ANSAM bans Meitei cassettes, films and Mayek
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Dimapur, September 08: The All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) has banned the CDs/video cassettes, audios in Meitei language in the four hill districts of Tamenglong, Senapati, Ukhrul and Chandel.

ANSAM has also banned the use of Meitei Mayek (Meitei Script) in these four districts.

In a statement issued to Newmai News Network today, by ANSAM information and publicity secretary Sounii Khapa, the Naga student body said that the ban on Meitei Mayek in the four hill districts will be enforced immediately while the ban on Meitei language CDs/cassettes of audios and videos will become effective from September 17.

"Manifesting our stiff opposition against imposition of dominant will upon the Nagas by the Government of Manipur, the All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) in consultation with its constituent units and subordinate bodies has resolutely decided to restrict using of Meitei Mayek in all the Naga Hill Districts of the present State of Manipur with immediate effect," said the ANSAM statement.

Further it said that, in pursuance of Naga Peoples' Convention (NPC) resolution adopted on November 4, 2005 and in concurrence with the directives from the office of the United Naga Council (UNC) of September 6, 2006, the ANSAM informs all the units and sub-ordinate bodies to implement the ban on Meitei language audio/video CDs/cassette in the hill districts of Tamenglong, Chandel, Ukhrul and Senapati with effect from September 17, 2006.

It warned that dealers/parlours of CDs/cassettes operating in all these four hill districts are asked to take note and comply with this directive.

Violators will be strictly penalised, warned the student body.

The public are also requested to extend cooperation towards this step, added the ANSAM statement.