Demanding the information on whether Kabaw Valley was a part of Manipur or not and whether it was given to Myanmar or not Samungou asked to give clear cut information from the authorities about it.
Speaking in a press meet held at Manipur Press Club General Secretary of Manipur Peoples Democratic Front Salam Samungou said that by forming a fact finding committee the Indian government should give a clear cut answer in a white paper about the information they demand.
He further said that under the agreement signed between the king of Manipur Gambhir and Commissioner F.J Grant and Captain R.B Pemberton on Jan 25,1984 where a sum of five hundred sicca rupees was compensated to the king of Manipur every month from the day of the transfer of Kabaw valley to Myanmar took place.
He said that he strongly believed that Kabaw valley was a part of Manipur and under the logic that compensation given to the king by Myanmar was the proof that it was a part of Manipur.
He further said that after Manipur was annexed by India, Kabaw valley was given to the present day Myanmar on March 29, 1953 by the then Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. The information was written vividly on the book Kanglasha Amasung Matam gee Manipur penned by Moirangthem Irabot.
Samungou further questioned why India government doesn’t want to acknowledge Kabaw valley as a part of Manipur but still claimed China occupied Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir of Jammu and Kashmir as a part of India.
He further demanded to bring out on a white paper regarding the issue.
Samungou concluded that they plan to submit a memorandum to Prime Minister, Home minister and other related ministers to clarify about the issue.
Chingkheinganba has been a journalist for more than 4+ years and is popular among the team for his reporting style. In his spare time, he teaches kids from his locality. He and his parents reside in Singjamei Chingamakha Kshetri Leikai . He holds a Masters Degree in Mass Communication from Manipur University. Chingkheinganba is available via email at [email protected]
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