AMUCO observes Protest Day
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 14: Denouncing the �Bangkok Declaration� signed between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India on this day in 2001, All Manipur United Clubs' Organisation observed Protest Day at MDU hall today.

The Protest Day was observed under the theme of �Imperialist Globalization and Crisis of Nationalism, Identity Questions and People's Solidarity Movement and Gift of History to Solidify the People of Manipur�.

Speaking as chief guest of the function, Dean of Law Faculty, Gauhati University Prof N Sanajaoba said Government of India cannot disturb the existing boundaries of the North Eastern States without the approval of the Supreme Court.

Any attempt to disturb the existing boundaries of the States would be a direct affront to the apex law court of the country and if such a thing ever occurs it would raise a big issue even at the UN level.

The attempt being made by the Government of India to alter the existing States' boundaries in the North East and the divide and rule policy being perpetrated among different groups of people living in Manipur is only a manifestation of the imperialist nature of the Government of India, Prof Sanajaoba said, adding such attitude of the Centre is responsible for the prevailing unsettling situation in the region.

Lack of unity and sincerity among the people living in the North Eastern States also gives an added advantage to the Government of India to exploit the situation, Prof Sanajaoba said, pointing out that because of this emotional integration has become a more important issue than territorial integration.

If there is emotional integration between the hill and the valley people along with equal distribution of wealth in terms of development in communication, transport, health care, etc, no force in the world be able to drive a wedge among the people and disintegrate Manipur, Prof Sanajaoba maintained.

In his presidential address, AMUCO advisor Thounaojam Iboyaima said AMUCO has been making all out efforts to bring about emotional integration among the different groups of people living in Manipur.

During the course of the interaction among the different groups of people, it has become very clear that nobody want to see a divided Manipur, he said, and exhorted that it should be bounden duty of all the people to fight against the forces of disintegration.

MEEKHOL president Ima Janaki, Poirei Leimarol Apunba Meira Paibi, Manipur president Ima Memchoubi and Kanglamei president Ima Leirikleima attended the function as guests of honour.

Among the special invitees who spoke at the occasion, Dean of Social Sciences, Manipur University N Joykumar stated that Manipur is not a State which was formed under the Constitutional assembly of India Government.

The State has its own 2000 years old history as a sovereign and independent nation before its merger.

The fact that Manipur is now under Government of India, does not implied that it could modify the boundary of the State as and when it likes, he said, adding firmly that the people of Manipur had never remain quiet against any move to disintegrate the State and would never do so in future.

Professor of Manipur University W Nabakumar, Assistant Prof Chinglen Meisnam, retired Prof Y Mahendro and Abdul Rahim also spoke at the Protest Day function which was attended by many Meira paibis coming from different parts of the State.