S02E15: Blooming Manipur, an initiative encouraging ownership of where we live and beautifying Manipur
Guest Speaker : Satyajit Elangbam of Blooming Manipur
Interview Location: Imphal, Manipur, India.
Language: Podcast in English.
‘Blooming Manipur’ is a community based project where it seeks to transform our public places and spaces as our pride and create a sense of belongingness. It is presently being implemented at Ema Keithel, the 300 years old traditional and ingenious women only market in Manipur. ‘Blooming Manipur’ is inspired by the ‘Britain in Bloom’ concept which has made Britain one of the beautiful island nation. Beyond the flowers and gardens of Britain, the campaign has done wonders for community cohesion and managed to get communities to participate in keeping the towns and cities beautiful, increasing civic sense of pride and truly creating a sense of belongingness to their streets and neighbourhoods.
It is run by a Blooming Manipur Team consisting of many volunteers who wish to transform Manipur’s leiraks/streets, kondhongs/gate , communal places , keithels/markets and our valued places of heritages into places of pride through community participation and promotion of civic responsibility.
We have Satyajit Elangbam representing Blooming Manipur sharing the story of Blooming Manipur. This initiative has inspired many people in Manipur and it’s very encouraging to see many people stepping up in the effort to beautify Manipur. An initiative by the people of Manipur, even inspiring the government body in this effort. Listen to the challenges of maintenance and about the people behind the scene which is making this happen. This project is not only about planting but instilling the values amongst all of us.
Let’s participate in this effort of beautification and keeping Manipur clean and beautiful. It’s easy to criticize and point fingers to organization and officials for not doing their duty in keeping Manipur clean and beautiful. But the question each of us need to ask is “What are we doing to contribute? Are we littering ?”. If we all start having the values, starting at your own home, gate, locality, schools wherever we can, it will add into the vision of Blooming Manipur, in creating a clean and beautiful Manipur. I invite everyone to be a part of this change. Let’s take the ownership in beautifying Manipur. Let’s bring a change together.
Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.
I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/