Article Source :The Telegraph
Date of Issue :20th September, 2015
Title of Article :Create better life for kids
Child rights activists have called for a collective effort to create a more conducive environment for children in Manipur.The plea came during a cultural meet – organised by the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights, with the support of Child Rights and You (CRY) – held at Lamyanba Sanglen, Palace Compound, yesterday.”Manipur is highly affected by armed, ethnic and political conflicts. Large numbers of children in the state are not able to enjoy their childhood because of the exposure to armed conflict, stories of death and mourning, mob justice and closure of educational institutes,” Montu Ahanthem, convener of the Alliance, said.
Ashim Kumar Ghosh, associate general manager, CRY, Calcutta, said the children who performed at the cultural meet were trying to convey the message of cultural integrity to policymakers. “On this common annual event, the children from Naga, Kuki, Meitei and other communities perform in their costumes showcasing equality. What is the need to fight among each other in this beautiful small state?” Kumar asked.Children, mostly from deprived backgrounds and shelters, from different districts of Manipur performed yesterday.
Music director and singer Ranvir Thouna, special guest at the event, said: “I am proud to be brought up at the children’s home where Asian games boxing gold medallist Dingku Singh was brought up. We need to work hard.”Budding young folk singer Miss Mangka said peace and harmony could be brought in the state only when there is love among various communities.