Archive for March, 2008

Manipur Express | March 31, 2008

Pastor in Rising Day ni’n UKLF member 9 baptisma tangsak, UKLF in Hills District mun khat ah kum 8 a chinna uh thupitakin lawm

Lamka, March 29: Manipur singtangmi helpawlte laka khat United Kuki Liberation Front(UKLF) pawl in a kiphuhkhiak nung uh kum 8 chinna tuni in Manipur singtanggam mun khat ah thupitak in lawm ua, huai ah mipi 1,000 vel ding paikhawm in makai tuamtuam in thugen uh a, sial(mithun) khat gou in ankuang luina leng om hi.

UKLF General HQ-Khul, Camp Sidon mun ah “8th Years of United Kuki Liberation Front” kichi UKLF kiphuhhiak kum 8 chinna thupitak leh lawhchingtak in zang uh a, huai ah Manipur Hill Journalists Union a printed leh electronic media omte hunkhop leng vatel uhi. Khuallian ding a chial a om UKLF Commander-in-Chief S.S.Haokip in lemtanlouhna khenkhat aneih ziak in Home Secretary Anthony in khuallian hihna la in, puanlap a kaihpalh ban ah, cadre te apan in salute la hi. Chief Guest in UKLF Chief SS Haokip akipan “Rising Day 2008 Message” simkhia in thugen hi. C-in-C message in ataklat dan in, UKLF in re-unification a paipih kawmkawm in, Khul apan piangkhiate ading in kipumkhat hun lawta ahihdan taklang a, state piching khat bawlkhiakna ding in Govet of India tawh kihouna pat ahihdan gen in suangtu kibang Khul suante suahtakna ding in pankhawm ngai a, chikhat, nam khat leh gam khat neih mateng miteng in mawhpuakna nei chiat a, kuapeuh kituak dialdial a lungsim khat pu a kal suan poimawh ahi chi hi.

Self-styled Capt. Daniel in a genna ah UKLF in a tup pipen ahihleh Khul suante teng kigawmkhawm a, midangte khenuai apan suahtak ding chih hi a gen in, a biktak in namdang te’n numei tung ah hiamgamna tun in, bomb thang hong kamkhun in, tax leh fund chi tuamtuam phutluih in hong khonkhum uh ahi chi hi. Tua ziak in, kipumkhatna sangmah a poimawhzaw omlou ahihdan gen hi.

S/S Major Joshua, Defence Secretary in 2007 -08 progress report kichi pulak a, galvan thak 50 lei uh ahihdan gen in, kipumkhatna leh masawnna deihna ziak in Kuki National Army apan cadre 7 in galvan 15 tawh UKLF ah kipia uh ahihdan gen hi. Huai hunsung mah in cadre thak(fresh recruitment) mi 140 vel training piak hi uh chi’n gen hi. Major Joshua in agenbehna ah, kipumkhatna leh pankhawmna deihna ziak a UKLF bel ut peuhmahte adin kong zapi a hon ahihdan gen hi. Maj. Kennedy in agenna ah pawlpi apan nawhkhiak cadre 3te leng laklut thak hi uh chi’n gen hi.

Hiai program zat hun ah, Zou, Mayon, Aimol leh Kom apan Namlam lahna om a, Hausa tuamtuam 21 kiang ah zahtak etsakna in puansan(red blanket) silhsak uhi. Pastor in UKLF cadre mi 9 te baptisma tangsak hi.

MLA 2 in Lamka hongpha uh

Lamka, March-29: T.Manga Vaiphei, MLA(Henglep A/C) tuni’n Lamka tawn in Henglep bial zuan in zinkhia hi. Aman tuni’n PMGSY fund a kibawl Thingkeu-Henglep road en a,Kolhen khua leng pha ding hi.March 31,2008 in Damzawl Playground hong ding a,Henglep HQ mun ah KNT Memorial stone leng hong ding hi. Huailou in T.Hangkhanpau,MLA(Singngat A/C) in zan a Lamka hongpha tuni tan omlai a, March 31,2008 in Imphal ah kiknawn ding hi.

BSF te’n Civic Action Prog zang uh

Lamka, March-29: Tuni sun dak 12 in 140-Bn BSF a CO Virender Singh in numeite ading in Torbung Bangla ah Civic Action Programme nuai ah puankhui khawl(sewing machine) 8, puanphanna khawl(knitting machine) 1 leh colour TV 1 pia hi. Huai ban ah tuni nitaklam dak 3:30 in 140-Bn BSF te mah in Sangga Muan inn a Vocational Training Centre adin puankhui khawl 8, puanphanna khawl 1, colour TV 1 leh Computer set 1 pia uhi.

Inntung a blanket phoulai kia

Lamka, March-29: UPC tuailai te’n tuni’n Khuga Dam ah Blanket sawp in kilawh uh a,amau laka tel Phungrosang(20) s/o Lalthlira of Salem Veng tuni sun dak 12.00 velin Blanket sawpsate Saipum khua ah inntung a phoulai kia in alu naktak in tatliam kha hi.Amah Imphal a Shija Hospital ah kintaka puaktung himahleh damzou lou in si hi.Tuni nitak in aluang Lamka hongtung a, March 30,2008 in Lamka hanmual ah kivui hiding hi.

CDCTA makai ding teelna nei uh

Lamka, March-29: CCpur District Council Teachers’Association(CDCTA) pawlin tuni zinglam dak 11 apan in Synod Hall ah kum 2008-2011 sunga vaipaw ding tel i uhi.Huai ah President dingin Tualkhanlal,Vice President din Lalneikhup,Secretary dingin D.Letkholal,Asst.Secy dingin S.K.Thanga Vaiphei,Finance Secy din Jangkhosei Touthang leh Treasurer dingin Lalhmangaihzuala telching uhi

Priscilla Home ah Graduation

Lamka, March-29: New Lamka a Priscilla Home ah tuni’n Graduation day-cum-Thanks giving programme zang uhi.Huai ah Chief Guest in P.L.Thanga, IAS, Chairman/MANIREDA pang a,graduate thak mi 5 te Pastor Elvis Nehlal in thumsak hi.Huai ah Pastor B.Thangngaihmung, L.B Sona ,Chairman/ Zomi Council leh Evan.Timothy Tuolar te’n thupi tuamtuam zang in sinsak uhi.

NCYCF te’n damdoi hunbeisa hal uh

Lamka, March-29: Northern CCpur Youth Clubs Federation te’n March 24-27,2008 sung Tuibuong Bazar ah Green Operation nei uh a,huai ah Pharmacy 12 apan in damdoi hunbeisa Rs.1.5 lakhs vel man ding leh van tuamtuam ahunbeisa tamtak kaikhawm uhi.Tuni sunnung dak 2 in Tuibuong Bazar ah mipi muh in thil a kaihkhop te uh mei in haltum uhi.Damdoi te kum 2003-2008 kikal a hunbeisa ngen Pharmacy tuamtuam apan akaihkhop uh hi’n kigen hi.

SAHARA te’n Media-te kimuh pih

Lamka, March-29: SAHARA te’n tuni’n Media te kimuhpih uh a, April 1,2008 akipan in Ngathal Playground ah SAHARA leh Ngathal Y/C saina in “5th Sawmpau Memorial Football Tournament-cum-Community Awareness on HIV/AIDS” kipan ding chih puang uhi.Football ah knock out system zat hiding a,Philantrophic organisation team 7 leh NGO team 7 telding uhi.Opening ceremony ah Live Band Show om dinga, huai atelding in SAHARA Delhi te hong paiding uhi. Winner te’n Rs.20,000 +Trophy+Certificate ngah ding uh a,Runners te’n Rs.10,000 +Trophy+Certificate la ding uhi.Huailou in Best Player,Top Scorer leh Man of the Match telkhiak hiding hi.Huaiban ah April 4,2008 zinglam in Hornbill Studio mun ah Campaigning Teamte makaih in HIV/AIDS live talk show om ding hi.Lamka sunga HIV/AIDS tawh kisai NGO tuamtuam te’n harm reduction nasep naktak a nei uh ahihdan leh tuni tan in numei leh pasal kum 14 nuailam mi 152 te’n HIV/AIDS natna nei uh ahihdan leng taklang uhi.

New laktom:

Chief Engineer in enkhia

# Manihar Singh, Chief Engineer/IFCD in tuni zinglam in Lamka hongpha a, Khuga Dam ah nasepna va enkhia in sunnung in Imphal ah kiknawn hi.

Huihpi’n tenna inn mutsia

#Tuni zingsang baihtak dak 4 vel in huihpi hat tak nung in Monglienphai a om Mr.Limsei tenna inn mutsiat sak dimdem hi’n thutut kingah hi.

Football result & fixture

#Tuibuong Peace Ground a Manmasi Football Tournament pailel ah tuni’n Kamdou Veng Y/C leh USC kimawl uh a,USC in goal 4-0 in zou uhi.2nd Round ah Saidan Y/ C leh Siinlung Football Club kimawl ua,Saidan YC in goal 1-0 in zou uhi.March 31 sunnung in TASK v/s SYC leh MYC v/s BYC kimawl ding uhi.

Central teamte hongzin ding

# Manipur ah in Mautaam kialpi ziakin district khenkhat ah kial tungta a, huai ziakin Govt of India apan Inter Ministerial team in thil omdan enkhe ding in April 2,2008 in Lamka hongpha in gua leh maupak leng enkhe ding uh chihthu om hi.

SUUNNA

Nianhat(73) w/o Khupzavel of Vengnuam,New Lamka tuni zingkal in zunkhum in si a,tuni mahin New Lamka hanmual ah kivui hi.

H.Nengkhankap(35) s/o H.Langgin of Pearsonmun tuni sunnung in Salom Hospice ah sungna in si a,March 30,2008 in Pearsonmun hanmual ah kivui ding hi.

IMPHAL NEWS:

CM in Ukhrul ah NREGS hong

Imphal, March-29: Chief Minister O. Ibobi in tuni’n Ukhrul district HQ a Town Hall ah Ukhrul district sung Block 6 ah NREGS nasep patna ding in hong hi. Aman a genna ah mijawng leh gentheite dinmun dopkangna ding in NREGS nasepna pat ahih zungzui in official-te’n leng diktat taka a sep uh ngai chi’n gen a, development nasepna ah singtanggam ngaih poimawh hizaw ding in gen hi. Tuni a NREGS launching ah Ukhrul district apan MLA Danny Shaiza, W. Keishing leh Dr Khasim Ruivah banah DC/Ukhrul leng tel a, Imphal akipan in Rural & Dev Minister Md Alauddin Khan, TD Minister DD Thaisii, Works Minister K. Ranjit leh Bijoy Koijam,MLA in CM vazui uhi.

Dakkal 24 sungin mi 4 kikaplum

Imphal, March-29: Imphal leh Thoubal district ah dakkal 24 sung in mi 4 kikaplum chihthu om hi. Tuni sunnung dak 1.00 velin Imphal West Commando te’n Thangal Bazar area ah operation bawlin helpawl hidia ginlelh mi 1 kaplum uh a, amah akipan in hand grande 1 mukhia uhi. Tuni nitaklam dak 3.30 in leng Imphal West Commando te’n Keishamthong Longjam Leirak ah mi 1 kaplum uh a, amin L. Utam Kumar(34) of Keishamthong Longjam Leirak hi a, a innkiang ua kaplup a om hi’n kigen hi. Huailouin Thoubal Commando te’n Charangpat Mayai Leikai ah helpawl hidia gintak 1 kaplum uh a, a taksa tung apan .32 pistol leh atang 3 mu uh a, mi 1 taikhia chihthu om hi.Imphal East a Keirao Makting ah zan nitak dak 9.30 in meltheihlouh te’n 1 kapliam uh a, Hospital tun nungin etkol manlouh in si chihthu om hi.

March 30 in office kai dingin theisak

Imphal, March-29: Finance department in Manipur a om government office leh financial institution teng Pathianni(March 30,2008) in office kaia nasem ding in theisak hi. Huai ni in Heads of department teng, Treasury Officer , Sub-Treasury Officer leh office staff teng leng office kai in bill pass chiat ding in state government in theisak in thupia hi.

Hunchiam omlou a RIMS khak ding khawlsak

Imphal, March-29: RIMS a nasepna March 31, 2008 akipan in hunchiam omlou in khak hiding chihthu om mahleh tuni’n RIMS employee te’n General Body meeting nei uh a, huai ah April 2, 2008 akipan in Post Graduate student-te exam ding ziakin RIMS hunchiam omlou a khak a sawm uh bangtanhiam sung zukkik phot uh a, hileleng March 31 & April 1, 2008 in OPD kikhak ding a, staff & employee te dharna tu ding uh chihthu om hi.

Tuni in ASI adin Viva voce om ding

Imphal, March-29: Manipur Police department a Asst Sub-Inspector(ASI) lakna ding in Written Test zousate adin March 26-28, 2008 sung Kangla a Officers’ Mess ah Viva Voce om a, huai huna teltheilou candidate-te ading in March 30, 2008 zinglam dak 11.00 in Viva Voce om ding hi. Huai ah mahni district apan candidate-te hunlai a tel khalou candidate-te telthei ding uh a, education certificate/original document tawi ngai chihthu om hi.

Gari tax/fee pichiat dingin theisak

Imphal, March-29: District Transport Officer/Imphal West in Gari tax pe ding mipite adia lemtang gelna in March 30,2008(Pathianni) in zinglam dak 10.00 akipan in sunnung dak 2.00 kikal vehicle tax sunna ding in Cash Counter kihong ding chihthu puang a, gari neite leh akisaipih kuapeuh in huai hunsung in Gari tax & fee sung chiat dinga theisak kawmin ngetna thusuah bawl hi.

Director,RIMS in hilhchetna bawl

Imphal, March-29: Prof L. Fimate, Director,RIMS in tuni’n hilhchetna thusuah bawl in print leh electronic media khenkhat ah contract basis asem staff Nurse-te a service uh regularize-na ding in RIMS Director in sum tamtak khon chihthu zuau pumlum leh pansan omlou kingawhna hi’n puang hi. A kisuahdan in pasal naupang khat kianga sum piak hidan in kigen a, Director in a taklatdan in huai naupang leh aman kizopna neilou, kitanau leng hilou ahih banah huai naupang leng RIMS a contract ermployee hi a, phalna lalou in a absent ziakin a sepna apan tawpsak ahihdan leng taklang hi.

Director in a taklatdan in atung akipan in leng contract staff nurse-te’n kinepna phatuamlou a neihlouhna ding un Supreme Court of India Order dungzui in contract appointment himhim regularize theihlouh ahihdan theihsak hi a, RIMS a appointment tungtang ah nam(communal) thila nasep hi a ngawhna leng om mahleh appointment himhim reservation policy pansan a bawl hizaw hi a taklang in ngawhna dikloutak omte poisakthu puang hi.

ATSUM in Consultation meeting sam

Imphal, March-29: ATSUM Hq in Autonomous District Council issue tutan hih fellouh poisakthu puang kawm in Manipur a singtangmite kinepna vuaksuak a koih ahihdan taklang uhi. Manipur Assembly ah Feb 13 & Feb 19, 2008 in luikhiak himahleh pass hilouin April 3,2008 a ngaihtuah hinawn ding a, huai ah hiai issue ahun suan hiam, nial leh utlou kawmkawm in clause khenkhat khen lamdang kawma pass ahihleh ATSUM om maimai lou ding a, April 3,2008 in ngaihtuah fel ahih kei aleh singtangmite’ kiphinna khauhtak tuak ding a kimansa a om dingin state govt thutawp pia uhi. Hiai thu ah ATSUM in March 31, 2008 zinglam dak 11.00 in Imphal a Kuki Inn ah Consultation meeting sam a, huai ah mimal, group,NGO leh civil society pawl tuamuam vatel a ngaihdan pulak chiat ding in leng theisak uhi.

Transfer/posting
1. S. Kunjabihari Singh,AE/Design-II under WTD as i/c EE/Purchase.
2. O. Mangi Singh,EA to SE/EC-III as i/c EE/MRTD.
3. Th. Tomalchand Singh,EA to SE/EC-I as i/c EE/Tamenglong Division.
4. L. Nimaichand Singh,AE/Planning Sub-Divn-II as i/c EE/Chandel Division.
5. S. Premananda Singh,i/c EE/Tamenglong Division as i/c EE/Inspectorate Division.
6. Th. Manglemba Singh,i/c EE/Inspectorate Division as i/c EE/Kangpokpi Division.
7. T. Giridhari Singh,SO Grade-I/Chandel Division as i/c EA to SE/EC-III.
8. L. Dorndro Singh, SO Grade-I/SE/EC-i as i/c EA to SE/EC-U.
9. S. Iboyaima Singh, SO Grade-I/IED-II as i/c EA/Planning II under Generation Division.
10. Ch. Shyamjai Singh, SO Grade-I/CCpur Divn as i/c AE/Nambol Sub-Division.

EDTORIAL:

Tuni Thupi: “Pathian aw, ka naupan chik akipan nang non hilh a; tutan in na thil lamdang hihte ka theisak gige hi.” Sam 71:17

Manipur a District Council dinmun

Manipur chihlouh North-east biala District Council omte khempeuh India Constitution nuaia 6th Scheduled provision pansan a kivaipuak hi a, naichik en lehang Mizoram state a District Council omte leng India Constitution a 6th Scheduled provision a kivaipuak chiat hi uhi. Alamdang mahmah bel Manipur a District Council kibawlkhiak tunglai in state dangte tawh kibanglou takin India Constitution a 6th Scheduled nuaia om hilou in bawltom tawh kibang India Constitution a kibulphuh kivaipuakna ahihlouh ziakin tuni tan in buaipih toutou hihang.

RK Ranbir makaihna MPP govt hun ah Hill Areas Committee(HAC) te’n District Council kivaipuakna 6th Scheduled nuaia koih ahih masiah MDC election omlou ding chi’n thupukna bawl uh a, 6th Scheduled nuaia leng koih hituanlou in MDC election leng kum phial omlou vengveng ngut hi. Tuma deuh apan MDC election ding husa hong kigen nawn a, hileleng 6th Scheduled a kivaipuakna om tuanlou District Council minpu lel mah kivaipuakna nuai ah election om ding hiphing zel hi. Hileleng Constituency lepthak ngailai dinmun ah om a, tukum sungin election a omzou taktak diam chih hizel hi.

Manipur Assembly hi’n Cabinet hileleng Manipur singtanggam kivaipuakna 6th Scheduled nuaia koih ding gen vuallouh in thasial uhi. Huaiziak mahin phaijang biala kisuah Newspaper khat in houh “state khat sunga state dang om” hisak hial hi. Singtanggam kivaipuakna 6th Scheduled nuaia koihna ding in 6th Scheduled provision pen Manipur tawh kituak dingin kivaipuakna dan(Acts) khenkhat bawl poimawh (with certain amendments) hisak uh a, hinapi in tuni tanin leng huai certain amendments a chih uh bang hihiam chih himhim thusun leh puankhiak omtuanlou a, huaipen 6th Scheduled koih ding dalna hiam zekaisakna vanzat hoihpi in zangthei den uhi.

Tunung in Manipur singtanggam ah MDC election a om hial leleng 6th Scheduled a kivaipuakna hituanlou District Council a minpu maimai mah hilai ding a, MDC telching thaka omte’n theihtawp suahin panla le uleng 6th Scheduled a kivaipuakna a phutkhiak zawh uh deihhuai hinapi in gintak haksa ding bang hi. Hileleng April 3, 2008 in Manipur Assembly ah Hill Areas Autonoomous District Council Bill,2008 genkhawm nawn ding uh a, huai zawhin Manipur singtanggam a District Council election om hun ding leh Consttuency lepthakna ding tawh kisai thil omdan hong kichianzaw deuh ding hi.

Manipur phaijang bial mipi tamtak in singtanggam district-te adia kivaihawmna 6th Scheduled nuaia koih ahihding huphulh uhi. Hileleng 6th Scheduled in state kipumkhatna bangmah khoih buaipha deklou ahihdan Mizoram a district tuamtuam a 6th Scheduled omte apan kichian hi. 6th Scheduled dal theiteng in dal zawmah, huchih sunga MDC term hunkhop bei manzel. Kum hizah zouzai sung MDC om hileh mi tamtak MDC hikhin ding a, a lawh uleh sum muhte tungtawn un innkuan tamkhop khawsakna azia om zawdeuh ding hi. Huailouin singtanggam ading scheme tuamtuam om sek a, huaite sepkhiakna ding in sum-le-pai(fund) leng tamtak hong lut khin ding hi.

Thudang khat ah District Council pen 6th scheduled hi’n hikei leleng a phattuamna dang khat bel gam-le-lei humbit leh kepbitna lam ah phatuam petmah zel hi. MDC omlouh hun ah DC in Chairman thuneihna(power) len sek a, huchi hun ah singtanggam khuallou leh singtangmi limsakna neilou DC bang leng omtham hi. Huchibang mite hun ah gam lianpipi singtangmite khut apan potkhe sek hi. Huaiziakin 6th Scheduled kivaipuakna om kei leleng gam humbitna dia MDC a om uh bangtanhiam phatuam veve sek hi. Huchi ahihman in 6th Scheduled ngakna ziakin MDC election khawlsak lailai lehang leitung bei tanpha leng piakthawh i ngak aleh mu nailou maithei hihang. Huaisang in election a om phot a, MDC thakte’n movement bawl tanpha ngap khop a pan alak uh poimawh ding in kilang hi.

Huailouin nidang i chidiam hun paisa a MDC om lai in zu-le-sa tawh kibual hunkhop om thei uhi. Hileleng tulai hun adingin MDC i chih bang leng ngaihtuahna neithei, thil omdan genthei leh mipi adia kingakna tak hithei ngaita hi. Huaiziakin MDC ding in leng zu-le-sa hiam numei tawh kibual thei phet ding MDC khong zatna ding om nawnlou a, gen-le-sak a poimawhna hun a gen thei, buaipihthei leh panla thei ding mi i gam in poimawhta hi.
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Sunday message:
L E M N A
– Zatuan

Hiaia lemna kichi ahihleh Pathian Saptuam (Nas 20:28; l Kor 15:9) te a ding kia hilou in, khawvel a pawl tuamtuam, Organisation, Association leh gam tuamtuam in leng a poimawh vek hi. Abiktakin Christiante adingin a poimawh diak hi. Aziak bel ei honsampa ahihkeileh i Pathian lemna lal ahih ziakin. “Amin lamdang ….…. LEMNA LAL a chisin ngal ua(Isai 9:6). l Korinth 14:33 ah “Pathian zaw buaina Pathian ahikei a, LEMNA Pathian ahi”.Rome 15:33 ah , “LEMNA Pathian na vekua kiang ah om hen” a chi hi.

Eite lemna Pathian’ Saptuam a omte ihi. Ahihhang in saptuam sungah mimal leh a pawlbang in leng buaina a omthei hi. Saptuam masate leng zeksum thu leh pawl kikhenna thu ah anak buai mahmah uh a, hotdam hitheilou ding tan in akisel uhi (Nas. 15:1). Himahleh kihawlkhiak leh kibang hiam chihna zen i mu kei hi.

Unaute kala buaina a omleh pawlam mite ma a tunlou in Saptuamte ma a tun zaw dingin hilh in i om (IKor. 6: ) pawlam mite buaipih dia om khak ding thil zum huai ahih manin. Huchi ahih ziakin Saptuam in leng buaina om leh gal-et mai loua hihveng pahpah i tup ding uh ahi.l Kor. 6:5 ah, “Na zumna ding un ka gen hi, unaute lakah thupukna bawlthei (able to judge) mipil khat bek omlou maw?”

Nasepte :15:2,6 ah “Sawltakte leh Upate huaithu ngaihtuah dingin Jerusalem ah a kikhawm uh. Paul leh Barnaba tuh alak ua kuate hiam tawh huai thubuai tungtang ah Jerusalem a hawh dingin asep uhi.Tuni’n thubuai tut-theihna atam maithei, khawvel vaihawmten zaw diktak leh hoihtak a thu a khen ua leh adikte kiang ah muh ding leh tan ding a om leh ape ding uh, ahihhangin Pathian thu ah huchibang ahi kholkei hi. l Korin. 6:7 ah “Bang dia dikloupi a hihna thuak zaw lou oi? Bangdia kizangsakzaw lou oi? (Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourself be cheated?) l Korinth 6:8 “Hilou noumau ngei in leng na unaute uh tung ah na hihdik kei ua, na jangsakzaw nak uhi.”

DIKLOUPI A HIHNA THUAK: l Kumpite 3:16

Kumpi Solomon a damlai in numei 2 naungak hing a kituh ua, “Kei a ahi” a chihtuak ziakun Solomon in naungek pen tumtan ding a thupuan a bawltak in anu diktak pen in “amah pia un, aman tangzaw maihen” a chih phet in huai buaina(case) a vengpah mai hi. Hiai ah kizuakna numei khat pen in a sunga piang naungek tungthu ah a dikna thu a gen nawnlouhba ah a etton huai petmah hi. Kingaihniamna omlouhna ah buaina om leleng lemna a om theikei hi.

TOUPA JESU’N BANG A GEN A ?

Matthai 5:5 Thunuai lutte a hampha uh,leigou luah ding ahi ngal ua..
Matthai 5:7 Zahngai theite a hampha uh, zah ngaihna muding ahi ngal ua..
Matthai 5:9 Lemna bawlte a hampha uh, Pathian’ tate chih ding ahi ngal ua..
Matthai 5:22 Kuapeuh a unau tunga heh tuh vaihawmna ma adin lauhthong huaitak
in a om ding .
Matthai 5: 39 Ken zaw ka hon chi hi. Migilou nang kei un, na biang taklam beng tuh
a lehlam leng dawh in.
Matthai 5: 40 Kuapeuh in na lak ua thusia bawl in na puan-ak lak a tup leh na puanza
leng lasak in.
Matthai 5:41 Mel khat(1) pai dia hon phut kiang ah mel 2(nih) paisak in.

Tulai Christian-te bang i chi ua? I biang i bengsak ding uam? I puanza genlouh i puan-ak leng i pe ngam diam? Or Mel ½ leng i paisak nuam ding ahiam?

Matthai 5: 14 Khawvel vak na hi uh
Matthai 5:16 Na vak uh mi’ mitmuh ding in vak hen.
Rome 12:21 Gitlouh zawh in om kenla, hoihna in gilou zouzaw in. Atunga i gen kizuaknu in bel hoihna in gilou a zouzaw hi.

PATHIAN IN A MITE KILEM DINGIN AHON DEIH:
Sam 34:14 Lemna zong inla, a delh in delh in.
Ephesa 6:15 Lemna tanchinhoih(Gospel of Peace) vanzat na khe ua bun in ding un.
Rome 13:12 Sun a om bangin kilawmtak in i om ding uh. Kisual leh kihaza a omlou
in.
l Korinth 7:15 Pathian in lemna ah a honsam ngal a.
l Peter 3:11 Gilou nung ngatsan in…kituahna zong in.
l Peter 4:14 Na lak uah Christ a om peuhmahte lak ah lemna om hen

Tuni’n i ginnate bangchituk in hat in mualsuan theihna khop hial ginna nei mahlehang saptuam sung ah lemna omlou in kihuatnate, kinakna, kihazatna, hehna, kilanna, om tuamna leh gintuamnate i lak ua a om lailai leh sawltak Paul in a gen bangin bang chi’n Pathian gam i tangthei ding ua?(Gal 5:19)

Huaiziakin Pathian’ mite lak ah i laisiangthou in hon deihna bangin kilemna a poimawh petmah hi.

Ephesa 4:31 Khaatna bang,thangpaihna bang, hehna bang, hanna bang, gensiatna teng tawh tawpsan in omta hen, gitlouhna teng tawh.

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Another rice scam, 3000 Qtl of rice do the Houdini act

By Our Staff Reporter

IMPHAL, Mar 30 : The rice mafia has struck again with matter coming to light that 3000 quintal of rice meant for the months of October, November and December last year for the people of Senapati district doing the Houdini act and disappearing into thin air after the same was lifted from the FCS godown.

Since the rice for the said three months has disappeared into thin air, no utilisation certificates have been furnished and this has added to the woes of the people of Senapati as the Government has put a ban on lifting rice for the months of January, February and March this year pending the submission of the utilisation certificates.
Disclosing this to The Sangai Express an official source said that the district administration of Senapati has already been instructed to furnish the utilisation certificates for the said months of October, November and December, 2007.

However the district administration has not been able to furnish the same till date, said the source and added that instead of producing the utilisation certificate the district administration has been repeatedly submitting written intimations to the Chief Secretary that the rice quota for the three months have been misappropriated.
The Deputy Commissioner of Senapati district should report the matter to the police and register a case so that investigations may be conducted to unearth the truth, opined the official source and added that till date no case has been registered with the police.

The Government has taken a very serious note of the matter, said the source and added that it has already been made clear that the pending rice quota will not be released until the utilisation certificates for the unaccounted quota are submitted.

In direct contrast with the case of Senapati, the other districts of the State have submitted the utilisation certificates for the rice quota till March this year, disclosed the source further.

When The Sangai Express contacted an official of Senapati district, the official, on condition of anonymity, said that following numerous com- plaints from the local people that they have not received their rice quota from the FCS, a preliminary investigation was set into motion.

During the course of the investigation, it has been confirmed that the rice for the said three months have been lifted from the FCS godown, said the official.

However it is yet to be confirmed whether the rice was actually distributed to the people or not, said the source further. On the other hand it has been confirmed that no utilisation certificates for the said months have been furnished, admitted the official.

It is yet not known who was or were responsible for lifting the said rice quota and there is as yet no lead on how it has disappeared into thin air.

In the face of failure to make any headway in getting to the heart of the matter, the district administration of Senapati has already submitted intimations numerous times to the Government said that said rice quota has been misappropriated, said the source.

Asserting that the best efforts are being made to make rice available to the people of the district, indents for the rice quota of January this year has been booked.

This however has failed to cut ice with the Government as the Government has made it clear that no rice would be allowed to be lifted pending the submission of the utilisation certificates for the said three months of October, November and December 2007, said the official from Senapati.

Targeting the migrant workers

By and large the killing of 15 migrant workers on the 17th and 18th March 2008 was a very unfortunate incident. This is a cause of concern in serious forms for every Manipuris. The recent upsurge in killing migrant workers might be the work of organised or disorganised groups that melted away after banding together briefly with the limited purpose of formenting chaos and violence.

Clearly, the method, the modus operandi and the systematic organisation of the act of killing the migrants and labels patened up on the back of the dead bodies which read ‘Go back to your state’ suggest the grievances run deep. Looking from this angle or point of view the deed of killing or the violence had been organised, not mindless or chaotic and adhoc. Actually the design shows that these actions are being taken up to promote agenda for a serious problem faced in the state from a very long time which on the surface seems to have stirred passions and lead to violence of such kinds.

In 1980, The All Manipur Students Union brought up the issue of “foreigner” contemporary with the same foreingner issue in Assam launched by AASU. But ‘Foreingner’ in the context of Indian Constitution in brief belongs to those who are not citizens of India. People coming illegally from Bangladesh, Nepal etc is a real concern for the people living in the North Eastern states. But the more problem for Manipur is the influx of migrant workers from other states specially from Bihar, West Bengal and Northern Indian states. So the problem and the fall out which leads to violence are not only the problem of law and order but also address larger questions pertaining the living condition of the people of Manipur. These larger questions belong to political, economical and social activities of the society of the state.

On the political front, Manipur was merged to India on the 15th October 1948 and became a part of India. Article 19 of the Indian Constitution guarantees its Citizen, freedom of movement to pursue activity for livelihood at any place within the country. If anyone or group oppose it, then it is against the law of the land. So evacuation or expulsion of migrants from Manipur cannot be done physically. Some states which have got “Inner line permit” can check the migrant workers to some extent. Such system is not enforced in Manipur as yet. So from this point of view the recent killing of some migrant workers is an unlawful activity in the legal eyes and a mindless act in the eyes of the general public.

On the economic front, or point of view, ther are many questions which must be answered by us before taking up violence means to expel those from the satte who share our bread.. Why do the migrant workers come to Manipur? At the surface, the answer is very easy. “To seek their fortune”. “In search of livelihood” by working here as skilled or unskilled labours.

Over the years, Imphal has been depending on the so called ‘outsiders’. Now it becomes a must for Imphalites to seek help at least to these people in daily activities. It becomes a reality.

Frist in Imphal city, slowly and silently it spreads upon the whole of Imphal valley and now it reaches upto the district headquaters and towns of all the hill districts. Certain jobs in the city such as that of cobbler, Richshaw driver, Pan and tea stall owners have to be associated with migrant workers from North India specially from Bihar. Evidently, the very fact that their jobs do not require any specials or skills make them easier to get.

At the same time, Manipuris seem not have been accustomed to the jobs as mentioned above. It may be due to the standard of living as Manipuris have been habituated in a very sound economic foundation during the period of our forefathers and in the preceding generations. Still now, Manipuris think it a vanity to take the job of a barber or a cobbler or a washerman.The apparent view is that the dignity or the flase pride or high handedness in valour is still in our blood. This has made us to depend upon the migrant workers who do many lowly paid but essential jobs in the unorganised sector.
It is also common phenomenon that the migrant workers work hard. They are actually driven out from their homeland for their stomach. To them, Manipur is a state full of green fodders. The grass is greener in our state which compels outsiders to come here.
To most of the migrant workers returning to their homestate means unemployment again which will ultimately lead to starvation then to death. So they prefer to live here, to die here because it is a fair gamble for them.
Last wednesday, I went into a hair cutting saloon to get my hair cut. There was a long queue as a good number of hair cutting saloons had got their shutter down in fear.
I asked the man doing my hair (his name was Ravi Prasad Tiwari) whether the recent killings had causeed him a fear psychosis. He said, “There is no fear for my safety. In fact, I am safer here tham in my own village in Bihar”. Like other migrants he was attracted to Imphal by its promise of a better livelihood. He visited his family in Bihar once in a year. During his absence he put a fellow Bihari in charge of the saloon. The city has been good to him and so he believes that the recent attack on migrant workers will fizzle out soon.
There are many Tiwaris to get aclimatize here. But how long a Bihari or a Punjabi remain in Manipur with their stomachs empty? So the best and natural way to expel the migrants will be to give them no room for earning here by doing thoses works by ourselves.
If every Manipuri does not polish his shoe to a migrant cobbler but to a Manipuri cobbler, if every Manipuri promished to cut his hair only by the hands of othe Manipuri, if every Manipuri engaged Manipuri workers in mannual works such as building, digging etc, then outsiders cannot remain here in Manipur.
Let every Manipuri tries hard to regain the lost work culture of our forefathers of not depending to others, then the issue of influx of migrant workers will die a natural death from the soil of Manipur.

The Sangai Express

Ibobi says harsh measures against militants unavoidable, Militants not sparing even temples, observes CM
By : A Staff Reporter 3/31/2008 2:07:19 AM

IMPHAL, Mar 30: Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh Sunday charged the militant groups operating in the state of collecting money from even the donations given in the name of God at various temples.

Ibobi who was speaking as chief guest at the inauguration function of the Shija Trauma, Emergency and Burn Centre at the Shija Hospital and Research Institute, Langol also justified the killing of militants stating that it had become unavoidable in ensuring the security of the civil populace in general and also considering the increasing harassment meted out to the public by these miscreants.

“Don’t say the government is coming down too hard on them. It is a must to check their excesses on the public and government,” he said.

He also observed that the government was spending a huge amount on counter insurgency operations even though it was aware how much development could be witnessed if the amount was invested in development works. But the government was doing so only to safeguard the lives of the common people, he added.

Regarding the collection of percentage from feasts offered in the name of god, the chief minister said that the charges per individual taken by the temple authorities was Rs. 30 per head earlier. But now it had increased to Rs. 50 as the militants collected Rs. 5 to 10 per head from those offering the feasts.

Ibobi also blamed the bad law and order situation for the fall in the inflow of tourists to the state which affected the potential income which could be generated from the tourism industry.

Improving the law and order situation in the state requires the cooperation of the people, he said adding that without the cooperation of the people it was impossible to usher in an era of peace and tranquility in the state.

Terming the recent serial killings of non-local labourers as an “unfortunate incident”, the chief minister expressed concern over what would happen to the Manipuris residing in other states of the country if such acts continue here.

While lauding the Shija hospital authorities for installing latest equipments, Ibobi said it had reduced the number of people going outside the state for treatment.

Minister for health and family welfare, Ph Parijat Singh, who also attended the function as guest of honour said that providing latest equipments and methods for treatment of patients, something which could not be done by the state run health centres, was laudable for the private entrepreneurs. Its an indication of development in the state, he added.

He also said that the state government was in the process of establishing a nursing college in the state in collaboration with the Shija hospital. He also cited the efforts of the government to set up a nursing council.

Parijat also congratulated the hospital on becoming one of the premier hospitals in the country and on its inclusion in the Guiness Book of World Records.

Mention may be made that the hospital was included in the Guinness Book in the year 2003 for removing the largest neck tumor in the world from a 12-day old baby.

The inauguration function was presided over by Dr. Kh Palin, chairman cum managing director, Shija Hospital and Research Institute and after the lamp lighting the oath taking of the second batch of the nursing students was held.

The principal of the Shija Academy of Nursing administered the oath to the nursing students in presence of the chief guest and president of the function.

Shija Hospital, Langol which is certified with ISO 9001:200 and has a capacity of 160 beds is a pioneer private healthcare institute providing secondary and tertiary healthcare.

A total of 460 trained staffs are serving in the hospital.

Economic compulsions force non locals to get back to work
By : A Staff Reporter 3/31/2008 2:05:22 AM

IMPHAL, Mar 30: Inadequate allocations of basic requirements at all the 24 temporary relief camps for non local residents run by the state government in all the four valley districts of the state have become a major concern for the respective district adminstrations following the failure of the state government to supply basic requirements after opening the relief camps.

It may be mentioned that the state government following the incidents of serial killing of 15 non-local in the state on March 17 and 18 opened several relief camps in the valley districts of the state including three at Bishnupur, five at Thoubal and another 16 under Imphal West and Imphal East districts with tight security provisions.

The question of the failure to provide the daily requirements came up when the concerned government officials or the concerned district administration failed to visit the respective relief camps since the last two days.

The non local residents are now eager to resume their usual works in the state as they have been under detention since March 19 at the relief camps and have no way to support themselves unless they make their daily earnings.

In the meantime, a majorty of the non local residents who were confined at the relief camps have voluntarily left the camps to resume their normal works of labourers although fear still lurks at the back of their minds on what may happen to them next.

On the other hand, the resumption of normal activities by the non local labourers and small traders also seems to be an indication that the apprehensions regarding their safety have slowly receded.

As a matter of fact the state government, considering the existing free movement enjoyed by the non locals since the last few days in the greater Imphal areas have relaxed the night curfew hours imposed in the valley districts.

Man with psychiatric problems cuts off private part
By : A Staff Reporter 3/31/2008 1:59:09 AM

IMPHAL, Mar 30: In a very rare incident of its kind, a man apparently having psychiatric problems Sunday cut off his private part and refused to let it be replanted despite strong insistence from the police, doctors as well as his family.

The man was identified as one Hidam Jiten, 37, hailing from Jiribam and currently residing at Thangmeiband Lourungpurel Leikai. The incident reportedly occurred at around 7.30 pm today at a house at Thangmeiband Lourungpurel Leikai and the man was brought up to the RIMS hospital at around 8.25 pm.

He was living with his second wife at Lourungpurel Leikai and he had earlier also hurt himself with a knife at his neck some two months back.

At that time also he was admitted at the same hospital, RIMS.
The man whose private part was totally cut off was hospitalized in a serious condition with excessive bleeding at the wounded part.

The doctors at the hospital insisted on the man to tell where his private part had been left for replanting it suggesting that if necessary operation was conducted within less than four hours, it would be possible to revive the organ.

But despite the strong insistence, the man did not tell where his organ had been thrown out. Police at the RIMS picket also intervened to urge him to tell the whereabouts of the organ.

The man told them that he had thrown it out at a open place without telling the exact spot. But on the strong insistence of the police personnel on duty at the hospital, he told the truth.

Later, the family member collected the organ from underneath his bed at his house at Thangmeiband. But he strongly rejected the proposal of the doctors and the family to replant the organ, hospital sources said.

Helpless doctors later performed an emergency surgery to stop the blood oozing out and after implanting an artificial pipe for urination, he was admitted to unit-3 of the male surgery ward of the hospital. His condition is out of danger now.

Doctors believe the man had psychiatric problems as earlier around two months back he was admitted at the same ward with several cut marks at the neck caused in an apparent attempted suicide.

CAU appointments irregularities continue
By : A Staff Reporter 3/31/2008 2:00:36 AM

\IMPHAL, Mar 30: The non-appointment of regular staffs in various important posts in the Central Agriculture University, CAU, Iroishemba since its inception 14 years back and the current manner of appointment of vacant posts of teaching staffs in various faculties in the colleges under the university, show that there are some discrepancies which the concerned higher authorities are surely aware of.

Even though the CAU is based in Imphal, the process for appointment to vacant posts in the College of Agriculture, Imphal, right from the collection of application forms to holding of interviews, is done at the office of the liaison officer of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi for reasons best known to the authorities only, many complained.

Due to the appointment process being held at New Delhi even though the headquarter of the university is based in Imphal, many local aspirants have been disappointed as they could not appear in the DPC for the posts, they said.

Mention may be made that the CAU on December 3 last year invited applications for filling up of teaching posts at its constituent college, the College of Agriculture, Imphal. The advertisement asked the applicants to submit applications in the prescribed forms to the Liaison office, CAU opened at room no. 202, Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan-II, Pusa Road, New Delhi.

The interview for the same was held on March 10 last at New Delhi at the campus of the ICAR.

Many aspiring candidates who could not appear in the interview were unhappy with reported unfair practices in the appointment of teaching posts by the authorities of the Central Agriculture University, Imphal at around the middle part of 2007 and expressed that the attitude of the authorities could not only dampen the spirits of the students but also many qualified candidates who were willing to apply for the posts.

The DPC was related with the filling up of various posts including professors, associate professors and assistant professors of different disciplines.

“We doubt that the higher authorities of CAU are holding the interview outside the state only to conceal their past mistakes and to avoid any complaints while manipulating the recruitment process,” a teacher serving in the College of Agriculture, Iroishemba who did not want his name disclosed said.

Disappointment with the authorities of the university, which is the only one of its kind in the entire north eastern region of the country has been prevalent since long.

As for instance, the university even though established in 1993 has not been filling up important posts like registrar, deputy controller, director research, director instruction etc. since its inception 14 years back.

Many questions on the non-filling of these posts have been raised from various quarters since long, They even suspect that some people holding higher posts in the university are doing the same for their own vested interest. They even question if the posts are not being filled up for the convenience of taking bribes while appointing on contract basis.

Interestingly, the post of registrar has been held by an in-charge for the last more than eight years.

Apart from this, even though the session of another post graduate studies course opened at Barapani, Meghalaya is nearly completing one year but so far except the dean, other staffs for the college have not been appointed on regular basis.

Mention may be made that last year a students body banned the process of appointments over the alleged malpractice in the selection process for the appointment of the professor, associate professor and assistant professor of the university charging that it was not in accordance with the recruitment rules of the university.

The university authorities’ holding of interviews nearly two years after the advertisement for the posts had been made was also contested last year.

The advertisement inviting applications from qualified candidates was notified on August 26, 2005 although the last date for submission was on December 20 of the same year.

After remaining silent for around two years, the interview was held on May 25, 2007 and the results were declared on June 18 the same year.

There was no strict rule that re-advertisement should be done if the process of the first advertisement was not completed well in time but it is unclear why the interview for the first advertisement was done after a long gap of time, an assistant professor of the CAU said on condition of anonymity.

“It is very wrong on the part of the university authorities to hold interviews for the first advertisement which was issued many years back even as there were no strict rules for cancellation of the advertisement,” he added.

Conducting of interview for vacant posts after two years without re-advertisement or allowing entry of fresh applicants amounts to violation of rights of the teachers who served as assistant professors and were desirous of applying for the posts, observed the source.

Interestingly, it may be recalled that the advertisement for appointment of professors and associate professors was issued on the same date as the College of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Mizoram, College of Fishery, Tripura and College of Home Science, Meghalaya, all constituents of CAU, Imphal. But for all these three constituents, DPCs were held well on time and appointments were also over within 2006 while the DPC of the College of Agriculture, Imphal was held with a delay of one year and nine months.

Another irregularity that was detected was that of the interview for appointment of associate professors for agronomy and entomology. For these posts, after screening for qualified applicants, only one each applicant remained.

But the interviews of the same were held even as recruitment rules stated that if eligible applicants be less than three, re-advertisement should be done inviting more candidates. However, this was not done except for postponing the last date of submission of applications, the source said.

The interview was held violating the notification issued by the registrar of the CAU dated November 2000 regarding the counting of past service rule.

The notification states that previous service, without any break as a lecturer or equivalent in a university, college, national laboratory, or other scientific organization, for example, CSIR, ICAR, UGC, DRDA, UGC, DRDO, ICSSR, ICHRI and as a UGC research scientist, should be counted for placement as lecturer in senior scale/selection grade under certain conditions which were stated clearly in the notification.

Long distance passengers suffer as bus owners call impromptu strike
By : A Staff Reporter 3/31/2008 2:02:58 AM

IMPHAL, Mar 30: Passenger services along the Indo-Myanmar road (Imphal-Sugnu) was severely disturbed today as drivers of buses serving along the Indo-Myanmar Sugnu road stopped services Sunday to protest against the kidnapping of a driver by a militant group on March 28.

The suspension of services which took place all of a sudden without any prior notice caused great inconvenience to the passengers.

A heated argument erupted this afternoon between the bus drivers and passengers after the drivers refused to resume service even after the sit in-protest ended. Some people even attempted to smash the parked buses which police on duty nearby prevented.

Later, considering the problems to be faced by the passengers the buses agreed to take the passengers upto Sugnu in the late afternoon.
The driver of a bus (MNA 867) named Heikrujam Inao Singh, hailing from Khongjom in Thoubal district, has been missing since he was abducted by suspected militants of the United Kuki Liberation Front, UKLF from Sugnu in Thoubal district on March 28.

He was reportedly kidnapped by the militant group on an extortion demand served on the owner of the vehicle on March 28 from Sugnu while he was in the parked bus at Sugnu.

Denouncing the act of the militants the drivers staged a sit-in protest at the Thoubal parking at Keishmapat this morning after the first trip. The owners of the buses also joined the protest later.

During the protest placards with slogans like ‘UKLF, release the driver’, ‘Don’t kidnap drivers for ransom’, ‘Don’t harass drivers’, ‘Stop kidnapping people for money’ etc. were displayed at the site. The protest commenced from around 8 am and went on till 2 pm.

A driver participating in the protest disclosed that on many instances underground elements harassed the drivers in many ways. They threatened to kill them sometimes for not meeting the monetary demands served on the owners of the vehicles.

“Why do they make us the scapegoat,” he asked.

On the sudden stoppage of the services many questions were raised by the passengers who could not head back home. “If they were to stop plying why did they pick up people this morning. Whatever the situation, they should consider the plight of the passengers too,” they lamented.

The passengers got even more angry when they saw the buses at the parking. They asked why the vehicles were parked there if they had suspended services. “The kidnapping incident took place some days back, why have they taken a hurried decision instead of announcing it earlier,” the anguished passengers said.

Imphal Free Press

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A reality write: Crises of the Kuki psyche in Manipur

By Lunminthang Haokip

October 16, 2007: You receive a telephone ring. The caller at the other end wants to talk to a member of your family. You grow curious and desire to know who’s on the line. The caller ignores the query and insists that the person he likes to communicate with be brought at hearing distance.

You begin to lose your cool and repeat in a firm voice you need to know who he is in a straight answer. By now, the mysterious caller gets irritated and raises his tone, “Don’t you recognize me by my voice?”, and bangs the receiver.

Tongue Pride-Tied: If you ever get hurt by such a curt verbal delivery while being engaged in a mental tug-of-war on wires of Graham Bell’s discovery with such a standoffishly stubborn man of woman-born, take it from me that he’s a blue-blooded kuki. Like 007 James Bond, the world telecommunicates by introducing themselves first.

However, a Kuki in his elements is ill-at-ease to hold in check compelling impulses at will. He would rather risk the enmity of a powerful man than tell him his name first, or do so on demand in a tele-conversation.

Kinky Kuki: Not for nothing a Kuki is said to be conservative. He won’t do anything (in organizational social services) if not properly entrusted and can’t feel at home in every situation. Unless specifically instructed, doing things elsewhere is like cooking in someone else’s kitchen and when invited for a dinner, a Kuki worth his culinary taste, will not accept before the invitation is repeated at least thrice.

Rev. Chungthang Thiek, in a trip to South Korea, was offered some dress-oufits by his Christian host. The popular preacher with an entertaining skill that enthralled his Kuki audiences’ church after church, in actuality, appreciated the presents. But habitual modesty made him say, “No need, its okay, no need brother…….” when he actually needed. This created confusion in the Korean host. Thinking something and saying something else is a familiar game of an art the Kuki needs no one to teach him.

“It’s an occupational hazard to endure the mental make-up of my fellow-Kuki”, W.L Hangshing, an articulate officer of the IAS-cadre of 1985 batch and a keen observer of human nature lamented during his tenure as Director/TD, GOM in Imphal. He further elaborated, “A shabby guy met me in my office, sat cross-legged on the sofa and enquired in my own dialect, “Sir, what’s the status of mine?”. Mildly amused by the vague audacity the stranger exhibited, I shot back, “Who are you and what d’you mean by mine?”

The man with the villain-ish get-up vitiated the official set-up when he owlishly retorted, “Arrey Sir, how come you don’t know me when I know you and your family so well?. And when I cornered him to explain the subject-matter in clearer terms, all that the obnoxious favour-seeker could mutter was, “I mean my petition……yes, that of mine!” As an exception, for once, the perception based on sure-fire hunches of the former DU-champ in rifle-shooting backfired.

The vulnerable Rebel: That’s a character typical of of an average Kuki. He’s got the grit to aggressively hold his undaunted own under pressure, but will melt down like ice in summer and shrink to depths of excessive humility when given a fairly respectable treatment. Even then, when rubbed on the wrong side, “Kukis are more reserved and arrogant than the Britishers themselves”, observed a prominent bureaucrat who has an axe to grind with the sting of the proverbial Kuki-pride.

Of course, there’s an element of truth in it. It was this pride of tribe that convincingly check-mated the onslaught of the mighty British empire in this part of the country in the second decade of the last century. Their weapons were primitive. Yet they weren’t deterred. For once, the sun did set on the British Empire, albeit for a brief period. Subtle as they were, the British rulers bestowed due honour upon the Kuki valour.

The brave rebels were jailed in far-off islands, but not hanged. Nevertheless, a long-term policy was formulated to ensure that the Kukis were undermined in administration, lagged behind in developmental progress and paid a heavy price for generations for having dared to defiantly pooh-pooh the orders and proclamations of the sun-set-proof empire.

Heads Held High: Self-respect means everything to the spiritually uncircumcised Kuki. Come what may, he won’t take shit from anybody. This very spirit violently opposed the British-India’s decree to recruit Kukis as porters to be sent to France against their collective will. The mayhem that followed was known in history as the Kuki Rebellion”. Life-time suffering, strangely, was considered more tolerable than cringing and cowering under the yoke of oppressive subjugation.

A hero in the sixties, a Shillong-based Retd. Major Jangkholun Haokip, is an ideal example of the Rambo-ish bent of mind that symbolizes the Kuki-psyche. Being short-built, as most of the hill-bred tribesmen are; bullying colleagues made several bulldozing bids to make a minor of the mistakenly measured Major.

But true to type, the former street-boxing champ, at every provocation by insulting remarks from under-estimating comrades, sprang to the occasion to rain an avalanche of fists-of-fury on the ill-fated challengers’ chin. There were no second rounds in such square deals. It was simply the survival of the toughest. And in the rough arena of his action-packed military career, the Major-saab earned the sobriquet of “Chatak-patak aadmi”.

Divided They Disintegrate: The centuries-old pastoral existence in the narrow confines of the far-flung hill-tracts casts indelible reflections on the outlook of unlettered commoners in a Kuki village. There too, familiarity breeds contempt .When disagreements crop up in misc. village matters, sub-division gains momentum on clannish lines.

More often than not, open revolt by an aggrieved group against the chiefship ends up in separation to found a new hamlet village consisting of a wronged sub-clan. And so it goes on. A particular Kuki- hamlet village has only two houses. The chief announces that a meeting of the village council would be held. The lone subject vetoes that the council does not approve the summon and no meeting was held.

Clan-centric Society: The village set-up, the traditions held on to, and the moorings that influence village life all prove the fact that clan, and not land, is pre-eminent in the Kuki- psyche. Land, no doubt, is under the Chief’s control. The subjects enjoy small holdings at the Chief’s mercy. When emotions flare up and a break-up is certain, land-holding has no hold over one who’s hell-bent to prove his mettle by establishing a new settlement. This accounts for the absence of big villages in the interiors and the relative scarcity of full-grown horticultural plants around.

Gospel Belittled: A cleverly covered battle for supremacy is silently waged on clannish lines. Cold-war goes on in the shade of seemingly hot-pursuit for fraternal unity. But when it comes to mixing with other communities, the rigid Kuki would rather bank on a ‘devil’ he knows well enough than on one he doesn’t. In religious affairs, for example, it’s almost considered a taboo to have folks from other communities as members of one’s own church or vice versa.

When a converted tribesman, guided by the Word of God, joins a church outside the control of one’s tribe, a notional ‘fatwa’ is served upon the ‘outcast’ with no regrets. A native Kuki never enjoys a meeting conducted in a language that’s not his. In the same vein, inter-tribe marriages are frowned upon.

Trigger-Happy Kuki: A Kuki, for all his weaknesses, is a Jack of all trades and master of a few. You don’t have to teach the Marwari the art of business, the Mizo the art of singing and the Kuki the art of gun-making and firing. When he catches sight of a plane flying high in the sky, triggered by spontaneous natural tendency, he mock-aims the flying plane, as if a gun is held in hand, and says, “Ohhh! its so beautiful, I wish I have a gun to shoot it down”.

All- Rounder: The upwardly mobile Kuki country- youth, attends college, helps in the field, chairs the parish Youth Fellowship, is indispensable in the village church-choir, enjoys the confidence of the circle MLA, pursues odd schemes in the ‘scheming’ BDO’s office and still finds time to captain the village football team. And all these hectic activities aren’t even allowed to disturb his prime-time spared exclusively to romance with his lady-love.

When it comes to sports, the Kuki athletes, instead of venturing out for better exposure in tandem with the DSAs and state-level functionaries prefer to bicker and rub shoulders with their own kinsmen in a poorly self-financed strictly localized yearly games meets. That’s the singular event bored rural boys and girls look forward to as a pleasant break from back-breaking agricultural engagements.

Heart-beats are missed in the run-up to the top-notch tourney when enthused youngsters anticipate the bosom-pals they would meet, the new dresses they would display and the events they’d liked to participate in. They spiritedly slog to earn wages in the muddy fields and save enough to paint the annual sports-meet red.

Cash Flows: Financing such a meet is no problem. The circle MLA will willingly and calculatingly take care of the expenses provided his political adversaries are not included in the organisers’ list and further provided that he alone is honoured as the Chief Guest.

And if the event takes place just before the General Assembly elections, the organizers smile from ear to ear over the glut of keen sponsors. The more presentable girls of the local area are usually paraded to raise funds at the flash of a smile. There’s no need to take such a trouble, now that each candidate volunteers to outdo the other in donations, not for love of sports, but of votes.

Joy To The Shops: Come December. You can’t miss seeing groups of men, women and children wearing disappointed looks , carrying discoloured shoulder-bags who refuse to disband their walking-style in single-files on the broad streets of downtown Imphal’s market-places where thousands converge to shop till the become broket in the cheapest stalls.

If the awe-struck bumpkins can’t give up the age-old habit of single-file walking, they can’t be blamed. That’s the way they trudge everyday barefoot on the narrow footpaths of hilly terrain in a feverish search for a means of earning the next square meal.

Sorrow Back-home: In the city board-rooms and conferences, we discuss ecological-balance and imbalance in theory. But a poverty-stricken mother struggling to feed eight hungry mouths depends entirely upon jhum- cultivation for survival. Top-soil erosion doesn’t top her daily priorities.

Widowed by the bloodshed of recent ethnic clashes, the sickly and fragile mother, with her ill-fed and ill-clad unschooled children in tow, clear jungle-patches, burn up the dry foliage and then, grow vegetables, cumin, fruit-bearing plants etc. Staring at the badly shaven foothills of Koubru-hills, the former CM of Manipur, Mr. Rishang Keishing once said, “The Koubru hill resembles the traditional Tangkhul hair-cut”.

Mother Kuki: As it did upon Mother India in celluloid, the lot of keeping the home-fires burning in most jobless households falls upon the poor mother. Braving rain and leeches, the compassion-personified housewife, emotionally overflowing with the milk of human kindness, brings home some ripe bananas among other fruits, thanks to God’s concern for men’s requirements. Her youngest child innocently tears off from the whole a piece of the irresistible produce of the earth and begins to nibble.

With great sorrow in the heart, the mother slaps the minor child hard on the cheek. The wretched family can’t afford to waste a single piece of the edible. Mom had already given word to the shop-keeper in the market that she would bring so much bananas earlier before being given some kgs of rice on credit. With money-in-circulation on the wane in the rural economy, buyers of locally produced stuff play hard to get. Items like firewood, charcoal etc. no more fetch enough money to sustain landless families. To quote Mulk Raj Anand, “Their days are dark”, and because Kerosene oil is scarce and it’s price exorbitant, “their nights are pitch-dark”.

Societal Gaps: Today, the Kuki stake-holders like politicians, church-leaders and bureaucrats, though are capable performers individually, lack the cohesive approach to identify and fulfill their own people’s aspirations and expectations. As they cannot form a formidable forum for themselves to collectively address and remove societal ills, the gap between the haves and the have-nots widen. There’s a gulf of disparity between the comfortably Delhi-settled scions of first-generation Kuki-mandarins and their ethnic-class-impoverished rickshaw-pulling back-home kindred. This is no sign of a healthy economy.

The NRK (Non-resident Kuki)’s achievements in acquiring name, fame and dame in the national capital is quite commendable. Yet humanity demands that society’s top heads be put together in a brain-storming session and its best nerves be strained till the sun goes cold to find out the cause of the ceaseless suffering that pincer-holds the under-privileged Kuki, and finally suggest remedial measures.

Decades ago, the underdog in the then hassle-free tribal society had reasons to be proud of his heritage. It’s a different scenario now. The plight of the Kukis, by and large, is reminiscent of the judgement of God against the Edomites, “Behold, I will make you small among the nations: you shall be greatly despised (Obadiah 1:2)”.

Edomites were the descendants of Esau, the elder son of Issac (Genesis 25:30). Obadiah the prophet revealed the mind of God that it was their pride that aroused the Almighty’s anger to fall upon them. “The pride of your heart has deceived you; you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitations is high; you who say I your heart, who will bring me to the ground?(Obadiah 1:3)”.

My Roots: Yeah, born a Kuki myself (before my spiritual birth against a Christian), I’m taking off the cushioning glove of writing in third-person that denies me a direct touch; and am pushing my pen through in first-person to effectively ink a burdensome spirit that is my own in a language that’s not my own.

Hollow Pride: Our forefathers gloried in their courage, conquests and unrestrained freedom. Hauntingly lyrical paeans of praise were sung and mentally preserved even to date. Their dominion stretched from one range to another “in the clefts of the rock”. In heathen pride, over jars of rice-beer, they repeatedly sang, “Who will bring me down to the ground from our secure abodes between Taret (a river in Manipur) and Jaangdung (a river in Burma)”.

Alas, today, does it make sense to sing the same song with our heads held high when we don’t even have a district we can exclusively call our own? And when our married sisters, in torn clothes, carrying pots of cooked- meat on their heads, and sick children on their backs, hard-sell the stuff from door to door for want of any alternative source of income, does it augur well to burn up lakhs of rupees on a night’s celebration of a spiritually irrelevant and culturally modified jamboree called modern kut-fest?

I fully agree that Kut-fest is not the only societal misadventure we are morally degraded by. I also believe that a host of unbroken curses that we inherited as a legacy from our common ancestry worked together to make us small among the nations and be greatly despised. If not washed clean by the blood of Jesus through repentance and conscience-cleansing, curses can go down and down one’s lineage. “For I, the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generations of those who hate me (Genesis 20:5).

But, looking back at recent history, the graph of our misery and distress soared higher and higher in direct proportion to our heart-and-soul devotion to this Frankenstine of a carnal carnival called kut. Now, even the founders cannot undo what has been done so lavishly. A vast potential of youthful energy that could, if properly channelised, have improved our lot and prestige-percentage, had been wasted in feeding the worthless part of our souls.

“For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life – is not of the Father but of the world (1 John2:16)”.

Yes, it’s the pride of life that made us small. Pride in self made king Nebuchadnezzar eats humble pie (Daniel Ch. 4). It was the blasphemous wining that destroyed his son, Belshazzar, and took his kingdom away (Daniel Ch.5). Kut is doubly guilty of both the sins cited above. In God’s sight, our most awaited autumnal venture is nothing more than a pompous show of pride takes us nearer and nearer to doomsday.

The Creator, in His mercy and longsuffering, yet offers a way- out from doom., “ If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land (II Chronicles 7:14).”

Repentance is the key to re-acceptance. National sins should be repented for nationally, and individual sins individually. I, for one, feel miserably sad that I myself was once a part of this fest. To quote a late former MP, “I do not blame the system I belonged to; but I blame myself who belonged to the system”. And to set the record straight, I hereby show my repentance in public by rendering the following verses on my reviewed feelings about the taxing annual fun-fare my people will do much better without:

The writer is a Deputy Commissioner under the government of Manipur, a northeast state in India.

Source: http://www.kukiforum.com/index.php/Commentary/Reception-fo-freed-Kuki-students-held-in-New-Delhi.html

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Turbulent transition – Moulding Manipur by eliminating inefficiency –

By: David Vumlallian Zou *

Introduction: A new vision since 1991

“Even if you’re on the right track,” Will Rogers remarked, “you’ll get run over if you just sit there”. Since 1991, the pace of change picked up in India. The rhythm of life is becoming less predictable. Like many others parts of India, this applies to Manipur as well.

With the IT revolution, India gets increasingly integrated into the global village. The impact is felt even in a remote state like Manipur. The recent economic boom is mainly confined to urban centres, the new face of rising India.

The size of entrepreneurs and the “scooter class” is expanding rapidly. But rural India still remains largely untouched; it is tied to the “bullock cart economy” (in the words of Edward Luce). How can we deliver the fruits of development to all our citizens?

This is the greatest challenge facing the nation today. That will depend, to some degree, on the efficiency of local governments. We need innovative leadership and political will to achieve all the necessary reforms.

At the central level, India has initiated Economic Reforms since 1991 under P.V. Narasimha Rao. Our present PM, Dr. Manmohan Singh was also one of the brains behind the Economic Liberalization of 1991.

It was the milestone marking the beginning of the end for Nehruvian Socialism in India. Post-Reform India is inventing a new vision for itself. It no longer desires to be a mere spectator, but a player on the global stage.

The bloody beast of macho Nationalism

Now we are in the midst of turbulent transition. There are new problems, but there are new prospects. There are new challenges as well as opportunities. Change is painful and stressful; but we can make transitions less traumatic.

In Manipur, we often try to manage change by returning to a mythical golden past – which never existed. Of course, we can benefit from our recent historical resources, especially Indian secularism.

This is under attack by the forces of religious fundamentalism, including Hindu, Muslim and Christian fanatics. Intolerance breeds intolerance. Trust builds up more trust. Misguided nationalism or Hindu chauvinism can potentially derail the quest for dignity and prosperity by India’s teeming millions.

In Manipur, it is time to realize the dangers of macho nationalism. Today masculinist nationalism contests against inclusive open society. The choice is between old patriarchal tribal homelands versus a new vision of rainbow multi-cultural society.

What is our vision for the future? What is our “imagined community” for the brave new world of the 21st century?

Militancy in the Northeast creates an atmosphere of fear, insecurity and violence. Militancy breeds terror, and blocks trade. If such chaos prevails too long in Manipur, militancy will pop up hideous gangsters and warlords at the top of our society.

That is the outcome of anarchy, for instance, in sub-Saharan Africa. Exceedingly rich in natural resources, this part of tropical Africa is haunted by nameless battles, needless deaths and pornographic poverty. Ultimately, human identity is about past roots as well as future routes.

Our homeland narratives, based on the myth of ethnic purity, had resulted in too much bloodshed.

Here is a quotation from W.B. Yeats, the Irish poet:

Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart
O when may it suffice?
Was it needless death after all?

Nehruvian Socialism: A failed experiment

Nehruvian secularism, no doubt, is an admirable achievement. But Nehruvian socialism had been an obstacle to our economic growth. It protected India from the outside world in pursuit of self-sufficiency. That was a comforting but self-destructive journey.

That was, no doubt, a sentimental reaction of British rule. Good politics, but bad economics! When India became independent in 1947, Nehru sent a team of planners across the Himalaya to the then Soviet Union. The Indian team was evidently impressed with the Soviet experiment.

So, we adopted a planned economy in imitation of the Soviets. Thus, India lost its economic freedom. Our economy was chained by its mammoth bureaucracy – notoriously known as the “licence-permit Raj”. Nehru tortured enterprise culture in the name of socialism.

Private enterprise was a suspect, and it was persecuted by corrupt bureaucrats. Regulation became more important than production. Entrepreneurs spent more time queuing for license than manufacturing products; they spent more time bribing officials than hiring workers.

The system produced a painfully slow growth, humorously called “the Hindu rate of growth”. It averaged 3.5% growth during the first three decades since Independence. But population explosion at the rate of 2.3% practically neutralized even the feeble growth we achieved.

Meanwhile, our eastern neighbours in Southeast Asia (especially China) took off – averaging 10% growth. So, Nehru’s socialist experiment was a colossal disaster.

It drove the country into poverty trap. Ironically, the experiment was carried in the name of the poor. Soaked in Fabian socialism, Nehru fancied that economic growth came from dogmatic plans, not pragmatic profits. His Fabian dream soured.

Translated into reality, it turned out as sarkar statism – not socialism. By 1991, India was in deep foreign exchange crisis – left with just US $1billion (compare it with $140 bn. in 2006). Then the threat of bankruptcy shook our national confidence.

India became one of the worst places on earth to do business. Outside India, the Soviet experiment too faced a crisis. It eventually collapsed like a house of cards in 1991. So, the Cold World came to an end, leaving the USA the sole superpower.

India was forced to re-define its place in the new world order. The choice is to reform or perish! India took the risk of reform – but at elephant’s leisurely pace!

Look East: China’s economic miracle

Since Independence, India was fatally obsessed with its western neighbour, Pakistan. This obsession led to border wars, expensive defence, and even nuclear contest. This is a betrayal of hope for the poor in both counties.

But at India’s eastern frontier, an economic miracle was happening in China; and it has become the fastest growing major economy in the world. Today China is called the “global workshop” experiencing “the second Industrial Revolution”.

The architect of Chinese reform, Deng Xiaoping declared, “To get rich is glorious”. He brushed aside decades of Communist ideology, and embraced market economy in 1978. “Black cat, white cat”, said Deng, “all that matters is that it catches mice”. This sharply contrasted with socialist Nehru, who said, “Never talk to me about profit … It is a dirty word”.

Under Nehruvian socialism, profit-consciousness made no sense. Efficiency and productivity were not in the socialist dictionary. Wealth-creation was considered a shameful enterprise. Perhaps it was the product of a Brahmin priestly mentality.

Such value-system conditioned the Indian mind to see nothing beyond the new priesthood of modern India, the Kafkaesque bureaucracy. This priestly white elephant carried only the privileged few on its back, leaving others behind with little opportunity.

So, the architects of the Economic Reforms were sweating to remove this mammoth elephant. Eliminating inefficiencies is a national priority. When the Efficiency Movement (1890-1932) emerged in the USA, journalists (called Muckrakers) and universities were important players.

The project was to expose official corruption, confront organized labour and eradicate inefficiencies. The Wisconsin University, for instance, was a source of efficiency, ideas and expertise for the progressive movement. The formation of Efficiency Societies too built up public support.

Interestingly, this coincided with the birth of Scientific Management as a new profession. Roose-velt, the American President, remarked, “The conservation of our national resources is only preliminary to the larger question of national efficiency”.

The power of productivity

In post-Reform India, it makes more sense to benchmark our state economies as “smart, smarter and smartest economies” instead of underdeveloped, developing or advanced economies. In a market society, employment alone has no meaning without productivity.

Only the “power of productivity” can improve our quality of life and make poverty history in India. For instance, consider the scandal of fake teachers’ employment in Manipur. This is draining our taxpayers’ money in unproductive investment.

The old regulations invented under Nehruvian socialism are driving away “endu-preneurs” instead of attracting them. If we want quality education, why should the Manipur’s license Raj refuse to give permit for CBSE affiliations to private schools? What is the need for chaining the private sector to our inefficient education management at Imphal?

Meanwhile, there are attempts to yoke modern education with insular ethnic politics in some parts of the hill areas. Students in the hill areas justifiably resented the inefficiencies of state-run educational institutions. In fact, most schools in the hill areas are in appalling conditions. But, as a strategy for educational reform, the recent syllabus squabble in the hill areas did more harm than good.

It appeared like the hijacking of genuine educational problems to serve narrow ethnic ends. Such an insular imagination neglects the real problems while opening more Pandora boxes. Everyone knows that our Government schools (like other public enterprises, the PWD or PDS) are monuments of proven inefficiencies.

What is the rationale for maintaining such high cost and poor quality services? It is time to search for innovative models of educational management. Public-private partnership is a possible option to enhance our educational quality.

De-licensing education can also spur competition, which, in turn, will drive away inefficient institutions from the market. A supporter of Efficiency, J.D. Rockfeller once said, “To help an inefficient, ill-located, unnecessary school is a waste …”

Multi-ethnic Manipur: Present predication

As a follow-up to Reform, India became a member of the World Trade Organization on 1 January 1995. Border trade with China was re-opened on 6 July 2006. India has become an important player in global trade today. It seems our economy was getting unbound.

Chains gradually removed, India is taking off. Growing at around 8% GDP, it becomes the second fastest growing major economy in the world today, next only to China. If predictions are correct, the Indian economy is projected to grow at 8% for at least another decade.

Gurcharan Das, the author of India Unbound, predicted that by 2025, India’s share in global trade could increase from 6% to 13%, making it the third largest economy in the world. Assuming that population growth is under effective control, the engine of growth will be able to make poverty history within a few decades.

Manipur was badly prepared for the changes opened up by the Reforms in 1991. Till now, its response to the Reform was reactionary. At times, current events in Manipur make a depressing reading. But its problems are not insoluble. Indeed, entertaining a defeatist view at the outset can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

At present, Manipur, land locked and industry-less, has no viable economy. As a special category state, it receives 90% of its budget from New Delhi. With an annual budget of about Rs.900 crores, Manipur supports roughly 85,000 redundant employees. That eats up about Rs.750 crores of the state budget.

Frequently, it is not even enough to maintain the bulky and rusty solkari engine. What money is left for development? Very little. Instead of cutting down the size of this economic beast, the Government borrow money from the RBI to feed it.

Borrowing for development is fine; but borrowing to pay salaries is unjustifiable in the long run. It is a classic example of bad management – putting tax payers’ money down the drain. Pradip Phanjoubam, editor of Imphal Free Press pithily puts it, “Life in Manipur has been reduced to living from one RBI ban to another” (2002: 129).

The way forward is to cut down unproductive spending and plough in more resources for development of critical infrastructures. Fighting inefficiency, no doubt, involves confronting official corruption.

Meanwhile, poor infrastructure makes Manipur very unattractive to outside investors. Mindless violence and our bandh addiction send wrong signals to the outside world. Our bandh madness stifles productivity; it cripples entrepreneurship and economic freedom.

Democratic modes of protest (eg. public rallies) are acceptable; but bandhs are indefensible. Given its baneful impact, declaring it illegal will be welcome.

Further, let’s put a full stop to the tribal dream: “Me and my brother against my cousin; me, my brother and cousin against the outsider”. Our policy makers can still push hard to make legal reforms to make Manipur more investment-friendly and consumer-oriented.

In post-reform India, the participation of the private sector and FDI can show the path to “best practice”. Attracting private investors is the only way to increase productivity and real income. Vibrant competition can help us set up new standards of excellence.

State-funded development projects are simply too little; delivered by rusty bureaucratic machines, they are always, too late. Even if everything works efficiently – which, of course, is unlikely – state planning alone cannot keep up with the ‘revolution of rising expectations’. Past experience tells us that Socialist-style planning will not take us very far.

The outdated jobs created by our politicians under the Socialist regime have become deadweight that pulls down the economy of Manipur.

Such state employment takes away people from “wealth creating jobs”. It is not employment, but employability, that holds the key to economic recovery. Employment without productivity helps nobody; it cannot deliver real human development. Begging more money from Delhi or pumping more cash into Manipur thoughtlessly may only push up inflation.

Inflation is too much money chasing too little goods. This is bad for everyone – especially for poor consumers. No wonder the standard of living in parts of the Northeast (especially Assam) have fallen recently – despite huge injection of cash from Delhi. The solution is to invest our limited resources in profitable enterprise. How can this happen?

The answer: by transforming our interfering “welfare state” into an enabling “managerial state”. That will involve inspiring public imagination on a new learning curve. A learning society can no longer take comfort in defiant arrogance, victim narratives, nostalgic homelands, or plotting revolutions. Stop the blame game and face future challenges.

Manipur hill areas need good governance, local democracy and more autonomy. At present, our inaccessible ruling class (Meitei as well as tribal elites) refuses to devolve power to the hill areas. They have a firm grip of all the purse strings from “distant” Imphal. Younger generations of the hill population hardly remember the last time MDC elections were held.

Nothing noticeable exists in the hill areas except, of course, the tithe-collecting Church. Even the autocratic chiefs practically abandoned their villages. Though some scholars tend to romanticise chieftainship, it is better to admit the feudalist and undemocratic nature of this institution.

These chiefly parasites are on sanction alert for state funds. They loot their villages from the nearest district headquarters. So, for a typical tribal villager, MDC was a fading memory in Manipur hill areas. MLAs are fleeing election ghosts bound for “distant” Imphal. The autocratic chief is the local big fish which feeds on the little fishes within the village pond. v Unlike the distant and invisible MLA, the village chief is the intimate and visible enemy of the powerless poor (BPL wallahs). The absence of local polity (if not local democracy) created a vacuum. That was largely created by the collapse of the village authority and MDC many decades ago.

However, in the 1990s, the void has been gradually filled by gun-trotting tribal youth. They became easy prey of ethnic nationalist ideology invented by some disgruntled and power-hungry tribal elites. Ethic nationalism assumes racial purity (if not superiority) while employing a victim narrative.

It thrives on male violence, gun culture and the corpses of its sacrificial victims. This type of nationalism sees the world simply as black and white, insiders and outsiders; it has no tolerance for pluralist identity or ideological differences.

This doomsday has been projected as paradise by most militant nationalists in the Northeast. Despite the promise of moon-lit homelands, militant nationalists in Manipur recently acted like terrorists – bombing temples or planting landmines. This should be an eye-opener.

Preoccupied with nightmarish visions of “sovereignty”, we turn a blind eye to the simple needs of the common citizens in the hills. They are deprived of their PDS support. This public robbery is committed by Manipur’s ruling regime – corrupt politicians, inefficient bureaucrats and insurgent thugs.

The common citizen needs simple things like PDS food, peace, education, health care, transport and (above all) local democracy. The ruling regime remains united in denying these simple needs to our deprived citizens, especially in the hill areas.

Moulding Manipur: The shape of things to come

Manipur will hopefully be connected by a new 97.9 km long railway line to mainland India by 2010. Since this Jiribam-Tupul railway is declared a “national project”, the work may not be unduly delayed. Once the project gets completed, this railway line will open new economic opportunities. Export-oriented industry will become more viable.

Manipur may finally get rid of its label as a “remote place”. Travel by land will be cheaper and easier. This will cut down prices of commodities. In the future, this railway has the potential of connecting Manipur to South-East Asia.

Meanwhile, roads within the state need to be improved to reap full benefit from the Jiribam-Tupul railway. Official corruption is a big fan of PWD pot holes on our roads. Right to Information and a proactive local media will be useful allies in this struggle.

Scraping or privatizing the PWD may be the surest way of fulfilling this mission. Another possibility is handing over our state highways to BRO or other efficient agencies. Yellow engineer, brown engineer, what matters is that we have reliable roads.

Goods roads build confidence; it integrates minds – not just territories. Let our valley comrades pay heed! In recent years, the proudest achievement of Manipur is the satisfactory progress of irrigation work.

This will boost our agricultural productivity. In other words, double cropping will increase food production. That is what a hungry state like Manipur exactly needs. Plenty of affordable or cheap food grain! Ultimately, irrigation dams are preconditions for any green revolution.

Khuga Dam will soon be fully operational; it has the capacity to irrigate 15,000 hectares of land within 20 kms of the dam site. Besides enhancing Lamka’s tourist attraction, 1.75 MW of electricity and 5 million gallons of drinking water are bonuses for the local population.

The Thoubal River Project is more than twice the size of Khuga Dam. It is estimated to irrigate 33,400 hectares of agricultural land and provide 7.5 MW of electric power. A much smaller Dolaithabi Barrage Project will also irrigate 7,545 hectares of land. In public interest, we should ensure that the projects are completed by its targeted deadline in 2008. While we lament the inefficient handling of compensation matters, the projects must go on without hindrance by vested interest.

Of late, India’s high growth makes more money available for development projects dotted all over the country. There is more cash to build our critical infrastructures – roads, railways, education, health care, etc. Wealth creation is the national passion for many young Indians.

In Manipur, we cannot afford to shut our doors to outside competition. Such a policy will disturb the flow of people and products. We need a vision that is forward looking and outward looking. So, recent demand for reviving Inner Line regulations (or any British colonial relic) makes little sense.

That will amount to turning the clock back. Protectionist slogans appeal to local sentiments and insecurity. However, legal safeguards about indigenous land rights and electoral censuses can be reconciled with the need for economic reforms. The natural beauty of our land is one of our most marketable resources. We need good strategies to attract tourists and investors.

Concluding Remarks

For all its cost and risks, embracing market reforms remains our best bet. It is a matter of stretching our imagination – searching innovative visions. Do we dare to imagine something different from hackneyed homelands? At the heart of enterprise culture is risk-taking, not state planning.

So, it is desirable that we privatise some sectors like PWD, PDS, banking, telecom, post office, etc. These services can be provided by the private sector at cheaper cost, but higher quality. That will save the tax payers’ money.

But intervention from an ‘umpire state’ is needed to uphold the rules of the game so that everyone can play fairly and safely. At present, the state is busy doing inefficiently many things it should have privatised; but it shies away from many state duties it is supposed to do.

Ours is not a democratic failure, but poor management.

Or, shall we rather say, lack of imagination?

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David Vumlallian Zou wrote this article for The Sangai Express. This article was webcasted on November 22nd, 2006.

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New IITs and IIMS location announced

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) today announced the locations of eight new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and seven Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) along with 30 Central and ‘world class universities’ to be set up in the country during the 11th Plan period.

Out of the eight IITs, first announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his Independence Day speech, one IIT would be set up at Indore in Madhya Pradesh while Orissa, Gujarat and Punjab would get one each.

The ministry had earlier announced IITs for Bihar, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. Medak district near Hyderabad has been identified for Andhra Pradesh IIT, according to state government official.

Of the seven new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), envisaged in the 11th Plan, one each would be set up in Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Chhattisgarh. An IIM for the North-East at Shillong was earlier announced and has been named as Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management.

HRD Minister Arjun Singh who made the announcement today also named the locations for 16 Central universities and a new category of 14 ‘world class universities’ to come up in state capitals and major cities. The latter are Central universities which the government says would aspire to world standards.

The 16 Central universities would be set up in Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa.

In three states, existing state universities would be taken over by the Central government and converted into Central universities. These are Dr Hari Singh Gaur University, Sagar (Madhya Pradesh), Guru Ghasidas University, Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh), and Goa University.

“Establishment of the IITs, IIMs and Central universities in the above states is subject to state governments offering adequate land at suitable locations, free of cost, for the purpose,” Arjun Singh said.

According to officials, each of the new IIT would require about Rs 760 crore to make it fully functional, while an IIM would need Rs 250 crore.

For a Central university, the requirement is Rs 250 to Rs 300 crore (including recurring and non-recurring costs over a period of four to five years). While intake of the new IITs would be around 2,500 students, it would be 120 per year in IIMs, they said.

Source – Business Standard

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Akimu thei ( let tuih- Practical)

James Zo Mang

Deih huoi, thei huoi le atahtah ihi sah ding uoa, hoi kasah thu pawl khat ang guol suh ing in, bangci nasa vuoi? cile, bang din mun ah i-om ei? ci ingaihsut ton ciet vuoa, mailam kalsuon na i neih thei ding un, ka hla gul pen hi.

1. Mi hing khat sim in, hatnaa, panthei naa, khat ciet tietei kinei hamtang aa, tuo ihi pan thei na pen, ahoilam ee? oleh ahoi lo lam ee ci-in thupi tah aa ngaih sut huoi – in ka um hi. Gentenaa: Kipawl na sung ah, mikhat in, sep thei ciet kineih sam aa,

Khen khat naa:

(1 ) Kipawl na-ah khanto thei na ding in septhei naa hi aa,

(2) Kipawl na-ah lunglut lo, semlo, zong nawngkai sah lo, ham lo, khet zep dingdeng cidan aa sep naa hi aa,

(3) Pawlkhat a pen, kiem nading, kikhenthang na ding, kimu khiel thei na ding, sup nading lam sep thei naa na hihi.

Khen ni naa:

(1). Kipawl na sung ah, panmun nga na “min” deih pumpang.
(2). Kipawl na sung ah, maa hamphat na ding in panmun tu.
(3). Kipawl nasung ah, aai tuom pawl neihnuom.
(4). Kipawl na sung ah, thu neihpen ding hinuom den.
(5). Atung aa, khenkhat na nambat (3) na sung ah adeih huoi lo mama sep thei na pen, “ama/ kei kamakaih/ amakaih sih le, langpang ding ci lung sim puoh zie pen, muda huoi mama pen dingin um ing.

Dawhnaa: ( Q ). Amuda huoi pen anina ding in noteng in bang hi ding in na ngaihsun vuoi?

Nainganzi ham in gen lei, ” sal lungsim” ineih lo ding uh kisam masa ding in ka um hi.

Imi sung ah, kipawl na atuomtuom kinei tei naleh tu ni dong cieng, bang ding aa, tam cithei ding aa, ikipawl na uh khangto theilo eeeeeee? Atung aa, sepzie nam tampi sung ah, iki hal kha uh ama? ci ngaih sut siem in, it na le, deihsah na tahtah tawh kipawl in sem ton uhleih, khanto lo theilo hun hizaw in ka um hi.

Atawp na-ah, ” no’n bang naci mu ding vuoi? Ipanmun te uh le, ikipawl nate uh ithupi sah bang uoa,akimu thei aa na isep ding uh zong imang ngil lo ding uh kisam ding in zong ka um hi.

Pasien le minam itna sung ah,

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Kawlgam mi India gam ah sumtawh kizuo!

March 26, 2008 – Suandeihsiam naunu (Luancing or Lamcing) Nagaland, India gam a LaiSiengTho sangkai nu in TuiMang khuo, Khamtung gam a “Naupang numeino (kum 18 nuaisie), manglai sinsak nuom na om vuh leh kang hu thei ding hi, amun dingpen Dimapur, Nagaland, India gam hi ci’n mikhat pen Rs 800 bang la in India gam a zaw pihto in, tam a nei a om naupang teng zua maw hi.

1. Cindeihpiang tanu: Man muan huai ( kum kua, Class -5 )
2. Cinkhanlian & Nianghlamsiang te tanu nih: Dimngai san (18 kum ), Niangsawmcing (14 kum, Class – 8)
3. Ginkhankap & Cingngaihnuam te tanu: Nianglamkim (14 tan 8)
4. Nangngaigcin & Niangngaiglun te tau: Cingnuamsiang (tan ng a kum9)
5. Gozadal & U Dim te tanu: Niangkaplun ( Kum 14, Class – 8 )
6. Thangdeihcin & Ningngaih khawm te tanu: Niang lam dim ( Kum 15, Class – 8 )
7. Khamdopiang & Zenman ngai te nau nih: Nianglamman (Kum 18, Class – 10 ) anau, Dimsian san ( kum 8, Class – 2 )
8. Tuanzadal & Cingkhansiang te tanu: Ninglian ( kum 10, Class – 5 )
9. Thangdeihkhen & Dimkhawlvung te tanu: Dimnem kim ( kum 10, Class – 5 )

Tam thu pen, Nanglianthang (Thangtawng) zi ding Keifang, Mizoram ah a lading in melthei te apei uh cieng in, Sanggampa Nangtawng kung ah gen vuh a, tua cieng in U Nangtawng in a thupei zie hoihsa lo in, a lungkham huoi ma ma thu ahi zie in a khuopih mola te a inn lam a peikia cieng in zasak pan hi. A tawpsa hun sung in Saiha, Mizoram gam lam ah Naupang kizua/ki lei tawh business bawl om ngei aa, tuothu pen kumpi in nasie tak in, a khah khat ahi hii. Tam thu a za uh cieng in, a thu a kan ding in a hi thei za za Dimapur, Nagaland gam ah vapei to vuo, naupangte thu kan na ah Nagaland a om Pastor te tawh kop in a zonzon uh cieng in, U Ginkhankap leh Khamdopiang te tanu nih a khawh nai lo uh mu kia vuh hi. Tua te pen bang mah zong semsak lo in, inn nawtsak zel, sep nengneng haw sem sah zel hi tuo hi. Amau pen a kum uh tamsim pien ahih zie in zuo zolo pah dan hih tua hi. A zuosa te pen, mi khat cieng in India sum in [ Rs 5000, 8000, 9000 ] cibang in khawng uh a, TuanZa Dal tanu pen a lei te khut sungpan in Rs. 5000 in tankhia kia zo in tu in khuo ah peipih kia thei ta hi. Adang te pen heisung teng ah kizuo ci kithei zonai lo lai hi.

Tam thute i za tah cieng in mundang, gamdang te ah a pieng sa thu ahi hang in, ZOGam leh ZO misung ah tambang thu leh la te pieng in, i minam te zuongam dong thu hing om tah cieng in lamdang sah huoi mama maw hi. A thu a omlai teng pen pen bangci dan cieng ding hei cithu a kikansan laitak ahi hi., naupang te’ng a innkuon pih teng tawh a kimu kia thei nading in thunget na tawh phawciet bo vai.

Source: zomidcsite & puzonet

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