Imphal, Sept 30:
Proscribed group Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) has banned the Slopeland Public School, Salt Village Kongjom of Thoubal district over failure to pay annual tax to the organization.
A statement by A. Yaiphaba, Secretary, Publicity and Research, KYKL said that an insurgency movement initiated by a group of people in pursuit of their inalienable rights has been recognized as a political act by international law and the organizations and people associated with the movement are also recognized by the same law.
Justifying the ban, the KYKL stated that launching a liberation movement costs a lot of money, much like running a government. The state levies taxes on the general public to generate the funds required to maintain a government. The ‘Lallup kaba’ of Kanglei history is also a form of tax that people paid in the form of service. Similarly, a revolutionary government levies taxes on the people.
It said unlike making a donation, paying taxes is not something that one does in accordance with their preferences and that the tax rate is not set by the taxpayers. Tax is something that no one can avoid paying, and the rate is determined by those who collect the tax, not the taxpayers. If the rate seems excessive, it is possible to negotiate it, but it is impossible to avoid paying any tax at all. Tax evaders must face consequences for their actions. Any government, whether it be a state government or a revolutionary government, is governed by such a law.
The statement said that in the past four years, KYKL has requested the Salt Village Public School, Khongjom, Thoubal District, an affiliate of CBSE, to provide an annual tax to the organization. A few years back, while the KYKL taking up the ONK movement, the organization urged the institution to comply with certain principles and norms in order to save the ever-deteriorating education in Manipur and stop using unfair means in KYKL in examinations.
The statement added that the Slopeland Public School ignored and did not care about it. Later, when asked to pay a tax to the organization, it did not listen to the request either. They refused to allow our representatives to meet, did not receive our letters, and did not answer our calls. This means that the principal and authority of the school stand against KYKL and the liberation struggle it spearheads while viewing KYKL as flimsy and powerless.
“We have therefore resolved to ban the functioning of the school starting with 2023–2024 academic session. We humbly and respectfully beg that the parents and guardians of the students at this school transfer their children to other schools within the next three months. Our organization has never taken a decision without giving it careful consideration and acquiring all the required information. And our actions speak for themselves. We have declared this after discussing for more than a year. Therefore, we ask that parents and guardians not consider the ban we have imposed here to be a trivial matter. These days, opening schools, colleges, and other institutions in Manipur is entirely commercial. There is simply no aspect of social work involved in establishing them”, the KYKL said.