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Hunger Marchers’ Day observed in Imphal
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 27:
Published on 28 Aug. 2009 12:18 AM IST
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The 44th Hunger Marchers’ Day commemorating the uprising of the people of Manipur in 1965 against an artificial scarcity of rice was observed here with the traditional students rally. Homage was also paid to student martyrs during the Chaklam Khongchat. The rally was organized by All Manipur Student’s Union (AMSU) participated by around 1000 students, women groups and others from different places gathered at Singjamei Chinga where they paid floral tributes to the memorials of the martyrs. The observation function started at Pishum Chingmacha, with rituals (yakairol), and floral tributes paid at the memorial set up for the four martyr students, Nilamani, Nabakumar, Chaobhal and Pramodini. Then followed a mass rally participated by hundreds of students and a public meeting at the DM College of Arts ground, Imphal chaired by Jamesbond Mangang, president, AMSU. The speakers lauded the deeds of the martyrs who had lost their lives at the hands of the security forces while agitating against artificial price rise. Before 1975, Manipur produced surplus food grain to feed its entire population. But after the year 1975, the state had to procure additional food from outside the state, the speakers said observing that the main reason behind the shortage of food grain was the increase of population and shrinking of cultivable lands. One of the speakers observed that a huge chunk of the annual outlay went into the pockets of the chief minister, ministers and bureaucrats and militants also shared a few percentages of the funds. Several others also lamented the fact that students of the state were unable to avail progressive and quality education, being mired in degree/certificate-based education which was worthless. The speakers also attacked the government for “victimizing” civilians by security forces in the name of militants, contending that the state had become a “killing zone” because of “irresponsible” political leaders. The meeting resolved to stand against unnecessary price rise of essential commodities, drug abuse which is a part of the anti drugs campaign being taken up by the Student’s Union and to stand united against the violations of human rights in the state.

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