No community can take away Manipur’s land, CM N Biren Singh

No community can take away Manipur’s land, CM N Biren Singh
CM Biren Singh at the diamond jubilee celebration of Namdunlong village in Imphal East on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 21 | Publish Date: 12/21/2019 11:46:07 AM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said in a speech on Saturday that as a Manipuri, he does not want to see the state disintegrate in any manner. He also hoped the vexed Naga political issue will be resolved in a manner acceptable to all.

Singh was addressing the diamond jubilee celebration of Namdunlong village in Imphal East district as chief guest on Saturday.

Namdunlong village is among the villages in Imphal and other valley districts inhabited by Kabui community. The village celebrated the 40 years of its existence with a two-day function that began today.

The CM said safeguarding Manipur’s territorial integrity was the bounden duty of its citizens and no community can take away the land of Manipur. 

“The land will remain in its entirety and belong to Manipur forever,” he declared.

“Let us pray for a peaceful and honourable solution acceptable to all, respecting interests of all,”  he said, adding that ending the talk peacefully would be the desire of all.

Singh then stressed the need for mutual respect among different communities and equal development to maintain unity in the state. 

He claimed there have been immense positive changes in the hill-valley bond in the past two and a half years after the BJP-led coalition government came to power in the state. 

“Now, people have no hesitation and apprehension in visiting or staying in any part of the state, the chief minister said,  cautioning  that people should never allow themselves to get carried away by any bad influence which may undermine the age-old fraternal bond even in days to come.

Reminding the gathering of the centuries-old relation between Kabui and Meitei communities, he said that the machete held by Kabui men in performing their traditional dance was used by the Meitei community as well in their Lai Haraoba ceremonies. 

“This indicates that the two indigenous communities share common ancestry and have unbreakable blood relation. Nobody can forget Kabui Salang Maiba’s story passed down from generation to generation in Manipur’s folklore,” he said.

Stating that there is nobody in the world who has not committed any mistake in his/her lifetime, the chief minister urged the public to adopt the spirit of forgetting mistakes of the past and forgiving one another so that different communities may reside together harmoniously as in the past. 

“Conflict and enmity won’t bring any good,” he said, adding that sacred books of every religion preaches not to harm anybody because life is so precious. On the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, Singh said that the Act is not anti-Muslim and there would be no impact on the citizenship of Muslim brothers and sisters of the country. 

“The Act simply aspires to provide citizenship to the persecuted minorities coming from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh,” he said. 

As there was apprehension in people’s mind that the state would witness large influx of migrants if CAA is applicable in Manipur, the state government requested the Centre to include a protection clause for the state, the chief minister claimed. 

Fortunately, the Centre decided to extend Inner Line Permit (ILP) system to Manipur thereby excluding the state from the purview of the Act, he added.

The chief minister maintained that there have been many development  in different parts of the state including interior areas like Tamenglong and Tamei in the past two and a half years.

Manipur would become a developed state only when people allow the government to maintain this momentum even in the days to come, he added. 

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