KAPIL ARAMBAM • In Pursuit of Freedom •

From the Journal of a Jurist

The typist was typing on a typewriter
The police had picked up a suspect
The crook had killed a hen
Animal annihilators, bloody bastards!
Send him to a prison for life.

The typist has disappeared
The police have vanished
A minister have murdered a man
It could have been an error and it’s only a rumour
Multiply five times the product of infinity and immortality.

Now everybody’s at sea—as confused as our king
But it was clearly scribbled on the wall:
A bucket of crap on the books of law and crime
Or let the world grow in the name of the masters.


From the Almanac of an Activist

Activism is essentially a political form and a method of operating suited to liberal reformism that is being pushed beyond its own limits and used for revolutionary purposes. The activist role in itself must be problematic for those who desire social revolution.
Give up activism, libcom.org/library/give-up-activism
by Andrew X, libcom.org

Existentialism 101: A Graphical Design of ‘Meaninglessness’

Quotes by philosophers, authors, psychologists, playwrights and others on existentialism

Do you know the meaning of life? Since the beginning of human time, men and women have been in quest for an answer to this question, but with little success. I believe the origin of universe holds all the answer that we may find someday or maybe not. One of the prominent thoughts in existentialism is that we create individual meanings to this question and that is all it appears in the highly limited mind of human beings, which exists in a purportedly infinite universe.

Existentialism is one of the subparts of human thoughts that deals in a meaningless universe, however there are slight differences. One of them is Nihilism, which says ‘there is no intrinsic meaning in the universe and that it’s pointless to try to construct our own as a substitute’. The second is the concept of Absurdism. It states the ‘our search for meaning is inherently in conflict with the actual lack of meaning, but that one should both accept this and simultaneously rebel against it by embracing what life has to offer’. Ironically these three subparts of philosophy is essentially a study of meanings, or rather the lack of it.

This post is a basic attempt to understand the making of existentialism as propounded by western thinkers. 

on the great mission of saving the mankind and my upcoming great fix for the evening while travelling on the great asshole express

do i need to be with my friends—?
—but they are busy on the street
burning ten tyres completely a day
and the leikai teacher told me i have to mobilise
and the closest i know to this term was mobil oil
but i’m also busy on a treat here, fixing shots
the stuffs had arrived afresh from burma a day before

wise men arrive for the preaching
wise women arrive for the preaching
and all i can hear are noises through my ass
just like i had missed a shot yesterday, but i didn’t
it sounds constipation, but it might only be your great imagination
your tonics of bloody lies, my fix of mere white powders
these are just endless journeys of the Asshole Express

Police Protocol in Pictures

The police may or may not be concerned with:

★   investigation of a reported offence
★   taking the necessary action according to the rule of law
★   notifying the accused’s family
★   following up on any alleged criminal behaviour that could seriously threaten the safety and security of any person or property.

It’s getting too much. The most important code of conduct is to serve the political class. The end.

Blame Game People Play

The Manipur Assembly today resolved to withdraw the Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenants and Migrant Workers Bill 2015, four months after it was passed, under intense public pressure. While moving the resolution, chief minister Okram Ibobi assured the House that a fresh bill would be introduced and passed within three months to regulate the entry of outsiders and protect the indigenous people.
—15 July 2015, The Telegraph

As always Manipur is in its favourite cauldron of crises today. The latest has been the agitation over the non-implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system spearheaded by the Meiteis in the Imphal valley. Civil society organisations are insistent, though the government has been doing what it knows best: nothing. Popular movements have been in full swing for the last three–four years but there is no solution in sight.

Just to be clear, the ILP system is essential for the vulnerable ethnic groups. The reason is simple. The influx of non-indigenous people has crossed beyond a limit, posing a threat to the very existence of several ethnic groups that are broadly categorised into Nagas and Chin-Kuki-Mizo (Chikim) who dominate the hill districts, and the majority so-called non-tribal Meiteis in the valley districts. Census report indicates the population of these non-indigenous people has surpassed a few ethnic groups too. Considering the volatile condition resulting from ceaseless conflicts as well as the histories of some ethnic groups who have become a minority in their own land, a regulation like the ILP system offers relief. At least, it ensures a legal protection. However, some people are playing blame game that serves neither purpose nor meaning. People might believe that these allegations are true. 

Let’s take a look at one of the reports in The Hindu today (Controversial bill on migrants goes, by Iboyaima Laithangbam, http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/controversial-bill-on-migrants-goes/article7426397.ece). In a graphic, there are two fabricated reasons on why there have been protests on the street. First, according to the writer, ‘the gradual uplift of the tribal people has changed the power equation’. Second, the community (Meitei) wants to ‘maintain their grip on power’.

A month ago, a distinguished diplomat belonging to the ethnic Kuki group, in a memorial, proudly claimed that the Nagas and Chikims are entering into the reputed foreign and administrative services in droves, but not the Meiteis. What he ignored is that they have the privilege of Scheduled Tribe quotas on one hand, and on the other, many people have been alienated from the politics of mainland India. Nonetheless, it is better for their welfare that they are getting jobs, performing well and all.

There is no question, however, about the changing power equation. We do not even consider the Kukis infiltrating from Burma as an issue. Again, the number of world-record breaking non-indigenous people is outnumbering several endangered groups, and thus the need for the ILP system. It is not a matter of power play but a plain effort for existence.

In another media report, (Inner Line Permit protests in Manipur are one community’s bid to retain its predominance, by Richard Kamei, Scroll.in, http://scroll.in/article/741008/inner-line-permit-protests-in-manipur-are-one-communitys-bid-to-retain-its-predominance) the author is parroting the same accusation that the Meiteis are hell-bent on maintaining their predominance. He finds it amusing that ‘the dominant community, the Meiteis, are suddenly feeling oppressed. In any narrative, a dominant community picks up the victim card when it feels its power slipping away. This pattern is reflected in the ongoing Inner Line Permit System movement too. Working close behind this movement is the Meiteis’ demand for the Scheduled Tribe status’.

The Meiteis are a majority comparatively in numbers and historical development. Yet, we share the same issues of territory, political conflicts and above all, the misery of belonging to a small ethnic indigenous group. Richard Kamei has failed to see that the people’s representatives from the hills are buying property in the valley and that diplomat’s view of many from his groups entering the highly respected professions.

We have not pushed the tribal groups to the fringes. It may sound arrogant but these groups have always been at the periphery just like we are to the Indian union. The Autonomous District Councils and customary laws, as Mr Kamei mentioned, are well in place for the tribes, in addition to enjoying exclusive rights from belonging to SC/ST categories and certain provisions from the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms Act, 1960 and so on.   

All of us are on the same boat and it is unfortunate that in these trying times, there are people who are hideously taking advantage without any fellow feeling or whatsoever. Besides, the argument reeks of communalism and immaturity—somehow it sounds like a perfect case of teenage angst that reality sucks. 

Lastly, we have the group of liberal natives who are against the very system of the ILP. Their you-go-to-their-land-why-cannot-they-come-here contention will be best if ignored. Argue for argument’s sake, but the people and the government never wake up until there is violence or aggression in our town. Liberal ideas are favourable where they allege the proponents are going or living, yet those ideas are area- and people-specific. The ILP system is essential because the condition demands it. Period.

As the popular saying goes, liberalism is impossible without ‘lies’. The only thing we can learn from this folk is their anti-discrimination outlook. Here, it is noteworthy that the ILP is not anti-mayang, or against any non-indigenous people as many people would believe, but just a pro-human cause and a legal approach for self-defence. It is basically a call for a life with dignity and assurance for a better future. The problem, amidst the overlapping curfews and general strikes, is that many of our own people are discrediting the legitimate demand and the social movement. —Concluded.

[Photos: All the images in this post are sourced from Inner Line Permit System in Manipur]

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