PREPAK greets people of WASEA on 42nd Foundation Day
Questions the rationale behind living under the shadow of colonial rule

Source: IT News

Imphal, October 09 2019: Continue from yesterday issue .

Kangleipak has become a battle ground and a graveyard for her sons today.

All these are the results of Hindustan's occupation of Kangleipak.

Though people of Kangleipak have all the characteristic of an independent people in terms of culture, sports and religion, we never had the opportunity to express our identity in front of the world.

Instead, our society is degrading nowToday, our society is flooded with drugs; it has deviated from the path of progress and is infested with corruption.

Our Kanglei society has now no respect for its women, completely dependent for necessary commodities on outsiders, our politics is controlled by foreigners, the youth of this society have no employment and we are losing our indegenoious culture.

Kanglei people's revolutionary army is engaged in an armed struggle against the occupational forces of India to regain the lost independence of Kangleipak at this juncture.

Now, Kangleipak has become a place where incidents of human rights violation are rampant.

The contradiction between India and Kangleipak has claimed lives of many, including women and children.

There are many who went missing after being picked up by the Indian Occupational Forces.

Hindustan is slowly and steadly engulfing our country covertly with its malicious designs.

In the name of development and democratic election, it has led the people of Kangleipak into disarray and disillusionment.

Election is an important event in democracy.

However, democracy is not limited to election; we also need to consider the legal system and the level of democracy that people enjoy in the country.

Therefore, we cannot conclude that only holding election will necessary bring a democratic society.

The elections held in Kangleipak since her occupation by India clearly shows this fact.

Election is an illusion which maintains the oppression and the subjugation of our Kanglei society.

Illicit drugs and substances have numbed many men and women of Kangleipak.

By depriving the working people of Kangleipak, who are struggling everyday to make a living, from every happiness and subjugating them more and more and by showing some megre gains and trapping them to vote, the elections conducted by India create the impression that it will bestow the people of Kangleipak a life of dignity they deserved as human beings.

However, all these are lies.

The wave of Indian electoral politics has swept the indigenous people of Kangleipak, blowing away their strength and adversely affecting their lives and culture.

In a place where there is anti-AFSPA movement and where there is movement for the right to self determination, anti-people code of conduct before elections effectively weakens the public sphere and silences public opinion.

Along with this, no political party or individual in electoral politics have the courage to bring any issue or matter important to Kangleipak as Indian Constitution has colonised them.

It would be wrong to expect that they will do anything good for the people.

They act as mercenaries and work only for their personal gains.

The existing electoral political class in Kangleipak has been now moulded in the image of the colonisers and this new class with its political ideology has been used as a soft power against the revolutionary liberation movement.

Using the platforms of civil society organisations which are working for the people, this electoral political class has been cleverly raised in a conspiratorial manner.

This bunch is engaged in distributing illicit drugs and substances capable of destroying the bodies and lives of the people during elections.

Their actions are leading the Kanglei society on the path to destruction.

These people muddy the thoughts and habits of the people distributing money to the voters, spending huge sums of money prior to elections and making feasts in the name of elections a habit amongst the people.

It drives the people to corruption and reduces the people in all aspects, destroying the society.

The revolutionary movement not only take note of this matter with seriousness but also expresses that it will not stay silent.

Those who have taken the path of electoral politics have turned themselves into parasites and have entered the veins of this society.

Given this, we see a rise of criminal activities in Kangleipak.

Elections serve to diminish the strength and the courage of the people of Kangleipak.

To sum up, the elections held under the supervision of India only serves to continue and strengthen the roots of colonialism.

Given that, this sort of dirty political system and election is not condusive to Kangleipak, the people must stand against it and forbid it.

International Perspective:

Today, the people of the world know of WESEA as a land where movement for the right to self-determination is going on.

The land of WESEA, where communities with similar histories, cultures and experience of subjugation and oppression live, has become a place with most numbers of rebel organisations fighting India colonialism.

The national liberation movement which began against British colonialism halted after British left Kangleipak.

It again started after two years when India occupied Kangleipak and it has continued till now.

The movement cannot be explained away saying that it is handiwork of armed groups.

The movement is for the national liberation of Kanglei people.

History of Kangleipak's resistence against British Colonialism tells us that different communities lived together and joined hands to fight colonialism.

This collective journey is made possible through their collective struggles and sufferings these communities endured together at the hand of the colonisers.

Numerous battles fought between British and different communities of Kangleipak in 1891, 1917 Kuki rebellion, Haipou Jadonang and Rani Gaidinlui's Zeliangrong movement, Lamyanba Hijam Irabot's movement in 1950 clearly show us the image of a united Kangleipak and these movements stood against British colonialism to build a united Kangleipak.

The whole of Kanglei society is facing together the suffering that has befallen them as their history, their culture and freedom have been snatched.

The democratic election of 1948, in which people from both hill and valley took part, clearly shows the trust and the bond of love different communities in Manipur had for each other during that time.

Since India's occupation of Kangleipak on October 15, 1949, India has used all its strength and tried hard to completely destroy the relationship between different communities living in WESEA, spreading a narrow communal mentality amongst the people.

India is pouring in huge sums of money to ferment tension between communities living in Kangleipak and also in WESEA.

In the name of development, acts and laws based on communal politics are made to set new boundaries in cultural, economic and political spheres.

India has been constantly constructing new physical borders based on ethnic identity.

For example, encouraging the dreams of ethnic homelands which go against the aspiration of the people, India has destroyed the bond of love and trust between different communities who have been living together since time immemorial.

Since 1990, the seeds of narrow ideology of demanding ethnic homeland were sown and bloody clashes between different communities have happened in WESEA.

It has claimed many innocent lives.

India continues to pretend to be peace loving, signing Suspension of Operations (SoO) one after another.

No one from the organisations which signed SoO has been given an adequate livelihood.

There have no effort to give them a stable life.

Using SoO and peace talk, Indian Occupational Forces and police forces are openly extorting money from the people in the highways.

It is not only using the youth of WESEA to ferment conflicts between communities, Indian armed forces have given weapons to the youth of WESEA and turning brothers to fight brothers, making WESEA a battle ground.

Indian armed forces are turning many of our youth counter-revolutionary forces against those who are waging the revolutionary national liberation movement.

It has clearly trapped the WESEA society in the web of factionalism.

The changing situation is a proof of how Indian armed forces are using this conflict as a source of personal income.

It is important that communities of WESEA should understand this.

Otherwise, there will be no peace in WESEA.

(To be continued) .

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