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No reason to celebrate Statehood Day: PREPAK

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Imphal, Jan 21:

The proscribed People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) has said that ‘Kanglei’ people have no reason to be happy for Kangleipak (Manipur) being a full-fledged state of India and should not join the Statehood Day celebration on January 21.Historical events proved that ‘Kangleipak’ remained a sovereign nation with more than two thousand years of written history and regained its independence from the colonial British one day ahead of India’s and never became part of India.
After king Bodhchandra signed the Merger Agreement under duress in Shillong on September 21, 1949, Kangleipak was placed under Part-C state administered by a commissioner and later fully occupied by India by upgrading it to a full-fledged state on January 21, 1972.Since then, the government of Manipur has been celebrating the day as Statehood Day every year and preparation is being made for the same this year as well.
However, people of Kangleipak have no reason to take part in the celebration, the proscribed outfit said in a statement issued by its charge de’ affairs of publicity & propaganda LeibaakNgaakpa Luwang.
Taking serious note of increasing drug addiction among Kanglei youth and continuing drug business by some people, the PREPAK statement said that all these are being carried out by India with a covert policy to completely uproot the Kanglei society and the namesake Manipur government is only following directive of the Centre.
While both state and Union governments are utilising all their available armed forces to stop the revolutionaries along the international border, the namesake state government is unable to control drug problem and poppy cultivation.
There would be no drug problem in Kangleipak if the state government utilises its forces effectively against poppy plantations as well as in tackling the drug problem.
Instead of stopping drug trafficking, the namesake government is protecting drug lords, the outfit said.
According to the PREPAK statement, the only means to sneak out of the present worrisome conditions of Kanglei society brought about by prolonged Indian administration is to free Kangleipak from Indian occupation through revolutionary movement and develop an egalitarian society.


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