Biren Singh: From BSF barracks to Manipur’s CM
Morung Express | IANS | Imphal, March 15
Manipur’s new Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s first love was football, which took him to the BSF. After resignation, he embraced journalism. Finally, he chose politics as a career. As a young boy in Heingang, about 15 km from Imphal, he proved his mettle as a footballer and got recruited in the Border Security Force.
He resigned from the BSF to start a vernacular newspaper “Naharol gi Thoudang” although he had no formal training and experience in journalism. The newspaper was a hit.
In April 2000, Biren Singh’s press was raided by police and he was charged with sedition for publishing — what authorities alleged — news supportive of extremists. He was arrested. That’s when he decided he needed to change tracks.
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