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DAMMS decried resolution by CSOs on Pangal identities of Manipur

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Imphal, Nov 13

Delhi  Association  of  the  Manipur  Muslim  Students (DAMMS) has strongly reacted to the taking of certain resolution in connection with the settlement and identity of Pangals of Manipur by  a  group  of  mainstream    civil  society organisations

A statement by DAMMS said that as the topic of the seminar was on the identity of the Pangals and its relationships to other communities, proper invitations should have been given to all important stake holders in time. It added that the DAMMS sees a conspiracy in making  since  the  stakeholders  included  in  the  seminar  are  politically  aligned  to  different groups and ideologies. In an atmosphere where the civil societies are highly divided into interest  groups,  an  open  discussion  with  inclusive  representation  could  have  given  an appreciative result.

The DAMMS while appreciating the initiative of the organisers in trying to understand the Pangal  society  better,  which  is  in  fact  the  need  of  the  hour;  however,  considered  that matters  related  to  the  identity  of  the  Pangals  have  to  be  discussed  and  decided  with maximum participation from the Pangal community.

The DAMMS statement said that there seems a constant effort to fabricate the history of the Pangals by the very people who spread propaganda about the population of the Pangals in Manipur through Manipuri films, and the torch-bearers of the groups called Ukal, Mesia, and likes.

The DAMMS said that the Pangals (Muslim soldiers from Taraf) were not ‘war captives/prisoners of war ’in 1606 of Manipur. The  origin  of  Pangals  is  basically  ascribed  to  two  points  in  time:  one  group  of  scholars began to claim that they commenced their settlements in Manipur before the seventeenth century and another group of scholars who disputed the first assumption argued that they came  from  Sylhet,  now  in  Bangladesh  in  1606  AD  and  organised  their  inhabitants  in Manipur during the reign of king Khagemba (1597-1652 AD).The Pangals are a population living  in  Manipur  since  the  16th  century,  though  the  size  increased  in  1606  with  around 1000 Muslim soldiers from Taraf agreeing to stay back in Manipur through a three-point truce.

Pinky Salam

Pinky Salam, a young and enthusiastic Reporter  is working with Imphal Times since 2018. Apart from being a reporter, he is a musician and plays Guitar in his spare time. Pinky is a resident of Sagolband Salam Maning Leikai, Imphal and lives with his parents. He can be reached at [email protected]

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