President Irengbam Chaoren hits hard on Indian diplomacy towards South East Asia
Imphal, Feb 24,
Proscribed group Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) is all set to observe its 49th Foundation Day as Independence Day on February 25. In connection with the Foundation Day president of the proscribed group in his message hits hard to the Indian Diplomacy towards the South East Asia saying that India has established friendly diplomatic relations with South East Asian countries particularly Myanmar and India has been using its Act East Policy as an effective strategy to block Manipur from looking to the East.
Irengbam Chaoren also lambasted political leaders of Manipur who have devoted themselves to Indian politics for the past many years for paying no attention to the relationship Manipur ought to be sharing with South East Asian countries.
President Irengbam Chaoren’s message also pays revolutionary salute to all the freedom fighters who had laid down their lives for the cause of the revolutionary movement. The message further stated that,
“Although people of the land do not fully understand the strategic and advantageous location of Manipur, many countries see the location of Manipur as highly strategic. After complete domination of mainland India in 1858 by British colonial rulers, and since British India and Manipur established friendly diplomatic relations, British India was able to set up a formidable defensive line against possible invasion by Myanmar. During the 2nd World War, Allied forces and Japanese forces fought the most ferocious battles at Imphal and it serves as an incontrovertible testimony of how strategic the location of Manipur is. Again, Lord Mountbatten in connivance with Congress leaders annexed Manipur into the Indian Union and thus Manipur became a roadblock to the armed Communist movement then raging in South East Asia from spreading to South Asia. After the India-China war of 1962, Manipur is being developed as a defensive fortress to protect mainland India from any possible invasion by China. This can be attributed to the strategic location of Manipur. In the name of promoting trade and commerce between India and South East Asia under its Act East Policy, India is poised to transform Manipur as a transit route and a frontier military zone.
“All these advantages offered by the strategic location of Manipur are being reaped by other countries since 100 years back but the people of Manipur have gained nothing out of it rather they are suffering on account of the State’s strategic location. As a result, Manipur has seen little change notwithstanding the rapid changes seen across the world, and we are following policies and programmes formulated by foreign countries particularly India, unable to expand our outlook and thinking.
“Political leaders of Manipur who have adopted Indian politics as their own politics of the land with a belief that Manipur cannot develop without India’s blessing have been obdurately working to keep Manipur as a subordinate nation of India. As a result, all of us are living a subservient life with outsiders dictating the pace of development of Manipur and the way we live. Thus we are projected as an underdeveloped nation which cannot even determine its own position.
“Nevertheless, the birth of many revolutionaries has revived the hopes of freedom and independence. With the rise of the all pervasive revolutionary movement, people now feel and talk openly that the forcible merger of Manipur into the Indian Union has no validity and annexation by India is the fundamental cause for Manipur’s downfall.
“Had India respected the rights of Manipuri people and the history of Manipur, it would have left Manipur like Singapore was separated from Malaysia Federation soon after explosion of just 42 bombs. Though people of Manipur and India have been suffering a lot because of the liberation movement, Indian leaders see Manipur as its eastern fortress which can never be separated from India. Given this disposition of Indian leaders, India must follow the path of US and Indonesia which withdrew from Vietnam and East Timor respectively under heavy pressure and sharp criticisms from their own citizens and the international community.
“Well known Indian politician George Fernandes once described his own country as a country which has been sailing against the tide of time and he even wished to be born in Vietnam if there is a second life. As such, looking to or imitating India as a model of development is utterly misplaced. Our disposition, at one point of time, to live together with Indian people who are quite different from us in all aspects in place of the people of South East Asian countries who are quite similar to us on several aspects is one primary factor for the downfall of Manipur. King Kullachandra knew that our outlook and thinking would not be in harmony with those of India and the western colonial rulers who taught their craftiness to Indian leaders. The king also knew that Manipuri people and Indian people cannot live together with mutual respect. We need to recall that after the Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891, king Kullachandra planned to go to China with around 200 people. But British colonial rulers exiled Kullachandra and around 14 others to Andaman with a warning to all future Manipuri generations that they should not look to the East. The same warning was inherently perceptible when Yubaraj Tikendrajit and General Thangal were hung to death in public. Had king Kullachandra and his followers reached China, Manipur would have been definitely an independent, progressive and egalitarian country in South East Asia.
“Before the India-China War broke out, young Manipuri boys and girls were taught shooting rifles during the last months of 1960 by Special Service Bureau (SSB) with a message that they must shoot Chinese as soon as they see one and thus they projected China as enemy of Manipur. Through its ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ which was conceptualized with the objective of facilitating economic cooperation and collective development, China has developed Kyaukpyu port in Myanmar, Kankesanthurai port in Sri Lanka, Gwadar port in Pakistan, and China has opened four of its ports to Nepal which was kept under transit monopoly of India for decades. Thus Beijing has been making significant contributions towards economic development of the landlocked Himalayan nation. But India has been preparing for war by seeking support from different quarters including the people of Manipur by projecting the Chinese initiative as a policy of dominating India. At present, 40 per cent of the people of Manipur working in Government services are police and paramilitary forces. Manipuri people are being absorbed in large numbers in police and paramilitary forces not as a welfare measure for the State. This arrangement is a ploy to use Manipuri youth as proxy of Indian army for protection of mainland India when any conflict breaks out between India and her neighbouring countries. At the same time, these forces comprising of Manipuri people predominantly are aimed creating conflicts and contradictions with the liberation movement of Manipur and ignite a useless internecine war. To evade this trap, it’s time for our youth, particularly those working in state security forces to choose the right path of the masses and work together with the revolutionary groups.
“We must keep in mind that India is a country which is on the verge of disintegration on account of sharp polarization among political leaders, formation of rival political alliances, complete breakdown in governance and growing conflicts among politicians over prioritization of interests of their respective states. After the incident of Pulwama bomb attacked on last 14 February 2019, resulted the deaths of 40 Central Reserve Police Force Personnel, the mainland Indians keep ill-treated views to the people of Kashmiri’s Muslim.
“Likewise, for the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 by her two Sikh bodyguards, more than 10,000 innocent Sikhs were killed. As a result, of such Indian activities, we should not fail to say that Indians are still having the thought of racist, communal and violating secularism. Due to taking their importance to the dominant land not to the people, they always dreams on the land ownership by drafting like “Citizenship (Amendment) Bill” to amend in the Indian Constitution as a continuous policy of population invasion, which is designed to act as surrogate to organize demographic change. Keeping faith in India and letting the Indian Government rule over us any further as if we are Indians and our future lies with India would be a big blunder. We must unite and take a firm position collectively to fight and overthrow the Indian colonial rule so that we can re-build our nation independently. People’s liberation movement will be certainly victorious.