DGP K Kire surprises Manipur with his `football magic`

By Oken Jeet Sandham After 37 years of serving the State and retiring after reining… more »

By Oken Jeet Sandham
After 37 years of serving the State and retiring after reining the topmost position in the hierarchal institution, it is something a blessing. Many used to retire after serving in various Governmental departments for decades but they did not reach the topmost position. It is nice to see that someone serving full to rein the whole institution and retiring gracefully.

Kelhousiethe Kire, IPS, who is retiring as Director General of Police (DGP), Nagaland by 31st December this year after serving long 37 years in the State’s Police Department has many things to be remembered. In his long chequered service history spanning over three decades in this insurgency prone State bordering Myanmar, he would have a many to tell.

In fact, when he joined the Nagaland Police way back in 1974 as DSP, the situation at that point of time in Nagaland was simply horrible. In was a time when the people did not like to join the Police service because of the unprecedented escalation of violence between the Indian security forces and the Naga underground people. It was also a time while many Naga leaders including prominent church workers were working overtime to convince the Naga underground people to come out and have some kind of deal with the Government of India. The following year, the infamous Shillong Accord was signed between the Government of India and the representatives of the Naga underground outfit.  

So, Kire had opted for the service of the State Police and he never turned back from his avowed commitment. He himself rightly pointed out that many had sacrificed their precious lives in the line of duties while some are not. While attending a recent funeral service of a jawan of 10 NAP (IR) who died fighting Maoist militants in West Bengal’s Purulia, he said, “We all will die, but the manner in which you have sacrificed is known by the people far and wide.” “Don’t think it is worthless,” he said.

Since Nagaland got her Statehood in 1963, the State had 17 Police Chiefs and out of which only 5 are Nagas. Mr Kire has served in various capacities and before coming to Police Headquarters, he had served as DSPs and SPs and Commandants of Nagaland Police battalions in various districts of the State. He assumed office of the Director General of Police of Nagaland on March 1, 2009. He took over from J Changkija, IPS.

Remarkably, many new things like strengthening security apparatus took place during Kire’s tenure as DGP. The raising of more Mahila Battalions and Commando Units, etc, also took place. It may be mentioned that the service of 15th NAP (IR) Mahila Battalion was sought during the last Commonwealth Games at nation’s capital. The services of the personnel and officials of the Battalion were lauded by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram. The Naga women personnel were deployed in various markets in the national capital besides Delhi Metro Stations. “The Mahila battalion performed as effectively as any other force, proving that they are in no way less than their male counterparts,” said Chidambaram while addressing the 15th NAP (IR) Mahila Unit in New Delhi.

Kire continued motivating and boosting morale of jawans by personally spending his 2009 Christmas with personnel, officials and their families of 9th NAP (IR) Battalion at Delhi. He again spent his 2010 Christmas with the jawans, officials and their families of 10th NAP (IR) Battalion at Purulia, West Bengal.

Many crucial elections like 14th Lok Sabha, five by-elections including the most crucial 29 Aonglenden one took place during his tenure as State’s Police Chief. He closely monitored various security apparatuses during these elections to make sure that no untoward incidents occurred. He also wisely saved situation from erupting violence when the unprecedented impeachment of NSCN (K) Chairman SS Khaplang from the organization and its follow-up developments. His sagacious and bold decision forced the Center to come their clear stand on ceasefires with various factions.

Kire was also not only an avid sport lover but also an outstanding sportsperson. He was a great footballer. In fact, before joining Nagaland Police in 1974, he played number of football tournaments including Subroto Cup in 1967. In the same year when he joined Nagaland Police in 1974, he played historic CC Meet at Imphal and lifted the Trophy. In fact, till today, he plays football besides holding prestigious positions in various sporting Associations in the State.

He also always thinks that sports can play major role in bringing peace among the various sections of the people. There is no barrier for him when sports come to his mind. He simply doesn’t want to politicize any sporting activities in his life. In a rare manner as a Police Chief of Nagaland, he kept going to Manipur to play himself football tournaments. In one such occasion, which I would never forget in my life was his joining Nagaland Police veteran football team when they entered final of the prestigious 13th Challenger Cup 2011 held at the historic Imphal Polo Ground. They had to play against Football Club Imphal (FCI) on May 10, 2011.

It was a surprise one day that Kire just called me up asking whether I had any program on Tuesday (May 10, 2011). I simply replied, “No,” and asking him anything what I could do for him. He told me that he was going to Imphal on Tuesday (May 10, 2011) to play final football match against Manipur football team (Football Club Imphal) in the 13th Challenger Cup 2011 at the Polo Ground, Imphal. I was wondering what he was talking but he told me that Nagaland Police veteran football team entered final in the 13th Challenger Cup 2011 at Imphal and would play against FCI. “So I want to join them,” he told me. I was very happy and told him that I would be meeting him next day in his office to organize for the journey to Imphal.

I met the DGP in his office the next day. From his office we both started chalking out for our journey program. He was so simple that we would just go to Imphal. I told him to communicate with his counterpart in Manipur for proper security arrangement along the National Highway 2 – Kohima-Imphal Road (previously NH 39). I was actually worried because if anything happened while going to Imphal, it would be simply a hell. I started contacting Manipur police officials at Imphal informing that Nagaland DGP was coming to Imphal to play football final match. So, I too engaged in working out DGP’s comfortable journey to Imphal and back to Kohima. In a way, he was so simple and tension-free-type man.

So the next day, we left for Imphal. Some senior Nagaland police officials too accompanied the DGP to Imphal. We were received in 1st MR Battalion by some high ranking Manipur Rifles (MR) officials. Then hurriedly we had our lunch and the DGP, without taking any rest, changed his dress for the match. We then headed to the Polo Ground where we met Nagaland police veteran football players. They were actually thrilled seeing their DGP there not only to support them but to join them in the match. The match started at 3 PM.

On the other side, since the Nagaland DGP’s taking part in the final match already appeared in Manipur local dailies, many sports and football lovers of Imphal thronged the Polo Ground to have a glance on the Nagaland Police Chief’s skills in football. In fact, the crowd cheered when the Nagaland Police Chief entered the ground and frankly speaking, the crowd in the Polo Ground sided with the Nagaland team. Surprisingly, DGP Kire wasn’t a new person in Imphal. He had many childhood friends and many of them were also holding high positions in various Governmental establishments and institutions in Manipur. Many of them came and wished him good luck before the start of the match and in fact didn’t leave him throughout. Many Manipuris who retired from the Nagaland Police came and gave their happiest salutes to him. It was a scene of something extra-ordinary bonding between the Nagaland DGP and his past friends in Nagaland uniform service from Manipur. They didn’t speak English or even Hindi, they only started speaking “Nagamese” – a sign of true “love.” There is no sign of loss in the disciplines that maintained between the subordinates and their boss. Unfortunately, his counterpart, Manipur DGP Joykumar Singh could not turn up as he was reportedly had some mild stroke while we were reaching Imphal. We were so sorry for the news any way and Kire personally conveyed his wishes for his speedy recovery.

The first half went off without Kire. He joined the team in the second half. When he entered the field, the crowd cheered and gave him a standing ovation. The main attraction of the final match, without doubt, was Nagaland DGP’s joining the Nagaland team in the 2nd half. Although he could not score any goal, his dribbling confused many opponents. His participating in the match also boosted morale of the players of the Nagaland team.

Nagaland team played dominance in the first half too and definitely when the DGP joined them in the second half, it was really free-will match for Nagaland players. Manipur team had a tough time defending all along. Finally, in the second half, Nagaland gave one solidarity goal emerging Champion of the 13th Challenger Cup 2011.

This is the second time Nagaland police veteran football team lifted the prestigious Challenger Cup Trophy. Earlier in 2009, they lifted the trophy and in 2010, they could not take place in the Cup.

Kire was so kind that he donated Rs 1 lakh to the organizer and also while receiving the cash award along with the trophy, he took the trophy and returned the cash back to the organizers.

His simplicity and no barrier in sports and more importantly going to a place where lot of issue having, his playing football there at Imphal had not only sent a clear message to the people who were also fed-up of insurgency that “sports can bring a lot to them.” He had shown en example that political activities should not come in the way of sports and in fact the people in Imphal had shown unprecedented love and care for the Nagaland DGP. His plays in Manipur in 2009 and this year were simply “heroic.” I salute him. He played his part. He became a hero in Manipur and I am thinking if the Manipur DGP too comes and plays in Nagaland, it will be a wonderful chemistry in the relationship of these two trouble-torn neighboring States in the region. I wish a Merry Christmas to DGP Kire and his family members and to have a very happy retired life in years to come.

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Arrested KCP cadres turn out to be arms transporters: police

IMPHAL December 19: A team of Imphal east commandos arrested two KCP (Kokai) cadres from… more »

IMPHAL December 19: A team of Imphal east commandos arrested two KCP (Kokai) cadres from Kiyamgei Palahanbi area yesterday at about 9.45 pm. The arrested duo are identified as Ningombam Inao Singh, 34, s/o (l) N Naba of Bashikhong Kongba Irong and Ningthoujam Sunil Singh, 43, s/o (l) N Tamphajao Singh of Bashikhong Kongba Irong .

A release of the Imphal east police has stated that one 9mm pistol with live ammunition was recovered from the possession of N Inao Singh and on verification he disclosed that he joined the KCP (Kokai) organization in 2008 through one Hemanta of Bashikhong Kongba Irong. Accused N Sunil Singh also disclosed on joining the organization in September, 2001. They both disclosed of being involved in extortion of money from general public, government offices, private firms, businessmen etc and also in transportation of arms and ammunition from one place to another, the release stated.

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KNO/KRA claims shooting of individual involved in impersonating militant outfits

Newmai News Network IMPHAL, Dec 19: The KNO/KRA (Kuki Revolutionary Army ) on Monday claimed… more »

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IMPHAL, Dec 19: The KNO/KRA (Kuki Revolutionary Army ) on Monday claimed it shot and injured a man late last night for allegedly involving in extortions from public using names of various militant organizations and warned him that he will be awarded capital punishment if he does not surrender before the group within 24 hours.

Kamlim Khongsai of Gallom village in Senapati district was shot at by cadres of KRA around 10:30 pm at Khongsai village in Imphal East district.

A gang led by Khongsai involved in many cases of extortions from various government departments using names of various militant groups, particularly Kuki Revolutionary Army, its publicity secretary T. Simte told Newmai News Network over telephone from an undisclosed location on Monday.

Simte also said Khongsai continued his anti social activities and did not heed to the party despite warning before he was shot and wounded by KRA.

Giving a stern warning, Simte said KRA will kill them if Khongsai and his gang involves in further extortion and refuses to surrender before the party within 24 hours.

He also maintained that KRA has been working for the good of the society so it would not tolerate any anti-social elements.

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Human rights report released

IMPHAL, Dec 19: A joint stakeholders’ report entitled “India: Status of Human Rights in Manipur”… more »

IMPHAL, Dec 19: A joint stakeholders’ report entitled “India: Status of Human Rights in Manipur” was released today by former member of Manipur Human Rights Commission, Yambem Laba in a simple function organized  by Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul.

The said report has been submitted to the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the UN for consideration in the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of India by the UN Human Rights Council in May, 2012.

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Tussle over designated camp leads to skirmish between NSCN factions

DIMAPUR, Dec 19 (NNN): The festive mood in Dimapur was spoilt today by the sound… more »

DIMAPUR, Dec 19 (NNN): The festive mood in Dimapur was spoilt today by the sound of gun firing.

The stand-off between the NSCN-Khaplang and the NSCN-Khole/Kitovi groups began since Sunday. On Monday, the blank firing began. It all started after the tussle for opening a designated camp at Naharbari in Dimapur arisen.

The NSCN-Khaplang has been planning to set up a camp at Naharbari but the NSCN faction led by Khole and Kitovi opposes.

The local populace and Naga organisations tried their best whole day today to calm the tension. However, from time to time each group opened blank firing. The gun firing sound was heard till this evening.

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UNC demands action

IMPHAL, Dec 19 (NNN): The United Naga Council 9UNC) has demanded that the the SDPO… more »

IMPHAL, Dec 19 (NNN): The United Naga Council 9UNC) has demanded that the the SDPO (police officer) of Ukhrul and his team should be awarded with drastic action immediately for assaulting the general secretary of All Naga Students Association, Manipur (ANSAM) and also for creating public disorder. The UNC also asked the deputy commissioner of Ukhrul district to tender public apology for mishandling the situation.

ANSAM leader Seth A Satshang was allegedly assaulted by SDPO Wungpam Kasar and his team on December 17.

According to UNC, the ANSAM was observing one our daily public curfew in Naga areas in demanding the Alternative Arrangement pending Indo-Naga final settlement outside the Manipur government. It said the peaceful one hour curfew was a symbolic protest and that it is a political action.

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CorCom condemns killing of father and son

IMPHAL, Dec 19: The Coordination Committee of KCP, KYKL, PREPAK, PREPAK (Pro), RPF, UNLF and… more »

IMPHAL, Dec 19: The Coordination Committee of KCP, KYKL, PREPAK, PREPAK (Pro), RPF, UNLF and UPPK have strongly condemned the killing of father and son of Irilbung Water Supply Scheme by suspected KCP (MTF) Kesho Meitei faction.

A statement of the committee mentioned that the act of killing innocent people for ransom is against the revolutionary ethics. The killers have disguised in the name of some KCP factions raised by Indian security forces and get involved in all sorts of extortions and other anti-social activities.

The committee further appealed to the people to remain cautious against such fake revolutionaries who work only for money at the behest of security forces.

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Fishlings distributed

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IMPHAL, DEC 19: As part of Military Civic Action Programme undertaken by 33 Assam Rifles under the aegis of Loktak Brigade, fishlings were distributed to the poor fishermen of Chingmayi village by Capt J Mahesh, Company Commander   33 Assam Rifles on 17 Dec 2011. Addressing the people, Company Commander, thanked them for their support towards the Security Forces operating in the area and appealed to continue their trust and support in future also.  Gram Pradhan and prominent personalities of the village appreciated various projects being undertaken by the unit in its area for the benefit of the people.

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U-14 Manipuri girls lift national title

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IMPHAL, Dec 19: U-14 girls’ football team of Manipur has lifted the trophy of 57th National School Games by defeating Mizoram by 4-0 in the final match played today at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium, Imphal.

The goals for winner Manipur were scored by A Roja in 27th and 48th minutes, Bandana in 47th minute and Bidyarani in 57th minute.

In the match for third place of U-14, Nagaland defeated Goa by 2-0. Meshenew scored both the goals for Nagaland.

On the other hand, Nagaland has become the champion of U-17 football tournament of 57th National School Games.

Ruth was the scorer of the solitary winning goal for Nagaland.

Meanwhile, Manipur was defeated by Haryana in 3-1 via tie-breaker in the match for third place of U-17.

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AFSPA and Sharmila

The state cabinet last seek resolved to extend the Disturbed Area Act in the state… more »

The state cabinet last seek resolved to extend the Disturbed Area Act in the state for another year. With it the promulgation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA, has been given yet another leash of one year. All this is happening amidst the growing clamour for the repeal of the AFSPA by human rights activists as well as various civil society organisations throughout the country. The implication, not the least, is also of the blow to Irom Sharmila’s 11 year old fast for its repeal. It does seem Sharmila’s protest is falling on deaf ears of the establishment. It is difficult to imagine what her future would be under the circumstance. Is she destined to spend the rest of her life in this torturous condition? Will her protest ever bear fruit? Gandhi could overthrow an empire with his Satyagraha struggle, but quite by contrast and very unfortunately, Sharmila’s 11 years and continuing struggle by the same method is not making the establishment budge even an inch.

In many ways this intransigence is also an indicator that the ant-AFSPA campaigners should begin thinking in terms of changing strategy. As to what this strategy should be is difficult to spell out yet, but they must take this act of reviewing their current approach as part of the challenge of the movement they are spearheading. Otherwise, the entire exercise would lose its meaning, and even the often heard allegation that the campaign itself is reducing to nothing more than a livelihood means for the NGO campaigners involved, would begin to stick. This is to say, these men and women involved in championing human rights and working for the repeal of the AFSPA are professionals like any other in any profession, making a career and money out of what they do, and are far from what voluntary work of activism which they often describe themselves to be, implies. Apart from the prospect of earning a bad name, the campaign itself would begin to lose its charm in the eyes of the public, after all, ultimately even if it is prolonged, people do want to see results. The old light-hearted lampooning remark about test cricket amongst those not too impressed by the game says a lot in this regard. The joke goes that test cricket is a game which drags on for five long days and the odds are it would end in a draw. The emphasis is on the draw at the end of five days and not so much the five days.

While a new strategy is being worked out, one other consideration has to be also taken into account seriously. This obviously has to do with Sharmila. What must she do now? She has been a towering figure all the while, but should she also be ready to be a martyr? Must this end with this brave young woman sacrificed on the altar of human rights? It is imaginable how depressing it must be for her to learn that her heroic sacrifice is showing no sign it is about to bear fruit. Despite this, she remains firm that she will not end her struggle till her objective is reached which today virtually is beginning to mean she is preparing for martyrdom. Is this an outcome everybody is ready for? Should there be an effort to save her from this predicament? Ideally it should have been for the AFSPA to be repealed so that she can end her indefinite fast, but since this is an unlikely outcome in the near future, should not there be a parallel effort to persuade her to end her fast without ending her struggle against this draconian act? Shouldn’t she be persuaded to live? After all, she has done enough for the cause and at this point it does seem she can do no more than die. Is this what everybody wants?

We are of the opinion that it is time to begin the process of seeing Sharmila and the anti-AFSPA campaign separately. She is a star flag-bearer but not the entirety of the campaign. It is good that she raised the pitch of the campaign to where it is now, and it is on her account that the campaign has made it to the front pages of newspapers around the world. But this outlook of not totally equating her with the campaign is not just with an eye to save her from ultimate martyrdom, but also to ensure the autonomy of the struggle from any ionic leader. Earlier this year it was witnessed how vulnerable the campaign had seemed when the iron lady was reported to be in love and may opt to end her struggle. In what was a hysterical reaction, the newspaper which front-paged her love affair was even banned in the state for months. Sharmila has given the campaign a steely nerve, her departure now rather than weaken should strengthen it further by the sense of independence that comes along – like the child being weaned away from the mother’s breast for its own ultimate good.

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Cheiraoba And The Cheitharol Kumbaba

By C Amuba Singh The appearance of Cheiraoba on two different dates in the same… more »

By C Amuba Singh
The appearance of Cheiraoba on two different dates in the same year in the MANIPUR calendar issued by the DIPR is a display of intellectual bankruptcy of the Government of Manipur. While the people, in a secular democracy, should be free to observe the festival on a date of their choice, based on belief and custom, a Government who values its authority has only one choice to make and hence the Government`s decision to have two one-day holidays on two different dates for the same occasion—the beginning of the new year—only reflects its inability to exercise its moral authority. At no time in the history of Manipur, at least in the period covered by the recordings in the royal chronicle Cheitharol Kumbaba, the Cheiraoba was observed on two different dates in the same year. It has always been on one date—either the Shajibu-Nongma-Panba, the first day of the month of Shajibu, or the day of Shajibu-Palok—but never on both. The following narrative will put this observation on a clearer perspective.

Nowhere in the Cheitharol Kumbaba, the term `Cheiraoba` finds a mention. Going by the significance traditionally attributed to it, Cheiraoba marks the beginning of the new year and not the end of a year. It is commonly accepted that the practice of `Cheithapa` was formally introduced by Meidingu Kyamba in the year Saka 1407 with one scholar named Hiyangloi appointed as the royal scribe. This is corroborated by a corresponding entry in the Cheitharol Kumbaba. However, over the period of 203 years beginning with this landmark year, there is no indication in the records of the date or day on which the new year began, although there are ample indications that this particular date comes after the month of Lamda. It was only in the year Saka 1610 (1688 CE), during the reign of Meidingu Paikhomba, that a clear evidence of the new year beginning on the first day of Shajibu could be found.

From this particular year of the scribe (Cheithaba) Wangkheirakpam Khongchomba – Saka 1610- onwards, the new year began on the first day of the month of Shajibu until  a new system of marking the beginning of the new year was introduced  56 years later  in the year Saka 1666 (1744 CE) during the reign of Meidingu Pamheiba (1709 – 1748 CE). The new year-mark was called `Shajibu-Palok`, and it corresponds initially to the Vishnu Sankranti in the Hindu calendar. (Later, from 1786 CE onwards, the correspondence was to the day following the Vishnu Sankranti as discussed later.)

For the year Saka 1666 (1744-45 CE), the day of Sajibu-Palok was the 28th day of Shajibu which is 10 April 1744 CE. Significantly, the preceding year Saka 1665 consisted of 365 days. This probably marks a transition from the lunar calendar to the luni-solar calendar system.

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U-14 Manipuri girls lift national titleKanglaOnlineIMPHAL, Dec 19: U-14 girls' football team of Manipur has lifted the trophy of 57th National School Games by defeating Mizoram by 4-0 in the final match played today at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium, I…

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IMPHAL, Dec 19: U-14 girls' football team of Manipur has lifted the trophy of 57th National School Games by defeating Mizoram by 4-0 in the final match played today at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium, Imphal. The goals for winner Manipur were scored by A

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