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Condemns Manipur CM's derogatory statement

30th March, 2018



NEFIS CONDEMNS MANIPUR CM’S DEROGATORY STATEMENT!
CM’S STATEMENT PART OF RSS AGENDA TO SIDELINE IDENTITY OF NORTH-EAST PEOPLE!
NEFIS DEMANDS IMMEDIATE APOLOGY FROM MANIPUR CM!


North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) condemns the recent statement by Manipur Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh at Madhavpur as aiming to distort the history of Manipur. The statement by Chief Minister aims to establish a mythological connection between the mainland India and the North-East, which is informed by the version presented by RSS. The statement reveals servility to the cause of spreading singular RSS vision of India, which distorts the actual history of North-East people in particular and that of India in general.

Politically, the statement can be understood as part of the design of RSS to make people of North-East come around to its idea of ‘One Nation, One Identity’ which eschews the multi-faceted history of the North-East people and thereby serves as a tool to strengthen its foray into the North-East. Clearly, the aim is to suppress actual issues of the people behind portrayals of such identity.

Moreover, the statement can be seen as part of nefarious campaign to ‘rewrite Indian history’ wherein history is made subservient to the aim of propagating the superiority of a particular religion and culture, and other cultures are subsumed within it.

The trend can increasingly be witnessed after BJP’s coming to power at the centre. The name of Arunachal Pradesh which has absolutely no linguistic connection with the eponymous land can be seen as an appropriate example.

Also, in the present case the mythology of Rukmini which is alien to Arunachal Pradesh is being narrated to show its connection with mainland India. In the process, the actual traditions and folklore of Arunachal Pradesh are being sidelined.

It should be known that NEFIS has always stood against such attempts at suppressing the rights of North-East people and distortion of their history.

One of such recent attempts was Delhi University’s decision to impose Hindi on North-East students, which was taken back after NEFIS strongly opposed it. NEFIS demands an immediate apology from Manipur Chief Minister and would take steps to counter such blatant attempts at suppressing the rich history of North-East people.

Chinglen Khumukcham,
Convener,
North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS)


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This Press Release was posted on March 31 2018

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