Fascinating ‘Ima Keithel’
Fascinating ‘Ima Keithel’: The world’s only all-women market, Ima Keithel.
North-east India is among the most beautiful places in Asia. So alluring, so expressive! We all know that. But did you know that in Manipur’s capital city Imphal, there is a market that almost dates back to the 16th Century and is run by only women. It is known as ‘Ima Keithel’ or the Mother’s Market. It is perhaps the only one of its kind in Asia, or even in the world.
This quintessential Mother’s Market is a unique hotspot that is delightful and clamorous at the same time. As you enter you will get a whiff of exceptional amalgamation of aromas that is a concoction of culturally created fragrances of Manipuri native cuisines. The market premises is like an elaborate food plaza, where women with simple shops and homely exuberance squat cross-legged in their own niche, devoid of any visible demarcations. In a true sense, it is a massive assemblage of independent women sitting on elevated platforms surrounded with their respective piles of products. This spectacular market is run by somewhat 3000 ima’s (Mother’s). The market is divided by a road, so on one side they sell vegetables, fruits, fish, and groceries, while on the other side they sell household items, fabrics, and pottery. This astounding group of mostly old, middle-aged, and a few young women, bunch up everyday to sell a rich range of delightful rustic merchandise. They also sell jewelry items, rice products, local handicrafts, dolls, toys, knives, innumerable cane and bamboo products.
Ima Keithel is a great tourist attraction and a haven for photo-ops. It is so popular because it is the only all-women market complex which represents the mobility and economic participation of the Manipuri women. History has proved Manipuri women have always stood up for their rights and equality, stood up to the government. In 1904, they resisted against the British imposition of forced labor laws. In 1939, they agitated against a famine that was caused by British exportation of local harvests. They even stood up against the military force unarmed in their ‘Nupi Lan’ i.e. Women’s war. They are not feared to ask for equal pay and opportunity, and safety at their workplaces. They are not scared of sexual harassment at places of work. This authority at the marketplace is an enduring symbol of women empowerment, and rightly so, they took over responsibilities when their men had to leave to fight the wars with the Chinese and Burmese, and maybe that was the best that ever happened to them because it seems like the best solution. They have chased the men out and away.
The market is not just a place of commerce, but displays a wide range of local culture, biodiversity and information. They have products like large water beetles and thirty different kinds of edible insects. The food products sold there are mostly sourced from the small plantations and nearby jungles. While cotton clothes, silks, woollens, handicrafts and traditional costumes come from within Manipur, some of it also comes from the neighboring states of Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and even Myanmar, through the porous border. Simplicity is the USP of this market. During lean hours in the day women discuss bleak and banal matters and this never-ending gossips and amicably sharing tidbits keeps both educated and uneducated women aware and empowered. Ima Keithel has its own set of unwritten rules that are followed obediently by the women. Despite waves of invaders and conquerors who besieged the region over the years, the women continue to control the local economy on their own terms. There is trust and faith in the collective strength of the women vendors demonstrated over and over again.
In a nutshell, this market suggests of the history of women’s movement in the state of Manipur, their fight for equal rights and fair treatment, and their small and big victories. The success of the Mothers' Market is proof that empowered women are an essential element of a successful society.
It is an ancient belief that if you start your day with good things your whole remains good and fruitful. I believe and agree with it. Speaking from a personal experience a good breakfast really kick-starts your day. It keeps you in a good mood and in good health obviously.
The best breakfast for superb health is Oats. It is also known as the number one breakfast food primarily because it is the most successful in keeping people full and satisfying hunger for the longest period of time.
Oats contain complex carbohydrates, which digests gently and gives you the energy to keep you going through the day in spite of your hectic morning schedules and keeps you alert. They are easy to cook so you can have a steaming bowl of oats ready within minutes. They can be cooked either in milk or water. With milk you can also keep it soaked overnight and it will be ready for breakfast the next day. It is a healthy choice for a breakfast as it is hassle free, healthy and fiber rich and be considered definitely to be a part of the modern day diet as they also assist in weight management too.
Protein- 16.9 g
Best time for its consumption
Mornings are distinctly the best time to eat oats for giving a great kick-start to the day. It should be preferably consumed in the breakfast menu as your body receives a nutritious punch that wakes you up and refuels the starving body after an entire night of starvation and gives you enough energy to strive through the day with a good amount of energy. But if you do not get a chance to have it in the morning then you can also have oats as mid-afternoon snack.
Best for consumption- why?
There are innumerable reasons that can be listed as to why oats is the best food for consumption. It is even called as the breakfast superhero sometimes. As aforementioned already, oats are a great source of energy. Majorly it helps in managing the body weight loss, as it is low in caloric content and helps you fill up faster and curb those hunger pangs that often prove dangerous as they aid in prospering of junk food.
Now you see why Oats is the best food for breakfast. This superhero meal can make you a real superhero to take care of all activities during the day.
The Supreme Court of India whilst noting that it bears the powers to impose ‘special sentences’ has on Monday awarded a jail term of 25 years to the son of Uttar Pradesh’s politician D.P. Yadav, Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal Yadav convicted for their role in kidnapping and brutal killing of Nitish Katara in 2002.
The judges panel comprised of Justices Dipak Mishra and C Nagappan. They supported the judicial precedents that allow the jail sentences to be expanded over above the statutory minimum and maximum sentences prescribed in law. They also handed down a 20-year jail sentence to their co-convict Sukhdev Yadav also known as ‘Pehalwan’, in the murder case, who was initially granted 25-year jail term in the case by the high court.
The Katara murder case is termed as “honour killing”, as the MBA graduate and a son of the Railway official, Nitish Katara was murdered for being in a relationship with Vikas’s sister Bharti to which they opposed. The Supreme Court enhanced the convicts jail year term to 25 years in jail without remission for being involved in murder as well as destructing the evidence of the murder. Back in 2002 the crime had raised a public cry for justice as the honour killing was done in a very carefully planned and premeditated manner with utmost vengeance.
The verdict has also enhanced the fines that had been imposed on Vikas and Vishal by slapping an amount of Rs 54 lakh on each of them. The high court had on April 2, 2014, had upheld the verdict of the lower court in the case by describing the offence as honour killing that stemmed from a deeply entrenched belief in the caste system.
Victim mother’s Neelam Katara hails the Supreme Court’s order and added that the apex court should have increased the term by ten years instead of decreasing it, and that there must be decriminalization of politics so that the common man do not have to suffer from their atrocities. The murder was no ordinary crime therefore deserves stringent punishment. She also believes that this is now the fight of Nitish and the youth of this country of right to choose partner and right choice of marriage.
We hope this case becomes a mark of the beginning of a change in the people who still go along the ridicules of the caste system to bar the youth of India.