TODAY -

UPF, AMKIL highlight post-Merger challenges
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 21 2019: The United People's Front (UPF) and the Apunba Manipur Kanba Ima Lup (AMKIL) have underscored the growing need for unity among all the indigenous communities of the State to face the challenges being faced by every community after Manipur was merged into the Indian Union.

A public discussion programme was held today on the topic 'Merger Agreement, 1949, Manipur and India' at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Konung Mamang.

Speaking at the programme, UPF president W Second said that the bond of unity shared among different communities of the State has been growing weaker and weaker since Manipur was merged into the Indian Union.



UPF, AMKIL highlight post-Merger challenges
UPF, AMKIL highlight post-Merger challenges


Moreover, the identities of indigenous people are being diluted day by day while the State's economy has been taken under total control of non-local people, Second remarked.

Manipur once existed as a proud, sovereign Nation in South East Asia.

But if one looks at the downfall of Manipur in the aftermath of its merger into the Indian Union, it is highly questionable whether Manipur is independent or not, he said.

Notwithstanding the multi-storeyed buildings and costly cars seen at Imphal city and adjoining areas, Manipur is still reeling under sheer underdevelopment.

At the same time, identities, cultural heritage and traditions of all indigenous communities are being diluted and obliterated beyond recognition, he lamented.

The degenerated situation of Manipur is an outcome of Government of India's divide and rule policy and incessant influx of non-local people.

Given these realities, it is highly questionable whether the people of Manipur are really free or not, Second said.

Associate Professor Dr Haobam Indrakumar of Modern College said that the Manipur Merger Agreement 1949 is unique as compared to merger agreements signed between GoI and other princely States in 1949 .

The Manipur Merger Agreement signed between India's Governor General and Maharaja Bodhchandra contains nine articles which must be upheld by both the parties.

However, as the Government of India has not been upholding the articles, Manipur is being denied several benefits to which it is entitled.

As such, it is a right of the people of Manipur to demand the benefits guaranteed by the Merger Agreement, Dr Indrakumar said.

New Delhi never took up any bold action when Manipur lost its border areas to a neighbouring country.

At the same, there is an apprehension that Manipur may lose vast areas of its territories as a result of GoI's attempt to resolve one issue pertaining to Nagaland, he pointed out.

He also highlighted the crucial importance of analysing the Manipur Merger Agreement, Standstill Agreement and the Instrument of Accession in the context of the State's present political status.

It would also do well for academicians, intellectuals and legal experts to study if there is any loophole or lapses in the Manipur Merger Agreement, Indrakumar said.

He also suggested that whatever practical findings obtained from today's discussion programme may be sent to the Government of India.

IGNTU Assistant Professor Homen Thangjam remarked that Manipur is one of the few States of India where President's Rule had been imposed for maximum number of times.

Whereas a large number of people have been killed by security forces under the impunity guaranteed by AFSPA, people of Manipur are yet to enjoy the freedom of expression in the real sense of the term.

In the meantime, the Government of India has been making all efforts to exploit the natural resources of Manipur in the name of development.

Given these realities, it would not be any exaggeration to say that Manipur's political and economic security is under serious threat, Dr Homen said.

AMKIL president Ph Sakhi pointed out that the Merger Agreement was not signed with due consent of the people of Manipur.

Contrary to some people's expectation that Manipur would prosper after its merger with India, Manipur has been suffering extreme misery since the merger, she said.

By imposing the infamous AFSPA for decades without any interruption, Government of India only exposes its sectarian attitude towards the people of Manipur, Sakhi decried.

Senior journalist A Mobi too spoke at the discussion programme.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




HEADLINES - 22, SEP 2019
  • Discussion on Manipur Merger Agreement held at Red Land Shillong
  • Irregularities in the Horticulture Dept
  • Technology needs to be strengthened to put one nation one card scheme into reality: Ram Vilas Paswan
  • GSDP doubled under the present regime: CM
  • District level SVEEP and EVP at Kangpokpi
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces corporate tax relief for domestic companies
  • CM appeals villagers of Makhan Khuman area to maintain calm and refrain from violence
  • Rifles Ex-Servicemen Rally
  • BJP Thoubal District Sewa Saptah Program concludes
  • GSDP has doubled since 2016-17, claims CM ; State Govt moots legalisation of Cannabis
  • Ram Vilas Paswan inaugurates FCI depot
  • MUSU alleges threat by cops
  • CIRCA observes National Repentance Day
  • Babysana JAC condemns
  • Standard Robarth Principal i/c appeals
  • New building of Thamlapokpi Junior High School and Conference Hall–II of ADC Chandel inaugurated
  • Social service conducted in connection with 'World Cleanup Day'
  • Social Audit Gram Sabha for Turel Ahanbi Atoukhong GP held
  • Mass awareness campaign on Poshan Maah, Swachhata Hi Seva, BBBP, EVP, 7th Economic Census and Ayushman Bharat Patkhwada held
  • Sianmuanthang re-elected to head CDDU till 2023
  • Free plastic pollution drive conducted along Tiddim road
  • Tree plantation / social service camp held at Wangjing Hodamba Jr High School
  • Assam Rifles organises Mega Ex-Servicemen Rally
  • Manipur Kanba Numit observed remembering stand against formation of Purvanchal Pradesh
  • KSA recalls Merger Agreement of September 21, 1949
  • CM appeals
  • Stir completes 15 days
  • Bandh affects normal life
  • NFSA card distributed
  • 7th Annual Celebration
  • Social service competition commences at Jiribam in connection with observance of Jana Neta Irabot month
  • LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Imoinu @Yumnam Leikai :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 23 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Our Ailing Planet: My locality as a facet
  • Stop Oil Palm Plantation in Manipur
  • General election in hard times :: Poem
  • Being free from freedom
  • Roaring 40 in first list of Cong
  • Significance of Gaan-Ngai festival #2
  • COVID-19 Status 22 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Wake Up My People Wake up :: Poem
  • COVID-19 : Impact in Manipur :: News Timeline
  • A tribute to Athokpam Indrakumar Singh
  • Stunted fingerling- Replacement of fish seed
  • Training Program at Dimapur
  • Gaan-Ngai @Kakhulong :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 21 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Classical Language Vs ST for Meetei
  • The Great Green Walls, conserving nature
  • Webinar: The Birds and Bees Talk
  • Covid Booster Campaign at Tamenglong
  • IVF Centre in Guwahati
  • Easing curbs as cases spiral
  • Third wave is on!
  • Ecotourism Complexes @ Ramrei :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 20 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • No excuse not to end acute pandemic stage
  • Palm-oil in Manipur: Bad to worse
  • For sons and daughters :: Poem
  • Effective methods for facial hair removal
  • Subdued dissent over Sunday as poll day
  • Embracing the party hoppers
  • Gaan-Ngai @Iboyaima Shanglen #2:: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 19 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Cultural Activists of Manipur honoured
  • Male infertility: What are the options ?
  • Is celebrating New Year Day really worth it
  • Third wave: State on record breaking spree
  • Compulsion of power politics
  • Imoinu Thouniba @Singjamei :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 18 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • O Jonga! O Jonga :: Poem
  • Grey market for election tickets
  • Some common weeds of Manipur #2
  • Lilong Haoreibi College awarded 'B' grade
  • State used as transport route of drugs
  • Possible post poll scenario
  • Significance of Gaan-Ngai festival #1
  • COVID-19 Status 17 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Lunghar path in springshed conservation
  • Lament of love :: Poem
  • Career options in Lift Technology
  • Brief tale of one year COVID vaccination
  • Bickering among allies in coalition politics
  • Low vaccination coverage
  • NH-2 : Remember Khongnem Thana
  • COVID-19 Status 16 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • O Kolhen! O Kolhen :: Poem
  • Program on POCSO Act at Thoubal
  • The Killing Fields (2013-22) :: News Timeline
  • A spate of 'defections' in UP elections...
  • High performing individuals work alone
  • Onus on ECI to avert crisis situation
  • Keeping people informed is key
  • Gaan-Ngai @Iboyaima Shanglen #1:: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 15 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • The church is & must remain apolitical
  • Tamenglong Battalion celebrated Army Day
  • How prosperous NE India became backward
  • Imoinu Erat Thouni @ Koubru #1:: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 14 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Read all about Gaan Ngai
  • Justice, Peace and Change :: Poem
  • Mass Surya Namaskar at Tamenglong
  • Padmanabha Swamy Temple
  • Overcoming vaccine hesitancy
  • Nothing grand about 'Grand Old Party'
  • Lainingthou Sanamahi Complex #1:: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 13 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • A Hymn for Goddess Emoinu
  • Some common weeds of Manipur #1
  • How to keep your hair healthy this winter
  • Third wave: Litmus test for NE states
  • High TPR, low vaccination
  • Maharaja Gambhir Singh
  • COVID-19 Status 12 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Rani Gaidinliu Open Air Lounge inaugurated
  • NAAC peer team visit for assessment
  • National Youth Day
  • Conservation Agriculture: intensified farming
  • Negligence galore as Covid cases rise
  • Back to the spike in three figures
  • How AFSPA undermines 'Act East' Policy
  • COVID-19 Status 11 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • P Achevei : Mega Mister North East 2021
  • Stop Violence related to Election
  • Civil / Project Engineer @ R-Square
  • Business Development @ R-Square
  • Customer Representative @ Property Geo
  • No matter what :: Poem
  • Stealthy extension of AFSPA
  • Confiscating 'suspected heroin'
  • 188 Death Anniv: Maharaj Gambhir:: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 10 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) 20th Call
  • Kalum Kai (House of worship) #2
  • Account Assistant @ Amber & Arthur, Imphal
  • Business Dev @ Amber & Arthur, Imphal
  • The 5G Race :: Samarjit Kambam
  • Manipur elections not for the faint-hearted
  • Guns & violence in run up to polls
  • Climate Change in Ukhrul in last 50 years
  • COVID-19 Status 09 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Are we able to break chain of transmission
  • 100 new Sainik School- opportunities for girl
  • Joyjeet Waikhom / Ksh Maradona: Mr India
  • Money flying in or out ?
  • Will partial lockdown help curb transmission
  • Voting during Covid pandemic
  • Food items @ Singjamei, Pishum :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 08 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Curfew : Measures to combat COVID
  • IMFP - Indian Made Foreign People
  • Happy 2022 to you !
  • Manipur Press Foundation Day :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 07 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Politician must practice, preach on COVID
  • Makeup routine during pandemic
  • Third wave threat no more a mirage
  • Queuing up for BJP
  • Thangal Lambi & Ima Keithel :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 06 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Before I sleep... II
  • Election Brawl :: Poem
  • Impact of Covid on Employer Branding
  • Chasing peace in Manipur
  • COVID-19 Status 05 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Kalum Kai (House of worship) #1
  • The art of New Year's resolution
  • Cong struggling to keep its house in order
  • Manipur's place in the eyes of Delhi
  • Makru bridge, Oinamlong Waterfall : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 04 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Depression : A New Time Bomb
  • School & Student Championship Quiz
  • Concern over child labour
  • ECI on sluggish vaccination rate in state
  • Vaccination rate in hill districts
  • Fusion of contemporary dance & theatre
  • COVID-19 Status 03 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • COVID-19 Crackdown on violators
  • AMAND, Pune released 2022 calendar
  • Rising poverty in Manipur
  • Sunset, the most memorable!
  • Election time season of plentiful promises
  • Interesting role of NPP, NPF
  • Pineapple @ Ngariyan Hills #2 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 02 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • kLlQtre :: Seireng
  • National Day for our feathered friend
  • Value of purposeful life
  • Homemade face packs for winter beauty
  • Dreadful start to New Year as cases spike
  • Manipur steps into Year 2022
  • Tarpon Katpa @ Loktak #2 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 01 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • OneHealth: towards pandemic preparedness?
  • Before I sleep...
  • Meitei ST demand & the opposition
  • Bye Bye 2021 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 31 Dec : Govt of Manipur
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2021 #6: Gallery
  • Manipur : National Futsal C'ship 2021
  • 'Unlocking Locks Under Lockdowns' released
  • Baby corn cultivation for livelihood
  • Extension of AFSPA to Nagaland
  • Hoping for a better New Year 2022
  • Appeal of AMCO to Chief Minister
  • NK Sanajaoba- Star in Dark Sky of Manipur
  • COVID-19 Status 30 Dec : Govt of Manipur
  • Danube Kangjam : Miss North East 2021
  • In search of Christmas party
  • Demise of Film Producer: Guruaribam John
  • Disturbed Area Act in Nagaland extended
  • Thyroid cancer- The Good, Bad & Ugly
  • Same old order to tackle most potent threat
  • Putting tighter restrictions in place
  • Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958
  • COVID-19 Status 29 Dec : Govt of Manipur
  • January Calendar for Year 2022 : Tools
  • Carol on Christmas :: Poem
  • Formation of 13 Farmer Producer Orgns
  • Indian Army Inquiry Team visits site in Oting
  • Review home isolation rule or punish violator
  • Lining up for saffron party
  • Red Ribbon Manipur Idol, 2021 #2: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 28 Dec : Govt of Manipur
  • curaNTbdi nYte AE :: Seireng
  • Marriageable at 25 not 18 or 21
  • IMA Manipur wins 7 awards at NATCON-2021
  • Impact of climate change in agriculture
  • Dual threat to state in election season
  • Another panel to study AFSPA
  • Indigenous under-utilized fruit crop Manipur
  • COVID-19 Status 27 Dec : Govt of Manipur
  • Can we deliver on #HealthForAll
  • Business Executive @ Property Geo, Imphal
  • 13th Seniors National Futsal C'ship
  • National Curling Championship
  • Centre benevolence crucial for development
  • Taking the elixir of life to all village
  • Omicron now in town
  • Job-Fair 2021 @ Imphal : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 26 Dec : Govt of Manipur
  • Remembering great grandmothers :: Poem
  • Grand finale Mega Miss North East 2021
  • Kodo - A miracle food millet crop in Manipur
  • Preparing HCWs for long battle against Covid
  • Bid to arm twist the media
  • Christmas Eve @ Imphal : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 25 Dec : Govt of Manipur
  • My idea of justice- For the old aged folks
  • Amit Shah holds conclave with Naga leaders
  • Horses - some tidbits
  • The best skincare routine for teenagers
  • Christmas Eve @ Churachandpur : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 24 Dec : Govt of Manipur
  • My Christmas
  • Mary : The Unwed Mother
  • O Come, let us adore Him
  • Violence in election: Will it sustain?
  • Hymn on autumn :: Poem
  • Crackdown on liquor sale in election
  • Another Christmas comes
  • Red Ribbon Manipur Idol, 2021 #1: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 23 Dec : Govt of Manipur
  • Secy raises CCpur ambush with Myanmar
  • Gossiping with flowers, bees & butterflies
  • Careers with Migrants
  • Climate literacy to tackle climate crisis
  • Violence in AC with 2 fmr education minister
  • Heirok AC: Shooting to kill : Abhorrent
  • Of AFSPA, Manipur and NE States
  • The Price of Justice!
  • Seminar on 'Bioeconomy from Bioresources'
  • Shija: 1st Pvt medical college in NE
  • Water saving techniques in hill agriculture #2
  • Plight of women in land of brave-hearts
  • Not a question of If but
  • Heisnam Savitri (Legendary actress) #2
  • Painting: Tribal Freedom Fighter #1: Gallery
  • New Barak Bridge @Jiri highway : Gallery
  • Heisnam Savitri (Legendary actress) #1
  • RK Meghen tribute @ Nupi Lal : Gallery
  • Protest: massacre of Naga Brethen: Gallery