Imphal, Oct, 11,
Conglomerate of 4 major rebel groups operating in the region has called total shut down on October - CORCOM calls total shut down from midnight 12 am to 6 pm in the evening of October 15 to observe ‘National Black Day.’
A press communiqué by media coordinator, CorCom, LeibaakNgaakpa Luwang stated that it has been 68 years since India forcefully colonised Kangleipak (Manipur). The public shall never accept the declaration made on October 15, 1949 that Kangleipak has been merged into colonial India, it said. The merger agreement signed under duress by the then King, Bodhachandra is being called the “Merger Agreement of Deception” and voices of dissension are being raised against it by the people till today, it stated.
Publicity committee (CorCom) appeals the people not to conduct normal businesses, official duties, travelling, sport activities and festivities to denounce the said date, it further said. However, emergency services and media activities, water delivery services and matters related to faith will be relaxed, it added. It has been recorded in the royal chronicle, Cheitharok Kumbaba that a new beginning of Kangleipak’s (Manipur) history began on 33 AD during the reign of Meidingu Nongda Lairen Pakhangba, it informed. During his reign from 1074 to 1122 AD, the first constitution of the state, ‘Loiyumba Sinyel’ was established and it had been implemented in the state till 1891 AD, it further informed.
After 65 years of colonial rule under the British Empire, Kangleipak become independent in the night of August 14, 1947, the release informed. Manipur State Constitution Act 1947 was introduced in the state and democracy was implemented by King Bodhachandra with the conduct of Manipur State Assembly Election from June 11 to July 27 in the year 1948, it added.
After the forced merger of Manipur by India, all sorts of colonial administration were conducted over the people by trapping them under the colonial rule and thereby blinding them of any hope in the future, it alleged. The time has now come for the people to take up a fierce war of Independence and they have no other choices but to take part in the self-liberation movement, it stated. No other means are there for the people, as to live under a colonial rule is akin to living a life of a slave, it added. On the other hand, AFSPA-1958 has been implemented in the WESEA region and the all rights of the people including the right to life have been taken away, it alleged.
The implementation of AFSPA in WESEA region is the concrete evidence that the region is a colonised place, it maintained. Since its implementation, hundreds of innocents have been murdered in Manipur, it added.
The self-liberation movement is not being undertaken as waging a war against India, it is not about the Law and Order situation of India or about internal disturbance, it is about a “Manipur – India conflict’ which resulted out of efforts to regain the lost sovereignty and Independence, it informed. The closure of this conflict will take place only when the Independence of Manipur is regained, it stated. To achieve that goal, Corcom will undertake relentless efforts and continue the war of self-liberation movement, it added.
The organisation appeals all to observe October 15 as “National Black Day” and give full support to the ongoing war of Independence by considering it as everyone’s most important responsibility and take part in it, it said.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.
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