UCM re-affirms commitment to integrity
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 28: The open house discussion on the �Present economic blockade in Manipur� held under the auspices of United Committee Manipur (UCM) at Manipur Dramatic Union hall here today has reaffirmed �to protect and safeguard the unity and integrity of Manipur at any cost� and �urged the State Government not to withdraw the declaration of June 18 as State holiday at any cost�.

UCM president in-charge K Lanngamba, ZUCAM-V president Meibon Phaomei, KIM general secretary J Haokip, UPF president Y Devadutta, HERICOUN secretary Babloo Laishram, IPSA president Ibotombi Khuman, Prof Ksh Bimola Devi of Manipur University and president of Kuki Mothers� Association Rose Mangshi attended the open discussion session as presidium members.

Taking part in the discussion, Rose Mangshi observed that the issue under discussion is an internal matter of a family, as such summoning the parent by their children for resolving the matter is not an acceptable custom in Manipur.

If the Chief Minister of the State who is like the head of the family goes to hold talks at Senapati or any other place to resolve the issue, then the possibility of repeating the mistake committed by the then King of Manipur Budhachandra in having signed the merger agreement with India under duress in 1948 after going at Shillong could not be ruled out, she cautioned.

UCM secretary (organisation) Yumnamcha Dilipkumar said that apart from the major community in the valley no other communities in the State have been able to come out openly to denounce the ongoing ANSAM-sponsored economic blockade despite hardship being suffered as they are being threatened at gun-point against doing so.

It may be because of this that a new outfit christened, Zeliangrong Revolutionary National Front has been floated to counter the sinister designs of NSCN (I-M), Dilipkumar asserted.

He further said that the Imphal-Dimapur Road is not the only lifeline of the people of Manipur, but it is so for NSCN (I-M) which extorts over Rs 5 crores in a month from the vehicles passing along the route.

It would be better for the people of Manipur to stop using this route, he added.

Prof Ksh Bimola remarked that creation of a State called Nagalim by bringing together all the incongruous Naga inhabited areas of the North Eastern region is a wishful dream never to be realised.

Elaborating her statement, she noted that the UPA Government at the Centre has made it succinctly clear in its Common Minimum Programme that there is no question of altering the existing boundaries of the North Eastern States.

Besides, there are numerous ethnic groups of people settling in the State of Nagaland itself which would not be an easy task for the NSCN (I-M) leader Th Muivah to accommodate all of them.

In his address, K Lanngamba alleged that the ongoing indefinite economic blockade is in fact bring carried out under the guise of ANSAM by NSCN (I-M) at the instigation of Govt of India.