CM’s referring of Meitei ST demand to ST Commission is ultra vires

Ningombam Bupenda Meitei This writing of mine, which could also be perceived as a personal opinion, is indeed a matter of public importance. It is to present a constitutional argument on the basis of the statement made by the incumbent Chief Minister of Manipur in the ongoing Manipur Legislative Assembly’s session. The statement of the […]

Ningombam Bupenda Meitei This writing of mine, which could also be perceived as a personal opinion, is indeed a matter of public importance. It is to present a constitutional argument on the basis of the statement made by the incumbent Chief Minister of Manipur in the ongoing Manipur Legislative Assembly’s session. The statement of the […]

STDCM demands to include Meitei/Meetei under ST Category

STDCM na Manipur gi Meitei/ Meetei meeyamga loinana yelhoumee Meitei/Meetei busu Indian Constitution gi Article 342(1) gi makhada yelhoumeesinggi list oiriba Scheduled Tribe ki list ta yaohallu amadi yelhoumee oibagi Constituional safeguard piyu haina State govt amadi Central govta taksinduna Lakli. Indefinite economic blockade amadi Assembly election nachingbana maram oiduna ehou asi matam khara tapthaduna […]

STDCM na Manipur gi Meitei/ Meetei meeyamga loinana yelhoumee Meitei/Meetei busu Indian Constitution gi Article 342(1) gi makhada yelhoumeesinggi list oiriba Scheduled Tribe ki list ta yaohallu amadi yelhoumee oibagi Constituional safeguard piyu haina State govt amadi Central govta taksinduna Lakli. Indefinite economic blockade amadi Assembly election nachingbana maram oiduna ehou asi matam khara tapthaduna […]

Manipur during 1960s

About Manipur: Manipur is a state in northeastern India, with the city of Imphal as its capital. It is bounded by Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south, and Assam to the west; Burma (Myanmar) lies to its east. The state covers an area of 22,327 square kilometres (8,621 sq mi) and has a […]

About Manipur: Manipur is a state in northeastern India, with the city of Imphal as its capital. It is bounded by Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south, and Assam to the west; Burma (Myanmar) lies to its east. The state covers an area of 22,327 square kilometres (8,621 sq mi) and has a […]

Looking along community divide For administrative convenience

Four major communities in Manipur. The Meitei, Naga, Kuki and Pangal. The population as per the 2011 Census is 28,55,794 and the geographical area of the State is 22,327 square kilometres. For 28,55,794 people stretched over an area of 22,327 square kilometres, Manipur has nine districts, Bishnupur, Chandel, Churachandpur, Imphal East, Imphal West, Senapati, Tamenglong, […]

Four major communities in Manipur. The Meitei, Naga, Kuki and Pangal. The population as per the 2011 Census is 28,55,794 and the geographical area of the State is 22,327 square kilometres. For 28,55,794 people stretched over an area of 22,327 square kilometres, Manipur has nine districts, Bishnupur, Chandel, Churachandpur, Imphal East, Imphal West, Senapati, Tamenglong, […]

Manipurgi yelhoumeesinggi manungda ama oiriba Meitei/ Meetei busu Indian constitution gi makhada ST list ta chalhallu amadi yelhoumee oibagi constitutional safeguards piyu

Manipurgi yelhoumeesinggi manungda ama oiriba Meitei/ Meetei busu Indian constitution gi makhada ST list ta chalhallu amadi yelhoumee oibagi constitutional safeguards piyu haina changsillakpa khongjanggi saruk ama oina mamang tha September 18 Meitei/Meetei singgi oiba achouba rally ama chatpaga loinana meefam ama famduna warep ahum louminnakhre. Meeyamna louramba warepki matung inna Manipur sarkarda Meitei/Meeteibu ST […]

Manipurgi yelhoumeesinggi manungda ama oiriba Meitei/ Meetei busu Indian constitution gi makhada ST list ta chalhallu amadi yelhoumee oibagi constitutional safeguards piyu haina changsillakpa khongjanggi saruk ama oina mamang tha September 18 Meitei/Meetei singgi oiba achouba rally ama chatpaga loinana meefam ama famduna warep ahum louminnakhre. Meeyamna louramba warepki matung inna Manipur sarkarda Meitei/Meeteibu ST […]

Mass rally endorses demand for ST status on Meeteis/Meiteis State Govt urged to send recommendation to Centre by October

IMPHAL, Sep 18: The mass rally cum public meeting held today endorsed the demand for inclusion of Meitei/Meetei in the list of Scheduled Tribes. It also resolved to urge the State Government to send a recommendation to the Government of India together with necessary documents for enlistment of Meitei/Meetei in ST category by October this […]

IMPHAL, Sep 18: The mass rally cum public meeting held today endorsed the demand for inclusion of Meitei/Meetei in the list of Scheduled Tribes. It also resolved to urge the State Government to send a recommendation to the Government of India together with necessary documents for enlistment of Meitei/Meetei in ST category by October this […]

Denying Meitei ST status: feeding the ghost from the past

By Kh. Ibomcha Like any other commoner does, I, for a while, have been at my wit’s end otiosely trying to sort out reasons why some among us, rather those anti-tribal proponents, do not like to get Meiteis enlisted as ST under Indian constitution that could make both ‘ching’ and ‘tam’ stand on a par […]

By Kh. Ibomcha Like any other commoner does, I, for a while, have been at my wit’s end otiosely trying to sort out reasons why some among us, rather those anti-tribal proponents, do not like to get Meiteis enlisted as ST under Indian constitution that could make both ‘ching’ and ‘tam’ stand on a par […]

Nagaland Post: Nagaland-Manipur peace working committee formed

A working committee to assist in addressing crucial issues confronting the people of Manipur and Nagaland has been formed at the conclusion of the two-day workshop of peace activists of Manipur and Nagaland at the Life Spring Corner here Saturday. The morning session began with the release of the book by Editor Nagaland Post Geoffrey […]

A working committee to assist in addressing crucial issues confronting the people of Manipur and Nagaland has been formed at the conclusion of the two-day workshop of peace activists of Manipur and Nagaland at the Life Spring Corner here Saturday. The morning session began with the release of the book by Editor Nagaland Post Geoffrey […]

From A Man Who Touched The Phanek to A Proud Indigenous Meitei Girl

[This article is a response to “A Proud Indigenous NorthEastern (Meitei) Girl to ‘Always A Chinky Girl” which appeared at KanglaOnline on 26th March 2016] Dear “Proud Indigenous Meitei Girl” There is no denying that it is a biological world, but one cannot deny that the world is also economic and political. Let’s not confuse

[This article is a response to “A Proud Indigenous NorthEastern (Meitei) Girl to ‘Always A Chinky Girl” which appeared at KanglaOnline on 26th March 2016] Dear “Proud Indigenous Meitei Girl” There is no denying that it is a biological world, but one cannot deny that the world is also economic and political. Let’s not confuse

Hindu Meeteis/Meiteis Festival ‘Yaoshang Thabal’ Celebrated at Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi

New Delhi, 26-March-2016: Yoashang Thabal, a part of Hindu Meeteis/Meiteis Yaoshang festival was held in Delhi on its 3rdday which was 25th of March 2016 at Dussehra Ground, Mukherjee Nagar. The festival was organised by Voice Club Delhi along with Khonjel.org. Participants who came with traditional attires were allowed to participate without charging any entry fee. Many

New Delhi, 26-March-2016: Yoashang Thabal, a part of Hindu Meeteis/Meiteis Yaoshang festival was held in Delhi on its 3rdday which was 25th of March 2016 at Dussehra Ground, Mukherjee Nagar. The festival was organised by Voice Club Delhi along with Khonjel.org. Participants who came with traditional attires were allowed to participate without charging any entry fee. Many

A Proud Indigenous NorthEastern (Meitei) Girl to ‘Always A Chinky Girl’

********************************************************** Read the sequence of the posts related to this letter. 1. Read the first post in the series – Delhi Policeman: People from Northeast don’t speak Hindi and eat humans 2. Read Johnson Rajkumar’s note in response to the above news story in which a cop tells JNU students that people from Northeast eat human. 3.

********************************************************** Read the sequence of the posts related to this letter. 1. Read the first post in the series – Delhi Policeman: People from Northeast don’t speak Hindi and eat humans 2. Read Johnson Rajkumar’s note in response to the above news story in which a cop tells JNU students that people from Northeast eat human. 3.

Mizoram – Meitei Connection? : The Great Village Entrance (Kawtchhuah Ropui) at Vangchhe Village

Kawtchhuah Ropui: An Anthropological Evidence, (January 2002) — H.Lalnunmawia Recently explored ancient monuments or menhirs of ‘Kawtchhuah Ropui’ were bearing fruitful testimonies to study the inhabitants of Kawtchhuah Ropui area, that of the unknown past. Kawtchhuah Ropui literally means ‘the great entrance of the village’.

Kawtchhuah Ropui: An Anthropological Evidence, (January 2002) — H.Lalnunmawia Recently explored ancient monuments or menhirs of ‘Kawtchhuah Ropui’ were bearing fruitful testimonies to study the inhabitants of Kawtchhuah Ropui area, that of the unknown past. Kawtchhuah Ropui literally means ‘the great entrance of the village’.

Candor in Solving Meitei-Tribal Problems

  The Three Bill Stalemate in Manipur has remained unresolved during the past 6 months with the adversaries in locked horns. It still is continuingg more of a game for political hardliners steadfast on their original stands making third party intervention a difficult proposition. One possible outcome of such a situation is obliteration of the

  The Three Bill Stalemate in Manipur has remained unresolved during the past 6 months with the adversaries in locked horns. It still is continuingg more of a game for political hardliners steadfast on their original stands making third party intervention a difficult proposition. One possible outcome of such a situation is obliteration of the

Manipur’s Unique Parks: MMRC & Unity Park – Khangabok, Thoubal District

MMRC & UNITY PARK Khangabok is a multi-dimensional research centre tourist cum recreation park in Thoubal District Manipur. The park is located 25 Kilometers from Imphal City, just next to the Asian Highway 2 (AH2).

The park has several unique features representing different communities and faiths with special focus on Meetei traditional structures like Meetei Yumjao, Pakhangba Temple etc.

MMRC & UNITY PARK Khangabok is a multi-dimensional research centre tourist cum recreation park in Thoubal District Manipur. The park is located 25 Kilometers from Imphal City, just next to the Asian Highway 2 (AH2).

The park has several unique features representing different communities and faiths with special focus on Meetei traditional structures like Meetei Yumjao, Pakhangba Temple etc.

MNP President clarifies on CorCom’s allegation

February 27, Imphal: A statement released from B Angousana Sharma, President of the newly formed Meitei Nationalist Party said ”CorCom has misunderstanding with the dialogue of politics.” ”To throw an ideology of a democrat is nature and common to all political statement of various politicians used on the same tone in various places in Manipur.

February 27, Imphal: A statement released from B Angousana Sharma, President of the newly formed Meitei Nationalist Party said ”CorCom has misunderstanding with the dialogue of politics.” ”To throw an ideology of a democrat is nature and common to all political statement of various politicians used on the same tone in various places in Manipur.

DGP Khoute talks to his Nagaland counterpart on NSF ban of Meitei Manipuri Vehicles

IMPHAL, February 23: In the wake of the Naga Students’ Federation’s ban on vehicles belonging to Meiteis/ Manipuris, Manipur Director General of Police LM Khoute had talked with his Nagaland counterpart Leng Doungel on the phone and relayed his apprehension over the threat. According to a reliable source, Khoute is said to have asked Doungel

IMPHAL, February 23: In the wake of the Naga Students’ Federation’s ban on vehicles belonging to Meiteis/ Manipuris, Manipur Director General of Police LM Khoute had talked with his Nagaland counterpart Leng Doungel on the phone and relayed his apprehension over the threat. According to a reliable source, Khoute is said to have asked Doungel

All India Meitei Scheduled Tribe Movement to be launched nation-wide – Angousana Sharma

IMPHAL, February 23: Convener of All India Meitei Scheduled Tribe Movement has sought support from individual, organisation, association, union and political party to ensure the listing of Meitei in the category of Scheduled Tribe under the Constitutio…

IMPHAL, February 23: Convener of All India Meitei Scheduled Tribe Movement has sought support from individual, organisation, association, union and political party to ensure the listing of Meitei in the category of Scheduled Tribe under the Constitution of India. According to a statement of All India Meitei Scheduled Tribe Movement, Meitei was listed as a

Naga Students’ Federation bans Meitei & Manipuri owned vehicles indefinitely

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Naga Students` Federation (NSF) in its emergency presidential council meeting held today at its conference hall discussed on the memorandum submitted to the Government of Manipur on February 16 and its failure to comply with the demands…

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Naga Students` Federation (NSF) in its emergency presidential council meeting held today at its conference hall discussed on the memorandum submitted to the Government of Manipur on February 16 and its failure to comply with the demands of the federation on or before February 23 midnight. Informing this in a press release,

Who is a Meitei ? – Yumnam Devjit

  Who is a Meitei ? As a young boy I was always troubled by the question of, who am I? And like all of us from Manipur who studied outside,

Festival Of the Gods - Lai Harouba

Festival Of the Gods – Lai Harouba

 

Who is a Meitei ?

As a young boy I was always troubled by the question of, who am I? And like all of us from Manipur who studied outside, the problem was made worse by the constant taunts of ill mannered school/college mates; Chinky, Chinese, Nepali, Japanese, Chimpu. These were the common identity given to us. These comments made me angry and resolute to find out who I was? What was Manipur? Who are the Meiteis? School text books offered no help either, there wasn’t any mention of Manipur anywhere in history. I had to find it out on my own.

First of all let me put this straight, no matter what language we speak, what color our skin is or what religion we are. We are all Homo sapiens, one specie.

There is a theory called “out of Africa theory”. It proposes that man evolved from apes into humans (Homo sapiens) in Africa and moved from Africa to the rest of the world. These migrations were done as families or group of families. Whichever group wanted to move on, moved on and which ever wanted to stay at a place stayed and became the natives of the place. The natives of Andaman Islands the Jarawas were one of the groups who went out from Africa and they settled in the Andaman Islands. Their relative isolation has left them unchanged in features and culture from the tribes of Africa.

During this time of migration Manipur was submerged under a sea called the Tethys Sea. Due to this, Manipur never had any original out of Africa settlers. However later on as the Indian subcontinent began to push into Asia the land began to rise and the sea gradually disappeared and gave way to mountain chains, in what is now the north east India.

As habitable land began to emerge in these places, the region was claimed by 2 major groups. The Tibeto Chinese tribes coming from the north and the Thai tribes from the east. The southernmost settlements of the Tibeto Chinese tribes were the northern hills of Manipur and the western most settlements of the Thai tribes were the territories of the Khasis. Drawing a straight line through the middle of the overlapping regions of the tribes, those settling to the north of this line were Tibeto Chinese tribes and south of it were the Thai tribes.

In our quest to find the history of ourselves I and my sisters went to Kangla, when it was still under the control of the Assam rifles. No civilians were allowed in at the time. We went in with the help of an uncle who was in Manipur rifles. In there we saw the Kanglasha still in ruins, the seven ponds of the seven salai and also the place where the puya was burnt. After that we came across an old man with long beard dressed in white with his long hair tied in a knot. Sitting under a huge mango tree he was eating green mango with mint and green chili. He looked like a Maichou we read about in old meitei books, a spiritual man of vast knowledge. We went up to him and asked “pupu kangla gi matang da wari khara libi o” .My elder sister was our leader , she had lots of energy and enthusiasm in searching the history of Manipur.

Occasionally taking a bite of his mango he told us a story of how Kangla got its name and why it is the most sacred place in Manipur.

When our forefathers first came to this land, there was no Imphal valley, only a big lake. They all settled in the hills. But during this time in the whole of Imphal valley one place was dry. This dry land was kangla. The name kang meaning dry and la meaning land. Because of this reason it was regarded as the most sacred place. Whoever controlled kangla was considered to be the most powerful group in Manipur. Later on the water gradually receded and more dry land emerged and they started settling in these newly emerged dry land. The different pats, Keisam pat, Lamphel pat, Khongham pat, etc were the reminiscent of the earlier Tethys Sea.

With this new knowledge we went home satisfied and got a good scolding from our parents for wondering off on our own.

As for our forefathers more and more of them started settling in the Imphal valley and 7 different groups were formed, the seven salai namely: Mangang, Luwang, Khuman, Sarang-Leisangthem, Moirang, Kha-Nganba and Angom. Around 14000 BC, a powerful leader by the name of Pakhangba conquered all the seven salais. And name the new united groups as “Meitei”.

In simpler words Meitei was formed by the unification of Tibeto Chinese and Thai tribe of Manipur 16000 years ago. The Tibeto Chinese tribes are the tribes we now know as the Nagas and the Thai tribes are the tribes we now know as Kuki.

The very word Meitei is synonymous with unity. The identity of various tribes vanish as we try to find a single race behind it. Meitei is not a one race, diversity is the very fabric on which Meitei originates.

The story of Meitei does not end there. I have heard stories that Kabui were supposed to be the 8th salai of Meitei and that coming of Hinduism created problems in that happening.  I would argue that as of now meitei consist of 9 salai and not just 7. The two others being Bamon and Pangan. It is said that the clan Nongmeikapam were originally Muslims who were proficient in using firearms and later on got assimilated into one of the Meitei salai.

In my search I also found that Yumnam the sagei to which I belong although categorized as Mangang were not in the original Mangang salai. We were assimilated into Meitei fold later on. Earlier we were considered as Hao/non meitei. My looks support the story…. Ha ha. Meiteis originated from the fore fathers of Nagas and Kukis.

We are at a very critical juncture in the fate of Manipur. Are we going to destroy each other? Naga vs Meitei,Meitei vs Kuki, Kuki vs Naga. Or unite as one and take Manipur into the future as a symbol of what unity can achieve. Our forefathers did it 16000 years ago and resulted in Meitei. We don’t need another Pakhangba to unite us, we just need to let love guide us and crush all feelings of hatred plaguing us. Bigger problems lurk just around the corner which threatens the whole of humanity, climate change, end of oil, war, religious conflict and what not. Let’s face them together as one and secure a bright future for our next generation.

If a hand full of tribes from naga and kuki unite to form the rich and diverse culture we see in Meitei, imagine what will happen if the whole of Naga, Kuki and Meitei unite to form a ‘new race’ of people.

There would be nothing we can’t achieve.

This is the time to unite as ONE.

 

 

Manipur Ambush: Exclusive Photos from 4th June Ambush site in Chandel Manipur

Kanglaonline exclusive photo coverage from ground zero at ambush site, Parolon in Manipur’s Chandel district. By Deepak Shijagurumayum. A misleading calm hung over leafy Parolon in Manipur’s Chandel district on Friday 5th

Kanglaonline exclusive photo coverage from ground zero at ambush site, Parolon in Manipur’s Chandel district.

By Deepak Shijagurumayum.

Villagers roaming around with air gun at the ambush site at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

Villagers roaming around with air gun at the ambush site at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

A misleading calm hung over leafy Parolon in Manipur’s Chandel district on Friday 5th June, 2015, 24 hours after 18 soldiers of the 6 Dogra Regiment were gunned down here in an ambush by militants from three different groups – NSCN(K), KYKL and KCP.

6th Dogra Regiment's truck ambushed by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur.  Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

6th Dogra Regiment’s truck ambushed by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

A live Improvised Explosive Device (IED), placed inside a pressure cooker, lay on the side of the road, about 20 km away from the Myanmar border, with parrot green sandbags placed in front to mark the area. The handful of soldiers guarding the spot halted the little traffic filtering in, sending them back. They were waiting for the bomb disposal squad.

IED bomb was implanted in a pressure cooker to ambush the Indian Army by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

IED bomb was implanted in a pressure cooker to ambush the Indian Army by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

“The bomb is still live. We arrived after the incident was over and have been here ever since. We are conducting searches. But the insurgents could very well have left for Myanmar. It’s difficult,’’ said a soldier from 6 Dogra Regiment.

Chinese made hand granade which was found at the ambush site at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

Chinese made hand granade which was found at the ambush site at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

Next to the IED lay an grenade that’s yet to be defused and the remains of the battle day before — the skeletons of two completely charred trucks, and two empty burnt RPG shells.

6th Dogra Regiment's truck ambushed by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur.  Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

6th Dogra Regiment’s truck ambushed by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

6th Dogra Regiment's truck ambushed by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur.  Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

6th Dogra Regiment’s truck ambushed by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

 

On 5th June, New York Times reported: “At least 20 soldiers were killed and 11 are injured,” said Col. Rohan Anand, an army spokesman in New Delhi. “The army convoy was first blasted using improvised explosive devices followed by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.”

Uniform  of one of the deceased Indian Army at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

Uniform of one of the deceased Indian Army at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.

 

Exclusive photo coverage gallery from ground zero at ambush site, Parolon in Manipur’s Chandel district:

6th Dogra Regiment's truck ambushed by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.
Uniform of one of the deceased Indian Army at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum
Villagers roaming around with air gun at the ambush site at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.
6th Dogra Regiment's truck ambushed by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur.photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.
Uniform of one of the deceased Indian Army at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.
6th Dogra Regiment's truck ambushed by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur.photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.
IED bomb was implanted in a pressure cooker to ambush the Indian Army by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.
Uniform of one of the deceased militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.
Chinese made hand granade which was found at the ambush site at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.
6th Dogra Regiment's truck ambushed by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.
Cap of one of the deceased Indian Army at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.
6th Dogra Regiment's truck ambushed by militants at Paorolon, Chandel District, Manipur. Photo by Deepak Shijagurumayum.