Imphal, Aug 28
The 54th foundation day of All Manipur Students’ Union was celebrated today at Thangmeiband DM college of Arts Ground.
AMSU was founded on this day on 1965 after four martyrs sacrificed their lives protesting against the artificial famine by marching on 27 August 1965 which was known as Chaklam Khongchat in the history of Manipur.
Addressing the presidential speech of the function President of AMSU Peter Laishram stressed that the framework agreement between NSCN IM and GOI is near for an end but their agreement were kept secret to all other important stakeholders.
He said that the talks and agreement should not have any provisions regarding any administrative arrangement based in community lines and also the agreement should not make any political arrangement which will disregard and disrespect Manipur and its legislative assembly.
Peter further said that they should consider the interest of all the ethnic communities and further warned that movement greater than the historic June 18 will be initiated by the union if the agreement violates and disturbs the integrity of Manipur.
Giving slashing criticism to the government he said that the government instead of bringing solution to the issues they brought up another issue to divert the previous one.
Speaking the keynote address Human Resource Development Secretary of AMSU Bruce Pebam said that the land was bounded with issues since the day after Manipur merged into India.
He stressed that Manipur still faced the situation where the socio political and economy of the land was held by outsiders and added that the issue of AFSPA, ILP, CAB were all because of being merged with India.
Pointing out where the state was more like a colony he stressed that people of the land has been facing accommodation of surplus population by mainlanders and people still fight for the implementation of ILP in the state. He also added that natural resources were exploited and further exploited the land with captive market economy.
Questioning how the demands of special status of the state will be considered by the central government he said that the federal structure of India was at stake and the removing of special status of Kashmir heightens the uncertainty of the people demands of special status of Manipur also.
He appealed the people of the land to stand firmly for a dignified Manipur.
President of Leimakol M.C Rita stressed that the role of students increased as well as the issues of the state piled up. She also urged to discuss and know the roles and responsibilities of the students.
Ayekpam Dijen, Thokchom Suresh, Paotinthang Lupheng and MC Rita attended the function as the dais members.
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