S03E45 FindingTheVoices with Mr. Yambem Laba, Inner Line Permit System in Manipur.

FindingTheVoices with Mr. Yambem Laba, Inner Line Permit System in Manipur. (Part 5)
Guest Speaker : Mr. Yambem Laba, senior journalist at The Statesman Pvt. Ltd.
Language: Interview in English
Location: Imphal, Manipur, India

Mr. Yambem Laba, the chronicler of events of Manipur, has been involved in a whirlwind of social and political junctures at the state level. In this episode, we discuss about the senior journalist’s stand on the Scheduled Tribe reservation issue of the Meitei community and the demand of the Inner Line Permit System in Manipur. He says that the Meitei community is very much threatened and has the possibility of ‘dying out’ because of the influx of outsiders into the state of Manipur. The ILP movement was essentially started to save the Meitei race from potential extinction. However, he fears that perhaps the agitators of the movement have failed to understand the dynamics of the Governance system at work at the Centre. He says that the demand of granting Scheduled Tribe status to the Meitei community is the only manner by which the Meiteis can save themselves and prevent getting close to being wiped out like the Tripuris in Tripura, Bhutias and Lepchas in Sikkim and the Kacharis in Cachar. These mentioned communities have become negligible, marginalized and almost close to extinction in their own land of birth.

The humble reporter feels that the mindset of the Meitei community is stuck with the ‘Meitrabak’ concept; extending from the Surma valley to the Kabaw valley. He says that this kind of thinking needs to be changed and people need to realize that the Meiteis are now confined to only four districts of Manipur, having no say in the other districts. Our guest also reveals that he is now contemplating on starting a Meitei people’s front, uniting the Meiteis belonging to different faiths; a platform where the Meiteis can at least come and meet, irrespective of religion, with the underlying motto of ‘Live and Let Live’.


About FindingTheVoices:Monica Ingudam, Founder of FindingTheVoices

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/

 

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S03E44 FindingTheVoices with Mr. Yambem Laba, sharing about the ground reality of Manipur.

FindingTheVoices with Mr. Yambem Laba, sharing about the ground reality of Manipur. (Part 4)
Guest Speaker : Mr. Yambem Laba, senior journalist at The Statesman Pvt. Ltd.
Language: Interview in English
Location: Imphal, Manipur, India

Senior journalist and social entrepreneur Mr. Yambem Laba shares his experience during his times as a member of the State Human Rights Commission in this episode. He recalls about the controversial incident where a man was shot dead by the 17th Assam Rifles division acting beyond jurisdiction where the information was kept hidden from the public and from the wife of the victim. It was only after the intervention of the Human Rights Commission that the authorities started investigation and the whereabouts of the victim. These kinds of cases had been happening in certain parts of India where AFSPA was imposed. Owing to the intervention of the Human Rights Commission, it was the last time a man arrested by the army disappeared in Manipur. During his tenure at the commission, Mr. Yambem Laba has helped solve a number of problems faced by the people and bring justice by using the power of the media as a force multiplier.
He says that although the Human Rights Commission might not have been able to send the perpetrators of the crime behind bars in every case, the issues of the victims was brought to notice to the public at large and the
perpetrators were identified as a human rights violator. By this account, he was able to turn the commission into a “Poor Man’s Court”. The senior journalist also says that he was the person who came up with the idea of nose-feeding Irom Sharmila after she took up her resolution to fast unto death “Sharmila, Don’t die for Manipur. Stay alive for Manipur”, were the words he said to the iron lady in order to persuade her to stay alive and keep fighting.
And the ground reality is Manipur doesn’t have a Human Rights commission.


About FindingTheVoices:Monica Ingudam, Founder of FindingTheVoices

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/

 

S03E43 FindingTheVoices with Mr. Yambem Laba, writing against corruption, exposing high profile personalities of Manipur

FindingTheVoices with Mr. Yambem Laba, writing against corruption, exposing high profile personalities of Manipur. (Part 3)
Guest Speaker : Mr. Yambem Laba, senior journalist at The Statesman Pvt. Ltd.
Language: Interview in English
Location: Imphal, Manipur, India

Mr. Yambem Laba, senior journalist, Ashoka fellow and a social entrepreneur is indeed a walking knowledge bank of Manipur.
He has been contributing his share in a number of social events and undertakings and interviewing people from all segments including insurgents and such groups. The senior journalist has been around for quite a long time in this field and has heard stories from both sides. We ask our guest how he manages to balance and if they affect him personally in any way in his life. He has written a number of columns against corruption, exposing a series of high profile personalities of Manipur, and has received a fair share of threats as counter effect. Every week while writing for a column called Acute Angle published in the English daily, Imphal Free Press, he used to expose a minister or a bureaucrat or somebody who was involved in nefarious activities, giving a very stringent view of what was happening in the state. As a matter of fact, his first article in the column was entitled “Portrait of a Minister as a Con-Man”.
In this episode, Mr. Yambem Laba tells a short story of his acquaintance with the then Governor, Lt. General V.K. Nayar, during the time when President’s Rule was enforced in Manipur in 1994. He also shares about the time he got arrested by the Burmese army in 1988. He also talks briefly about the first time he was selected as a member of the State Human Rights Commission.


About FindingTheVoices:Monica Ingudam, Founder of FindingTheVoices

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/