Plebiscite Must For Survival Of Indigenous People: Bikramjit

Plebiscite meeting underway. Image Credit: Sangai Photo.

IMPHAL, Mar 28: Unless the Indo-Manipur conflict is not resolved through plebiscite, the indigenous people of Manipur would continue to face the grim prospect of extinction, asserted UPF president O Bikramjit.

Addressing a public meeting held at Moirang Hanuba community hall today on the theme “Indo-Manipur Conflict and People’s Participation in Resolving the Conflict”, Bikramjit observed that the conflict between State actors and non-State actors being witnessed in Manipur has severely affected normal life of the common people.

In case the Indo-Manipur conflict is not resolved through plebiscite with active participation of the people, the indigenous people would be wiped out from the surface of the Earth sometime or later, he asserted.

As in the previous meetings, the meeting resolved that the people should be allowed to participate in resolving the Indo-Manipur conflict and for that a plebiscite should be held.

All case related to Manipuri insurgents arrested outside the State should be transferred to the Government of Manipur and to send these two resolutions to the UNO and other international human right organizations with an appeal to facilitate resolving the conflict are the other resolutions of the meeting.

Noting that the Government of India has been talking about resolving the conflict through peace dialogue, former AMSU president L Jadu alleged that so far no conflict has been brought to its logical end through peace dialogue.

Since the NSCN-IM and Government of India initiated peace talk, many new insurgent outfits have sprung up in Nagaland leading to fratricidal killings and immense misery to the common people. In Assam too, a faction of ULFA led by Rajkhowa has agreed to sit for dialogue with the Government of India while another faction led by Paresh Baruah has been steadfastly rejecting any dialogue offer. This has led to internecine killings within ULFA, Jadu noted. Categorically stating that such peace process devoid of public participation was against the interest of common people, Jadu noted that all peace talks would lose meaning if it led to internecine killings and gave birth to new conflicts. The meeting was attended by Nupi Samaj general secretary Thokchom Ramani as chief guest and social worker Naorem Mema as president. Ramani called upon the people to wake up and work towards resolving the Indo-Manipur conflict.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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