IMPHAL, October 19: The third anniversary of the People’s Campaign for Resurgent Manipur, PCRM was observed on October 18, marked by a Round Table on ‘Youth for a Resurgent Manipur’, held at the Jawahar Nehru University, New Delhi.
Initiating the discussion, Usham Rojio, a doctoral candidate at JNU, put forward the issues of employment in the State. Sunil Gangmei and Azad babu, students of the same university also spoke on the deteriorating education system, ethnocentric conception of Manipur, and consumerist, self-centered ethos amongst the youth, said a release.
It continued that the observation was attended by old and new members of the Campaign, students and professional based in Delhi. Taking part in the deliberation, other members also expressed concern over the shrinking of arable land and tendency to seek private solution.
Moderating the deliberation, Dr G Amarjit Sharma, faculty of JNU raised the issue of what and who constitute public voice. Dr Kh Bijoykumar, faculty of JNU, who also moderated the discussion, touched on the movement of youths from the rural to urban areas in search of government jobs, it added.
It may be recalled that the Campaign, then known as People’s Campaign for Assembly Election 2012’, was launched by concerned citizens in different parts of the world with a vow to bring about a positive change in the state of affairs in Manipur, starting with an effort to change the political culture and efforts to bring about an issue based electoral politics in the state.
The release further continued that the observation endorsed the aims and objectives of the Campaign as well as those resolutions taken during the second anniversary and to further strengthen its network and monitoring of the events and developments in the state.
It was also resolved that the Campaign would carry out its activities in a larger scale in the run up to the next Assembly election.