Imphal, Jan 23
Six more major rebel group waging war against the government of India from North East region has called 12 hours total shut down in the entire region which they term it as WESEA, from 6 am to 6 pm of January 26, which the government of India is celebrating the 71st Republic Day of India.
A press statement jointly signed by (Sainkupar Nongtraw) General Secretary, Hynniutrep National liberation Council (HNLC), (N. Oken) Chairman, Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), (Ksh. Laba Meitei) President, Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), (H. Uastwng Borok) President, National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT), (Jiban Singh Koch) Chairman, Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO) and (J.K. Lijang) Chairman, People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK) appealed the people of the region to shun such celebrations terming it as an orchestrated event to legitimize foreign rule over region. The statement however said that Religious activities and emergency services are exempted during the total shut down called.
The statement said that the attempt to celebrate the Republic day in North East states by the respective government is purely anachronistic imposition in this part of the world, as the citizens of this region are not allowed to enjoy Republicanism in the true sense of the term.
“The so-called republican constitution of India fails to actually entitle the peoples of this region to republican liberty. Indian rule in our region is theoretically republican, but in reality, deep-rooted oppression of the indigenes is prevalent, which is quite contradictory to republicanism. Oppression is defined generally as unjust relationships between two political entities, persons or groups of people”, the joint statement said.
Stating that the relationship of WESEA with India are unjust to the core, the people are being oppressedand subjugated under an alien rule.
The statement said that celebration of the Republic Day of the colonizer nation by the oppressed and colonized peoples is nothing less than willfully participating in their own oppression. Such irrational behavior of supporting their own subjugation, as shown frequently by the colonized peoples, is possible if the colonizers are successful in gaining control over the political consciousness of the oppressed, that is, in creating false consciousness in the minds of the latter. The process of colonization begins with the use of repressive power by the colonizer to gain coercive control, the statement added.
The statement further said that the next step is to create false consciousness in the depth psychology of the colonized through economic immiseration and soft cultural machinations like weaponization of education, distortion of history, manipulation of media, manufacture of truths out of half-truths and pure lies etc. etc. The third step is consensual control of the colonized through the normalizing power of institutions, social, economic and political. The last step, towards which the WESEA region is rushing at full throttle, is total ethnic assimilation of the colonized after ethnic identity harmonization through planned critical economic dependence, designed demographic invasion and organized cultural transformation. The consequences are foreboding enough to invite armed liberation struggle from the colonized to achieve liberation from colonial yoke and to establish just relationships with other human beings or groups.
“It is a bounden duty of the liberation forces to promote the development of objective political consciousness of the struggling people. To inculcate the minds of our people with true political consciousness, it is imperative to ban such imposed celebrations in our region”, it added.