Imphal, Sept 18:
One-day dialogue on , “ Idea Of Manipur: A Historical Legacy Of An Asiatic Civilization” jointly organized by the Centre for Human Rights and Duties Education, The Ojha Sanajaoba Memorial Trust (OSMT) at Manipur University has recommended to urges the Government of India for a Constitutional Guarantee to safeguard the Status-Quo-Ante of the historically evolved and constitutionally re-established pre-exist-state of Manipur, by way of Constitutional amendments, for ensuring, (i)-Restriction to relevancy of Art.3 of the Constitution to the case of Manipur, and (ii)-Rectification of Art. 371C(1) & (2) to empower State’s autonomy and authority over the entire state and its population, by keeping in view, the inherent politico-history, socioeconomic, and multi-ethnic cultural ethos of Manipur.
Vice Chancellor of Manipur University Prof. Loken graced the occasion as Chief Guest, while Prof. K. Ibo Singh, Prof.(Dr) Th. Purnima Devi, Prof. W. Nabakumar Singh Prof. N. Joykumar Singh, Prof. Soyam Lokendrajit, Dr. N. Pramod Singh Advocate, Memo Laishram and Prof. N. Mohilal Meitei attended as panellists of the dialogue organized today.
The Plenum of Experts and participants on the One-Day Dialogue after have an exhaustive conversation on the factual historical account of Manipur and also recounted various historical facts of the erstwhile Asiatic nation.
The dialogue deliberated on the Article 3 of the constitution of India and recommended that, while the Article 3 of the MSCA-1947 provided, “The territories for time being and hereafter vested in the Maharaja, are governed by and in the name of the Maharaja. All rights, authority and jurisdiction which appertain or are incidental to the government of such territories are exercisable by the Maharaja subject to the provision of this Act.”, the
contentious Manipur Merger Agreement was singed on the 21st September 1949 and officially declared takeover of Manipur State to the Union of India on the 15th October 1949. Consequently, the first election under the Constitution of India was held in January, 1952.
It also recommended that, considering the internationally acknowledged Treaties and Agreements signed in with the State of Manipur as a party, the authentic records and documents, the status of Manipur as defined by the Calcutta High Court on “Keiphasing Case 7W.R.C.R./100 (Cit. The Manipur Past and Present Vol-1, P-428) and the “Sajoupa Case
3W.R.C.R./16″ etc. Manipur had been recognized as a Sovereign State. Simillarly, the then British Paramountcy recognised Manipur as an Asiatic sovereign State in 1860s. The same was reaffirmed by the statement of Barrister Manamohon Ghosh who wrote in his Memorandum of Argument” at the time when British Chief Commissioner, Mr. Quinton tried to arrest Bir Tikendrajit. The statement mentioned “At any rate, the sovereign and independent Character of the State (Manipur) was recognised by the Chief Commissioner.” (MP&P Vol.-1, P-429).