TODAY -
UNLF celebrates 42nd B'day, CC greets people, issues annual statement-II
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, November 24: The Central Committee of the UNLF besides greeting the people of Manipur on the occasion of its 42nd foundation day has also issued its annual statement, addressing a gamut of issues and highlighting its ideologies and beliefs to the people.

Therefore, the UNLF would like to emphasise the imperative necessity of exploring together by the responsible bodies of all the ethnic communities the path to our survival, without India’s involvement or interference whatsoever.

In this regard, the UNLF wish to invite the responsible leaders of all ethnic communities to discuss the matter with an open mind.

3. Lackeys India: It is unfortunate; however, that our ethnic communities have not sufficiently understood together the historical necessity of “Coexistence and Codevelopment” and that some leaders have been playing ethno-exclusive politics all along so as to wreck the historical process of our coexistence.

Meanwhile India, our common enemy, apprehending the historical force of ‘Co-existence and Co-development’ has already taken steps to thwart such a development.

What is even more unfortunate is the emergence among us of those people who have no moral compunction to become India’s lackey by helping and assisting in implementing the policy of ‘divide and rule’.

These people are indulging in anti-people activities, particularly against our National liberation struggle, in collusion with the Indian Security Force (ISF).

These so-called leaders have maintained their own ‘private armies’ and have been using them in creating inter-ethnic tensions and conflicts.

They are terrorising peoples in the foothills and committing crimes against the Nation by collaborating with the ISF, such as kidnapping ex-revolutionaries and handing them over to the ISF.

The UNLF earnestly appeals to such elements to stop their negative activities forthwith.

Further activities in defiance of this appeal would be treated as anti-people and anti-National and those responsible would be awarded severe punishment without any distinction of ethnic affiliations.

4. The Issue of Language and Script: Today’s generations are confronting a threat to the integrity of Manipur which is the political fallout of the religious division of our society by Hindu religion.

It is very unfortunate that the issue of ‘Meetei Mayek’ should become, at such a crucial juncture, a contentious issue which has the propensity to widen further the Ching-Tam divide.

The onus of responsibility for creating this situation should be equally borne by the present Manipur Government for its short-sighted policy and the narrow ethno-exclusive politics of some groups bent on creating ethnic disharmony.

The situation has prompted the UNLF to reiterate its principled stand on the issue.

The foundation of UNLF’s political outlook, rather National outlook, is “Co-existence and Co-development” with respect for one another’s distinct identities, to guarantee to all ethnic communities, particularly to smaller ones, the right to preserve and develop their distinct identities within a political system that guarantees autonomy at all levels.

On the basis of this outlook, preservation of one’s distinct identity, particularly preservation of one’s language and script and to be able to pursue education in their own language and script is an inalienable right of all ethnic communities.

Therefore, there is no wrong with the Meeteis desiring to reintroduce their original Meetei script instead of the Bangla script imposed very much later.

This is their right.

On the same principle, there is no wrong with other ethnic communities desiring to learn in their own language and use a script of their choice, for those who do not have one.

This is their right, and the Meeteis should support it.

Therefore, it is the principled stand of the UNLF that any measure amounting to imposition should not be used on other ethnic communities in propagating Meeteilon and Meetei Script.

The UNLF is pained to observe that such a policy is being pursued against democratic principles by the present Manipur Government and that it will only bring about the disintegration of Manipur.

Taking the minimum steps first for co-existence and co-developmemnt that would give a sense of belongingness to other ethnic communities in learning Meeteilon and Meetei Mayek, instead of applying such coercive methods, would be the correct approach.

The economic activities for coexistence and Co-development encompassing the Hills and the Plains will highlight the absolute necessity for interdependence, bring the two more closer to one another and become more caring for one another.

Thus, the interaction for coexistence would result in the emergence of a common cultural identity in a natural process.

Particularly, a commonly acceptable lingua-franca would emerge.

That language will no more identify with a particular ethnic community; it will have become the language of Manipur.

Such a natural cultural process should be cherished, but should never be sought to achieve through imposition.

The same is true for Script as well.

Therefore, specific measures for developing other dialects should be taken along with the propagation of Meetei Script.

This outlook demands a slogan to “Develop other dialects!” along with the slogan to “Introduce Meetei Script!” The Meeteis should display far-sightedness in working for developing other dialects.

So when their goal is round the corner, the organisations and leaders spearheading the movement for Meetei Script should not commit the mistake of resorting to any method that may be wrongly construed as ‘Meetei chauvinism’ by other ethnic communities.

Because, this would tantamount to alienating for the second time those ethnic groups who do not use Meetei script who were alienated about three hundred years ago in the name of religion.

This should never happen again in view of building a united country, particularly from the perspective of our National liberation struggle.

This is something that goes very much against the spirit of coexistence.

Let us understand together also that inimical forces against coexistence and codevelopment are out to take advantage of tensions and conflicts arising from such issues of language and script and that the Indian Government is working hand in glove with such forces.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Day 10: Closing of Sangai Fest #2 : Gallery
  • Folk Tales of Manipur, Vol 1 : Book Review
  • Prize Distribution : Polo : Gallery
  • Day 4: Kangpokpi Cultural : Gallery
  • Sweet sixteen :: Poem
  • Nagaland CM respond to Neiphiu Rio
  • Jobs at NIELIT Kolkata
  • Jobs at Cobigent Technologies
  • Some positive introspective on FA
  • Deep divide FA: Scheduled human chain
  • Naga talks: Ravi to consult 5 Manipuris
  • Mukna Kangjei Tournament : Gallery
  • Nupi Lan : Women's War Of Manipur
  • cYK_rb TwaI :: Seireng
  • Crowd @ Flower Festival @ Mao #1 : Gallery
  • Day 4: Folk Song @Kangjeibung #2 : Gallery
  • Naga peace & deals within rebel structure
  • Indo-Naga Talks 2017 :: News Timeline
  • Volunteers create worlds
  • Bishnupriya Manipuris call 101hr blockade
  • 3rd Flower Festival @ Mao #1 : Gallery
  • Day 7: Stalls @Khonangkhong #2 : Gallery
  • Day 5: Maibi Jagoi @Kangjeibung #2: Gallery
  • Day 5: Thang Ta @ BOAT #1 : Gallery
  • New Residential Design in Foothills
  • Accreditation of diagnostic laboratories
  • 'Swachh Hi Sewa' in Rono Hills by RGU
  • Jingle Bells Season 2 kicks off
  • Appointment for Faculty / Trainers
  • Humiliation to mother earth
  • Question to BJP: Mum on critical posers
  • WC seeks views for political solution
  • China taking keen interest on NE militancy
  • Tekcham Ranjita- FIFA Referee : Profile
  • Bunghan, Ningshen, Seiminsang: eMing
  • Day 7 : Pherzawl Artistes : Gallery
  • Day 4: Kathak & Manipuri Dance: Gallery
  • Welcome Yongchak in Manipur household
  • US recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital
  • CADA Imphal Committee re-organized
  • Hopes for a new future
  • Make Orange Fest more meaningful
  • Day 3 : Night Scene @ Loktak #2 : Gallery
  • Three-headed men- Makok ahum :: Funga
  • Junior Boy's Inter District Football : Gallery
  • Day 6 : Thailand Dance #2 : Gallery
  • Day 6 : Artistes from Kamjong : Gallery
  • The Green Lotus :: Poem
  • FIFA honour for Manipur referee
  • Nothing on inter-state borders in FA
  • Urgent call to look in the function of COHSEM
  • Of collaboration ... Manipur and Nagaland
  • Day 10: Closing of Sangai Fest #1 : Gallery
  • Orange Festival @Tamenglong #1 : Gallery
  • Day 5: Mandalay Vs Manipur #2 : Gallery
  • AFC Transformation Challenge : Gallery
  • The Anglo-Kuki War 1917-1919
  • When rejection is more lethal than HIV
  • Walk-In: Guest Lecturers @Govt Polytechnic
  • Penguin Fever- literary festival in Shillong
  • NE Flavours opens in Delhi promote NE
  • Calls for Recreation
  • Setting a deadline before the Govt
  • Finals @ Polo International : Gallery
  • Day 5 : Pung Chollom : Gallery
  • Day 8: Trekking @Leimaton #2 : Gallery
  • Day 4 : Folk Song @ BOAT #1 : Gallery
  • Career options in banking
  • Of tongue cleaner and angels
  • Screening: Aribam Syam's Biopic @Delhi
  • Hiring Charge for BOAT
  • Sexual relation main reason for HIV
  • Preconceived mode of protest
  • Manipur and people : Take collective stand
  • Day 4 : Eikhoigi Iranyai #1 : Gallery
  • Day 4 : Hmar Fahrel Tawklam : Gallery
  • Jadonang Football [11 Nov] : Gallery
  • Workshop on Nano Devices at IIT-G
  • Advent season 2017
  • Kovindji on Mirabai and Manipur
  • Jobs at Sanglakpam IT Solutions
  • Baking Assistant @Michelle's Bakery
  • Launch of North East Flavours, Delhi
  • Protests against eviction of tribals
  • K Radhakumar's Atopa Shangsar Amada
  • Reminding the issue of permit system
  • Time for State BJP to state stand
  • Mukna Kangjei Tournament #1 : Gallery
  • Day 10 : Fashion Show #1 : Gallery
  • Day 9 : Heritage Park : Gallery
  • Day 6 : Qawwali @ BOAT : Gallery
  • Challenges before media w.r.t Manipur
  • Development in Jiribam & Pherzawl #2
  • Recruitment mode of Asst Prof
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Day 3 : Night Scene @ Loktak #1 : Gallery
  • Community gardening @Ema Keithel: Gallery
  • Day 6: 'Reel of Dance' #1 : Gallery
  • Day 6: Pamyanlon Folk Dance : Gallery
  • Thus spake the moonstruck :: Poem
  • 1st Double Renal Angioplasty in Manipur
  • Rohingya crisis: Talk at Philippine University
  • Getting the big picture
  • Gold after 2 decade: Sports Powerhouse
  • Day 9: Robert Naorem's Fashion : Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Day 9: Phoushu Jagoi : Gallery
  • Day 2: Dhol Dholok Cholom : Gallery
  • 11th Manipur Polo International #2 :: Gallery
  • Govt needs tool for Sangai Fest Impact study
  • Royal Crematorium at Bangkok #1 : Gallery
  • Araang League 2017 (Football) @Ukhrul
  • Celebrating World AIDS Day
  • The good & some bad of Sangai Fest
  • International Kang Tournament : Gallery
  • Day 8: Trekking @Leimaton #1 : Gallery
  • Day 4: Kom Dance performance : Gallery
  • Sangai Run-Marathon @Sendra #3 :: Gallery
  • Is it Meetei or Meitei ?
  • The Buddha's Metta and Karuna #4
  • MUTA Colloquium Series : Vision for MU
  • Is our legal system responsible ?
  • Unique history of Nagas ... of Manipur
  • NSF memo to Prez 'for solution before polls'
  • Day 8: Hiyang Tanaba #1 : Gallery
  • Day 7: Stalls @Khonangkhong #1: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 3: Leisem Jagoi : Gallery
  • 'One never stops learning in Polo'
  • Cherry Blossoms as a catalyst of change..
  • Mining tussles in Manipur
  • Indo-Naga Peace Process :: Articles
  • Free media: hope for success of democracy
  • Far sight leader in Muivah: Looking beyond
  • Day 7: Night Scene (Hot Air Balloon) : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 7: Fashion Show #1 : Gallery
  • Opening: Jadonang Football #2 :: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 6: Thai Dance : Gallery
  • Supertree - Kannimara Mahavriksha
  • Beware of women centric cyber offences
  • Understanding education
  • No longer 'communal Govt'
  • Imphal Art Camp @Kangla: Gallery
  • Maibi Jagoi @Kangjeibung #1 : Gallery
  • Final: Hazari/Tombi Polo #2 :: Gallery
  • 22nd Winners' Cup (Football) #2 :: Gallery
  • Day 5: Mandalay Vs Manipur #1 : Gallery
  • Khongjhom Parva / Maring Dance :: Gallery
  • Dhanamanjuri Kang Tournament :: Gallery
  • Day 2: Thang Ta performance : Gallery
  • Day 2: Basanta Ras/Dasa Avataar : Gallery
  • Felicitation of Manipuri students at B'desh
  • Dr. Ngaseppam Iboyaima : Awarded in food
  • Day 3 : Pureiromba Naheirol :: Gallery
  • 3rd NE Fashion Week @Itanagar :: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 2 : MMTA Adventure :: Gallery
  • Hazari/Tombi Polo [7 Nov] :: Gallery
  • Miss Kut #5 :: Gallery
  • Inaugural Day Sangai Festival :: Gallery
  • Featured Photo for 2017 #5 :: Gallery
  • Kokkhum Festival #2 :: Gallery
  • Culturals @Mera Houchongba #2 :: Gallery
  • Kang Chingba @ Wangkhei :: Gallery
  • Manipur Sangai Festival 2016 #7 : Ooba
  • 'Weaves of Ching-tam' @London :: Gallery
  • Priyogopal (Senior Artist)- Photo :: eRang
  • Paonam Lily (Archery) Reception :: Gallery
  • U-17 Footballer honored by Guv :: Gallery
  • Pui Thangamliu -Photos #1 :: eRang
  • Manipuri Calendar for 2018 : Download it
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • Landscape of Manipur #7: Wallpaper