Rights Activist Demeans NHRC

IMPHAL, Apr 23: Lamenting that National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has not said any-thing with regard to the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 nor its officials ever visited Irom Chanu Sharmila who has been fasting for more than 10 years demanding re-peal of the Act, executive director of Human Rights Alert Babloo Loitongbam has remarked that the only thing that is impressive...

NESO Sets April 25 Date For Solidarity Movement

IMPHAL, Apr 22: North East Students’ Organization (NESO) in collaboration with other student bodies in the region is all set to launch a North East wide solidarity movement in support of Irom Chanu Sharmila’s struggle against prolonged imposition of AFSPA on April 25. A decision to this effect was adopted during a meeting of NESO at Guwahati yesterday. As part of the solidarity movement, NESO officials...

Which First—Peace Or Development? Justice First!

Which first, “Peace” or “Development”?—has been a very purposeful and fundamental question in the conflict and violence ridden Manipur. The argument goes… When peace is in its best position, development will flourish, or in the absence of development, peace has no chance. The contextual understanding of development in the question though mainly concerned with the constructional activities...

Khaidem Mani Lambasts Central Government

IMPHAL, Apr 18: Noted human rights activist Khaidem Mani has lambasted New Delhi accusing the latter of meting out step-motherly treatment on the North East people. Driving home his point, Khaidem Mani said when social activist Anna Hazare fasted for few days the Government of India comfortably obliged to acknowledge the activist’s agitation. “However, Irom Sharmila from Manipur resorting...

EDITORIAL: We Don’t Need No 24/7 Channels

We have seen it and heard it and we have also experienced it when we first crossed the chicken neck and set foot on what is generally known as mainland India. It is therefore not surprising that while the rest of the country is generally understood as mainland India, the North Eastern States, barring Assam to a certain extent, have always been viewed and understood as fringe States, not only by the...

Ibobi’s Statement Cloaked In Obscurity: RPF

IMPHAL, Apr 16: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi’s statement presented at a function held at Hqs IG AR (S) Mantripukhri on April 13 was cloaked in obscurity and was not fully comprehensible, alleged the proscribed RPF. Uttering insincere statements would only multiply the complexity of the Indo-Manipur conflict and add to the misery of the beleaguered people, the outfit asserted in a press release issued...

Do Those Against Corruption Know About Irom Sharmila?

It was fashionable to be patriotic during the Kargil war and now it is fashionable to be fighters against corruption, thanks to Anna Hazare. Within days of the fast of the veteran Gandhian’s understandable ire against the delay in creating a Lokpal Act, the English media channels and their partners-in-arms, the English print media, have created a pseudo-war against corruption in India, with the middle...

Sharmila Indifferent To Delhi’s Indifference

IMPHAL, Apr 12 : Irom Sharmila has termed the attention and acknowledgement extended to the four day fast launched by Anna Hazare while ignoring her more than her 10 years old struggle against the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, as discriminatory and unfair. “The Government of India may be discriminatory to the core and they may not   take notice of my campaign against AFSPA for any...

‘Fast Unto Death Out Of Place In Today’s India’

While Anna Hazare‘s campaign received clamorous popular support, it is unlikely to set a precedent. NEW DELHI: On Day 2 of his fast unto death at Jantar Mantar, Anna Hazare turned to face his companions fasting along with him. “For a corn cob (bhutta) to grow, a corn pod (dana) must be sacrificed to the soil. If that pod says I don’t want to go into the soil, it will simply rot. It...

Adivasi Ratna Award To Sharmila

IMPHAL, Apr 3 : Irom Chanu Sharmila has been conferred the Adivasi Ratna Award in recognition of her unwavering over 10 year old crusade against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958. The award was handed over to Sharmila’s elder brother Irom Singhajit who is also managing trustee of the Just Peace Foundation during the All India Indigenous Peoples Grand Assembly held from March 28 to 30 at...

Bodies Condemn Roger’s Killing

IMPHAL, Mar 30: Different bodies have condemned the killing of Irom Roger of Wangkhei Angom Leikai in an incident in which Minister N Biren’s son N Ajay was involved. Decrying the incident, Committee on Human Rights (COHR) Manipur expressed serious concern over misuse of power by VIPs/MLAs and their kins and relatives. In a press release, COHR said that at a time when people in the State are facing...

Sharmila’s Fast Is A Crime, Says Ibobi

IMPHAL, Mar 17: The fast unto death agitation being taken up by Irom Chanu Sharmila is against the law. Therefore, in accordance to law, she is being released after completing her detention period and will be rearrested if she continues with her stir, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, who is also in charge of the Home, has informed the State Assembly today. In the question hour session of the Assembly...

Patil’s Pep Talk To Women Of Manipur

IMPHAL, Mar 11: Appreciating the courage and wisdom of Manipuri women, President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil has expressed the need for Manipuri mothers to play a more proactive role in bringing about a political solution to the decades old insurgency problem in the State. In a meeting with the Chairperson of Manipur State Women’s Development Corporation, AK Mirabai at the Raj Bhavan, the...