Consultative workshop

IMPHAL Sept 1:  A one day consultative workshop on “GOI-UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction in Imphal City” was held at the conference hall of State Guest House today. The aim of… Read more »

IMPHAL Sept 1:  A one day consultative workshop on “GOI-UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction in Imphal City” was held at the conference hall of State Guest House today.

The aim of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge of the elected representatives and officials of the Imphal Municipality Council on the issue of disaster risk reduction concepts in all the construction and other developmental works undertaken in Imphal Municipality area. The workshop was attended by IMC functionaries.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/09/consultative-workshop/

Scholarship

IMPHAL Sept 1: Directorate of Minorities and Other Backward Classes, Manipur invites applications for awards of pre-metric scholarship to OBC students of the stat in recognized institutions for the academic… Read more »

IMPHAL Sept 1: Directorate of Minorities and Other Backward Classes, Manipur invites applications for awards of pre-metric scholarship to OBC students of the stat in recognized institutions for the academic year 2011-2012.Students whose annual income is below Rs 44,500 can apply for the scholarship. Applications can be had from the office of he MOBCthrough the heads of institutions. The last date of form submission will be on September 29, informed a notification of MOBC director.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/09/scholarship/

SHDDC condemns

IMPHAL, Sept 1 : The Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee has strongly condemned the action of Assam Rifles  personnel of assaulting women protesters yesterday near Motbung. The incident infuriated not… Read more »

IMPHAL, Sept 1 : The Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee has strongly condemned the action of Assam Rifles  personnel of assaulting women protesters yesterday near Motbung.

The incident infuriated not only the womenfolks but every citizen of Sadar Hills as they have no conflict with the Assam Rifles who claimed themselves as  “Friends of Hill People”.

The incident was normalised with the intervention of the Commandant 34th Assam Rifles along with other social and political leaders of Sadar Hills District.

This cowardly and discriminatory act of the two Assam Rifles Officers towards the womenfolks and the people of Sadar Hills District need to be condemned.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/09/shddc-condemns/

Clarification

IMPHAL, Sept 1: Apropos the celebration of an Iftar Party organized by 69 Bn CRPF, commandant of 69 Bn CRPF has clarified that the amount and dresses were donated by… Read more »

IMPHAL, Sept 1: Apropos the celebration of an Iftar Party organized by 69 Bn CRPF, commandant of 69 Bn CRPF has clarified that the amount and dresses were donated by the Society of Jumma Masjid Committee, Barkas Hyderabad and not by the personnel of 69 Bn CRPF, stated a release.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/09/clarification/

SHDDC denies meeting CM on Aug 31

IMPHAL, Sept 1: Apropos  a news item of September 1 edition of a daily local paper under the headline “EVENING MEET WITH CHIEF MINISTER”, the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee… Read more »

IMPHAL, Sept 1: Apropos  a news item of September 1 edition of a daily local paper under the headline “EVENING MEET WITH CHIEF MINISTER”, the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC) has clarified that it did not meet the Chief Minister on the evening of August 31 nor send any of its representative for the purpose.

A release of SHDDC said that it is highly regrettable to note that the government is once again trying to mislead the people with wrong propagandas and statements instead of listening to the demand of the Sadar Hills people. The Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee is always clear in its stand towards fulfillment of the demand for upgradation of Sadar Hills into a full fledged District.

Further, the SHDDC representatives walked out of the meeting with the Chief Minister on September 1, 2011 because of the fact that the Chief Minister played the old trick of ‘delaying tactics’ by bargaining for time. The Chief Minister harped on ‘creation’ of Sadar Hills and ‘boundary adjustment and reorganisation’ while the people of Sadar Hills demanded inauguration of Sadar Hills  as envisaged in the Manipur (Hills Areas) Autonomous District Council Act,1971 passed by the Indian Parliament. Is the hon’ble Chief Minister trying to create a new Sadar Hills or trying to implement the Act of Parliament? Again, Sadar Hills has very well-defined boundaries administered under 24 Autonomous District Council Constituencies and 3 (three) Sub-Divisions, the release added.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/09/shddc-denies-meeting-cm-on-aug-31/

Devise a Way Out Fast

There are two ways of looking at the way things are developing in Manipur. One is that everybody is taking the law into their own hands. But this leads to… Read more »

There are two ways of looking at the way things are developing in Manipur. One is that everybody is taking the law into their own hands. But this leads to the second conclusion, that the establishment in which hands the law should solely rest has lost its moral legitimacy and with it the authority to make the citizen trust it is there to do them good. And so here is Manipur again under a prolonged siege. Even the thought of the creation of a new district is threatening to turn the state upside down, with one group wanting it at any cost and another threatening to oppose it to any extent. Even as the siege is nearing a month, the government remains clueless as to how to proceed. The only thing it has said is that it would not be coerced into doing anything against its will and that it would execute this will on its own once a study by a high powered committee it has instituted to find out how feasible or desirable this proposed new district would be from the consideration of administrative convenience alone, is completed. But at this moment, neither those demanding nor those opposing are willing to step back an inch from where they were despite the government’s show of intent that it would proceed on the issue solely on its own will and not be dictated by any of the agitations.

What about the common man in the meantime? Does the government think that merely instituting a probe committee and arbitrating the deadlocked issue is enough remedy? For while it is doing this, there are people on the streets put to immense hardships. The poorer sections are the worst hit by the blockade consequent price rise, and if things get any worse, there is no saying they would remain calm as they have been. What then would the government do? Would it hold itself accountable for such an outcome? What it should be doing now is to firmly come clear and make the agitators on both sides understand that they cannot hold the entire state to ransom. This must be precisely by demonstrating the state can bring in provision for everybody and any form of prolonged blockades or strikes that indiscriminately make people, men and women, old and young alike suffer for no fault of theirs, would be broken up. In other words, ensure the highways are open although after convincing the agitators on both sides that justice as defined by the constitutional law of the country would be done. To give the devil its due however, we must also add that we give the benefit of the doubt to the committee looking into the matter that it would do what is just, but it must expedite its mission so that the agony of the state is not prolonged. In the meantime, let the government assure essential commodities do not run out from the markets.

If the government is unable to act on the matter then the available alternative of Presidents Rule must be resorted to. This is not altogether an indictment of the government for failing to act proactively on the matter. Nobody has any doubt in a state so badly fractured by ethnic divisions a decision on the SADAR hills will not be easy. Whichever way the decision goes, it will be cause for much bad blood and further challenges to the state’s authority. In other words the blockade is more than likely to stay inordinately. But this is just one dimension of the problem. The complex nature of the ethnic division in the state being such, darker ethnic motives, imaginary or otherwise, of the trouble being the caused by manipulation by the Valley dwellers would be attributed to whatever decision the government takes. Indications of this are already heard on many cacophonous discussion forums on the internet as well as delirious comments to web editions of newspapers from the state aimed at provoking anger, but more often than not inspire only laughter of ridicule. The limitation of the local government being such, it is not an altogether unreasonable conclusion that if at all it is unable bring an early end to the humanitarian crisis developing in the state, Central rule should fill in. Legitimate force used by the Central rule to ensure goods and passenger movements along the highway would not be interpreted as communally biased as so many would be waiting to jump to the conclusion if the state government did so. Likewise, a Central rule’s decision on whether the SADAR Hills district should be created and on what terms, would not be as prone to be smeared with communal colours by those for who have little other constructive things to do than read between the lines to discover non-existent, imaginary, sinister designs behind every political and economic development in the state. Our appeal is, let the government act immediately to ensure flow of goods into the state and in the longer term to settle the SADAR hills issue conclusively and in a manner satisfactory to all parties concerned.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/09/devise-a-way-out-fast/

Farming programme

IMPHAL Sept 1: A technical session on farming techniques of pineapples was held today at Hotel Nirmala today. The technical aspect of today’s session was conducted by professor W Ingo… Read more »

IMPHAL Sept 1: A technical session on farming techniques of pineapples was held today at Hotel Nirmala today. The technical aspect of today’s session was conducted by professor W Ingo Meitei, head of Horticulture department of Central Agriculture University, Iroisemba.

The professor highlighted the advantages of pineapple farming and the economic returns of taking up such a venture. He said that the soil and climatic conditions of the state is very suitable for pineapple farming and there is abundance of plantation area in the hill areas.

Further he said that that the model farm at Andro has yielded crops perennially and the farmers have  become more financially free now.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/09/farming-programme/

Independence trophy

IMPHAL, Aug 31: The 5th Independence Day Trophy was organized by Tamei HQ Youth Club at Tamei ground. The progamme was held amidst enthusiam from the participating teams displaying colourful… Read more »

IMPHAL, Aug 31: The 5th Independence Day Trophy was organized by Tamei HQ Youth Club at Tamei ground.

The progamme was held amidst enthusiam from the participating teams displaying colourful parade in a crowd of more than 5000.

Speaking at the occasion, Social worker Wilubou Newmai aaserted even after 64 years of India`s indpendence the interior region of the state is still unable to receive good education, health, road, transport and communication facilities.

He further said, “Peace is very much needed to bring development in our land and today sports can create the climate of social harmony and peace.

Wilubou also encouraged the youths to become good sportspersons by maintaining patience, sincerity and dedication.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/08/independence-trophy/

Assn formed

IMPHAL, Aug 31: An association of newly appointed medical officers and dental surgeons of 2011 batch named “Medical Officer`s and Dental Surgeon`s Association of Manipur (MODSAM)” has been formed with… Read more »

IMPHAL, Aug 31: An association of newly appointed medical officers and dental surgeons of 2011 batch named “Medical Officer`s and Dental Surgeon`s Association of Manipur (MODSAM)” has been formed with Dr T Noren as president, Dr L Robinson as vice-president, Dr Kh Surjit as general scretary and Dr Mathotmi Hungyo as treasurer, stated a release.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/08/assn-formed/

Grenade found

IMPHAL, Aug 31: Some unidentified persons placed one Chinese hand grenade inside the office complex of Kangleipak Ngalhanba Lup this afternoon around 3.30 pm located at Lamshang bazaar under Lamshang… Read more »

IMPHAL, Aug 31: Some unidentified persons placed one Chinese hand grenade inside the office complex of Kangleipak Ngalhanba Lup this afternoon around 3.30 pm located at Lamshang bazaar under Lamshang police station.

The said hand grenade was discovered by the members of the Lup and later informed to the Lamshang Police and the said hand grenade was removed safely from the spot by the police this evening.

The motive behind the grenade attacked at the office of Kangleipak Kanna Lup is yet to ascertained, said a member of the organization.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/08/grenade-found/

Shumang Leela

IMPHAL, Aug 31: Manipur State Shumang Leela Council will produce a play titled “Mareibak Ningba Tikendrajit”. Interested artistes are informed to submit their application to the office of Shumang Leela… Read more »

IMPHAL, Aug 31: Manipur State Shumang Leela Council will produce a play titled “Mareibak Ningba Tikendrajit”. Interested artistes are informed to submit their application to the office of Shumang Leela Council by September 10.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/08/shumang-leela/

SBI extends help to school

From John K. Kaping UKHRUL, August 31: The State Bank of India (SBI), Ukhrul Branch located inside 17th Assam Riffles Campus, Somsai has distributed nine ceiling fans to Ukhrul Model… Read more »

From John K. Kaping
UKHRUL, August 31: The State Bank of India (SBI), Ukhrul Branch located inside 17th Assam Riffles Campus, Somsai has distributed nine ceiling fans to Ukhrul Model High School under the hospitality theme “Community Services of Banking” by the SBI Bank Manager RK.Tiken Singh in a simple function held at Model School campus yesterday.

The aim and objective according to the Manager highlighted in the gathering focused on the co-operative Programme of the Bank to support all possible extents and means of infra-structural development towards underprivileged Government schools all over India.

The Principal of the Model High School, C. Nabin, expressed deep gratitude to the SBI Manager for such act of humanity and hospitality extended towards the upliftment of the Students’ community welfare.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/08/sbi-extends-help-to-school/

Sharmila`s Road Ahead

A question often is asked, sometimes with an air of mischievous rhetoric, whether Sharmila is being pushed into what she is doing by vested interests, and if not this, then… Read more »

A question often is asked, sometimes with an air of mischievous rhetoric, whether Sharmila is being pushed into what she is doing by vested interests, and if not this, then by public expectations. The implication is, she is unable to exercise her free will to decide on how or whether her seemingly futile protest should proceed any further. Further, another implied allegation is also Sharmila has ceased to be of any great concern for the people of Manipur by and large, which is why her protest is all the more doomed to be in a limbo that it seems to be in at the moment. These are serious thoughts or charges if you like. The question is, what is the volitional element in Sharmila’s continued fast? Is she responding to public expectations only or is she driven by a faith in her own action? While there should be no doubt the latter is there predominantly, it is necessary to dispel some of the doubts raised. The answer could come in the form of a question. Is there anybody whose action is not in some ways or other a response to public expectations?

Students of psychology would tell us there is nobody. These expectations are not always overt. They have been ingrained into the social consciousness so deeply that much of them come naturally to all of us without the need for making conscious choices. A few very basic questions should be illuminating. Why do we fear not doing well in studies? Why do we not walk around naked in public? The answer is, because such behaviours would not be approved by the society. Much of our social behaviours are thus moderated by this ever present “Superego” in Freudian terms. In a crux, Freud’s personality dynamics becomes an interplay of three powerful forces within the human psyche: the infantile “Id”, the parental “superego” and the rational “ego”. “Id” is thus about inborn, primitive, animal desires, appetites and instincts. The “Superego” controls and moderates (or civilises) the “Id”, sometimes excessively and to the detriment of the health of the individual. It is thus the rational “Ego” which must negotiate between these two. This personality dynamic would be the fuel behind Sharmila’s decisions, conscious or subconscious, as it is for everybody else. The only difference is, Sharmila has stepped out of private life boldly and is in the public domain in a radical way, and hence, we would argue here is a case of an enviable success of the “Ego” to rein in the “Id” and the “Superego”. The “Superego” which normally should have determined her public behaviour and decisions, have been rationalise successfully by her powerful “Ego” to convert it into a magnanimous sense of public duty. This being the case, it is only natural the pressure of expectations, not just public expectations but her own as well, would be much more on her. It is a truism that people do expect much more from public figures than from the ordinary man or woman on the street, and in our opinion, nobody in the state is as much a selfless public figure as Sharmila has come to be.

The next question is, why do people expect another to accomplish what is also essentially their aspiration? Why hasn’t there been many more stepping forward to join Sharmila’s style of protest? These questions deserve another rhetorical answer as well. If everybody were to take care of their own problems, or were to be capable of taking care of all their own problems, and this ability in collective were to be the solution to social problems, why would there have been any need for leaders at all? Eric Fromm’s book “Escape from Freedom” is dedicated to answering this question. Freedom can get terrifying for many if not most, and so taking important decisions on which crucially hangs the fate of individuals and society, independently, is not easy. This is where the role of inspirational leadership comes in. These strong men and women would become the centres where the ordinary men and women surrender their freedoms to make important decisions. And who can deny Sharmila is an inspirational leader who has made sacrifices nobody can or has ever made. But Fromm’s caution is, although this has nothing remotely to do with Sharmila’s case, when the ordinary men and women get too insecure, they begin to surrender more and more of their freedom to tough leaders who they entrust to deliver them from the source of their insecurities. Such a condition he says is the ground on which the most brutal dictatorships have spawned. Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, Mussolini’s Italy, all shared this social dynamics. Sharmila’s case is a radical departure from this but there is an interesting parallel. While there can be no argument she is an inspirational leader let those who love her not leave her to bear all the burdens alone. Nobody can emulate what she is doing, but let it not be forgotten everybody who would benefit from her cause has a duty to also contribute to take forward what she is fighting for.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/08/sharmilas-road-ahead/

AR jawan commits suicide

IMPHAL, Aug 31: A havildar of 38 Assam Rifles posted at Minuthong has reportedly committed suicide after shooting himself by his service AK-Rifle at 5:55 am today. The deceased jawan… Read more »

IMPHAL, Aug 31: A havildar of 38 Assam Rifles posted at Minuthong has reportedly committed suicide after shooting himself by his service AK-Rifle at 5:55 am today.

The deceased jawan has been identified as Bijoykumar, 37, of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to an official, the actual incident of his suicide is yet to be established. Imphal Police has registered a case in this connection.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/08/ar-jawan-commits-suicide/

`Revive ILP abolished in 1950`

IMPHAL, Aug 30: The Federation of Regional Indigenous Societies (FREINDS) has stated that the only way to quickly implement the Inner Line Permit in the state is to revive the… Read more »

IMPHAL, Aug 30: The Federation of Regional Indigenous Societies (FREINDS) has stated that the only way to quickly implement the Inner Line Permit in the state is to revive the system that was abolished long back in 1950.

A release of FREINDS stated that Manipur was one of the independent Southeast Asian countries which have unique culture and tradition. However, continuous influx of foreigners and non-local migrants to the state has seriously affected the demography of the state. The population of non-local migrants has exceeded one-third of the total population of the state, it noted.

FREINDS also pressed the state government to form a cabinet committee along with a technical committee to look into the implementation of ILP in the state. The authorities concerned should try to revive the ILP that was abolished by the then Commissioner of Manipur Himat Singh in 1950.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/08/revive-ilp-abolished-in-1950/

Transfer and posting of IAS and MCS officers

IMPHAL, Aug 30: Transfer and postings and re-allocation of works of the six MCS officers and one IAS officer were made by the state government. In this connection an official… Read more »

IMPHAL, Aug 30: Transfer and postings and re-allocation of works of the six MCS officers and one IAS officer were made by the state government.

In this connection an official order was issued by under secretary (DP), government of Manipur recently, as per the order M Joy Singh MCS. Addl. Secy (MAHUD & Revenue), Director, RD & PR was transferred as Director, RD & PR & e/o Addl. Secy. (MAHUD & Revenue) in addition, Kh Raghumani Singh MCS, Addl. Director (SAT) & EO-Addl. Secy. (Eco & Stats/AR) was transferred as Addl. Secy. (Eco & Stats), Sh Modak Hrisheekesh Arvind, IAS, under secy. (Planning, IT) & Staff Officer to CS in addition as SDO/BDO, Chandel, Sh Ranjan Yumnan, MCS, SDO/BDO Chandel as Dy. Protocol Officer & e/o Under Secy. Home, N Tomba Singh, MSS, under secy. GAD/PHE as under Secy. PHE and Ch Shachi, Jr. MCE, under secy. Home was transferred as under secy DP.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/08/transfer-and-posting-of-ias-and-mcs-officers/

JAC appeal

IMPHAL, Aug 31: The JAC Against Enforced Disappearance and Abitrary Detention of Gurumayum Jiteswar alias GM Chanjou has appealed to the general public to support the 24-hour general strike called… Read more »

IMPHAL, Aug 31: The JAC Against Enforced Disappearance and Abitrary Detention of Gurumayum Jiteswar alias GM Chanjou has appealed to the general public to support the 24-hour general strike called from the midnight of Septembe 1 till the midnight of September 2 demanding the whereabouts of assistant publicity secretary of RPF, GM Changjou who was allegedly arrested by security forces from Dimapur on August 18, stated a release.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/08/jac-appeal/

Ban lifted

IMPHAL, Aug 30: The ban imposed by some social orgaizations on the screening of Engen Gee 23 produced by Waikhom Films has been lifted after making necessary rectifications in the… Read more »

IMPHAL, Aug 30: The ban imposed by some social orgaizations on the screening of Engen Gee 23 produced by Waikhom Films has been lifted after making necessary rectifications in the film, stated producer Abung Wai.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/08/ban-lifted/

80th death anniversary of Haipou Jadonang observed at Khoupum

IMPHAL, Aug 30: The 80th Death anniversary of Haipou Jadonang a matyr and with a freedom fighter was observed with a traditional ritual ceremony by the Khoupum Area Youth organization… Read more »

IMPHAL, Aug 30: The 80th Death anniversary of Haipou Jadonang a matyr and with a freedom fighter was observed with a traditional ritual ceremony by the Khoupum Area Youth organization with KP Kamson as chief guest and Gaipuidum Rongmei was presided over the function.

According to a release, paying a befitting tribute to the great departed soul of Haipou Jadonang by the chief guest, president members of the organization and local people have marked begining of the observation yesterday at Thamagong Play ground.

Besides as part of the observation the final match of the 80th Death anniversary of Haipou Jadonang memorial trophy organized by the KAYO was played between team of Gaidimjang Part-II Youth Club and Laokhamjang Youth Club at Thamagong playground yesterday in which Gaidimjang Part-II Youth Club have lifted the trophy, the release added.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/08/80th-death-anniversary-of-haipou-jadonang-observed-at-khoupum/

Save Sharmila

The ritual goes on. Irom Sharmila was produced before the court once again today. The outcome was a foregone conclusion and will remain so till at least the foreseeable future…. Read more »

The ritual goes on. Irom Sharmila was produced before the court once again today. The outcome was a foregone conclusion and will remain so till at least the foreseeable future. She will have to remain in jail till such a time as she breaks her indefinite hunger strike demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA, totally from the state. Since the latter consequence is hardly likely to happen in the immediate future, it is even more unlikely this hard-willed lady would break her fast, even if she is aware, and she probably is, that her fast will not be able to make the government change its mind on the matter. And so this tragic human drama must continue as it has been. If the court for some technical or other reason grants her bail, she would be rearrested on a new charge. This has been carrying on for the past nearly 11 years now and nobody is under any illusion anymore a court victory can settle Sharmila’s case. In any case, since she is not willing to give up her indefinite fast, if set free, she would die of starvation, and if that happens, the case would get even more complicated. The state’s response of keeping her in custody and forcibly feeding her through the nose therefore is not unreasonable. For the other option would virtually amount to culpable murder through wilfully inappropriate action.

The only way to save Sharmila then is to have the AFSPA repealed. We see all the reasons forwarded in defence of the AFSPA that the army can operate on civil duty only under the act’s present shape, rather convoluted. This is a clever subterfuge. The law is manmade and it can be reshaped as well. What can happen, and in fact what many demanded should be, and indeed what the Justice Jeevan Reddy commission which probed the relevance of the act recommended was in effect for a reshaping of the clauses of the act. The provision to bring in the army to assist civil administration cannot be done away, after all, the last defence to any serious challenge to the Nation State is its military, and the insurrections witnessed in the Northeast region, including importantly in Manipur, are indeed challenges to the Indian State. However, if the army needs an act to be able to take up civil duty, there is nothing which says it cannot be accountable to the country’s legal system. The AFSPA says precisely this. First are its draconian features which include the power to even kill on suspicion. But even more dangerous is the guarantee of impunity which makes army offenders where the AFSPA has been promulgated not directly accountable to the civil court of law. Why must this clause remain? Remove this clause, and the AFSPA would lose its terrifying visage and consequently a lot less draconian. If the government makes this gesture, it would be a reasonable concession with which to persuade Sharmila to end her fast, thus saving her. It would also be a victory for her without making the Indian State a loser. The army can still swing into action when called for but within reasonable, democratic and civilised restraints.

Just a year ago, the establishment thought allowing foreigners into Manipur and some of its neighbouring states, was not advisable, on the presumption that this would adversely influence the mindset of the people here. The government for whatever the reason decided one fine morning that this regulation could be lifted on an experimental basis. A year down the line, other than an end to haranguing the foreign visitors, nothing that the government initially feared has come true. Lifting of similar restrictions in Kashmir years ago also had effects that were directly the opposite of what the government feared or pretended to fear would happen. It is time now for the government to yet again invoke the inspirational voice within itself, or what Barak Obama described as the “spark of divinity” in formulating policies, to resolve the issue. Let it again go ahead and extend another unilateral show of trust to the people of the Northeast and reframe the AFSPA. Let the provision to bring in the army to assist the civil administration when the latter requests for such an intervention remain, but let it act within the reasonable restraints provided by the constitutional law of the country. It is true the police can be, and has been, known to be high-handed too, however, because they are accountable to the law, the sense of the general public that they have nothing to defend themselves from undeserved victimisation is much less. Such inquiries as the one instituted into the BT Road killing and the manner the law was demonstrated to be domineering above all else, including the police, putting the police in the dock for the alleged crime they committed, itself was a good enough message. The army operating under the AFSPA is made to be seen as above this, and this is unhealthy.

Read more / Original news source: http://kanglaonline.com/2011/08/save-sharmila/