Meet resolves to defeat divide and rule policy
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, December 20 2016:
In the backdrop of the restive situation prevailing in the State, a joint meeting of several ethnic groups was held today at Hotel Imphal.
A 12-point resolution was adopted at the consultative dialogue, one of which stated that all the people of Manipur should stand united against any divide and rule policy.
Noting that Manipur is home to more than 39 ethnic groups and communities, the joint consultative meeting decided to appeal to all communities to refrain from bandh /economic blockade and to resolve all issues through dialogue.
To be vigilant against rising communalism and ethnicization in Manipur was another point of the 12-point resolution.
As agreed at the meeting, all mothers and leaders of Manipur would call upon UNC, Govt of Manipur and other stake holders to withdraw the economic blockade, counter blockade and other forms of bandh.
Recognition and respecting peace and reconciliation process to reduce the current crisis in Manipur was another point.
It resolved to appeal Government of Manipur for proper protection measures for common people.
Effective steps should be taken up to prevent attacks on religious spaces.
Mass awareness should be provided to ensure unity, diversity and peaceful co-existence in the region.
"We should appeal to all leaders to refrain from making Manipur and North East India, a more violent conflict zone.
We should collectively work together for bringing peace and stand united and fight for our rights in Manipur and North East States", read another point of the 12-point resolution.
The consultative dialogue was organized by Control Arms Foundation of India in collaboration with Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network (MWGSN) .
The meeting was presided by Binalakshmi Nepram, Founder Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network.
Retd Prof Rose Mangshi, president, Kuki Women Union; Khaidem Mani, Sr.
Advocate, Lourembam Nganbi, Meira Paibi leader, Felicita Songvah, co-founder and chair of the Board of Chamroy Foundation; Pantibonliu Golmei, president, Rongmei Women Organization; Sitara Begum, Muslim woman leader; Momon Leima, president Tami Chingmi Apunba Nupi Lup; Khupler Kom, president, Indigenous Minorities Organization, Potsangbam Sonamani, retired senior SP and social activist; Mina Chothe, convenor JAC against the killing of Hatneikim and social activist and others attended the important consultation.