Imphal, Jan 22:
The Alliance for Socialist Unity, Kangleipak (ASUK) has declared a total shutdown across all regions of Manipur on January 26, coinciding with India’s Republic Day, from 6 am to 6 pm. In an official press release signed by S. Mangal, Convenor of the Publicity Committee of ASUK, key reasons were emphasized for the decision. Questioning Manipur’s status after more than 75 years under Indian rule, the release pondered the benefits received by the people and highlighted the current state of confinement within a delineated area labeled as a buffer zone or red line, akin to the Laxman Rekha, restricting free movement.
Asserting that Manipur’s amalgamation with India led to their predicament, the release expressed the sentiment that many Manipuris no longer identify as Indian, contending that neglect from the Indian authorities is evident in their present circumstances, leading to a perception among the people that they are no longer considered Indian citizens.
Continuing the discourse, the release articulated a grievance against the perceived inadequacy of the Indian constitution in safeguarding the people of Manipur and their properties. It conveyed a growing sentiment among the populace that Manipur is no longer an integral part of India. In a critical tone, the release alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been passive in the face of escalating violence and fatalities, likening his response to a detached observer watching a drama unfold since May 3, 2023.
Drawing a historical parallel, the release invoked the Indo-China war, recalling Jawaharlal Nehru’s expression of pity for the people of Assam during that period. In a rhetorical question, the release queried the available options for the people of Manipur, given the necessity to protect their own lives and properties independently. Given these circumstances, a resolute stance was taken, asserting a collective decision to abstain from celebrating or participating in the upcoming Republic Day on January 26 as a symbolic protest against the perceived neglect and indifference towards the concerns of Manipur.