IMPHAL, Dec 31: Accusing the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) of undermining human values of people of Manipur and the Times of India (TOI) national daily of alleged misinformation campaign, Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF) today announced ban on functioning/publication of the two entities in the State with immediate effect.
Explaining to newspersons on its decision to impose the ban, MSF president Kh Seraj-uddin said inspite of the students’ body intima- ting to the TOI chief editor for an explanation on publishing an RSS functionary’s comment in support of persisting with AFSPA in State the genuine concern of the people of Manipur continues to be ignored by the national daily.
Construing that the Central Government remaining indifferent to over 12 years of democratic movement of Irom Chanu Sharmila for total repealing AFSPA from Manipur compared to instant reaction to a few days’ hunger strike by social activist Anna Hazare testify discrimination of the North East people by the Centre, he stated that the RSS functionary belittling sacrifice by the then MSF advisor Pebam Chittaranjan, who self immolated to demand repeal of AFSPA is outrightly condemnable.
Moreover, the Times of India publishing such irresponsible remarks amounts to disregarding interest and sentiment of the people of Manipur, said the MSF president apparently justifying the decision to ban both the RSS and TOI in Manipur.
He also urged the TOI subscrib
ers to contribute their mite in making the ban effective.
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