TODAY -

Remembering Late Dr. Thingnam Kishan Singh

By Former Students DBS Imphal *

It was sometime after spring
you and me were mourning
with smile, you and me were crying
remembering
how we would miss the burning flame
that ceased by the rain of bullets

We knew such heroism lasts only in literature
it will last only in hearts
the hearts of the weakest of the weak
And now today they have taken you in my heart,
the weak heart of mine.

I value you, my brother
you deserve more than this poetry
and the condolences
you deserve a come-back
the ghost of yours who will haunt and be head of
the great people of our times.


Having known Kishan very closely, it is indeed shocking and unbelievable to know that he is no longer with us today. He was a person joyful, gregarious and full of life. Although relatively short in height, his grit and determination overcame his size. Our childhood days in Don Bosco were the innocent ones where we plunged into Rock n Roll, memorized the lines of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Jethro Tull and many more.

Grand Funk Railroad's 'Closer to home' was one of his favorite song. But there was never a day; we deviated from the rigors of school life. We grew up in a cosmopolitan environment where we studied together with various ethnic groups of the northeast India. Shunchonngam Jatak Chiru, who is an IAS Officer today, was one of our best friends. Don Bosco instilled in us the 'will' to excel. This Kishan proved with his achievements in life.

His student days in Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi, where he completed both graduation and post-graduation in English literature are filled with stories that most student goes through staying out of home and studying. We tried to unravel the mysteries of Das Capital, dissect the enigma that surrounds Che Guevera, Mao Tse Tung and hum the edgy lines of Bob Dylan. Those were the heady days of the adventurous youth.

He was the English teacher for a short while at Harvard School, Imphal teaching the secondary school students. Many of his students fondly remember him for the manner in which he taught "The drought" by Saratchandra Chaterjee.

May be Manipur has not or rather the younger generation has not experienced a similar draught, he taught them how colonialism could wreck the fabric of the society, create chaos and impose suffering. In relevant context, he also taught them the meaning of "No woman, no cry" a popular reggae song by Bob Marley, which many considers to be a romantic love song. The song encapsulates the suffering of Jamaica under French colonialism.

Delhi taught us many good things but also the harsh reality of racial culture. However, Kishan could rise above the minority complex syndrome, struggled and excelled. He did his M.Phil from University of Delhi and also had the rare distinction of teaching in Shyam Lal college, University of Delhi. He received his doctoral degree from Manipur University.

His academic excellence rightfully placed him as a faculty in the premier DM College, Imphal. By the time he joined the MCS officer, he also had the call letter for Asst. professorship in Manipur University.

Meanwhile, he was the Editor of Alternative Perspectives (formerly Alternative Frames), an academic quarterly journal. He had also published two books, Rethinking Colonialism (2006) and Look East Policy & India's Northeast (edited, published in 2008). He was a regular contributor to Eastern Quarterly and other similar academic journals. He was also a vocal speaker in numerous gatherings, seminars and workshop. His incisive mind could analyze the problem of our society and provoked the intellectuals of our time.

After he became the SDO of Kasom Khullen, he used to share with us the plight of the villagers, the undeveloped state of the sub-division including roads and other infrastructure. Villagers remember as a down to earth officer, who would innocently chide them for not sending their children to schools or for not availing medical facilities when their children fall sick.

He was a common man's officer. He also showed us pictures of his office and the road leading to it (both of which were in very bad shapes) and lightheartedly making fun of them. He was a determined Officer who believed that changes are possible. But he could not live longer to fulfill his goal of bringing about a drastic change in the other-wise corruption ridden bureaucratic system of our state. He was brutally murdered even before he could start his journey.

Today, this glorious son of Manipur lies battered and butchered in a corner of the RIMS morgue, his body still unclaimed, his last rites still un-performed. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow to know the loss of one of our Bosconians. Pained and angered as we all are, as all sane humans should, we should at the moment not lose sight of the task at hand, but at the same time we should also not lose sanity ourselves. Although many things are still not clear, bits and pieces have started coming and it is hopefully expected to get to the bottom of things sooner rather than later.

We believe the culprits would be brought to justice and punished.

Kishan came with a purpose to earth, which he strived to fulfill till his last moments. Let us pray that his soul rest in peace in heaven. Let us also pray that his brave wife and two young daughters get the inspiration and the courage from the departed soul to get through this difficult time.

In Kishen's memory, we must continue to stand in solidarity, to struggle against such inhumane acts of violence and finally, wish for communal harmony.




* Former Students of Don Bosco School, Imphal consisting of [ Akhu, Basanta Rajkumar, Balan B, Padameshwar Nongthombam, Nelson E, Lokanta, Robert Ningombam, Deepak Khundrakpam, Robert Ningombam, Dwipen Khwairakpam, Ringo Pebam] wrote this for The Sangai Express. This article was webcasted on February 19, 2009.

* 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
  • Legend of a strong & powerful Koireng man
  • Women's Polo Tournament #5 : Gallery
  • NEROCA FC Vs Aizawl FC #2 : Gallery
  • Atonement of Lost Heart :: Poem
  • Training on Food Processing at Oinam
  • French leave versus friend's leave
  • Being youth: A social-existential perspective
  • Raj to address issue of SC/ST Reservation
  • Sunny side up
  • One year in office : Meaningful slogans
  • Lui-Ngai-Ni @Longmai (TML) #1 : Gallery
  • Death of Guerrilla General Charles Wingate
  • March Past @Republic Day #3 : Gallery
  • Mini-dam at Tuidimjang, Myanmar
  • Tips for facing Board exams
  • Children by the River :: Poem
  • Manipur House : Accommodation in Delhi
  • Mass Anti Drug Rally at Lilong
  • Saroi Khangba #1 : Gallery
  • NEROCA Vs Churchill Brothers #1: Gallery
  • Nationalist Democratic (NDPP) Manifesto
  • Journeying in Lenten season
  • Multidimensionality: Strength of sociology
  • Indo-Naga Talks 2017 :: News Timeline
  • Your mandate for Naga solution: Imkong
  • Impositions on information
  • Centre to fund NE plans fully: DoNER
  • Manipur tops NE in forest conservation
  • Phases of Manipur Culture #1
  • Rengtokung, Rinchonwon :: eMing
  • Brajabashimayum Jugolchandra : Akademi
  • Meetei as General category is wrong
  • Fear :: Poem
  • Cong cracking the PS whip
  • Lodges complaint over threats of KPLF
  • Students embark on integration tour
  • District Sales Manager - Globizs Solutions
  • Keeping doors of the NPF wide open
  • Temples of Manipur : Gallery
  • Thanga Landscape with Loktak : Gallery
  • Imphal Art Camp @Kangla #3 : Gallery
  • On the Question of Nation and Nationality
  • Cry of a Dying River - 18 : Poem
  • Simultaneous election ok, but EVM ?
  • First Balloon Pulmonary Valvotomy perform
  • Free medical health camp by Loktak PS
  • Tomorrow's Manipur
  • Cracking down on traffic violators
  • Hazarika's 'Strangers No More' released
  • Likkon Sanaba @ Lamshang : Gallery
  • Lui-Ngai-Ni : Flash Presentation
  • Shopping for Shivaratri #1 : Gallery
  • Yet it galloped :: Poem
  • Cheirao Ching Kaba & Double Ninth Fest
  • Lui-Ngai-Ni - Seed Sowing Festival
  • Understanding share market as career #2
  • Hope floats
  • Time for SIT to pull up socks
  • Framework shrouded in mystery: NNPGs
  • 2 NE earn 'special mentions' in Forbes list
  • SSS MANIFA @ Kakching : Gallery
  • Sangai Fest: Leima Jagoi : Gallery
  • Shrinking wetland in Manipur
  • Parent cant be replaced by rose on 14 Feb
  • Lifetime award for Salesian Varsity VC
  • Something is terribly wrong: SC to CBI
  • Demand for regulatory over alternate media
  • Are our women safe?
  • Church in electoral politics ?
  • Priority remains unchanged- Shurhozelie
  • Landscape of Loktak Lake #2 : Gallery
  • Sentinel Cup Equestrian #3 : Gallery
  • You Are The Only One- 15 Lightgrey
  • Tribute paid to Guerrilla General- WW-II
  • Customer-centric services in medical
  • Checking noise pollution
  • Tackling the level of noise
  • Final Naga pact to be in Constitution
  • NEROCA FC Vs Aizawl FC #1 : Gallery
  • Khousabung observed 'Black Day' : Gallery
  • Pains :: Poem
  • Sainik Schools under foster care- ironic truth
  • Cattle urine: An alternative to chemical use
  • My lachrymose week at Govt hospital
  • Laiphadibigi Bor :: Funga Wari
  • Imphal Art Camp @Kangla #2 : Gallery
  • NEROCA FC Vs Gokulam #2 : Gallery
  • Turning sunset years into gold
  • T Gwite and his Thanlon Times
  • NPCC for Secular Front
  • Be a leader of the people, as chosen
  • February 27 : 'If elections are held...'
  • Cross border trade resumes in Manipur
  • MaiOn - Scenes #3 :: eRang
  • Rhizome Festival @Thoubal #2 : Gallery
  • Moirangthem Rajen: Akademi Awards 2014
  • MSAD Annual Report 2016-17 : Download
  • Saving Nambul: Need of the hour
  • Lifeless Words :: Poem
  • Ridiculous supposition of TR Zeliang
  • Illegal timber smuggling curbed
  • Act Jiribam policy also matters for Manipur
  • Banning Catholic schools
  • Folk Dance @ Republic Day #1 : Gallery
  • Day 1- Imphal Jamboree #2 : Gallery
  • Manipur Radio- Streaming Android App
  • A song of victory :: Poem
  • Redefining the lingo
  • Learn lessons from your past mistakes
  • Fire at Namphalong Market
  • Beware of middlemen
  • Increasingly polluting Nambul river
  • ACAUT accepts resignations of Chairman
  • Loree Kaju Luita Phanit #1 : Gallery
  • Royal Crematorium at Bangkok #3 : Gallery
  • 1994 batch seek help for Sir Sekaran: DBS
  • 13 Jobs at NIELIT Kolkata [Upd]
  • Biology is Chemistry
  • Recruitment of MIL (Tribal) teachers
  • Corruption at Pravabati College
  • Birth Heart Defect treated
  • The Killing Fields :: News Timeline
  • Back to the hot seat
  • Ambience for education
  • Aribam Chitreswar Sharma : A Profile
  • Sentinel Cup Equestrian #2 : Gallery
  • Election despair in Nagaland
  • Share market as career options
  • Sentinel Cup Equestrian Championship
  • DG Assam Rifles calls on Chief Minister
  • The danger seen in the N. Biren Govt
  • As Feb 27 approaches: High octane drama
  • Singcha Wuya Won @Kamjong #5: Gallery
  • NEROCA FC Vs Gokulam #1 : Gallery
  • Nongthombam Lakshman : Natyabhusan
  • Tableaux @ Republic Day #2 : Gallery
  • Alien at Home
  • Cry of a Dying River - 17 :: Poem
  • Leadership skills for 21st century
  • Task before new MPP president
  • Landscape of Loktak Lake #1 : Gallery
  • Sentinel Cup Equestrian #1 : Gallery
  • Dongkhojam Lunkim: Akademi Award 2014
  • Padmashree L Subadani felicitated
  • Cosmological evolution with baby cosmos
  • Russian wife scam - The perfect crime
  • My Fevered Dream :: Poem
  • Indo-Naga Peace Process :: Articles
  • CCNTHCO decides not to interfere in poll
  • SC recommends names of new CJs
  • Recipients of Akademi Awards for 2014
  • Day 1- Imphal Jamboree #1 : Gallery
  • Heart Foundation financial assistance
  • The cry of a disgruntled citizen
  • Harassment of activists: Pravish's death
  • TSA condemns KPLF/KPLA's diktat
  • Appeal to join Reservation Kalhousi Rally
  • Educating the educators
  • Rejecting boycott call: Delivering a point
  • IISER: Impact of Establishment in Manipur
  • MSAP Sports Meet @ Pune : Gallery
  • March Past @Republic Day #2 : Gallery
  • Wetlands: Why we should care ?
  • World Wetlands Day: Decommission Ithai
  • MSAP Sports Meet & elections held
  • NPF to abide by principle of democracy
  • Chairman, SC/ST Orgs visit Manipur
  • Pollution pangs
  • Nagaland BJP in a fix : Catch-22 situation
  • Rongmeikai & Langbung: Manipuri Folktale
  • State Kala Akademi Award, 2014 : Gallery
  • Imphal Jamboree by Global Shapers
  • Architecture as a career
  • Towards positive change; let's win together
  • Training for NSS Program Officer concluded
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Cooperation rather than conflict
  • Imphal Evening: Promoting nightlife
  • Total lunar eclipse of January 31, 2018
  • February Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • Women's Polo Tournament #4 : Gallery
  • The other half :: Poem
  • Towards a final Framework Agreement
  • Don't wanna miss the Misses
  • Job @Ascend Institute of Training
  • President of Natl Higher Education Body
  • Technology to the rescue
  • Heading towards Central rule : Nagaland
  • Indigenous Game of Wrestling: Gallery
  • List of MLA (Jan 2018) #2 : Gallery
  • Tableaux @ Republic Day #1 : Gallery
  • Joint Indo Myanmar Cleanliness Drive
  • CM's cash awards for toppers
  • Ichangi Laidhi #2 :: eRang
  • Gaan Ngai @ Ragailong #2 : Gallery
  • Reporting in Conflict Situation #2
  • Meetei Chanu 2017 #4 : Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Emoinu Khoiramba @Koubru #3: Gallery
  • Lafoi Shamda puthorkpa #2 : Gallery
  • Imoinu Erat Thouni #3: Gallery
  • Time Table - Class XII Exam 2018
  • Time Table - Class XI Exam 2018
  • Maring: Kummui Chaa-um : Gallery
  • Time Table - HSLC Exam 2018
  • Front Page Photo #6: Gallery
  • Calendar for the Year 2018 :: e-pao Tools
  • Restricted Holidays 2018 : Govt of Manipur
  • Public Holidays 2018 : Govt of Manipur
  • General Holidays 2018 : Govt of Manipur
  • Manipur Sangai Festival 2016 #7 : Ooba
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS