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AT THE RIMS, IMPHAL, WHICH RESULTED IN THE BOMBSHELL DROPPED BY THE CENTRE

Yambem Laba wrote this article originally for The Sangai Express and Epao posted it on 24 September 2014

A visit to the director's office at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal is akin to visiting an ultra high security zone. You go past unarmed guards provided by an agency and then you enter a fortified area complete with sandbagged posts manned by the CRPF wielding automatic weapons. Past that you are greeted with signs that read "Visitors not allowed beyond this point" and then you get to the ante room and find Manipur Rifles personnel armed with AK-47s — the personal security detail of the director. The aura of the institute being an advanced centre for medical sciences seems to have been lost somehow.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN UKHRUL: HEIGHT OF FRAGILITY

This article by Amar Yumnam was originally published in 1 Sep 2014 issue of the Imphal Free Press

Any loss of life due to actions by any agency, whether state or non-state, is painful. No effort should be spared to avoid such kind of an outcome. Death is never a reversible event and so should never be externally imposed on any soul. This principle should be respected by both the state and the non-state entities. Otherwise, the state or the non-state agency would emerge as the Enemy of the people. Something like this keeps on happening in Manipur. In other words, Manipur has been in a cycle of fragility for the last half a century. There would be moments when things seem improving but would be back to the same turmoil situation sooner than later.