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RPF President Irengbam Chaoren greets people on 43rd Foundation Day; Says, “RPF has no intention to enter peace talk with India”

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Imphal, Feb 24:

President of the proscribed group Revolutionary Peoples’ Front greets the people of the region on occasion of its 43rd Foundation Day which the armed outfit celebrates as Independence Demand Day on every February 25.
In his message the RPF chief said that historically Manipur had never been a part of India, it is only within the span of 70 years and Manipur became the part of India, that too, without and against the wishes of our people. In other words Manipur was forcibly annexed to India by humiliating and insulting the sovereign right of our king. As such there is no reason that people of Manipur should remain contented and happy to be part of India.
He said, “It is unfortunate that some lumpen elements in our society consider Manipur becoming as part of India an inevitable part in the evolution of Geo-political process and they consider it as necessary for the development and prosperity of Manipur. These lumpen elements by taking part in the Indian electoral process not only make themselves a puppet but also work hard to tarnish or destroy our independent political history by helping the alien rule in various ways. Some elements are helping to strengthen colonial forces and working against the wishes of freedom loving people of our land. They treated their own people as their enemy. Their Self-deceiving character of showing themselves real Indian and wholeheartedly helping towards the assimilation of our people within the fold of India have only strengthened the colonial regime”.
“Taking the advantage of this situation colonial regime insult or humiliate our liberation struggle and revolutionaries.
They consider revolutionaries as misguided ones and is evident from the slogan “bringing back to mainstream” used by the colonial regime. This slogan is not only insulting the liberation struggle but also an attempt to destroy the true character of our struggle. The slogan is an attempt to treat our struggle as internal problem of India. What need to be remembered here is that SOO or Peace Talks entered with India by revolutionary groups of Manipur or WESEA were done intentionally and there is no desire or intention to trade or diminish the goal of liberation by willingly entered into SOO or peace talk.
“The so called SOO or Peace-Talks were entered out of various compelling factors. As of now RPF does not have any intention to enter into Peace-Talk with India. We know that India’s strategy of Peace-Talks aims at making the revolutionaries disarm or immobile thereby losing the real character and capacity of a revolutionary. Many of the revolutionary groups of WESEA, who have entered into Peace-Talks with India are now in a situation of between “the Scylla and Charybdis”. History is testimony to this fact. We have seen failed process of Peace-Talks and agreements fallen apart. We have seen the 9 Point Agreement of 1947, 16 Point Agreement of 1960 and the 1975 Shillong Accord between India and Naga revolutionary and more than 6 years old Framework Agreement, are meant to trade Naga’s freedom with some material benefits. Likewise, Mizoram Accord of 1986 and TNV Tripartite Accord of 1988 were the agreements that had destroyed the idea of freedom. Besides, India has snatched away the special autonomy enjoyed by the people of Jammu and Kashmir and kept the region in semi-military rule.
“Under such situation it is not possible to achieve freedom through peace talks particularly in WESEA region which India treats as their enemy by enforcing AFSPA and other draconian laws. India, which harbour the intention of colonising even the independent neighbouring countries under the vision of “Akhand Bharat”, it is hard to believe that freedom of Manipur will be achieved through peace-talks or political dialogue. Recently a BJP leader against the backdrop of incident of burning down some Hindu temple in Bangladesh commented India could have annexed Bangladesh in 1971, when India had defeated Pakistan and still if India has the intention it could annex Bangladesh anytime. There is no reason for not to considering such fact and rethink wisely when there is offer of peace-talks with India. Even though India has occupied Manipur, the love of freedom which we have nourished in our heart cannot be occupied. This love of freedom is something that has engraved in the hearts of all of us which cannot be vanished by any forces. It was the love of freedom that our forefathers had fought the mighty British Empire in 1891 even though the defeat was inevitable. It was because of this spirit that there was no intention to surrender even after the defeat.
“The liberation struggle that we are waging against Indian colonialism has not seen any defeat, so there is no question of trading Manipur’s freedom by entering peace-talks with India. As India is using several methods and ways to suppress our liberation struggle, we also need to find out new methods and ways to defeat India. However, it does not mean that we think we can defeat India easily. As strategy we not only need the support of outside power but also a unified revolutionary front and struggle of all revolutionary groups of WESEA region is necessary and essential. However, our first priority is making ourselves a complete and stronger revolutionary party. The revolutionary movement related problems faced by our people and lack of communication or misunderstanding between our people and revolutionary groups in recent times have strained the relationship between the two and it has negatively impacted the growth of revolutionary journey.
“However, problems faced by the people is not intentionally done by the revolutionary groups. Any revolutionary group does not harbour the intention to cause any problem or injury or misery to people, it was purely creation of many compelling factors and situation. There were Mes-022522/RPF-PRE Page 3 of 4 times when revolutionaries tried to defend themselves from the clutches of enemy our people had suffered because of this. But it was not intentionally done by revolutionaries. Such misunderstanding between our people and revolutionaries have hampered in the growth of collective struggle of our people and revolutionaries against the colonial regime. But we cannot make our revolution hinder due to these factors. It is the duties and responsibilities of every revolutionary groups to chalk out new strategies to hasten the pace of our revolution. In the process we should learn from the past mistakes and take the revolution forward by giving priority to life, liberty and property of our people. We should carry our revolution along with masses based on the respect and understanding of the wishes of people. Instead of spreading propaganda about the mistakes committed by the revolutionaries, which enemy has used as an instrument to suppress the revolution, our people should give a chance to the revolutionaries to rectify the mistakes through self-introspection. RPF believes in the collective independent struggle by uniting all the communities of Manipur irrespective of religion, ethnicity, languages and race. Many individuals from the hill areas of Manipur who believed in our ideology had started to join the RPF. However, some revolutionary groups started threatening the individuals and their family, this has led to a situation where conflict between the revolutionary groups became imminent possibility. It is due to this fact RPF has to postpone the recruitment from among the hill areas. Taking due advantage of the situation Indian colonial regime and their agent had spread propaganda that revolutionary groups of Manipur are confine to valley area only in order to throw our revolution in a wrong light. Besides, Indian Army through the instrument of SOO and Peace-Talks have built up the camps in the hill areas. As a result there is difficulty of our organization in establishing camps and free movement in the hill areas. This has hampered in the establishment of cordial relationship between people and revolutionary groups in the areas. But situation has changed now because of the emergence of revolutionary groups, who are against the ideology of ethnic exclusivism and its futility. Now people have realized the real danger of such ideology and Machiavellian tactics of Indian regime. RPF is marching the revolutionary journey with such groups through cooperation and collaboration for the liberation of Manipur. This shows clearly that independence of Manipur is desire and wishes of every communities inhabiting in Manipur. Finally, what we like to place is that covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 58 lacs across the world and more than 2000 lives in Manipur is a pandemic that pose a great challenge and danger to humanity as a whole in a new form and variant. So far Government of India has claimed that pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 5 lacs people. But a recent study published in the Journal Science believed that the pandemic might have taken the lives of more than 30 lacs people in Mes-022522/RPF-PRE Page 4 of 4 India. Even in Manipur, people believed that the figure could be more than what the government claimed. As such we cannot remain careless and complacence even though the situation is improving with lower positivity rate. Smaller nation like Manipur should take extra precautionary measure to protect ourselves from the pandemic. Therefore we appeal to the public to follow the SOPs given by the experts. Government also need to formulate the appropriate strategy to stop the spread of pandemic. Even in the country like China following strict “Zero COVID Policy”, the pandemic has not spared and spreading. We know that very recently 2000 people were infected with the disease in Xian. However, due to their proper strategy and strict policy and prompt action was able to control the spread of pandemic without any casualty. But in Manipur the situation is not improving and more and more people are getting infected. This is because Manipur follows India’s strategy which is based on strategy of western Democracy. What we need to understand is that even in the USA, claimed to be the most developed and advance in every field the pandemic has claimed more than 9 lacs people. Even the Europe is facing immense difficulty while curbing the pandemic. If we imitate the movement against vaccination such as “my body my choice” and movement against wearing mask which are taking place in some of the Western Democracies in the name of liberty, the pandemic will naturally increase. Even though Western countries had criticised Quarantine Center in China as Detention Center and Strict Regulation as Human Rights violation; and Chinese regime as authoritative, western countries cannot formulate appropriate policy to protect their own people from the pandemic. But they have the ability and power to face the challenges posed by the pandemic and even though pandemic claims some, that will have no impact upon their society as they are large nation. The situation is not the same for the smaller nation like ours. Every life claimed by the pandemic is great loss for us. Therefore the experts need to device appropriate policy and strategy to face the pandemic. People should follow the COVID Appropriate Behaviour given by the experts in the field and they should get vaccinated to protect us from the pandemic, the RPF chief added.

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