUM sponsored caucus also still strongly felt the need for the government to club together school and college education under one department-Department of school and College Education (DSCE), and then, for effective and meaningful administration/management, bifurcate the new department into Two Separate Services-the Manipur Hills education Service (MHES) and the Manipur Valley Education Service (MVES), whereby both are separate entities having their own education Ministers, own Commissioners, own Directors and Directorates.

On the higher education front it nsists that 33 percent reservation for SC/STs in all appointment, promotion and admission for various courses must be followed in Manipur University for all time to come. it also questions why the circular of the University Grant Commission, which says that, ” a tribal who comes in the merit list shall be treated as general candidate without affecting the tribal quota” is not at all followed.

The caucus suggests the opening up of Post Graduate Courses in all district headquarters of the state or where there are minimums of 10 students for a particular course of study.

It stated that the conversion of Manipur University into Central University, though laudable, is not giving a better and fairer deal for the tribal students and tribal employees of Manipur University, with regard to seats in courses of study or hostel, employments, reservation, etc. “In the light of the above, it is recommended that, the government initiates steps for the establishment of a Hill University, no matter how small, for the specific upliftment and amelioration of the decades long neglected educational needs of the tribals of Manipur,” said the Caucus 2007 recommendation.

Another recommendation of the caucus said, “It has been regretfully noted that the government of Manipur has neglected the upkeep of all 7 (seven) general colleges in the hill areas of Manipur, thereby deliberately denying quality higher education to the tribal population trapped in hilly remoteness”.

The caucus stated that given the circumstances, it recommended that the existing 7 colleges be prepared adequately to form the nucleus of the future Hill University by making them Model Colleges, in the truest sense of the term; Till such time as declaration/up gradation to University status is reached, any future appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff in the government Higher Secondary School and Colleges should be institution specific, so that a teacher appointed to such a post will serve her/his entire service career in that one institution whose advertised post the teacher applied for.

On the Hill Areas Administration the Caucus 2007 welcomes the proposal of the state government for holding election of District Council if there is guarantee that all powers and functions and subject matters given in the Manipur Hill Areas District Council Act of 1971 is enforced and implemented to the fullest.

The Caocus 2007 also stated that land ownership should remain solely with the tribal people and therefore, Forest- a subject so dear to the tribals should also be handed over to the District Council.

It rues the fact that no p[roper policy on Education is define for the District Council and also suggest the handing over all education institutions/schools upto the Jr. High School levels to the District Council.

“Extension of Panchayati Raj institutions in tribal areas in any form is unacceptable as tribals by nature are not suited for such system of administration,” stated the recommendation, adding, “it is painful to note that the Hill Areas Committee which is a constitutional body unlike those committee constituted by the speaker of the state’s Legislative Assembly is not functioning as it was meant for and therefore suggest its strengthening and to the maximum”.
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450 more fake appointments in dept, say outlawed group
By : A Staff Reporter 9/29/2007 2:10:16 AM

IMPHAL, Sept 28: A UDC working in the directorate of education (s), was shot in the leg by cadres of the proscribed Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup, KYKL today for allegedly siphoning off over 50 lakh rupees of public funds.

Arambam Chiranjoy, 55, who was earlier working as cashier in charge of the directorate of education (s), was abandoned after being shot in the leg at Nambol Phoijing late this afternoon, and has been evacuated to Shija Hospital, Langol.

It may be mentioned Chiranjoy, who hails from Uripok Polem Leikai, had been abducted back on September 10 last by some unidentified armed youths.

Producing Chiranjoy before mediapersons somewhere in the Imphal valley prior to the shooting today, a spokesperson of the KYKL ONK said Chiranjoy was found to have siphoned off a total amount of Rs. 53,06,246 sanctioned under PMGY and ACA for construction and repair of school buildings etc by manipulating bills and account books.

Giving instances, the spokesperson said under bill no. 420-23/03/06, whereas the actual amount was Rs 92,45,579, it was inflated to Rs 1,02,48,579, with Chiranjoy pocketing Edn (s) cashier punished by KYKL for corruption

the difference. Similarly, a bill for an amount of Rs. 51,73,964 was inflected to Rs 93,75,108.

Stating that Chiranjoy had confessed to the crimes alleged against him, the spokesperson said apart from shooting him in the leg as punishment, he would be barred from working in the education department forthwith.

Further, the amount he has siphoned off would have to be paid up to the KYKL, and he would not be allowed to draw salary, pension or withdraw GPF funds until the amount is paid up, the spokesperson said.

The KYKL has also disclosed that its investigations has turned up another 450 fake appointees in the education department.

The KYKL, which made available a list of the teachers concerned, said the many of these 450 teachers had been appointed illegally on adhoc basis in batchs by the concerned directors and commissioners after October 2001 in collusion with fake appointment masterminds. Many of these have got regularisation surreptitiously, a statement issued by the group said.

The statement further stated that though the state government was aware of these fake appointments, it has refrained from taking action against them because the concerned officials and ministers have been bribed not to do so. This was also the reason why though verification of fake appointments was done, the reports of the same were not made public, it said.

The KYKL statement reiterated that the group was determined to wipe out the phenomenon of fake appointments and also to punish teachers who enjoy their salaries without bothering to attend to their duties, in the interest of society and the student community. It warned the fake appointees that drastic action would be taken against them if they do not repent and rescind their steps. It further said if there are any genuine appointees whose names appear on the list, they should approach the KYKL within a month with adequate proof.

The KYKL also made a strong appeal to the general public to stop encouraging the trend of paying bribes to secure government jobs either through direct participation or tacitly by remaining silent. It further said the group considers both bribe-taker and bribe giver guilty.

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Violation of reproductive rights; Many women tell their tales of domestic horror
By : A Staff Reporter 9/29/2007 2:09:12 AM

IMPHAL, Sep 28: One of the basic rights of women which is often taken for granted is the reproductive rights. Reproductive right is neither exercised by the women nor is there adequate awareness about it.

Among the different forms of violence women in Manipur faces is the violation of their reproductive right. Even though a woman’s body is the domain where a foetus develops leading to the birth of a baby, she practically has little control over the fate of the baby.

Thirty years old Shalini (name changed on request) said tearfully, “My husband destroyed my life. I couldhave been a mother but he left me in a state where I can’t fulfill my most cherished dream of motherhood.”

Shalini got married to her childhood lover with dreams for a happy married life.

“My dream gradually turn to nightmare. Soon after our wedding my husband left me at our village. He would stay for days at Imphal saying that he is busy with meetings. My happiest moment was when I got pregnant. However my husband showed little interest and did not take me to doctor. My child died soon after delivery.

“My next pregnancy was miscarried. I pleaded my husband that I want to have a child. During my third pregnancy I was told to take bed rest. However my husband left me to do household work and serve my in-laws. Soon I had another miscarriage. Later I learnt that he married another woman at Imphal and had a child too.

“When I asked him for explanation, he threatened me saying ‘what can you do to harm me’. Earlier I used to respect him since he works for many organizations. I have started process for filing a case against him now.”

Married as a minor, 17 years old Renu (name changed on request) was harassed by her in-laws for not bring dowry. She got married in 2007 and got pregnant soon.

Her in-laws and husband started torturing her and by the time she was third month into pregnancy, she and her husband were made to sleep in separate rooms.

Renu said, “During the fifth month of pregnancy, they took me to the Bishnupur CHC saying that I need a health check up. There I was given two injections. After that I was sick, and lost my baby. I overheard them saying that they will tell my parents I got the child Women of Manipur reveal horror stories

aborted willingly. Upon hearing this I confronted them and my husband beat me. Soon I was left at my parental place by my mother-in-law and since then I have been staying there.”

Having lost her baby and left helpless, Renu said that neither was she informed nor her consent taken when she was forcefully made to abort her baby. She said, “Rather they told the doctor that I am mentally imbalanced and that I am immoral and conceived the baby while my husband was away.”

Memmi (name changed on request) was also tortured by her in-laws for not bring any dowry. From the day she conceived, she said her mother-in-law tried different means to get the child aborted so that her son could marry a richer woman.

Memmi said, “My mother-in-law forced a doctor from our neighbourhood to give some medicine to get me aborted.

I was given syrup but I did not take since I suspected her. Later she mixed many herbs in my food and drink. I avoided food served by her. I gave birth to a son.

During my second pregnancy too my husband beat me severely. He brought a second wife. I was not given anything to eat for a week and finally they forced me to go back to my home.”

With her two children in class XII and X, Memmi could not afford to educate them anymore. She filed a case for maintenance from her husband.

Around thirty survivors of violence against women shared their varied experiences at the training hall of CSD today. Sobita Mangsatabam, secretary of Women Action for Development, said, “These women have lived through extraordinary atrocities and rights violation.

The sharing today is possible after they repeatedly requested to arrange a face-to-face interaction with media to personally convey their hardships.”

The forms of violence against women shared by these women are wide ranging. There were cases of physical violence, mental harassment and intolerable humiliations. In some cases sexual exploitation, including incest were reported.

The Sangai Express & The Imphal Free Press

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Some ills of the Kuki National movement

By Tintong Thadou Chongthu

Today, the very many parties/groups/organizations in the one great Kuki nation, with diverse ideological backgrounds, have produced undesirable bloodshed within the Kuki nation. Sometimes, I used to wonder if these groups have torn the one great nation into parts and pieces. Could they be playing gutter level politics? The Kukis are a great nation, and their politics should have been great too. Guns are just a piece of metal; it destroys without winning, and finally, fades away. It’s just an illusion of the mind. But it is the 2Ws (‘words’ and ‘wisdom’) that prevails in reality. And if power flows from the barrel of a gun, Hitler and Napoleon would have done better. Least to say, though, Th. Muivah plays a dirty politics against the Kuki nation, he has the required 2W. This 2Ws made the Government of India spent crores of rupees on the hallowed NSCN (IM), and, also became a tight-lipped Government. He has a broad vision- a vision of tomorrow. Now, therefore, the question that arises is ‘where are the Kuki Nationalist leaders today?’ Why don’t we, at least, pursue the footsteps of Muivah (no, not his suppressive politics, but his intelligence), if not Subhash Chandra Bose

A pen is mightier than the sword.

Coming to the domestic issue, needless to say, we the Kukis have enough crisis. The organizations which represent the Kuki nation should’ve cried out for the whole nation. For instances, in the Parbung mass rape case, the landmines issue, the mass abduction issue, and the recent Moreh mayhem (not to be communalized), I don’t understand why only the KNO/KNA had to speak for the nation. The big UPF remained only a mute spectator. Moreover, the KNF warned the student leaders of Delhi of dire consequences, accusing them of behaving at the behest of the KNO/KNA. It seems to me that some organiza-tion(s) are still ignorant of the ills of the nation.

Has the KNO/KNA become the only organization that truly represents the one great Kuki nation? However, I would really appreciate the stance taken by the KNF and other organizations in the recent Hundung incident.

The recent elimination of the 10 KLA cadres by the hallowed IM group at Hundung village has taken everyone by surprised. But, oh no, not me!!! My predictions of the impending disaster were perfectly true. What does one know about the foxy IM­group? How can they become a friend of the one who was once slaughtered by them by the hundreds? (But the recent incident should not be communalized). Haven’t we remember what they did to our Hmar (HPC) brethren? In fact, the HPC had warned the KRA and UKLF of the cunning nature of the IM group. The KRA and the UKLF showed the seed of befriending an enemy so that they could eliminate their own brothers, with no political motives. Is this a national movement? Think again… There is always a way out to solve a crises within the community/nation itself? Today’s misunderstanding is tomorrow’s lost…

I also agree that the recent Hundung incident was not pre-planed by the KRA. Why would they betray their friends to the enemy? It was an independent plan of the IM group. But the blame goes on to the KRA. They invited the IM group in large number to assist the same KLA. They were also seen together at Saichang area. They also conducted a joint operation against their own armed brothers. What could be expected from such a Kuki nationalist leaders who enjoys a special privileges at paradise Hebron (in the devil’s den). Finally, the bloodthirsty devil has quenched their thirst, which they could not achieve once. The recent Hundung incident could have been avoided graciously, had the mother organizations-KNO and KNF, would have intervened since the KLA coups and counter-coups. Some organizations have consciously betrayed the nation to the godfather Muivah.

There could’ve been a few ideological differences between the mother organizations, but if they are a true nations’ army, they could’ve solved peacefully, instead of fire-fights. On the other hand, the KRA is a well-equipped army, but with little political front. Therefore, the group must adopt a more blessed ways. The UKLF is no exception

Whatever happens has happened. Let this be an eye opener and a turning point to the history of the Kuki nation. The Kuki nation had been defeated time and again. Some ills have crippled the national movement of the nation. Willing-to-win leaders must not give themselves to wine and women; sho-uld not greed for power and money. The cadres should respect elders and women should ab-andon the practice of eliminating able leaders; should be pure and be God-fearing people because battles and victories belong to the Lord. I would request the leaders not to report such dirty, funny and loathsome articles in the newspaper, for instance, portfolio distribution, public warnings, portfolio reshuffles, dirty accusations, etc. The Nagas and Meiteis reported of their achievements in the newspaper, which are highly enviable. Recently, James Bond accused the KNO/KNA of a clan-based organization. This is a dirty propaganda. Sometimes, they accused each other of being financed by an MLA, ex -MLA, to win a propaganda war. They are betraying the nation and also demoting it. It’s true that every willing-to-win MLA’s are selected (not elected) by a particular group. It’s also true that some MLA’s went to paradise Hebron, like a humbled donkey, for a red-inked signature. Have our leaders become a puppet to the IM group? Therefore, the amendment of certain wrongs is highly needed. Any armed Kuki is considered the Kuki Nation’s Army. But things are such that they are like fishes fed in a tiny-dirty pond. Anytime they could be caught and roasted alive. They should be very careful with the ‘Suspension of Operation’, for it could mean free bloodshed. It’s extremely hurting that a few illiterate leaders have used the Nation’s army to eliminate a great number of able leaders, the leftover/remains of the NSCN(IM) victims, due to ideological differences, or just to achieve some personal goal. Therefore, today, only a few life-risking leaders have survived. The tactics of defections, factionalism, bloody factional fights, coups and counter coups, etc of any armed Kuki outfits have become a deadly disease to the nation. These, and the national movement, have produced, within the Kuki society, a wide range of widows, prostitutes, orphans, drug addicts, thieves and robbers, etc, thereby, reducing the Kuki population, which is good news to many others. While some mourn over deaths, some rejoice over it, and clasp with the enemy. Such is the nature of the Kukis today. This way the IM group takes so much interest in the Kuki politics. Now the question is, “how on earth would the cunning fox allow the Kukis to unite, proper and live in harmony, when he is hell bent on suppressing our people in every aspect? And, how on earth could he become a friend to some Kuki outfits?

The only solution, therefore available is to severe ties with the foxy friend; forgive and forget the past differences and misunderstandings; come to a round table conference and find an amicable solution within the Kuki nation itself. ‘United we stand divided we fall’

The Sangai Express

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Lamka Impression | What else is there to expect?

By Thangkhanlal Ngaihte

As I log onto the Manipur news website Kanglaonline.com on August 29, I came face to face with the following headline stories: ‘Suspended BSEM Jt Secy Nandakumar shot in the leg’ by the proscribed KYKL; ‘Petroleum products run out of stock’ in the State; ‘NH 53 transporters threaten to stop service’, and ‘6 State NGOs come together to form a task group on drugs scarcity in the State’.

On Nandakumar, the KYKL had, as is their wont, called a press meet in which the accused official confessed to his crimes, after which he was shot and left for the police to pick up. Much of the long list of crimes he had allegedly committed seemed verifiable. The KYKL had actually given us the list of people who were fraudulently given jobs at the instance of Nandakumar. He ought to be punished if he is guilty- as should be anyone else- but not in this manner. But, will he ever be found out and punished, had the KYKL not come in?

As for the scarcity of petroleum products, especially petrol and LPG, it is a familiar story. Extortions on the transporters and agents have always been there, and quite a few trucks have already been burnt and drivers harassed. They have long sought security from the State, but that was one other commodity as rare as petroleum products in our State today. In the face of excessive extortion by not just one, but many militant groups, the transporters could not resume service and hence the scarcity.

Well, extortion on petroleum traders may be considered par for the course in Manipur, but life saving drugs? But there it was. The NGO forum, comprising of six organizations, was trying to find a way to get essential drugs into the State somehow. Pharmaceutical companies had not dared to come into the State due to extortions for sometime now. Can we blame them? And what did the State Government do? I was told that the Chief Minister is doing all he can, which is to repeatedly appeal to the companies to come in anyway!!

And oh, there was also NH 53, the State’s second lifeline which is about to be shut down again. But here, the CM and his cohorts can breathe perhaps a little easier. Because, according to the news report, this was not just due to extortion- even though it is the major reason- but also ‘bad road conditions’. By Manipur’s standards, we can’t blame the Government for bad road conditions in the same measure we can blame it for extortions, can we? But, if there is one thing these news headlines– and there were many others in smaller print– on a single day tells us, it is this: the State law and order apparatus has collapsed. completely. And there is one more. Remember August 17 when the Police conducted raids on the Ministerial bungalows at Babupara? In this chaos, many of us may have forgotten it already. Well, on that day, 12 underground militant cadres were arrested from inside the Ministerial quarters of three sitting MLAs and one former MLA. All the MLAs were from the ruling Congress party. Incriminating documents, extortion notes and disassembled parts of a M-16 Rifle and live bullets were also recovered from the same premises.

What these MLAs said in their defence subsequently makes for good leisure reading. One reportedly denied, point blank, that he harbored militants, notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Another said that he was just trying in his own way to bring back the bailed-out militants into the national mainstream. Didn’t someone in higher authority earlier call them ‘misguided youths’ and not militants, he queried. As for the weapon, one MLA reportedly clarified that since the police had recovered it from a septic tank he shared with some other MLAs, it would be totally unfair to attribute the same only to him!!

But it was the CM who wins hands down, as always. When the Imphal Free Press asked him on August 23 what he will do about it, the honourable Chief Minister who had just returned from Delhi replied that there is an ‘investigation’ on, and that it is unfair for him to comment. He did mumbled something to the effect that they, the people’s representatives, should not ‘repeat’ such practices (of giving residence to outlawed militants) in the future!! As far as I know, no action whatsoever has been taken against the MLAs till date. Where do the blame for the mess rest? On February 4, just before assembly elections, I made an impassioned plea in these columns to the people to vote the Congress Government out. On February 18, I wrote again that we just cannot afford another five years with the present Government (The articles are still available at zogam.com). This Government had been around since 2002 and we all know what its record was. So, there is no use pretending that we don’t know they will be like this when we re-elect them to power.

So, when we did vote in February, we did so with our eyes open. And we voted the Congress Government back to power. So, my simple question today is: Why grumble? What else do we expect from this Government when we voted them back in the first place? Who else is there to blame? And to think that there is more than four years still to go…….

The Sangai Express Lamka Impression

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Lamka Impression | What else is there to expect?

By Thangkhanlal Ngaihte

As I log onto the Manipur news website Kanglaonline.com on August 29, I came face to face with the following headline stories: ‘Suspended BSEM Jt Secy Nandakumar shot in the leg’ by the proscribed KYKL; ‘Petroleum products run out of stock’ in the State; ‘NH 53 transporters threaten to stop service’, and ‘6 State NGOs come together to form a task group on drugs scarcity in the State’.

On Nandakumar, the KYKL had, as is their wont, called a press meet in which the accused official confessed to his crimes, after which he was shot and left for the police to pick up. Much of the long list of crimes he had allegedly committed seemed verifiable. The KYKL had actually given us the list of people who were fraudulently given jobs at the instance of Nandakumar. He ought to be punished if he is guilty- as should be anyone else- but not in this manner. But, will he ever be found out and punished, had the KYKL not come in?

As for the scarcity of petroleum products, especially petrol and LPG, it is a familiar story. Extortions on the transporters and agents have always been there, and quite a few trucks have already been burnt and drivers harassed. They have long sought security from the State, but that was one other commodity as rare as petroleum products in our State today. In the face of excessive extortion by not just one, but many militant groups, the transporters could not resume service and hence the scarcity.

Well, extortion on petroleum traders may be considered par for the course in Manipur, but life saving drugs? But there it was. The NGO forum, comprising of six organizations, was trying to find a way to get essential drugs into the State somehow. Pharmaceutical companies had not dared to come into the State due to extortions for sometime now. Can we blame them? And what did the State Government do? I was told that the Chief Minister is doing all he can, which is to repeatedly appeal to the companies to come in anyway!!

And oh, there was also NH 53, the State’s second lifeline which is about to be shut down again. But here, the CM and his cohorts can breathe perhaps a little easier. Because, according to the news report, this was not just due to extortion- even though it is the major reason- but also ‘bad road conditions’. By Manipur’s standards, we can’t blame the Government for bad road conditions in the same measure we can blame it for extortions, can we? But, if there is one thing these news headlines– and there were many others in smaller print– on a single day tells us, it is this: the State law and order apparatus has collapsed. completely. And there is one more. Remember August 17 when the Police conducted raids on the Ministerial bungalows at Babupara? In this chaos, many of us may have forgotten it already. Well, on that day, 12 underground militant cadres were arrested from inside the Ministerial quarters of three sitting MLAs and one former MLA. All the MLAs were from the ruling Congress party. Incriminating documents, extortion notes and disassembled parts of a M-16 Rifle and live bullets were also recovered from the same premises.

What these MLAs said in their defence subsequently makes for good leisure reading. One reportedly denied, point blank, that he harbored militants, notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Another said that he was just trying in his own way to bring back the bailed-out militants into the national mainstream. Didn’t someone in higher authority earlier call them ‘misguided youths’ and not militants, he queried. As for the weapon, one MLA reportedly clarified that since the police had recovered it from a septic tank he shared with some other MLAs, it would be totally unfair to attribute the same only to him!!

But it was the CM who wins hands down, as always. When the Imphal Free Press asked him on August 23 what he will do about it, the honourable Chief Minister who had just returned from Delhi replied that there is an ‘investigation’ on, and that it is unfair for him to comment. He did mumbled something to the effect that they, the people’s representatives, should not ‘repeat’ such practices (of giving residence to outlawed militants) in the future!! As far as I know, no action whatsoever has been taken against the MLAs till date. Where do the blame for the mess rest? On February 4, just before assembly elections, I made an impassioned plea in these columns to the people to vote the Congress Government out. On February 18, I wrote again that we just cannot afford another five years with the present Government (The articles are still available at zogam.com). This Government had been around since 2002 and we all know what its record was. So, there is no use pretending that we don’t know they will be like this when we re-elect them to power.

So, when we did vote in February, we did so with our eyes open. And we voted the Congress Government back to power. So, my simple question today is: Why grumble? What else do we expect from this Government when we voted them back in the first place? Who else is there to blame? And to think that there is more than four years still to go…….

The Sangai Express Lamka Impression

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Lucky strikes by 20-20 Cal young guns

By Donn Morgan Kipgen

Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties and a gentleman-game played by very intimidating players. In one-day limited overs cricket, especially the new 20 overs format, nothing can be said until the last bowl has been bowled. Unlike in football, hockey, tennis, rugby etc one just cannot predict the outcome of a cricket match.

One can bet in favour of Italian, Brazilian or French teams playing aga-inst Macedonia, Bosnia, Panama etc in competitive football matches, but in cricket, you just cannot do that with full confidence. In One-day International (ODI) cricket, there is no such thing as ‘upsets’ nor ‘lucky wins’ and this is the natural excitement and the appealing wonder of cricket. Every aspect of human character and psychology can be seen on field in nerve-wrecking one-day game of cricket. So important is the game of cricket, especially the ODIs, it is the only genuine and permanent factor which unites the whole of India in times of triumph and set-backs. During the bloody 1999 Kargil war, there was an unofficial ceasefire when India played majestically against Pakistan! In fact, all the long range artillery (155 mm Bofors) and heavy mortar rounds were actually fired off by both the warring sides in the LOC areas to celebrate 4 or 6 runs, fall of wickets, and also in 2003 World Cup match against Pakistan.

When on the morning of 25th Sep 2007 team India Captain ‘Lucky’ Dhoni won the decisive toss at the ‘even pitch’ of the Wanderers, he must have recalled the blunder made by India against Australia in 2003 final match.

History repeats itself in favour of young ‘20-20 calibre’ Team India this time around by out-leaping the Kangaroos by ‘Lucky’ Dhoni’s high-flying ‘death or glory’ boys to catch the final bus to the wonderful Wanderers, thanks to the outrageous 30-ball 70 runs knock of Yuvraj Singh.

To be a lucky winning Captain, one has to have an experienced and highly talented players. And to be a methodical and tactically successful Captain, he must have to have atleast 3 experienced strike bowlers and 3 or more top class batsmen and a genuine all-rounder. Bowlers hunt in pairs and batsmen notched big total runs with regular partnerships. A wicket-taking strike bowler called upon by a tactically sound Captain to break partnerships or dismissed dangerous top order batsman, naturally needs brilliant and very good fielders to take outstanding catches. Champion fielders have to stop the flow of the runs to frustrate even a well-set star batsman: a needless run out or reckless shots (to be caught or bowled) is a perfect example of a well-balanced team work. With the absence of the top 3 batsmen and two strike bowlers, MS Dhoni, with just 5 senior players out of 14 players, did exceptionally well to guide home the young and inexperienced but highly talented team India to 20-20 World Cup beyond one’s wildest expectation. His cool fielding placements at the right time at the right place along with superb rotation of his strike bowlers were truly amazing and highly exceptional. M.S Doni has multiple alternative game plans for each particular situation and gave full moral and mental supports to his players, especially the young guns. His handling of Indian strike bowlers and giving them attacking fielding positions against the Pakistani middle order batsmen in the Final and that of mighty Australians in the Semi-Final match was quite brilliant. His cool, calculated and brotherly attitude as a first time Captain in the first 20-20 World Cup tournament, even though he has never captained his own State Jharkand team nor junior Indian team before, was professionally astounding. In that thrilling final ‘shoot-out’ of equally deadly young guns, Dhoni did a (Erwin) Rommel to stunning effects by introducing Irfan Pathan and RP Singh, two of his most successful wicket-taking bowlers to bowl out their last over each before the 16th over instead of keeping them for the last two overs as would be done by other captains. With two dangerous Pakistani regular batsmen well-set at the crease, to be followed by a hard-hitting all-rounder and an useful batsman, Dhoni knew the only way to defeat the Pakistanis was to bowl them all out, otherwise, only 10-12 runs would be needed in the last two overs with 3 or 4 Pakistani wickets in hand. Pathan and RP Singh responded with one decisive wicket each with most economical overs. Later on, he introduced his last remaining trump-card in Sreesanth much early on who also duly responded with a tactically decisive wicket to leave the Pakistani with just one wicket in the last over needing 13 runs to win. Misbah-ul-Haq was psychologically put under tremendous pressure and his inexperienced showed when he tried to finish off the match instead of waiting for a loose ball in 4 balls to be bowled by nervous and equally inexperienced medium pacer in Joginder Singh. The proud Misbah did not trust the no. 11 batsman to face any ball in a situation where 3 single and a 2 run would win the match. However, the audacious challenge presented by Dhoni in bringing up the fine leg fielder to an unorthodox position between leg-slip and short fine leg to leave an invitingly open leg-side field paid off promptly as planned so specifically. The rest is history.

The total absence of the top old guns was a blessing in disguise for India since new and young batsmen displayed their aggressive and explosive talents without any fear of being replaced by senior players if they fail to score decisive runs at good strike rates. They did not have to impress the captain and manager for a berth in the next one or two matches with over-cautious accumulation of runs at low strike rates. With a new refreshing Captain new players like R Sharma Yusuf Pathan and R Uthappa and non-regulars like Gambhir, Karthik etc played their games with full confidence. However, it was an excellent team work with stellar roles provided by Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Sharma, Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh in decisive matches which fetched them the most deserving inaugural T-20 World Cup 2007.

The main highlights of the tournament were the 6 sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh against Stuart Broad of England and a hattrick by Brett Lee. Whereas Herschel Gibbs holds the 6 sixes record in 50 overs ODI, only two other batsmen had hit 6 sixes in an over in first-class cricket match. The first being Sir Garfield Sobers against Malcolm Nash of Glamorgan in a County match and the other being Ravi Shastri against Tilak Raj of Baroda in a Ranji Trophy match.

Well, all these rare feats would be hard to be achieved in future games, as hard as winning Twenty-20 World Cup by a half-strength and new look Indian team led by a first time Captain.

The Sangai Express

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