Indian Democracy turning to Corruptocracy: Khaidem Mani
IMPHAL: Dr Thingnam Kishan, Yumnam Token and Aribam Rajen, who were mercilessly and brutally murdered by NSCN (IM) on February 17, 2009 were fondly remembered on 11th Death Anniversary held at Mapari Ningsingkol near Cheirap Court, Uripok, today.
The observation was organized by Mapari Ningsingkhol Lup (MANIL).
It may be recalled that the then Kasom Khullen SDO Dr Thingnam Kishan and his two subordinate staff Yumnam Token and Aribam Rajen, were found brutally murdered at Taphou, along Imphal-Dimapur road, on February 17, 2009, a few days after they were abducted. Later, multiple functionaries of NSCN (IM), including Lt Col Hopeson Ningshen and three of his accomplices, were found guilty in the triple murder case. Hopeson Ningshen was awarded life imprisonment by the Court while two other convicts are still at large. Another accomplice has already expired.
Family members, MANIL members and people led by Manipur Human Rights Commission Chairman Khaidem Mani lpaid floral tributes to the portraits of Dr Thingnam Kishan, Yumnam Token and Aribam Rajen during the function.
Speaking to the gathering, Khaidem Mani said that the Indian democracy is moving towards the dirtiest path, branding it corruptocracy. The present defective political system needs to be rectified through electoral reforms. The existing majoritarian electoral system breeds corruption, cash for vote in the election. The trend of corruption can be minimized to some extent once the present political system is replaced by proportional electoral system. Issues and problems can be minimized when a good governance with clean representatives is installed, observed the Chairperson.
Mani while stressing the role of the CSOs in bringing about a clean democracy sans corrupt practices said that CSOs instead of maintaining silence during elections should come out to prevent cash for vote and other electioneering malpractices.
Expressing concerned over the misuse of Domestic violence act 2005 and POCSO act by some individuals for personal gain, Mani stressed on the need to amend the acts to ensure that the acts cannot be misused.
Soram Tikendrajit chairman MANIL and AMWJU president Bijoy Kakchingtabam attended the function as president and guest of honour respectively.
As a part of the function, a discussion on Understanding the CSO movement in Manipur: Challenges and prospects was also held. A Dorendra Singh (Retd) Principal DM College of Arts, Potshangbam Sonamani, Sr SP (Retd) and Arambam Noni, Asst Prof (Pol Science) DM College of Arts spoke as resource persons.