ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Condemn Attack on Ima Keithel

Thousands of women in Manipur, who earn their livelihood solely by means of engagement in trade and business in the Ima Keithel (literally, market of the mothers), have been systematically displaced and marginalised in the name of modernisation of the Keithel by the Manipur state government. Over the last few years, the grievances of the victims of the displacement have not been relieved, and the demands to address their plight have been suppressed. The central government has remained a mute spectator and allowed the reign of corruption, bribery, favouritism and mismanagement in the ongoing Keithel modernisation project.

The issue of displacement arose ever since the nefarious nexus of political leaders, bureaucrats, contractors and big business houses had cast envy upon the prosperity of the Ima Keithel and had manipulated the administration to take control of the market plots. Perhaps, the Ima Keithel, located in the very heart of Imphal city, is one of the oldest market places and clearly stands out as the cradle of the fervent economic activities in Manipur. The Keithel is historically signi- fi cant because it is run exclusively by women from different parts of Manipur. The government has the devilish plan of allocating the seats to a select few, their “people”. The corrupt practices of the state offi cials show their proclivity to gain out of the pain of those who are far, distant, low and bare.

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