TODAY -

Time to ban malicious Moreh products targeted to kids

Samarjit Kambam *



When I was a kid I heard a story about a pumpkin seller. It may be true, may not be true. As per narrated to me by an elder, the person even after sitting for hours hardly sold any pumpkin. Desperate and tired of sitting too long under the hot and harsh summer sun, he thought of packing up and go home.

As he was about to pack, and idea popped up inside his head. He then started shouting loudly, "Moreh pumpkin, Moreh pumkin available here". Soon the people at the vicinity, after hearing the word "Moreh", thronged towards him and bought all the pumpkins one by one. Within a few minutes, he had already sold all the pumpkins. If he had not used the word "Moreh", his pumpkins would have remained unsold for the rest of the day.

The nearest foreign country from Manipur is Myanmar, the erstwhile Burma. Moreh is the town adjoining Myanmar and Manipur. It is a known fact that foreign products of different kinds and hues are available at Moreh. The products are from countries such as China, Taiwan, Thailand, Myanmar etc. The word "Moreh" carries along with it significance, a uniqueness unlike names of other towns in Manipur. In fact, Moreh is an influential word and the products available in Moreh are even more influential.

Now-a-days everything a family needs are available at Moreh town as well as in Paona International Market, Imphal. Each family in Manipur has at least one or more products marketed through Moreh. The products range from rice, junk packaged foods, grocery items such as onions, garlic, ginger, chilly, toiletry items, fruits, beverages, liquor, apparels, furniture items and even petrol.

Over and above that drugs such as Heroin which is manufactured at Golden Triangle are available aplenty at Moreh. Again, newer drugs called WY which means "World is Yours" usually known as 'Y' or Meth (short version of Meth- Amphetamine) comes to the state through Moreh which are manufactured in Myanmar with different varieties low, standard and high quality.

Almost everything is available at Moreh town. The wood called "Teak" from Kabaw Valley, a resourceful valley which was once a part of Manipur is synonymous with Moreh. Besides, there are other trees such as Mahogany, Rosewood, Ebony etc. Many government employees from mainland India who are posted in Manipur usually buy teak planks or teak furniture when they proceed back to their home place. Electronic items ranging from wrist watches, woofers, rice cookers, LED bulbs etc can be bought at a very cheap price.

Previously Japan was tantamount to electronics, but nowadays electronic items used here are mostly manufactured in China. Jio SIM and Jio smartphones of Mukesh Ambani's Reliance India Limited are products manufactured in India in collaboration with China. China has a huge pool of labour and their aggressive marketing policy attracts buyers since every item costs half the price that is manufactured in India. Even if the products are manufactured in other countries, they are commonly referred to as Moreh products by the denizens of Manipur.

Just the other day I was flabbergasted to see my son holding a packet that exactly resembles the cigarette pack of "Peacock" which is made in Myanmar. Although it was a smaller replica, the colour, the print are astoundingly similar. It looks like a miniature version of the original pack.

Wondering what the hell was going on, I snatched the pack to see what's inside and to my utter surprise, there were some sticks of candy that resemble cigarette sticks. Not only that, miniature packs of cigarette "Camel" which contains candy are also available aplenty which are bought by the growing up kids. Another one is a Malboro with "Candy Smoke" written on the top.

Those were the ones I have come across. If a survey is carried out, there might be many more of such products. Words such as "Candy Smoke" will arouse curiosity and inculcate a very message to the kids because of the word "smoke". Being a candy, no smoke will come out, but kids are the ones with the highest curiosity and one day the curiosity may get the better of them and they might go for the real "smoke".

Then they may try the real cigarette that produces smoke. That stage will be the beginning of the end for innocence of the kids. Besides, many energy drinks are coming from Moreh side which resembles the bottle of a beer. Prior to that also I have also come across sweets which are round in shape and was packed like pills in a strip of plastic, albeit a little bigger.

Reminds me of Nitrosun-10 tablet, an anti-depressant cum tranquilizer which is banned in the North Eastern part of India due to misuse by many but is still available in the black market. Although it tasted good as its ingredients consist of milk powder, I really abhor the way the sweet was packed as though it was brought down directly from the self of a medical store. Such kind of products will have a negative repercussion to the young and innocent minds of kids.

As the kids hold the smaller replica of the cigarette packs that contain candy inside, they will get more and more familiar with the items. With time, they will develop an attachment with such items and develop the audacity of holding a real pack of cigarettes. Out of curiosity they might take a puff as a first timer.

The irony about using any kind of intoxicants is that the 'first time' be it cracking a cigarette stick, gulping a peg of liquor, a puff or a zack (intravenous use) of heroin/morphin or any other narcotropic and psychotropic substances is the key for opening a Pandora's Box of umpteen problems. Nobody was born addicted to any kind of chemicals or substances. It is the 'first' act or incident that begets as a huge gateway towards addiction of substance abuse.

It's really hard to gauge whether the manufacturers of such items are deliberately making them so that younger generations fall prey to tobacco products and other psychotropic substances with the aim of enhancing their profit exponentially. The state government needs to look into this matter seriously and prohibit such candies and eatables for kids from entering the state.

The various student bodies and civil society organisations also need to keep an eagle's eye and carry out surprise checks at various shops that sell such kinda products coming from Moreh. Such act will act as a good gesture to prevent our kids from developing a negative aftermath in their innocent minds after using such malicious eatable items.


* Samarjit Kambam wrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was webcasted on February 28, 2018.



* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Ningol Chakouba @ MBC #2 : Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba Nga Mela #2 : Gallery
  • Rajkumar Jhaljit : Sahityaratna 2017
  • Gaudiya Vaishnavism in Meitei Nation #2
  • Ningol Chakouba :: Poem
  • World Diabetes Day 2018
  • Bartending as a career option
  • The unintended windfall
  • Issues before the Parliamentary polls
  • Mera Kongchat Mass Rally #3: Gallery
  • Rock Show at X-Jam 2018 : Gallery
  • Bloody Phanek wins at Signs Festival
  • Gender Equality & Development :: Book
  • I am friend of India for life- Japanese PM
  • 2019 Commonwealth Scholarship in UK
  • 55th Nagas' Meet at New Delhi
  • Black money and the dream-merchants
  • What steps to address traffic chaos ?
  • Govt extends ban on seven Meitei groups
  • It won't be easy for Mary Kom - Nieva
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Mysore #1 : Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Dubai #1 : Gallery
  • Cry of a Dying River - 54 :: Poem
  • Religious education- Part of our life
  • Free Heart Camp at Kakching Bazar
  • Jobs at Gyan Jyoti Foundation
  • Nothing seems change; everything remains
  • Predatory instinct of man: Targeting 'Manipur'
  • Lihaaz- Classical Music at IIT Guwahati
  • Mera Wayungba #1 : Gallery
  • L Modhuchandra : Young Scientist Award
  • Chavang Kut celebrated in Delhi
  • Temple runs for a pilgrim's journey
  • First day of All India Young Writers' Festival
  • Ningol Chakkouba in era of materials
  • Constitutional breakdown in governance
  • Attacked on Environment Defenders
  • Kut festival @ Chandel : Gallery
  • Mega Marathon Manipur #2 : Gallery
  • Karen people's pursuit for survival..
  • Glamorous Maniac & their new single
  • City bus for high end of society- Why not?
  • Youth Leadership Camp at Yairipok
  • Course in Political Science at NEHU
  • Of Indian Constitution
  • Ningol Chakouba @ MBC #1 : Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba Nga Mela #1 : Gallery
  • NH7 Weekender @Meghalaya #2 : Gallery
  • Gaudiya Vaishnavism in Meitei Nation #1
  • Old Man in the Winter :: Poem
  • Drawing inspiration from Dave Mustaine
  • Condemns attack on Agnes Kharshiing
  • NEUFC Fan Park celebrates
  • Achievement lists of PDA is 'Boring'
  • MPP : Down but not out
  • Ningol - mapam lamdam : Gallery
  • Kwatha Festival #1 : Gallery
  • Ningol Chakkouba: Biggest fest of Manipuri
  • Mizoram Under the British Rule :: Book
  • Dr. Udit Raj: a Crusader
  • Undisclosed #MeToo campaign in Manipur?
  • Drought :: Poem
  • When Money matters, sincerity is out..
  • Detaining two more at Jiribam
  • Ningol Chakkouba : Flash Presentation
  • Ningol Chakkouba Shopping #1: Gallery
  • Chingjaroi, Atengba, Ahongbi :: eMing
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • Those Sparks and Sounds
  • Manipur from Independence to Merger #2
  • Understanding RSS :: Book Review
  • Cry of a Dying River - 53 :: Poem
  • A take on Freedom of Media
  • Pay of private school teachers
  • Mera Kongchat Mass Rally #2: Gallery
  • Art Festival @ Imphal : Gallery
  • 26 month left to meet AIDS 90-90-90 target
  • Tengnoumanbi- Essential food item ..
  • Dr Abdul Kalam vision of transforming India
  • A Wintry Landscape :: Poem
  • 'Say no to Lead Paints'
  • Completing bigger task
  • Biomedical wastes: Health, ecology at stake
  • NIA files chargesheet against 5 NSCN (K)
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Kolkata : Gallery
  • Mera Houchongba @Konung #3: Gallery
  • Irony of idea of communal harmony
  • Blood Donation at RGU, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Career opportunities in Ecology #2
  • Down the Country Road :: Poem
  • Change of season: Prepare for winter
  • Govt forgotten promises to improve traffic
  • ATC demand: Setback to pluralistic Manipur
  • Mega Marathon Manipur #1 : Gallery
  • Descent & inheritance among Zeliangrong
  • Constituent Assembly Of India & NEFA #3
  • Seminar : Reforming Teaching-Learning
  • Attitude :: Poem
  • Tourism: A key sector in the world
  • NH7 Weekender Meghalaya : Day 2 Report
  • Early solution in Manipur difficult : Army
  • Fabrics of Bangladeshi Manipuri: Download
  • NH7 Weekender @Meghalaya #1 : Gallery
  • Pukning Pothasang: Suicide prevention
  • Where have all the flowers gone? Khurkhul
  • Engaging Failed State :: Book Review
  • eNorth East Award 2018
  • Song of a Tree :: Poem
  • NH7 Weekender 2018 Kicks Off
  • Unsolved case of Pravish Chanam
  • Imphal Jamboree : Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Manipur from Independence to Merger #1
  • A beacon of hope
  • Mishing tribe of Assam
  • Ransomware that made the world cry
  • State Level Painting Competition
  • A suggestion for a strong democracy
  • Issues before Parliamentary polls
  • Kut Festival @ Kangpokpi : Gallery
  • HIV : Gap between research & impact
  • My Tryst With Manipur : A Memoir :: Review
  • Cultural heritage (Kut fete)
  • Bleeding inside Brain treated at SKY
  • Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Meet
  • In Her Arms Of Death :: Poem
  • Pravish Chanam : No Action by CBI
  • Assam Don Bosco : University of the Year
  • NH7 Weekender 2018 in Meghalaya
  • Media that criticize are not your enemy, CM
  • MU limping back to normalcy
  • Mera Kongchat Mass Rally #1: Gallery
  • Happy Kut Wishes :: Flash Presentation
  • November Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • Weavers training for Mamit , Mizoram
  • Diwali Lagao : Mapugidi Munda
  • Career opportunities in Ecology
  • Jobs at Trueblue, Taxi Service, Imphal
  • CM should not let this opportunity out..
  • Where will Oct 31, 2018 stand ?
  • Mera Houchongba @Konung #2: Gallery
  • Kut Festival :: Series of Articles
  • Comedian Huirem Manglem passed away
  • Constituent Assembly Of India & NEFA #2
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Overview of Buddha's teachings on Karmma
  • Technological Globalisation and Manipur
  • Initiate disciplinary action against Police
  • 13th Indo-Myanmar Border Committee Meet
  • .....but traffic is still in mess
  • Obstinately silly or immense clout
  • 'Ethnic Conflicts in Manipur: Issues'
  • Mapithel Dam Irrigation Canals #2
  • Kangla is like Ayodhya for Meiteis..Sacred
  • Health Care & Status in North East :: Book
  • Speaker List: Imphal Jamboree- Youth Fest
  • Roars of #MeToo to douse the flame of lust
  • A Welcome Change :: Poem
  • Liangmai community performed at NE fest
  • Immature press statement from NDPP: NPF
  • Our expectation from the government
  • October 31 : Rally and bandh
  • Chalwa Village in Kangpokpi #3 : Gallery
  • NEROCA Vs East Bengal : Gallery
  • Lullaby by This Chord :: Critical Analysis
  • Imphal Jamboree - Youth festival
  • Getting ready for Act East Policy
  • Hey! You're a role model :: Poem
  • Training on Cultivation of Mushroom
  • Yitachu is propagating misguiding facts
  • Naga Talk: Wary yet committed & hopeful
  • Fashion Show: Lamklai Kummoi: Gallery
  • Pukning Pothasang : Bereavement
  • Khong: significance in Zeliangrong culture-2
  • RIST Talk -37 : The Physics of Lunar Dust
  • Cry of a Dying River #51 :: Poem
  • WhatsApp cheating : Unexplained loss
  • Cat :: Poem
  • TSA cautions EMRS School
  • Non-issue turns issue
  • Cong gunning for Governor
  • Mera Houchongba @Konung #1: Gallery
  • Sanjenbam Bhanumati Devi : Kavyabhusan
  • Church and climate change
  • Environmental human rights: Its evolution
  • Developing a database on bio-resource #2
  • Incomplete Love :: Poem
  • Beauty benefits of potato
  • The toddler calls
  • UNC : Acceptable to the Zeliangrongs?
  • Trekking to Dzukou Valley #2: Gallery
  • Constituent Assembly Of India & NEFA #1
  • Can we end tobacco pandemic ?
  • Experiencing Senapati town
  • City Bazaar :: Poem
  • Eepan Thaba #1: Gallery
  • Mapithel Dam Irrigation Canals #1
  • Chumthang Crafts at European Congress
  • A Road Trip to Myanmar #3
  • Lamklai Kummoi Maring Fest #1: Gallery
  • Narmada Sougaijam - Natl Konkan Award
  • Bor khoiramba @Hiyangthang #2 : Gallery
  • Mera Houchongba : Unity - hill & valley
  • Khong: significance in Zeliangrong culture-1
  • Manipuri Calendar for 2018 : Download
  • Lamyanba Irabot- Floral Tribute #2: Gallery
  • Police Day Marathon #2: Gallery
  • Mera Chaorel Houba #2 : Gallery
  • Anglo-Kuki War 1917-19 : Gallery
  • Pari Imom (Film Scenes) #1 :: eRang
  • MU: Teachers/students released : Gallery
  • Death Anniv - Bhagyachandra #3 : Gallery
  • Jarnail Singh @ MU : Gallery
  • Heikru Hidongba #3 : Gallery
  • AMAND Pune: Cultural evening : Gallery
  • Sizo Festival @Saikot : Gallery
  • Tarpon Sonba : Gallery
  • mtM :: Seireng
  • Lamyanba Irabot- March Past #2: Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #4: Gallery
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS