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Still there is no peace in Manipur, State MPs must act: Maheshwar Thounaojam

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Still there is no peace in Manipur, State MPs must act: Maheshwar Thounaojam

In a stark contradiction to Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh’s recent proclamation of peace in the region upon his return from Delhi, Social Activist and National Secretary of the Republican Party of India, Maheshwar Thounaojam, vehemently contends that the appearance of peace in Manipur is a mere illusion.
Expounding on his perspective, the social activist further stated, “Despite the outward appearance of peace in Manipur, the harsh reality experienced by both residents and those observing from beyond the state’s borders is one of ongoing turmoil and perplexity among the populace. Just yesterday, unsettling incidents unfolded in Koutruk, Sanasabi, Kadangband, Gwalatabi, Torbung, where Kuki militants perpetrated attacks on civilians, employing advanced weaponry. The Kuki militants have escalated their hostilities, utilizing sophisticated weapons and explosives in their ongoing conflict against civilians.”
Drawing attention to the plight of people residing in relief camps, he continued, “Within these relief camps, many individuals express a fervent desire to return home. Their narratives convey a poignant struggle for survival in the camps, fueled by the anticipation of the day they can reclaim their homes. In the current precarious situation, the pressing question arises: How can viable solutions be forged? This, indeed, is the need of the hour.”
Elaborating on the situation, he elucidated, “The Honorable Home Minister has previously underscored the presence of external aggression in Manipur, a sentiment echoed by various agencies. It is imperative that stringent measures be taken against the assailants. The impending winter session of Parliament, commencing on December 4, 2023, offers a crucial opportunity to address the prevailing crisis in Manipur. Given that the issue has transcended regional boundaries and assumed national significance, it merits dedicated discussion within the parliamentary forum, backed by decisive action under a pertinent legislative framework. Properly handling the issue of illegal immigrants, as well as representatives of terrorist and militant factions wielding advanced weaponry, is of utmost importance. I implore the relevant authorities to initiate swift and resolute action.”
Maheshwar proceeded to pose probing questions to the state’s two Members of Parliament, stating, “Do we not have our elected representatives in Parliament? With MPs representing both outer and inner constituencies, it is disconcerting that, despite our efforts to exert pressure on various Union Ministers, the escalating crisis in Manipur over the past six months seems to have escaped their attention. Our MPs must take up the cause in Parliament, apprising fellow Members of the Kuki militants’ assaults. The responsibility borne by MPs is substantial, and it begs the question: Where are our representatives who should be vocalizing the concerns of Manipur? Is their role confined to the corridors of Delhi, or will they champion the cause and raise their voices against the ongoing strife?”

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