Calls for unity to protect territorial integrity marks Mnp Integrity Day

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 4 | Publish Date: 8/4/2019 11:41:33 AM IST

The 22nd Manipur Integrity Day was observed on Sunday, remembering the massive rally which was carried out on this day in 1997 to save the territorial integrity of the state.

All Manipur United Clubs Organization (AMUCO) hosted a function at Kwakeithel in Imphal West district in which leaders of various civil society organizations of the state were on the podium.

Floral tributes were offered to the people who sacrificed their live to safeguard the integrity of the State at the State Integrity Pillar erected adjacent to Imphal Polo Ground.

Leaders of AMUCO and other CSOs who attended the programme accused the Centre of  trying to disintegrate the integrity of Manipur with divide and rule policy among the different communities living  in the state.

Speaking at the function, AMUCO president Ph Devan alleged that certain forces with a strong backing of the India government were repeatedly spewing communal venoms to disintegrate the territorial integrity of the state.

Central leaders who on various occasion promised to safeguard the state were still indulging in divide and rule policy to loosen the bondage of brotherhood between the valley and hills people, he said.

Regarding the peace dialogues which India government was engaging with various armed groups operating in the state and neighbouring states, Deban said that any settlement, whether it may be with Meetei, Naga or Kuki groups, should not affect the integrity of Manipur.

He cautioned the Central government against  granting any agreement that would compromise the State’s integrity. If the Centre comes out with such agreement, instead of peace, the state will burn, he said.  At the same time, he appealed all communities to stand united for the territorial integrity, while asserting it was the only future for the people of Manipur.

In his key note address, AMUCO general secretary S Sanjoy reminded the purposed of observing the Integrity Day. 

He said that the historic march organised by AMUCO on this day in 1997 was participated by thousands of people from across the state.

A meeting held at the concluding part of the mammoth rally had resolved to stand firm to  protect the integrity of Manipur, he added.

The general secretary alleged that India government with its divide and rule policy had implanted conflict between the Kuki- Naga, Meetei- Meetei Pangal, Kuki-Paite and also between the hill and valley in 1990s.

During the period, politicians of the state had never taken the matter seriously while racing for power. If they had intervene in time,  the situation witnessed today might have been avoided, he said. 

He further said that several unwanted incidents had occurred when 18 people were martyred in the mass uprising against the Bangkok Declaration signed between Indian Government and NSCN- IM in 2001 which extends the ceasefire ‘without territorial limit’.

He questioned the agenda behind the signing of the Framework Agreement between the GOI and NSCN-IM in August 2015 while reminding that the details of the contents of agreement were still kept secret.

He blamed Manipur government while alleging that the State government had never taken the matter seriously except to apply its appeasement policy from time to time instead of finding a lasting solution.

The podium of the observance function had president of Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba Manipur L Memchoubi, president of Kuki Inn Manipur Pu Khaimang Chongloi, vice president of Zeliangrong Union Chandra Haomee and president of AMMDO Y Zakir Hussain among others.


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