Imphal, July 30:
A One Day People’s Convention on the “Present Scenario in Manipur” under the theme “Punshillasi Eikhoina Ima Leibakidamak (Let’s unite for the Motherland)” was held at the Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound, Imphal to raise a common voice for the present crisis in Manipur. Organised by the Federation of Civil Society Organisation (FOCS), Manipur the convention mooted for a temporary united committee with a common agendum to solve the present crisis.
Speaking on the occasion, Th. Manihar, president of FOCS pleaded for urgent solidarity among the various civil society groups in Manipur despite having different ideologies to fight the divisive policy of India. Among the many speakers, Arambam Noni, Assistant Professor, Dhanamanjuri University stressed for the responsibility of the government of India in ensuring the Administrative and Territorial Integrity of Manipur given its age old existence as an Asiatic state adding that any division of Hill and Valley makes the cosmopolitan space of Manipur a geographic minority as it constitutes a mere 8 percent of the total land area of Manipur which resulted in treating the valley space and its people as a majority to a misnomer.
Claiming the government of India answerable to the people of Manipur on why it has not acted upon the Kuki militants for their unilateral violation of SoO ground rules, Arambam Noni cautioned the malicious campaigns of the Zo-Kukis to tarnish the image and belittle the contribution of the Meira Paibis as the Meira Paibis of Manipur have always stood for the protection of human rights. He opined that there should not be any more ethnic laws in Manipur while addressing the convention to understand the onslaught of Zalen’gam, ethnocentric and religiously homeland movements in order to unify the co-existing communities of Manipur.