Imphal, Jan 24:
Six students’ bodies have urged the people of Manipur not to attend the 75th Republic Day of India.
In a joint press statement – AMSU, MSF, DESAM, KSA, SUK, and AIMS, on the eve of Republic Day, the students’ bodies have urged the public not to participate in the Republic Day celebration and instead raise black flags. According to their statement, the organization has come to this decision keeping in mind the current political crisis as well as the long-term design of the Indian state to divide the integrity of Manipur state. It reads, “Illegal activities such as drug trade, poppy plantation, deforestation and desecration of the worship places of other communities have been going to dismantle the indigenous identity of the people in broad daylight.” The statement blames the Kuki militant organizations for directly engaging in these activities and also highlighted that since its inception they have never military engaged with the central forces.
Moreover, it reminds the people that more than 70000 central security forces are already present in the state. But, the Kuki militants are still killing people. Here the question comes “Is there a proxy war which is going on?” Till now 35 different ethnic have been existing peacefully in Manipur due to a multi-cultural worldview existing in the larger Manipuri society. It also stated that the movement for the resurgence of the Meitei identity did not in any way make any attempt to harm the other community but instead in its underlying core of Meitei identity politics is the “idea of Manipur.
However, according to the student organization, the idea of Kuki-Zo Homeland is not conducive to the modern world view of the Nation-state given that their idea of a nation is very narrow and exclusive. Given this, the statement reads “Manipur’s territorial integrity should not be touched, separate administration designed for making Kuki settler colonies should be denied, turning of Manipur into a drug hub should be resisted, and Manipur should not be used as a tool in India’s geo-political drama.”