Imphal, Jan 23,
Six different revolutionary groups of WESEA region, namely the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) , Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT) and People’s Democratic Council of Karbi-Longri (PDCK), have ban all forms of Indian Republic Day celebrations in the North East region of India.
A statement released by Alliance for Socialist Unity, Kangleipak (ASUK), which is signed by leaders of all the rebel groups said, “ to effectuate the ban we call a total shut-down for 12 hours, from 6 am to 6 pm, on the 26th January, 2019, in the entire WESEA region”.
The statement however exempts emergency services and religious functions .
“The central government of India has been forcing the rim-land colonies to celebrate her Republic Day every year. In the WESEA region, this is nothing less than a cruel practical joke. India’s ‘intelligent’ design is to force a fictional narrative of unitary India down our throats. Celebrations and festivals are handy tools used by colonizers to dupe colonials into believing in the false stories invented by colonizers. Using the soft cultural tools like education, media, arts, festivals, celebrations etc., heartland Indian leaders try to paint a monochromatic picture of India in the hearts and minds of the colonized rim-land peoples. The Republic Day of India is such a day utilized as a tool of colonization of the mind. The intended function of this celebration is to obfuscate and finally erase the unadulterated historical memories of peripheral colonial peoples and to substitute them with a new history of India, fictionalized through deft cherry-picking of events and myths from the multitudinous streams of historical narratives of the multiplex of diverse nations and ethnic groups of Indian sub-continent.
“This erasure of historical memories makes it easy to make us Indian. They are changing our past to change our present. This will enable them to change our future too. But our future they are going to shape is nothing but our ‘national death’. Becoming Indian is ethnocide of the rim-land colonies. For heartland Indian leaders or the Indian ‘deep-state’, it is nation-building. Being a Republic is being ruled by the people themselves. On top this Indian constitution declares India to be a ‘union of states’. But what the rim-land colonial peoples are experiencing is neither a republic nor a union of states. They are being subjected to a modern and sophisticated type of imperial rule from New Delhi. The rim-lands have the outer paraphernalia of self-rule. But this is nothing but a shroud to cover up the scandalous colonialism lying under.
“But the letter and the spirit of the constitution of India are quite different from the intention of Indian mainland leaders. They cannot always hide their malicious designs against the rim-land colonies. One glaring example of such monstrous machinations is the present issue of The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Violating all the norms and basic principles of Indian constitution, the present ruling party of India is working overtime to demographically jeopardize the entire WESEA region. The Bill proposes to open the door to all aspiring Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh. It negates the Assam Accord of 1985 and the NRC of Assam. This Bill, if enacted, will become a demographic ‘death warrant’ for the indigenous peoples of WESEA.
“This move shows that the present day Indian leaders love the Hindus of Bangladesh, who are foreigners in true sense; but, on the contrary, they hate the indigenous peoples of WESEA, who are supposed de jure to be Indians. Their real intention is to replace the indigenous peoples of WESEA with the Hindus from anywhere in the world. There is nothing more nefarious and spiteful than this evil design. This proves the oppressive nature of the mainland Indian rule over WESEA. But this oppressive colonial rule is being camouflaged by a number of meaningless spectacles like elections, celebrations and festivals”, the statement 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.