Imphal Aug 18,
Concerning about the indigenous population of the land Chief Minister N. Biren stressed that the various forms of war and various warfare tactics has been used against the indigenous population of the land.
This was said today while attending the 2nd Dr L. Bhaigyachandra (Ihilel) Memorial Lecture held at Kangla Hall.
Continuing his speech as Chief Guest of the function he said that the various wars were waged against the indigenous people of Manipur using drugs and population warfare and added that such war may lead to extinction of the indigenes population of Manipur.
Biren further said that the government also tried to deal such warfare by establishing Anti Illegal Migrant Special Unit.
He stressed that every community also need to take care of such war waged against the indigenous people. He added that all the communities should discuss and take a collective decision and further needs to think how such demographic warfare took place.
He also urged the people to find a solution of the controversy between Meetei and Meitei and made to use only one accepted by the people instead of the two.
He also raised concern about youths getting addicted to drugs deteriorating culture and traditions of the State while urging every communities in the State to give collective efforts in wiping out the drug culture. It is high time for every community to assimilate the rich culture and tradition, which is the backbone of existence of the state for thousands of years, to the youths, he added.
While expressing the importance of the lecture programme with the present situation of the State the Chief Minister said that Government, with the motive of providing education about culture and traditions from the grassroots level, had started the development of Model Schools in the State. Citing the reason of present chaos in the State to the non perseverance of our own rich culture by the people, he stated that everyone should have an aim in their life and contribute to the development of the society.
- Biren also praised late Dr. L. Bhagyachandra for his far vision and contribution in preserving and promoting the rich philosophy, culture and tradition of the State. Dr. L. Bhagyachandra is still remembered for his immense work in the field philosophy, politics, culture and tradition, he added.
Delivering the lecture on “”Status of Indigenous Peoples: A Case Study of Meetei” Retd Prof W. Nabakumar said that the globalization and technological advancement has destroyed the geographical barrier and thus give a huge impact on the indigenous people of the world.
He further stressed that the indigenous people of Manipur has faced political and economical marginalization after being merged with India.
Highlighting the status of Meetei Nabakumar said that Meetei people are now facing existential crisis or survival crisis and axiological crisis or value crisis and added that both the two are like the two faces of the same coin and both occur simultaneously.
He further said that an intellectual and political voyaging is needed instead of blaming others and resisting the tsunami like wave of globalization.
Nabakumar said that what L. Bhagyachandra did was an academic voyaging of the philosophy of Meetei.
Sukham Premjit, General Secy. REFORM, said that the organisation has been researching on culture and tradition for over 15 years. He said that late Bhagyachandra’s works need to be discussed more so that people understand his ideology for the welfare of the state.