Bodies launch harmony campaign
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 31: To promote peace and harmony among the people living in Manipur, United People's Front (UPF); International Peace and Social Advancement (IPSA) and HERICOUN have jointly launched campaigns at different parts of the State.

As part of the campaign, a public meeting was held at Sangaiprou Community Hall today.

The meeting attended by Khullakpa of Sangaiprou Kabui village among other public leaders, discussed in detail the present situation and emphasised on the need maintain the cordial relationships among different groups of people to defeat the sinister design of the communal forces.

Sangaiprou Kabui village Khullakpa Kamei Kadudai, IPSA president Ibotombi Khuman, former UPF president Kh Ratan, HERICOUN secretary Ratan and UPF advisor Th Mangi were among those who spoke at the occasion.

In his speech, Kamei Kadudai stressed on the age old bond between the hills and valley people and wished that there should be cordial relationship among the people just as his villagers and people of the neighbouring areas partake in the ups and downs of life.

Ibotombi Khuman pointed out that the economic blockade of ANSAM along the National Highways 39 and 53 has given immense hardships to all section of the society.

The hardship being faced is even more so for the people living in the remote area of the hill districts.

The Government of India and the Government of Manipur should understand the nature of the problems being faced by the people and take up necessary measures to ameliorate their difficulties besides holding talks with the agitators to arrive at an amicable solution, Iboyaima pointed out.

While observing that the prevailing situation is very sensitive and inapt handling of the situation could lead to a communal crisis, Iboyaima said that every one should understand this fact and remain alert from falling prey to the sinister designs of the divisive forces.

Kh Ratan said people of Manipur both in the hill and valley have suffered together at various stages of its long and turbulent history.

The impact of the �seven years devastation� inflicted by the Awas was not felt by the Meeteis alone and the hill people had also played a major role in driving out the Awas from the soil of Manipur, he elaborated.

Whether June 18 should be declared a holiday or not trifling matter.