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Manipur youth called to safeguard identity
Correspondent: IMPHAL, APR 17
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Published on 18 Apr. 2010 1:02 AM IST
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The increasing influx of non-locals threatened the socioeconomic, culture and socio-political system of the indigenous people, speakers in the 30th Realization Day of the All Manipur Students` Union (AMSU) Saturday stated and called for a concerted effort to indigenous people of the north eastern region of the country in safeguarding their respective identities.
Giving an instance of Tripura where Tripuris have become a minority in their own state because of influx of people the speakers said the trend was also dominating other states of the region particularly, Manipur, Assam and Sikkim.“As the trend of larger racial groups dominating and assimilating the smaller groups in the world is not a new thing and one that is sure to extinguish the indigenous people of Manipur from this soil,” president of AMSU, Jamesbond Mangang said.
In Manipur, he said non-locals from the Indian mainland were occupying lands of the state without any restriction. On the northern side, he said they have developed villages on both sides of the NH-39 stretch from Mao to Imphal. He also said the non-locals entirely dominated the villages like Kangpokpi, Sapermaina, Kanglatombi, Motbung on the stretch of the highway.
The population figure had already bypassed the total heads of tribal population of the state and the same was expected to increase remarkably after the 2011 census, he said.
The AMSU observe April 17 as ‘Realisation Day’ every year to commemorate the event on April 16 and 17, 1980 in which two students, Lukhoi and Premananda were killed in police action during the foreigners issue and several others were also injured. The day was marked by offering of floral wreaths at the memorial site at Pishum Chingaching.
Students from different institutions turned up at the memorial site and paid floral tributes to the departed souls.
At the concluding part of the meeting AMSU re-affirmed its commitment to fight against influx of illegal immigration in the state.

 
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