Blockade saps ART supply

Protracted economic blockade along the National Highways has led to shortage of ART drugs in the ART Centre at JNIMS posing serious health threat to many patients Source The Sangai Express

Protracted economic blockade along the National Highways has led to shortage of ART drugs in the ART Centre at JNIMS posing serious health threat to many patients Source The Sangai Express

Two AR personnel injured in twin blasts

At least two personnel of 42 AR were injured in a twin blast which occurred at Kwatha Lamkhai under Moreh Police station in Chandel district Source Hueiyen News Service

At least two personnel of 42 AR were injured in a twin blast which occurred at Kwatha Lamkhai under Moreh Police station in Chandel district Source Hueiyen News Service

Sadar Hills explode in flames, trucks burnt

Kangpokpi bazar, literally erupted in flames today evening as blockade supporters set on fire three goods trucks while at least 56 people were hurt, 20 of them seriously in retaliatory action by Assam Rifles personnel Source The Sangai Express

Kangpokpi bazar, literally erupted in flames today evening as blockade supporters set on fire three goods trucks while at least 56 people were hurt, 20 of them seriously in retaliatory action by Assam Rifles personnel Source The Sangai Express

HC questions Govt’s inaction

The Gauhati High Court, Imphal Bench has directed Advocate General N Kostishwar to take instruction as to why miscreants imposing the blockade on the National Highways were not punished under Section 8B of the National Highways Act, 1956 Source The…

The Gauhati High Court, Imphal Bench has directed Advocate General N Kostishwar to take instruction as to why miscreants imposing the blockade on the National Highways were not punished under Section 8B of the National Highways Act, 1956 Source The Sangai Express

‘CM going off leaving state in turmoil is unacceptable’ BJP demands imposition of PR

CM, O Ibobi going off to Japan leaving the state in complete turmoil is totally unacceptable , Shantikumar Sharma, president, BJP, Manipur state unit said today Source Hueiyen News Service

CM, O Ibobi going off to Japan leaving the state in complete turmoil is totally unacceptable , Shantikumar Sharma, president, BJP, Manipur state unit said today Source Hueiyen News Service

Sitinprotest by Staff and students of DOEACC

Staff and students of DOEACC, Imphal today staged a sit in protest at its Akampat complex today decrying monetary demand of various UG groups Source The Sangai Express

Staff and students of DOEACC, Imphal today staged a sit in protest at its Akampat complex today decrying monetary demand of various UG groups Source The Sangai Express

KSO, ZSF worry over rising crime

On the eve of a renown pop singer Jaw Malaw making his maiden performance in the district to spread awareness on HIV AIDS, two local student bodies namely KSO and ZSF have expressed serious concern over the growing activities of anti social elements in…

On the eve of a renown pop singer Jaw Malaw making his maiden performance in the district to spread awareness on HIV AIDS, two local student bodies namely KSO and ZSF have expressed serious concern over the growing activities of anti social elements in the society and increasing drug related crimes amongst the youths in recent times Source The Sangai Express S Singlianmang Guite

Five members of cattle lifting gang held

Five members of a gang engaged in stealing cattle have been arrested by Patsoi police along with a cow and a mini truck used in stealing cattle Source The Sangai Express

Five members of a gang engaged in stealing cattle have been arrested by Patsoi police along with a cow and a mini truck used in stealing cattle Source The Sangai Express

Pensioners urge measures to ease their hardship

Aged pensioners who were once employees of different government departments have to stand in long queues to transact their monthly pensions from banks, creating a lot of problems for them Source Hueiyen News Service

Aged pensioners who were once employees of different government departments have to stand in long queues to transact their monthly pensions from banks, creating a lot of problems for them Source Hueiyen News Service

BJP leader arriving Imphal on September 9

BJP National spokesperson and election in charge of Manipur Prakash Javekar is scheduled to arrive here on September 9 on a two day visit to take a first hand account of the initiatives being taken up for the formation of an alliance with other politic…

BJP National spokesperson and election in charge of Manipur Prakash Javekar is scheduled to arrive here on September 9 on a two day visit to take a first hand account of the initiatives being taken up for the formation of an alliance with other political parties with exception to Congress and CPI to fight in the upcoming election to the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly Source The Sangai Express

UTLA clarifies

Clearing any possible doubt, confusion and apprehension from the minds of the general public, specially village chiefs and civil organisations in the areas dominated by it, chairman of United Tribal Liberation Army UTLA SK Thadou has explained that …

Clearing any possible doubt, confusion and apprehension from the minds of the general public, specially village chiefs and civil organisations in the areas dominated by it, chairman of United Tribal Liberation Army UTLA SK Thadou has explained that the peace pact initiated has reached the final stage of drafting a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Manipur and there is no question of rejection Source The Sangai Express

Sadar Hills Gen strike off, blockade on

The Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee SHDDC has decided to suspend the ongoing general strike on the National Highways from this midnight Source The Sangai Express

The Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee SHDDC has decided to suspend the ongoing general strike on the National Highways from this midnight Source The Sangai Express

33 lakhs fish seedlings let off in Loktak

The Fishery department has let off 33 lakh fish seedlings in the Loktak Lake this year in an attempt to make fish available in abundance in the state Source Hueiyen News Service

The Fishery department has let off 33 lakh fish seedlings in the Loktak Lake this year in an attempt to make fish available in abundance in the state Source Hueiyen News Service

Training on HIV care held

A four day training programme on HIV care for the specialists was inaugurated in the Jubilee hall of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal today by the Director Prof S Source Hueiyen News Service

A four day training programme on HIV care for the specialists was inaugurated in the Jubilee hall of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal today by the Director Prof S Source Hueiyen News Service

SHDDC suspends general strike after UNC but economic blockade to stay – KanglaOnline

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Editorial – Leaders and Followers

The fact that a personal decision of Irom Sharmila is now seen as a threat to the campaign against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA, in Manipur is a… Read more »

The fact that a personal decision of Irom Sharmila is now seen as a threat to the campaign against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA, in Manipur is a demonstration of the strategic and structural flimsiness of any protracted struggle to resort to hero worship. It has to be said that Sharmila’s direct followers are guilty of having done this to a great extent. Even if it is not hero worship, they had built their campaign with her as the major, if not the only prop. The approach should instead have been to see Sharmila as a star campaigner, but not the heart and soul of the campaign, but unfortunately, for whatever their reason, this route was not given much importance. And so a single report of Sharmila’s love affair with a hitherto unheard of man, and her reported statement that she is disillusioned with her followers, which appeared in The Telegraph September 5 issue, displayed prominently as the Page-1 lead story, caused so much trepidation and even the fear that the campaign against the AFSPA would lose much of its steam. We hope this does not happen and the movement is able to find new legs that could do with but did not absolutely need Sharmila as a prop if she at all becomes unavailable. Indeed, the myriad human rights organisations actively involved in the campaign must now take time off to rethink, retrospect and reorient their future strategies. Meanwhile leave Sharmila to be where she wants to be.

But increasingly confounding is also the reason why The Telegraph chose to give so much prominence to Sharmila’s declaration of her very personal affair. This is even more intriguing for in all of the 11 long years she has been staging her protest fast, even on the day she completed the 10 year landmark, she was not seen as deserving headline space by this newspaper. Many other newspapers and television channels even ignored the event. So why this sudden interest in her personal affairs, even though it is clear she was the one who revealed it to the journalist who did the report. The timing, whether by design or coincidence is also curious for only a few days earlier the Union home minister, P Chidambaram had announced in New Delhi that the government was considering a review of the AFSPA. Moreover a reflected halo form the Anna Hazare blitzkrieg in New Delhi was beginning to hover over Sharmila, signifying perhaps liberal India’s conscience was being awoken, and the issue of AFSPA was beginning to attract national attention. It was in the midst of this that the story of Sharmila’s love affair butted in rudely. The story was heart warming no doubt despite the hiccups caused by a passage suggesting Sharmila was having very serious differences with her supporters, still the question of its timing as well as the prominence given to it, would undoubtedly make many suspicious that it may have motives other than plain journalistic calibration of news value. Thankfully however, it does now seem the sensational revelation is unlikely to sidetrack the anti-AFSPA campaign.

The development also should bring back the old debate of whether leaders make situations or the situations make leaders. The Sharmila case should again highlight the need to find the right balance between two. Leaders with vision give any movement the right focus and charisma, but it is also equally true that it is the peculiarities of a given situation which throws up a leader. For instance it is unlikely Gandhi could have happened in the 18th Century or Abraham Lincoln in the 20th Century. However, it would be wrong to also dismiss the contribution of human agency in shaping event and indeed history. If everything were to be predetermined by circumstance and leaders too were forged only by the impersonal forces of history, as Isaiah Berlin noted in “Crooked Timber of Humanity” a difficult ethical situation would arise whereby it would become impossible to hold anybody accountable for history’s many atrocities. Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and all the other mass murderers of history would then appear to be no more than quasi-tragic figures, compelled by historical circumstances to do what they did. In this context, Pol Pot who killed two million of his countrymen in the span of a decade of his rule, believed what he did was for the good of his country even on his deathbed as became evident in what was to be his last interview by Far Eastern Economic Review. It would thus be prudent for the human rights movement in the state to assess the situation arising out of Sharmila’s changed emotional constitution from this light.