Imphal, July 16,
MSAD, a Delhi base student’s body has showed serious concern to the recent development at Manipur University and resolved to stage a mass protest.
A statement of the students’ body said that People of the region has always been the victim of State policies since Manipur became a part of this political entity called India in 1949, Manipur has always been a centre of political crisis and upheaval, a theatre of resistance too. The present uncertainties faced by the people of Manipur are manifestations of the wrathful event (“annexation”) that took place in 1949. Manipur University which is meant to be a thriving arena of fervent culture of political discourse has been in tremendous structural breakdown in the last one and half month. It seems to be clear that the Indian government wants to wipe out the intellectual faculty of a whole society. The nature, as usual, from Delhi is such that they are not satisfied yet with the presence of a military battalion inside the campus, the only of such kind in the whole world. The recent reaction from Delhi was to call in more armed forces into the campus. Is this a carbon copy of the same policy from Delhi in 1949 where Sardar Patel asked “Isn’t there a brigadier in Shillong?” Manipur dances to the tune of Delhi or it is made to by any means necessary. Manipur University has been reduced to a bee hive of mainstream Indian Hindutva politics by the incompetent and spineless Brahmin sent from Delhi who needs Y-Category security to dirty up the university space. The Vice Chancellor has created confusion on the minds of the people whether the RSS agent is a military officer or an academician.
The recent arbitrary eviction at Khetri Bengoon, (Awangching) Imphal East is a reflection of Hindutva Biren government of Manipur that is dictated from Delhi, to play a divisive politics of hatred. The eviction drive wiped out an entire village having more than 70 houses, without any rehabilitation plan violating an MoU signed between the CSOs and the government, rendering them homeless. The act from the BJP government is a transplantation of Indian religious politics into Manipur. The Pangal, by the mere fact that the indigenous group is adherent of Islam religion, is discriminately treated as Indian Muslim by the venomous Hindutva politics of India. The task is to suit the politics of a single religious political party that seeks to take advantage of the 2019 election. The Indian BJP aims to divide the social fabric of Manipur on religious and community line.
The foundation of the Indian state in Manipur in 1949 is also the foundation on Indian cruelty in Manipur. It is a fact that the policies that continue till the present days remind of utmost atrocities of massacres - Heirangoithong Massacre 1984, Oinam Massacre 1987, Tera Bazaar Massacre 1993, RMC Massacre 1995, Ukhrul massacre 1995, Churachandpur Massacre 1999, Malom Massacre 2000, to name some. The people of Manipur seeks democracy and not the peculiar democracy of this so called largest democracy. We now call for a collective mass protest rally of all the people of Manipur residing in Delhi.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.
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