Now, a new political party with main agenda of demanding the Scheduled Tribe status for the Meitei community of the state has been formed and its agenda was announced yesterday to the people. It is very clear that the main purpose of this party is solely for protection of the Meitei/meetei people even though they declared that the party is meant for all the community of the state. Quite confusingly this newly formed political party said that they are only demanding for restoration of the Meitei community to the status of Scheduled Tribe. The president of this political party at one of his write up said that the Meitei were in the scheduled tribe list in the census of 1831, the time when Manipur was an erstwhile kingdom dominated by the British Empire. When the very term Scheduled Tribe is the creation of the Indian constituency no wander why the president is misleading the people by saying that Meitei were once a Scheduled Tribe community.
The Meitei were once known for its kindness and its policy to unite all the communities in the state whether it may be the Kukis, the Nagas, the Meitei Pangal, the Thadous, the Tangkhuls, the Marings etc. This episode of coming up a new political platform with sole interest for the Meitei community only is perhaps the first of its kind in the History of Manipur.
The emergence of this political party is the outcome of the ongoing impasse in the aftermath of the passing of three Bills for implementation of ILPS which is supported by the valley based JCILPS and opposed by the Hill based civil society organization.
The intensity of the agitation in valley and those of the Hill district particularly in the Churachandpur district was not due to the personnel feeling of enmity among the people in Hills or the Valley but it was the byproduct of the dead of a student at Khurai area in Imphal and dead of 9 people in Churachandpur district.
It is a known fact that, before the merger of the erstwhile kingdom Manipur, to the Indian Union in 15 October, 1949, after the signing of the controversial merger agreement with the dominant of India in September 21, 1949, Manipur was then a sovereign nation having its own constitution. It is also a fact that meitei are the majority community and since the time there were many small communities whose status was not that good as compare with the then ruling community. These whole of the smaller ethnic communities are really backward that the state has to give some kind of status to improve their situation to compete with the major community. But after Manipur was merged to the dominion of India (or say annexation) the so call majority Meitei becomes a mere minority group when compare with those of the people of the mainland Indian community.
Saving Manipur of today by the present generation is the priority for all the people of the state. When the valley and Hill are separated there will be no place on earth that can be called Manipur. It is time now for all the people of the state to reconsider their any kind of move which might disintegrate the state into pieces.
- Published in Editorial