Showing posts with label Gorkhas in Manipur. Show all posts
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An Appeal: Manipuri Gorkhas - The orphan among the orphans

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All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945)

This statement by Goerge Orwell perhaps best reflects the status of Manipur Gorkha community in the current scenario. Having been abandoned by the state government and any hope of support from other indigenous communities, the ongoing ILP imbroglio and its impact on the community could perhaps be the last straw that breaks the camel’s back. Despite having a history of 200 years in Manipur, the approximately 60,000 strong Gorkha community is today facing de-recognition and possible eviction from the state.
Independence Day Celebration in Manipur by Gorkhas
On recorded history, the Gokhas first arrived in Manipur during the time of Maharaja Gambhir Singh in 1824. As Manipur was much troubled by Burmese intruders and troops, the Maharaja raised an army in 1825 and recruited Gorkhas from Sylhet and named the militia as ‘Victoria Paltan’. Later when the British arrived, Gorkha settler were given grazing ground in the northern part of the state and the community was issued land ownership documents (pattas).

The community is settled for nearly 2 centuries and have lived in an area of 140 sq. miles till 1915. Besides the army settlers, there were the gwala (cowherd) or grazers community. There used to be times when an entire stretch of road named in Jiribam was named as Man BahadurLimbu’s Road. Today, after almost 2 centuries, our population is not even 1 lakh. We are still considered ‘outsiders’ or ‘foreigners’ and we have been relentlessly victimized and targeted by one political group or the other.

This is not the first instance of such uprising in Manipur. Between 1979-83, close to 40,000 native Gorkhalis were forced to leave Manipur and sadly the then government of Manipur and India did not take adequate measures to protect them from this forced expulsion. In fact, between 1977 and 1983 up to 100,000 Gorkhalis were forced to leave from various parts of North East which created widespread anguish and fear amongst Gorkhalis living across IndiaThe current demand of a separate state of Gorkhaland has its roots in such displacement and sense of abandonment by the government of India.

Reports of Gorkhas being subjected to various forms of humiliation and threat is something we have heard on a regular basis in the current ILP imbroglio in Manipur. The proposed ILP bill sets the cut-off date for identifying the population as per the census of 1951. Majority of the Gorkhapeople at that time lived in remote places people collecting census would not have even bothered to venture back in 1951.

What is even more disheartening is the stoic silence of our community leaders from across the country and their unwillingness to take notice of the helplessness. Today, we feel we are being treated as second class citizens even amongst the Gorkha community. The long silence of our leadership to take note of the situation and speak up for the downtrodden Gorkhas has made us run around like a headless chicken, not knowing which door to knock and whom to plead for our case.
Let me also remind you all that we are no less Gorkhas than any of you. Our history says that we have the 1st Gorkhali freedom fighter, SubedarNiranjanChhetri who defended Manipur under the revolutionary Manipuri hero JubrajTekendrajit Singh and was hanged by the British in 1891. His last words were, “my birthplace is my Motherland, I am ready to die for this land, and I am ready to kill for this land... but I am not ready to accept surrender and subjugation of my own land.” Till this date, his martyrdom is celebrated across the country by the Gorkha community.

We have alsorallied across the streets of Manipur during the Nepali BhashaAndolanproudly donning and singing the same chorus like our brethrens in Assam, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Meghalaya, Dehradun, Himachal, and everywhere else in the country. We did not bother to care when the bystanders jeered at us saying how can ‘foreigners’ demand for a language recognition. Bhasha Divas is today one of the biggest celebration and social gathering for Gorkhas in Manipur.

We still travel all the way from Manipur to Darjeeling or Delhi whenever there is a national solidarity for Gorkhaland or any other cause relating to the language or other social cause. Now and again, a few organizations come to Manipur during their membership drive and they leave after collecting the fees. We have donated for every Gorkha cause, be it for installing Saheed Durga Malla’s statue in the parliament, or to finance for any Gorkhasocial and political struggles, or for the landslide victims in Darjeeling. Yet, where did we go wrong, that no one is willing to speak for us today?

Throughout our history, we have been a victim of political manipulation by the crooked few. We once had a glorious past with representation in the legislative assembly and the panchayats. Those people who pretended to be our leadersand were elected, collected all our welfare money and secured their future outside the state. The moment there is even a sign of a problem, you will find them nowhere near but in the luxuries of their home far away from the trouble. What is left now is the ruins and shambles of the glorious past we had. We are still hanging onto it but are slowly losing our grip. This is a desperate cry for intervention and guidance by our leaders from every part of the country.
We thank and acknowledge leaders who are slowly rising up to our call and are standing with us. We need all of your support to ensure that the once respected and dignified culture of Gorkhas is not erased from the history.

It is Manipur today, it can be anywhere else tomorrow. This is the time which calls for us to rise beyond our narrow political agendas and regionalism, and stand in solidarity with our brothers in Manipur.

By: Dinesh Sharma
dineshcold@gmail.com

GJM delegation for Gorkhas in Manipur met Ministry of Home Affairs

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A 5 member GJM (Gorkha Janmukti Morcha) delegation led by Shri Bimal Gurung, Shri Benoy Tamang, Shri Rooshan Giri, Shri PT Ola and Shri Vikram Rai met Shri Kiren Rijiju, MoS for Ministry of Home Affairs at North Block, New Delhi and discussed the plight of Gorkha people who have been living in Manipur for generations and the recently passed bill of The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015.
GJM delegation for Gorkhas in Manipur met Ministry of Home Affairs
GJM (Gorkha Janmukti Morcha)delegation  met Ministry of Home Affairs
The GJM delegation informed the Hon'ble Minister the current imbroglio surrounding Inner Line Permit in Manipur has once again left the Gorkhas in the state vulnerable to racism, with various groups calling for the Gorkhas to leave the state, after labeling them as “foreigners” and “outsiders.”

The delegation requested the Hon'ble Minister for his intervention as the current Bill approving setting the year 1951 as cut off year for Indian citizens living in Manipur to be counted as “Manipuri people” is too arbitrary and will lead to levelling of one section or the other of the people as “outsiders,” and that should not be permissible.

The GJM demanded that the cut-off date to determine citizenship/Manipur origination should be on the day any such law is implemented. The spirit of the Constitution of India should be upheld, which makes adequately clear who are and who are not the citizens of India from Manipur, and those who are citizens of Manipur on the day any rules relating to ILP is imposed should be the day that any such cut off should be considered.

The Hon'ble Minister has assured the GJM delegation that the Central Government will give safety and protection to all minority communities including Gorkhas in Manipur.

The GJM delegation also reminded the Hon'ble Minister about the damages incurred in the recent landslides in Mirik and Kalimpong where the Hon'ble Prime Minister had sent Shri Kirren Rijju to visit landslide affected areas.

Shri Kirren Rijjiu informed the GJM delegation that an interministerial team from the Government of India will visit the landslide areas soon.

The delegation also briefed the Hon'ble Minister about the contentious issues of GTA and a Tripartite meeting regarding will be held on 15th September at New Delhi.

Shri Bimal Gurung and other senior GJM leaders will visit Dibrugah on 5th September to attend a program organised by AGSU.

He has also invited Shri Kiren Rijiju to Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in the coming month.

Source -Bimal Gurung Official

Gurung seeks protection for Manipuri Gorkhas, writes to home minister on Manipur bill

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Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung on Tuesday sent a fax to Union home minister Rajnath Singh, expressing reservations about a bill passed by the Manipur Assembly which requires outsiders to take a government permit to enter that state.
Gurung seeks protection for Munipuri Gorkhas
Gurung said the bill would go against a small population of Gorkhas residing in the hills of Manipur.

The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015, was passed in the Assembly on Monday. Under the law, the Manipur government will issue a pass to any "non-Manipur person" while entering that state.

Debate is ongoing on whether the law should keep the cut-off year as 1951 to decide who should be treated as a resident of Manipur and who would be deemed an outsider.

Gurung cited the cut-off year and said many Gorkhas have been staying in that state for nearly 200 years and they should not face any discrimination.

3 Dead as ILP Protesters Set Minister's House on Fire, Curfew in Manipur Town

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Two people died in police firing, one was burnt to death in the protest of the three bills passed in the state assembly in Manipur. Curfew (section 144 ,Unlawful Assembly) has been reportedly imposed in the area.
Curfew in Manipur Town After 3 Dead in Violence
Curfew in Manipur Town After 3 Dead in Violence
The houses of state Health Minister Phungzathang Tonsing and five other lawmakers were set on fire in Manipur's Churachandpur district to protest the bill passed on Monday to bring in the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system. Reportedly, the vehicle of Churachandpur Deputy Commissioner and his escort have also been torched.
ILP Protesters Set Minister's House on Fire
ILP Protesters Set Minister's House on Fire
Groups opposed to the passing of the following three bills in the assembly -

The state government had passed three bills--
The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015;
The Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015; and
The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2015--to introduce ILP system in a special session of Manipur Assembly.

The agitation is based on a belief that an influx of outsiders into the state has taken away jobs, and land from the indigenous people, unlike in states like neighboring Nagaland, where the entry of outsiders is strictly regulated.

Manipuri Gorkhas appeal for protection of Constitutional rights

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Imphal, August 31 2015: Gorkha community leaders of the State have submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister today seeking protection of the Constitutional rights of Gorkha minority community in the event of passing of Bills as per the agreement between the State Govt and JCILPS (Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System).
 Manipuri Gorkhas appeal for protection of Constitutional rights
Tracing back the history of first Gorkha settlement to the early 19th century during the reign of Maharaja Gambhir Singh, the Gorkha representation said the present Gorkhas of Manipur numbering about 50,000 - 60,000 are descendants of the earliest Gorkhas settled before 1951.As such, they should be given a status of permanent local Manipuri Gorkhas.

The land possessed and owned by the Gorkhas (both patta land and grazing reserve land) should not be affected by the proposed legislation as the Gorkhas owned the land under various provisions of the existing laws, it said.

The memo also clarified that the allegations labelled by different bodies regarding the exaggeration and projection of extremely high population of Gorkhas and its impacts are baseless and unfounded.

The contributions and sacrifice of the Gorkha commu- nity for the country should be recognized and honored and no Gorkha should be humiliated, tortured and harassed in any part of the State.

The unique history of Gorkhas of Manipur should be well recognized, the memo urged.

The signatories of the memorandum are Shiva Ku-mar Basnet, Pradhan, Kangla- tongbi GP, Bhumi Prasad Basnet, Member, Sadar Hills ADC, Hari Prasad Nepal, Gaon Bura, Irang Part-I, Ganesh Ghimire, chairman of Leimakhong Area Gorkha Association, Rajen Rai, secretary, Manipureli Kirat San- gha, Mani Kumar Limbu, president, Sanskritik Surak-sha Parishad, Manipur, Subol Singh, chairman, UKADS Laxmi Prasad Khatiwada, social worker, and general secretary of Bhartiya Gorkha Parisangh, NE.

The memo further pledged to always support the genuine demands of the people of Manipur under the provision of various existing laws and the Constitution.

It hoped that the new legislations would not infringe the Constitutional rights and liberties of the Gorkhas of the State.

Source: The Sangai Express

Demand for Inner Line Permit in Manipur - A Gorkha Perspective

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Writes: Upendra for The Darjeeling Chronicle
Sit-in-protest at Kabui Mothers at Kakhulong demanding Inner Line Permit System
The demand for an Inner Line Permit to enter Manipur by the dominant Meitei community has snowballed into full blown political issue. However before venturing into the current Manipur situation, there is a need to understand the origins and development of the Inner Line Permit concept.
INNER LINE PERMIT – THE HISTORIC CONTEXT
The origins of ILP can be traced back to the colonial days. On 1st of November, 1873 the then British rulers enacted the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations in order to protect the interest of the British Crown in rubber, wax, tea, oil, elephant and other forest related trades against private British entrepreneurs.
The BEFR of 1873 states that the “The [Government] may, by notification in the [official Gazette], prohibit all British subjects or any class of British subjects [now replaced with “citizens of India or any class of such citizens”] or any persons residing in or passing through such districts from going from beyond such line without a pass under the hand and seal of the chief executive officer of such district or of such other officer as he may authorize to grant such pass; and the [Government] may, from time to time, cancel or vary such prohibition.” [Details: http://bit.ly/1X2XLt6]
ILP which was designed by the British to protect their commercial interests were continued to be used by the government of India to keep the people under such places as described in the original 1873 BEFR Act happy. After Independence north-East India has continued to simmer with separatist movements and with China right next door continuing to pose as a grave threat, the Government of India used ILP to restrict the flow of people into those areas that they feared would be threatened due to influx of outsiders.
CURRENT PROTECTIVE REGIMES 
Currently Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram are covered under the ILP regime which requires Indian citizens from outside these states to get a permit to enter the state for a duration ranging from 15 days to 6 months for temporary visits and up to 1 year for those who go to work there.
In addition places that are covered under the Inner Line Permit various places in other states such as Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Manipur, Andaman and Nicobar Islands etc require Protected Area Permit (PAP) and Restricted Area Permit (RAP) which require both the foreigners and Indian citizens from outside these states special permit to visit these places. [Details: http://bit.ly/1N3gFwV]
In addition to these permit requirements, almost all of the North Eastern states, as well as other mountain regions such as Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir prohibit outsiders from buying and selling land in their respective states. This is done to “safeguard local mountain communities from rich land-grabbers” from the cities.
In fact, Darjeeling is the ONLY mountain region in India, where local interests are not protected and anyone from the actor Govinda to international investors are freely allowed to buy and sell land.
In addition to this, protection is also provided to lands owned by SCs and STs across India, in that no SC or ST land can be bought or sold by anyone other than people belonging to the SC or ST communities, and only if no SC or ST buyers show interest, can people from other categories can purchase such a land
ROMANTICIZING ILPs
However, the idea of ILP is sold to the rest of the country as being a protective measure to ensure “safeguarding the indigenous people from inundation of eternal migrant and immigrant communities.”
This idea does carry some merit, as, if you look at the demographic shifts then indigenous people in Tripura were overrun by immigrant Bengalis and the natives are now a minority in their own land. Similarly parts of Assam and almost all the Border regions of West Bengal, including the foothills of Darjeeling district has seen massive raise in population due to Bangladeshi refuges as well as illegal Bangladeshi immigrants flooding into these areas, whereas, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal have remained more or less safe from these immigrants.
However if "protecting the indigenous communities" is the main motive of continuing with ILPs then shouldn't it be applied to all the tribal regions of India equally, and not just in three selective states?
DISTINGUISHING “GORKHALIS” AND “NEPALI” IMMIGRANTS 
In terms of migrants and immigrants, it is well acknowledged that due to the open border policy shared between India and Nepal, people from both the nations have emigrated from one nation to the other.
While immigration has continued freely post Independence, what majority of the people in India fail to realize is that prior to the British invading various parts of India, Nepalis were already living in across the length and breadth of India. Places like Darjeeling, parts of Sikkim, Kangra and Garhwal were actually parts of Nepal until 1816 when these tracts of lands were handed over to the British. The land which were usurped by the British also contained a healthy population of Indigenous Nepali speaking population – today these people who did not cross the border, but for whom the borders crossed them back in 1816, are recognized as GORKHAS in the Indian context.
The term “Gorkha” is used in India to identify the Indian citizens of Nepali ethnicity including the indigenous Lepchas and Bhutias (in the Darjeeling and Sikkim context), from the citizens of Nepal who are referred to as “Nepalese.”
In terms of population “Gorkhas – Indian Nepali” constitute around 12 to 15 million (1.2 to 1.5 crore) people who are spread from Arunachal to Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
According to 2010 report by United Nations states that around 1.7 Million (17 lakh) Nepali nationals are working in various parts of India and around 2-4 million Indian citizens are living in Nepal [details: http://bit.ly/1KmKnMY]. For the sake of argument let us assume that the number of immigrant Nepali population in India has gone up to 2 million individuals. These are the people who work in India, and then head home to Nepal once or twice a year to be with their families.
TREATY BLUES 
Due to Indo- Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship, 1950 (INFT) – the term “illegal immigrants” does not apply to people from Nepal entering India or Indian citizens entering Nepal. Every Indian citizen who moves to Nepal or every Nepali who moves to India does so legally and is protected by the INFT of 1950.
Article 6 and 7 of the INFT – 1950 state the following
Article 6: Each Government undertakes, in token of the neighborly friendship between India and Nepal, to give to the nationals of the other, in its territory, national treatment with regard to participation in industrial and economic development of such territory and to the grant of concessions and contracts, relating to such development.
Article 7: The Governments of India and Nepal agree to grant, on a reciprocal basis, to the nationals of one country in the territories of the other the same privileges in the matter of residence, ownership of property, participation in trade and commerce, movement and other privileges of a similar nature.
Sadly it is these two clauses which were written to safeguard citizens from India and Nepal in each other’s country, which creates misunderstanding and problem for Indian Gorkhas.
Most of the people across India naturally assume that all “Nepalis” are from Nepal, and start calling us “foreigners,” “immigrants,” and “outsiders” in various parts of India, and particularly so whenever we have demanded our rights to a separate state here in Darjeeling.
MANIPUR GORKHAS
The Gorkhas in Manipur share a glorious history, while there were scattered population of Gorkhalis living in Manipur, formally the Gorkhas became a part of Manipur history when Raja Gambhir Singh recruited Gorkha soldiers to defend Manipur from Burmese intruders in 1824.
As history is our witness, the 1st Gorkhali freedom fighter Subedar Niranjan Chhetri defended Manipur under the revolutionary Manipuri hero Jubraj Tekendrajit Singh and was summarily hanged by the British in 1891. His last words were, “my birthplace is my Motherland, I am ready to die for this land, and I am ready to kill for this land... but I am not ready to accept surrender and subjugation of my own land.” The account of his valour and that of his fellow Gorkha soldiers of Manipur is widely celebrated in the history of the region.
Recollecting other significant phases in Gorkha history in Manipur, Mr. Dinesh Sharma writes, “Govt of Manipur decided to shift the Gorkhali/Nepali Gwalla to the northern part of the Manipur Valley creating a Gorkha/Nepali reserve (18 miles long) in between Sekmai and Kangpokpi in 1915 and later on partially extended up to Maram, Siddim Pukhri and lrang Part-I & II (Source: Manipur State Administrative Report 1915-16 Chapter – V, No. 2 Para V. Durbar Resolution 1 dated 17th February 1915).” [Details: http://on.fb.me/1Ug7ltT]
Since then, Gorkhalis have lived peacefully in Manipur and have contributed towards the growth, progress and development of Manipur, like every other Manipuri. Majority of whom settled in hill tracts and remote villages, where they minded their own cattle and indulged in farming as their mains source of livelihood generation.
However time and again the “Gorkhas” have been subjugated to humiliation and discrimination, and derogatory terms such as “outsiders,” “foreigner,” “immigrants” are regularly used in reference to them.
Racism in the form of “Bhumiputra” movement caused around 100,000 Gorkhalis to leave their ancestral lands from various parts of North East India between 1977 and 1983, including around 20000-30000 from Manipur due to the “Metop-Meeyancha Tanthokadabani (meetop means foreigner and Meeyancha means outsiders from India, go back)” movement of 1980s.
This was one of the main drivers of Gorkhaland agitation, as the Gorkhalis in Darjeeling feared that we would also be treated in the same manner if we did not act to protect our own rights.
INNER LINE PERMIT IN MANIPUR 
Currently there is not Inner Line Permit system in Manipur as it was never under the British rule and Manipur only became a part of India in 1949. So many Manipuris contend that they cannot adhere to the Indian constitution as they were not part of the deliberations process when the constitution was framed. So they feel that ILP needs to be implemented in Manipur to protect the “indigenous” people from influx of migrants and immigrants.
The old demand for Inner Line Permit in Manipur got new lease of life when the 2011 census data came out, and according to K.H. Ratan, convenor-in-charge of the Joint Committee on ILPS (JCILPS) said, “the population of Manipur is a little over 27 lakh (2,721,756), of this, only 17 lakh (1.7 million) are indigenous people and 10 lakh (one million) people are outsiders." Here outsiders refer to mean “those people whose roots are outside of Manipur” and it includes the Gorkhas who are 60,000 or so in number.
So the agitators are demanding that Inner Line Permit be set and that the cut off year of 1949 be set in place, with anyone who is not registered as of 1949 be declared as an “outsider.”
While the Meitei community from the valley are supporting this demand, the hill tribes who constitute around 30% of Manipuri population, are opposed to the demand on the grounds that their views were neither sought, nor welcomed by the majority Meitei community.
CONSTITUTION – THE HIGHEST AUTHORITY 
In a democratic country like India, the Constitution alone holds the highest power, and even though to demand various demands is one’s rights, but it has to be situated within the ambit of our constitution.
In terms of citizenship our Constitution is clear on who is an Indian, it reads:
• “Citizenship by birth.-
o (1) Except as provided in sub-section
(2), every person born in India,-
(a) on or after the 26th day of January,1950, but before the 1st day of July, 1987;
(b) on or after the 1st day of July, 1987, but before the commencement of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2003 and either of whose parents is a citizen of India at the time of his birth;
(c) on or after the commencement of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2003, where-
(i) both of his parents are citizens of India; or
(ii) one of whose parents is a citizen of India and the other is not an illegal migrant at the time of his birth, shall be a citizen of India by birth.” [Details: http://bit.ly/1Fam2T8]
Our constitution clearly states who is an Indian citizen and who is not, and no two citizens of the same country can be treated differently. The current demand for setting 1949, some say 1951 (1st census of Independent India), some say 1972 (when Manipur was made a state) is too arbitrary and will lead to levelling of one section or the other of Indian people as “outsiders,” and that should not be permissible.
INNER LINE PERMIT – WHICH I SUPPORT
Having suffered the pangs of illegal Bangladeshi immigration diluting our original population in the Siliguri, Dooars and Terai region and rendering us a minority in our own land, as an individual, my conscience does not permit me to oppose the demand for Inner Line Permit raised by the certain sections of the Manipuri community.
However, as an Indian, I cannot support anything that goes against the spirit of our constitution. To demand an arbitrary date to set as a cut off year or day on who will or who will not qualify to be counted as a person of Manipuri origin, will go against the spirit of the Indian constitution, and also it will make room for nefarious elements with their own political and personal axes to grind to victimize one community or the other.
I think that it will be prudent if the Inner Liner Permit were imposed, with the cut off date set as the day when such a law would come into be imposed. This will ensure that no one who is today a part of Manipur is left out, and this will also ensure that those who are today a part of Manipur will be protected for all such times to come.
UNITY – INSIDE AND OUTSIDE MANIPUR
It is said that for every Manipuri who lives in Manipur, at least two live outside. Whenever Manipuris have been a victim of Racism elsewhere in India, we – the Gorkhas have always spoken out and stood by our friends from Manipur, as we know how much it hurts when one is subjected to racist humiliation.
Manipur has been one of the greatest civilizations in the South Asian region, and it adopted democracy even before India formally did. So I appeal to all the Manipuri people, to protect uphold the glorious history and rich legacy of your ancestors, and embrace the highest ideals of democracy by treating the minorities amongst you as one of your own.
For in unity lies our strength.

BGP writes to Home Ministry to stop eviction of Gorkhas by ILP activists in Manipur

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August 25, 2015: Disturbed by reports that Gorkhas of Manipur were being forced to leave their homes by activists agitating for the implementation of the Inner Line Permit System in the state, the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh has written to Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju, seeking protection for the Gorkhas from forceful eviction.

The Inner Line Permit system, if adopted by the Manipur legislative assembly, will require outsiders to acquire government permission to enter and stay in the state. The activists demanding the IPL system are wrongly describing the state’s Gorkhas as “outsiders”.

Rev Dr Enos Das Pradhan, national president of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, rued that on a day when the Gorkhas across India celebrated Balidan Diwas to commemorate the day when Major Durga Malla had died as a freedom fighter at the hands of the British in 1944, there was news that Gorkhas were facing atrocities in Manipur.
The letter to Shri Kiren Rijiju emphasised that there while the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh had no objection to the introduction of the Inner Line Permit System in Manipur, the cutoff date for identifying outsiders should be 1972, when the state had been formed.

Gorkhas were not outsiders in the state, stated Rev Dr Pradhan. “There is enough evidence to show that Gorkhas had been living in Manipur long before it was created and yet are facing a threat to their lives and properties.” He requested the Union Home Ministry to take immediate steps to stop any forceful eviction of Gorkhas from Manipur.

The National Working Committee of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, which met in Siliguri on August 22, has decided to send an enquiry committee comprising Shri Sukhman Moktan, Shri R. Moktan, Shri Munish Tamang and Shri Bhupendra Adhikari to Manipur to interact with the leadership of the Joint Action Committee that is spearheading the agitation for the ILP. They will apprise the Joint Action Committee of the need to recognise the rights of Gorkhas who have been living in Manipur from a time before it became a state in 1972.
A delegation is also likely to meet Shri Kiren Rijiju in New Delhi shortly to discuss the issue of Gorkhas in Manipur vis a vis the ILP.

Source- kalimpongonlinenews

How a 4th generation Gorkha in Manipur feels

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ASK ME HOW I FEEL ABOUT INNER LINE PERMIT

Dinesh Sharma

Before you even start reading the article, let me be clear that I am a 4th generation Gorkha settled in Manipur. And I will accept criticism if you at any point feel that the article is a little biased. I am a confused person right now. Suddenly, after having lived for 31 good years of my life, my belongingness and loyalty towards my motherland is being questioned.
 Manipuris protesting against racism in Delhi Via ePao
 Manipuris protesting against racism in Delhi Via: ePao
I do not write this article with pride. Infact, it is shameful that despite having been born and brought up as a Manipuri Gorkha, today I am having to publish an appeal to clarify that I too belong to Manipur. From time immemorial, it is always the majority who create history. We have never read or heard about the story of the minority. Today, I will narrate the story of the minority, the voiceless and the helpless.

Recently, there was a video circulating on social media it showed a lady who was being delivered a mob justice. She was being slapped, hit by a shaft, and ever had her hair chopped in public. Whatever be the reason, that was not the right way to vent dissatisfaction in the wake of such political crisis. Tomorrow, some other crowd might just want to do the same thing on another individual. Who is going to take the blame then? As a civilized society with such rich history and culture, a more matured approach would have given a dignity to the agitation.

Watch the video - Helpless Non Manipuri woman beaten mercilessly


We are accused of encroaching the land. We are accused of being a threat to the social fabric of the state. We are asked to pack up and leave the state. How is it even possible? We are not here staying in a rent house that we pack our belongings and move to another house. My family has not grabbed any land or encroached upon anyone else’s territory. We have papers for our land as per the law of the land. We also grew up listening to our grandmother narrating us stories of the Japanese drones flying above the roof. We have heard stories of our grandfathers fighting to protect the land alongside the British and the maharaja’s army. Are our stories any different from the stories of a Meitei, Naga, or a Kuki kid?

They say that our contribution to the land is zero. Turn any pages of history of this land and you will find a Gorkha, Major Subedar Niranjan Singh Chhetry amongst the earliest martyrs of the land. He was hanged to death alongside Bir Tikendrajit and General Gambhir Singh by the British on 13th of August 1847.

They must have also conveniently forgotten that we are the most peaceful community in the state. We live happily with all other communities, be it the Meiteis, Nagas or the Kukis. I have studied Meiteilon throughout my childhood, I can speak a bit of Kuki, and I have lived with a Naga friend for about 7 years of my life.

Like you all, we have recited Ougri Sheirent, listened to Khamba-thoibi with awe, enjoyed the colours of Yaoshang, celebrated Lai Haraiba with equal enthusiasm, and cannot live without Ironba, Nga-Thongba and Ooti as our daily staple. What makes me less Manipuri than anybody else from my state? Perhaps we are the only community in Manipur which never had any law and order problem with the state. We don’t have any armed struggle or resistance to any government policies. We have been one of the most hospitable community both to the armed forces and the rebels. Yes, in the interiors we have stories of people who wake up in the middle of the night to cook and feed rebels who are passing by the village. The same villagers also prepare team when government forces pass by.

Despite all this, we are time and again asked to cite history of our existence in the state. Below are some historical records of the settlement of Gorkhas in Manipur to put across the point that we are not just land grabbers and that we have taken equal part in the nation building process in Manipur:

1. On recorded history, the first batch of Gorkhas came to Manipur during the time of Raja Gambhir Singh. In 1824, the Gorkhas of the 16th Sylhet Local Battalion, later to become the 8th Gorkha Rifles, were included in the Police Levy of Gambhir Singh. During the first quarter of the 19th Century, Manipur was much troubled by Burmese intruders and troops. To secure Manipur, Gambhir Singh raised an army in 1825 and recruited Gorkhas from Sylhet for it. The militia was named the ‘Victoria Paltan’. (Source: The Role of Gorkhas in Making of Modern India)

2. Before the beginning of the 20th century, the Gorkha/Nepali Gwalla (cowherd community) was confined in the Manipur valley. And since the Meitei community were not a great consumer of milk and ghee and land was becoming scarce in the valley, the Govt of Manipur decided to shift the Gorkhali/Nepali Gwalla to the northern part of the Manipur Valley creating a Gorkha/Nepali reserve (18 miles long) in between Sekmai and Kangpokpi in 1915 and later on partially extended up to Maram, Siddim Pukhri and lrang Part-I & II (Source: Manipur State Administrative Report 1915-16 Chapter – V, No. 2 Para V. Durbar Resolution 1 dated 17th February 1915).

3. That, the creation of the Sekmai Kangpokpi Gorkha Grazing Reserve the Nepali graziers began to settle within the reserve areas of Kurapokpi, Sapermeina, Shriwani, Keithelmanbi, Paspati, Kalapahar, Santolabari, Chandraman, Kangpokpi, Irang, Maram Siddim Pukhri. In 1918, a survey of the Gorkha/Nepali Reserve area was done wef. 19th June 1918 to 7th January 1920 and Patta was issued for the Gorkha/Nepali graziers who applied for agricultural land.

4. The 1st Assam Rifles was raised in Manipur in 1915, and had over 80% Gorkha personnel.

5. First Manipur Rifles, raised in 1946 also inducted huge number of Gorkhas. Still today, the family quarters of the battalion has several Gorkha families living there.

6. Even eminent scholars like MK Binodini, the royal family of Manipur confirms that the Gorkhalis have long been a part of Manipurs cultural milieu. She says “…in fact I do not know at what time so called Nepali community actually came to Manipur. Since my childhood beginning from Mantripukhri to Kangpokpi, I have seen their settlement to be in existence long before many years. At the time of my father Maharaja Churachand, when he was in drive on the Dimapur road, I still remember the joyous welcome and applause accorded by the Nepalese children near by the road and I saw many Nepali personnel in the post of high rank and files of the Manipur State Police” (Source: ‘A Yaipha Paojel’ in a journal called ‘Netee’; published by Manipur Nepali Sahitya Parishad in 2006)

7. When the World War II reached till Kanglatongbi-Kangpokpi, the Gorkha community was evicted by the Govt. Many of them left their land temporarily and got back when the war was over. However, the government had by then ceased the Nepali grazing reserve (26th August 1946), giving effect from 1st December 1946. Many who failed to comply with the government order or returned late to their land lost their land and had to seek shelter with their neighbouring tribal brothers for their livelihood.

The Gorkha community is settled for nearly 2 centuries and have lived in an area of 140 sq. miles till 1915. Besides the army settlers, we could rear more than 10,000 cattle and buffaloes. An entire stretch of road named in Jiribam was named as Man Bahadur Limbu’s Road. Today, after almost 2 centuries, our population is not even 1 lakh. How could we possibly disturb the social fabric of the Manipuri society or even snatch away opportunities from the locals?

Today, we are as much a victim of historical circumstances, miscalculation and manipulation as all of you. We too would want to be part of the decision making process which will segregate the outsiders from the insiders. Sadly, despite being a part of the greater Manipuri society for nearly 200 years, we have been pre-leveled as “outsiders”. Look into your hearts and think for once, how would you react, if you and your community were labeled as such?

Most of the Gorkha youths from Manipur today are working in the defence or in the metro cities. This also brings in revenue to the state. How can we possibly exploiting the wealth of Manipur? I would love to know if you have seen anything unjust being committed by any Gorkha in Manipur.

Today, we live outside the state in metro cities. Ask one of your own ‘inside Manipuris’ about how does it feel to be humiliated. If you have no idea of how humiliated your brothers and sisters feel when faced with racism outside the home state, maybe you should go and speak to them. While we outrage over “racism “against our Manipuri people in Delhi and other cities, we have turned a blind eye and deaf ear to numerous instances of racism here in Manipur itself, isn’t that hypocritical?

In this city, we only have people; there is no Meitei, Naga, Kuki, Gorkha, Bengali, Bihari or Marwari. If someone asks me, I proudly call myself Manipuri Gorkha. Here no one accuses anyone of stealing opportunities or ancestral land. No Bihari cries of innocent people being killed, no Meitei accuses a Bihari of depleting his economy. We share rooms to save money, lend and borrow money when we are broke, we share pizzas and drinks together, we contribute for the electricity bills, we wait for each other to walk back home after office, We cook together, we laugh at each other’s jokes, we fall in love, we get married. We live happily here, but we never talk of our problems back home. Why?? Because it divides us.

We are happy out here, but why this indifference back in our own homeland?? I leave this for you to ponder upon.

[Dinesh is a senior member of Gorkha Youth and Students' Association of India - GYASA

In Manipur, currently non-Manipuri's are being persecuted against, and the community which is facing the most vlatant form of Racism are the Gorkhalis... please speak out against this RACISM against our community in Manipur..

Via- TheDC

Vicky Rai wins Gold medal at 2nd STUDENT OLYMPIC NATIONAL GAMES

12:39 AM
Vicky Rai wins Gold medal at 2nd STUDENT OLYMPIC NATIONAL GAMES
Vicky Rai 
Vicky Rai has done us proud by winning Gold medal at 2nd Student Olympic National Games at Pondicherry from 24 July - 28july 2015 and Silver medal at Karate National Championship at Chennai from 2nd to 4 August 2015.

Vicky Rai son of Shri Dil Kumar Rai and Smt Meena Rai is the eldest Son among his two younger brothers. He was born on 12dec 1997 at Irang (CHUCHEKHOP), Senapati District, Manipur. The family shifted to Senapati in 2007 and presently stays at VIEWLAND COLONY in SENAPATI District of . He joined MARTIAL ARTS class from 2013 at SENAPATI MIX MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY. Despite of having financial problem and less encouragement in the begining he successfully clinched bronze medal at SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP at KUDULO IN Tamilnadu in 2014. He is studying at MOUNT EVEREST COLLEGE, SENAPATI IN BA 1st semester.

He has ambition of qualifying for OLYMPIC in future, and believes the best is yet to come. He has been qualified for 2nd WORLD GAME to be held at MUMBAI on November. He is giving his best to be qualified in JUNIOR COMONWEALTH GAMES to be held at Delhi on October.

For him "MARTIAL ARTS IS A GATEWAY TO SPORTS WORLD AND A WAY OF LIFE"

Congratulations once again and many more success in future.

Prateet Pradhan for IG

Saheed Subedar Niranjan Singh Chhetri

9:50 AM
Today, 8th June , is a day important to all the Gorkhas. Shaheed Subedar Niranjan Singh Chhetri (Nepali - शहीद निरञ्जनसिंह छेत्री) was hanged by the Colonial British on 8th June in the year 1891. He was the Subedar in the Native Force of Jubraj Tikendrajit. Subedar Niranjan Singh Chhetri is considered to be the first Indian Gorkha Freedom Fighter to attain martyrdom.
Subedar Niranjan Singh Chhetri
Subedar Niranjan Singh Chhetri 
He was tried by the chief Political Officer, Manipur Field Force and was sentenced to be hanged by the neck for assisting the Manipuris against the British.  The sentence was confirmed by the officer Commanding Manipur Field Force and the Government of India. He was hanged on 8th June, 1891.

Niranjan Subadar was a Gorkha who was in the service of the British Army. Niranjan Subadar was the son of Daria Singh, Chetri aged 39 years of village Tikuamoh. He was an Ex-army (Shiphai) of the 34th Native Infantry. He left the Britishers and joined the native force of Manipur and later appointed as Subadar by the Tikendrajit Jubraj. He was an ex-army (Shiphai) of the 34th Native Infantry. He left the Britishers and joined the native force of the Tikendrajit Jubraj.

Remembering the Supreme Sacrifice of Shaheed Subedar Niranjan Singh Chetri, The All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union (AMGSU) observes Shahees Diwas every year on 8th June.


Gorkha Students D.M College raising fund for India-nepal quake victims

8:20 PM
Gorkha Students of three colleges of Imphal namely, D.M Collegesl of Arts, D.M College of Science and D.M college of Commerce under the Banner of "D.M College Gorkha Students' Union have started an Fund raising campaign for the Earthquake victims of Nepal and North India. The campaign will be voluntarily and contribution will be made through members, however all those who wish to come forward and contribute shall be highly respected. The campaign shall continue upto 1st of May, 2015.
 Gorkha Students D.M College raising fund for Nepal earthquake relief
 Gorkha Students D.M College raising fund for Nepal earthquake relief
And the amount that would be collected through the campaign shall be given to All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union- Delhi Unit who would be leading an Relief team to Nepal along with Hope and Humanity Foundation, Hornbill Express and Gorkha Youths and Students Association.


D.M College Gorkha Students' Union, Imphal


All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union Condolence to India - Nepal quake victims

10:02 AM
The All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union- Ukhrul Unit (AMGSU) yesterday organised an Condolence Meeting at Durga Mandir, Wino Bazar, Ukhrul District to pay homage to the Victims of the Earthquake that brought disaster and loss in human lives in Nepal and parts of North India.
 All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union Condolence  India - Nepal quake victims
 All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union Condolence  India - Nepal quake victims
Picture of peoples offering praying and paying homage for the Earthquake victims of Nepal and North India at Ukhrul.

Via- Prateet Pradhan

AMGSU observed 1st death anniversary of Shaheed Tilak Poudel

9:36 AM
Peace Rally, was organised by AMGSU on 18/04/2015 in commemoration of the 1st death anniversary of Shaheed Tilak Poudel, who was killed in Police firing during protest demonstration against the rape of an 13 year old Gorkha Girl in Imphal and  "Attrocity against women and children in Manipur".
AMGSU observed 1st death anniversary of Shaheed Tilak Poudel killed in Police firing during
 protest demonstration against the rape of an 13 year old Gorkha Girl in Imphal
The Rally started from Kanglatongbi Football ground and moved through different wards of kanglatongbi along National Highway no. 2 before moving towards the starting point. The rally concluded after paying homage and Floral tribute to the Soul of Tilak. The rally was participated by aroun 1500 peoples, mostly students of various schools from Kanglatongbi-Charhajare area, Various Gorkha  Youths clubs, Civil bodies and Women societies of Various Gorkha areas of Manipur. The rally marked Unity among the Gorkhas of Manipur as Gorkhas from all over the geographical territorry of Manipur gathered to pay homage to Shaheed.

Once again AMGSU expresses gratitute to all the Individuals, students, youth clubs, women societies and other civil bodies  who participated in the rally and made it a grand success.


Via : Prateet Pradhan for IG

AMGSU Peace Rally on death anniversary of Tilak Poudel

10:41 PM
The AMGSU, All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union,  has organised  the Peace Rally on 18th of April 2015 to mark the 1st death anniversary of Tilak Poudel, who lost his life in police firing during an protest demonstration against the rape of an 13 year old Gorkha Girl on 17 of April 2014.
Gorkha Tilak Poudel
Gorkha Tilak Poudel

Victims of Police firing during an protest demonstration against the rape of an 13 year old Gorkha Girl on 17 of April 2014
Victims of Police firing during an protest demonstration against
the rape of an 13 year old Gorkha Girl on 17 of April 2014
The rally will start from Kanglatongbi Football ground at 12:00 p.m after paying Floral tributes to the departed soul and end at Charhajare. All the Gorkha Youths, Students, Elders, Clubs, women Societies of Manipur shall join the peace rally and pay fitting tribute to Tilak Poudel, who has laid down his life while seeking Justice for an Gorkha Girl and he shall be always an inspiration for the Gorkhas of Manipur and his sacrifice would be always remembered and respected by all.

Prateet Pradhan for IG

DGU to host North East Nepali Symposium cum felicitation programme

2:31 AM
The Mir Mirey Kanchenchunga, a Gangtok based weekly journal in collaboration with the North Eastern Nepali Writers, Poets & Journalist, has decided to organise "North East Nepali Symposium cum felicitation programme in Dimapur, to be hosted by the Dimapur Gorkha Union (DGU), apex body of the Gorkhas in Dimapur district, on February 1 at Dimapur Town Hall from 10 AM onwards. Delegates from Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunananchal Pradesh, Tripura, Mizoram, Sikkim and Darjeeling would attend the programme.

Dimapur Gorkha Union
Dimapur Gorkha Union
The proposed programme was scheduled on January 25 but due to the threat perception during the Republic Day, the programme was postponed. The organizing committee is headed by Ganesh Biswakarma as convener, and Dipak Lama as programme director cum PRO, while Kumar Subba would be the overall in-charge of the programme. The Monitoring Cell Office is located at the Old Industrial Estate Colony, Near CRPF Camp, Diphu Road, Dimapur, Nagaland.

Interested individuals could contact the officials on phone nos. 09436012825, 09774746509, 09402889272 or emails: dimapurgorkhaunion@gmail.com, dipak.lama16@gmail.com, pandey.sanjay1967@gmail.com for further information.

Nagaland Post

All Manipur Gorkha Sports Meet 2015 about to start

11:34 AM
The much anticipated All Manipur Gorkha Sports Meet 2015 is about to be launched with grand opening ceremony, among glitz and glamour. Thetournament would be inaugurated on January
18 2015 and would continue till February 1 2015.This opening ceremony will include many cultural Programmes. The Tournament is co-Hosted by KGYA (Kanglatongbi Gorkha Youth's Assosatation ) MANIPUR.
All Manipur Gorkha Sports Meet 2015 is about to be launched
All Manipur Gorkha Sports Meet 2015 is about to be launched

Source: Sandesh Nickson Kumai‎

National Sports University in Manipur will boost Sports in North East Region

8:35 AM
Manipur is the Country’s Sports capital : Bharat Chetri, ex-captain Indian Hockey team

Imphal 13th Dec 2014: With an idea to conquer challenges and optimize opportunities and explore scope of sports that youths of the region can take up as career option and suggest a Roadmap for Sports University in Manipur, the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) organised the NORTH EAST SPORTS CONCLAVE in Imphal, Manipur in association with North Eastern Council (NEC), Govt. of India and supported Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of Manipur. The North East Sports Conclave- A seminar on scopes and Potentials of North East in Sports focused on Infrastructure Development, Grooming and Training, Challenges and Opportunities and finding Roadmap for National Sports University in Manipur was held in Hotel Imphal in Imphal, Manipur on Saturday .
NORTH EAST SPORTS CONCLAVE 2014
NORTH EAST SPORTS CONCLAVE 2014
The conclave began with welcome address from ICC Regional Director Ishantor Sobhapandit where he called industry to invest on sports and sportsperson and the national Sports University should bring investment in terms of manufacturing sports goods and utilities. . Delivering the keynote address N Ashok Kumar, Secretary to the Chief Minister and Director, Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of Manipur said there has been loud clamor for Sports as subject in school curriculum and it is a welcome move to have a National Sports University in virtually the sports capital of India, Manipur. Ministry of youth affairs and Sports, Government of India in collaborations with national and state Olympic and sports association should identify strengths of states and invest to win laurels and glory for the nation in major tournaments nationally and internationally. Right from support staff like physician, dietician , coaches should also be given impetus in designing course curriculum of the university.
Bharat Chetri ex-capatian of Indian Hockey Team
Bharat Chetri ex-capatian of Indian Hockey Team and current goalkeeper said, ‘The North East region is the power house of Indian sports map and I think the North East should have comprehensive region focused sports policy that would address issues like fixed remuneration to the athletes who represent their state and country in various events, absorbing promising young sportspersons of excellence in Govt. PSUs and other corporate houses, development of sustainable sports infrastructure, providing world class coaching and mentoring facilities to budding talents and encourage participation in sports by providing incentives like sports scholarships among others.’. He further said, ‘This is my visit to the India’s capital of Sports, Manipur and my selector Thoiba Singh a veteran hockey star himself is from Imphal. I am happy to learn that India’s first national Sports University is coming up in Manipur. Besides all the sports indigenous sports and the national games hockey should be made curriculum in the upcoming university.’


In his special address Shri. Ameising Luikham, Secretary, North Eastern Council (NEC), Govt. of India said, ’As we discuss development of sports and sportspersons, we should explore the scope and optimize opportunities that sports offer so that the talented youth of the region can take up sports as an alternative career option.’ He further added, ‘It is heartening to note that Government of India has taken a policy decision to promote the sports culture in the NE region and has taken proactive steps in that direction by investing 100 crores for setting up a National Sports University in Manipur and spent 100 crores for training and grooming of athletes for the Asian games.’

Speaking as Guest of Honour Shri. Mairenbam Prithviraj Singh, Hon’ble Parliamentary Secretary, Youth Affairs, Govt. of Manipur laid stress on taking up sports by youths to physically and mentally fit to build a healty and productive nation and expressed his gratitude to Govt. of India’s decision to establish National Sports University in Imphal.

Addressing the conclave Chief Guest Irengbam Hemochandra Singh, Hon’ble Minister PHED, Govt. of Manipur, President, Manipur Olympic Association welcomed the efforts of ICC and NEC Govt. of India for bringing all stakeholders of sports in North East in one platform and discussing the roadmap for National Sports University in Manipur. On behalf of the Government of Manipur and MOA the minister thanked the union government for allocating 100 crores budget for establishing the National Sports University in Manipur which is indeed recognition of Manipur sporting power house for which the government is availing required acres of land.

The Sports Session was chaired by Dr. R. K. Nimai (Rtrd. IAS) Consultant to Govt. of Manipur who discussed elaborately discussed and spoke on the draft bill of the National Sports University. Dr. R K Dinesh Singh IAS, secretary for youth affairs and sports Govt. of Manipur as chief guest of the session outlined on the need of architectural funding for sports infrastructure, training and through private public partnership and industry should invest in sports and sportsperson from their annual CSR funds.

A powerpoint presentation on NEC’s perspective on National Sports University in Manipur was made by Mr. Gautam Chintey Advisor (Banking, Industries and Tourism) i/c HRDD and Sports, North Eastern Council (NEC), Govt. of India highlighting NEC’s contributions and plannings for development of Sports in the North east region. Mr. Tsering Wangey, President, Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association (AMASA). spoke on Aspects of Adventure Sports and Mountaineering Sports University in Manipur, Dhronacharya Awardee Coach L. Ibomcha Singh Trustee/Advisor Mary Kom Boxing Foundation spoke Coaching as Career Option in Sports in North East India and politics that is killing the spirit of sports.
Mr. Bale Thakel, CEO Ya Re Asia, Founder and Owner FC Imphal (Football) spoke on Investment Opportunities in Sports: Football talent in small towns of North East, . L Somi Roy
Enthusiast, Manager Organizer of Polo spoke on International Dimensions of Polo-the game that originated in Manipur, Sunil Elangbam, Secretary, Manipur Olympic Association (MOA) and Prof. (Dr.) K Sarat Chandra Singh President, Manipur Polo Association spoke on the Role of Club, Boards, Associations and Federations to facilitate Sporting Talents and Expectations from Sports University in Imphal. The conclave was attended by several discipline sports associations from across North east and few of them submitted representations and memorandums.

Source: Nanda Kirati Dewan

AMGSU 47th Foundation Day Celebration

7:45 PM
AMGSU (All Manipur Gorkha Students Union) observed its 47th foundation day at Chingmeirong Imphal with zeal on 25th Sep 2014.

AMGSU 47th Foundation Day Celebration
AMGSU 47th Foundation Day Celebration 
The function was staged with Addl Director, Directorate of Health Services, Government of Manipur Dr Sinapson Sario, President All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union Anil Kumar Dahal and Associate Professor Lamka Government College Dhiraj Thapa as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.

Giving the presidential speech, Anil Kumar Dahal said AMGSU was instituted on Sep 25, 1967 at Dewlahland, Imphal with the main objective to help the underpriviledge Gorkha students to stay a step ahead as well overall cultural and ethics development.

AMGSU 47th Foundation Day Celebration
AMGSU 47th Foundation Day Celebratio
Throughout the years various extra cocurricular activities for the students and community has been held from time to time. During these new tenure we are now with the strength of 18 registered Units which also includes extension upto major cities like in NCR Delhi, Guwahati and Bangalore.

The function concludes with traditional ‘Khukri dance’ and many musical items and various cultural dance forms. With 47 years of dedication and services toward the people under the theme Education, Security and Unity, we would also like to thanked entire Gorkha communities of India who had supported us.

Pic Credit: Sunil Poudyal

Manipur Gorkha girl rape case hearing postponed till August 23

11:16 PM
Manipur : The District and Sessions Judge, Manipur East deferred the charge hearing for the alleged rape case of a Gorkha girl till August 23 as the defence counsel pleaded the Court to give some more days to prepare for the hearing.
Manipur Gorkha girl rape case hearing postponed till August 23
Manipur Gorkha girl rape case hearing postponed
 till August 23
As the accused S Ngaopuni (65) of Liyai Khullen could not produce his defense counsel in the last hearing held on July 31 last, the Court fixed today as the date for case hearing after the Police Station concerned submitted charge sheet against him on July 10 last under Section 376/420/4 POSCO Act.

When Ngaopuni was brought inside the Court complex from Sajiwa Central Jail, womenfolk from victim's locality tried to attack him.

However, police prevented them from reaching the accused and guided him inside the Courtroom.

Ngaopuni allegedly raped the minor girl at a secluded place at Kamei Ching on NH-2 on April 17 last.

It is said that Ngaopuni brought the girl there on the pretext of letting her cast vote in the Parliamentary election.

Source: e-pao

Bhim Karki a gorkha police firing victim in Manipur neglected by govt.

7:59 PM
In a matter of negligence by the govt. of Manipur, Shri Bhim Karki of Kanglatongbi Vijaynagar in  Manipur, who was hit by a bullet in police firing  in the night of April 18 at Kanglatongbi while protesting against the rape of a 13 year old Gorkha girl has not received any aid yet from the Manipur government. Presently Bhim Karki has been admitted at Raj Medicity.


Shri Bhim Karki was hit by an bullet in police firing while protesting against the rape of a 13 year old Gorkha girl in Manipur.
Shri Bhim Karki was hit by a bullet in police firing while protesting against the rape of a
13 year old Gorkha girl in Manipur.
Bhim Karki has been admitted at hospital 4 times at the hospital at the span of just 3 months at which more than Rs. 5 lacks have been spent by the family members till now with all the hardship. He was n driver by profession. 

As promised by the C.M on 19th April that the Govt shall bear all expenditures incurred in the treatment of Bhim Karki by the Govt, till now not a single penny has been compensated by the Govt. till now. N now the family members are in a hard lship due to their financial problem and inability to bear more expenditures.

Submitted by  : Prateet Pradhan
 
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