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Fifteen Days Over: Is there anything to show for?

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Fifteen Days Over: Is there anything to show for?

Fifteen days have elapsed since the significant Kangla meeting, during which the Six Points Kangla Resolution was adopted to represent the regional aspirations of Manipur and address critical issues. These demands encompass implementing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) with 1951 as the base year, repatriating identified illegal immigrants through the NRC to their places of origin, and nullifying the Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement with Kuki militant groups. Additionally, the resolution calls for action against SoO-affiliated groups, relocating Myanmar refugees to Mizoram, securing the Manipur-Myanmar border, replacing Assam Rifles with alternative paramilitary forces, and excluding illegal Kuki immigrants from the Scheduled Tribes list. The resolution reiterated that lawmakers would stand alongside the people of Manipur in their struggle if the demands were not met.
However, despite the passage of fifteen days, there has been no discernible progress on these demands. Lawmakers from Manipur have not taken any significant actions to address them. Furthermore, Arambai Tenggol, the entity responsible for convening the Kangla meeting where lawmakers endorsed the resolution, appears to have made no efforts to push them to advance the demands within this timeframe. Responding to public inquiries, Arambai Tenggol released a statement today indicating their commitment to pursuing the demands outlined in the Kangla Resolution. They emphasized the necessity of convening a state assembly to further these demands. They expressed confidence that the Home Minister would support these demands.
Moreover, Arambai Tenggol chief Korounganba Khuman, in a live video on Facebook, claimed that Home Minister Amit Shah had agreed to cancel the Free Movement Regime and fence the border. However, these initiatives had already been decided upon by the Central government before the Kangla meeting. Regarding the Suspension of Operation (SoO), Korounganba Khuman mentioned in the video that there are discussions about revoking it and other points such as the removal of Assam Rifles. Earlier, Korounganba announced the Home Minister’s inclination towards revoking SoO immediately after the Kangla meeting. Nevertheless, no public statement or commitment has been made by the Home Minister on these matters. Therefore, there is little progress to show since no further agreements or initiatives have been publicly announced by the Home Minister.
In his social media video, Korounganba Khuman underscored the importance of working towards convening a state assembly and addressing the other demands. Many experts and organizations had been advocating for a state assembly long before the Kangla resolution. After the Kangla meeting, there were renewed calls for forwarding the resolution through the state assembly by making a decision on the floor of the assembly. Given this, such a demand could have been included in the Kangla Resolution when the MLAs were present at the meeting. The suggestion by Korounganba Khuman to work towards convening a state assembly now raises questions about the strategic planning, as it is widely understood that only through the assembly can the people’s mandate be effectively advanced to the center.
It appears that there is little progress to show as of now, and we seem to be back to square one. The Kangla resolution is at risk of losing its significance since no one has diligently pursued it within the self-assigned deadline of 15 days.

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