Who says there is no hope for Manipur ?
Monica Ingudum *
Dances from North East India at Manipur Sangai Festival on November 24 2016 :: Pix - Deepak Oinam
I started the New year with such strong hope, the much needed hope for Manipur after hearing the voices of the people of Manipur as I watched Impact TVís Mega Manung Hutna show on the idea of Manipur and bridging the gap.
Firstly I want to thank and appreciate the team of Impact TV Manipur in getting such eloquent Panelists. This is one of the best initiative of discussion which included different ethnic groups creating a platform for everyone to express their views in a very civil way with words.
Such discussions including all the groups are much needed to understand the views and issues of Manipur. The choice of Panelists to include representations from different segment of Manipur considering ethnicity, backgrounds and Institutions is very much appreciated. The questioning, presentation and moderation was very well executed.
This will go a long way to peace and progress for Manipur. Thanks to Impact TV for stepping up and taking ownership to fill in this big gap to bring the people of Manipur together.
Secondly a big thanks to each and everyone amongst the Panelists for sharing historical events, experiences, your thoughts and views.
I could feel the voices coming from the heart giving goose bump at times. I could feel the sadness of the idea of disintegration of Manipur in each voice spoken. They spoke with such love for Manipur, for peace and reconciliation leaving me inspired, empowered and enriched with their sharings.
Love the reinforcing story shared of how Muslims got assimiliated into the Manipuri society and the then Kingís approach to protect and respect, giving the religious and cultural freedom to the Manipuri Muslim community.
It was interesting to learn about the Royal feast and value sharing platform between the valley and hill people of Manipur much earlier keeping the peace and love amongst the people.
The personal experiences shared by the Panelist members of the Valley and hill people coming together were touching. These experiences may be small but it goes a long way to connecting us.
Also the lack of good governance, corruption, the feeling of alienation of tribals in Manipur, misunderstanding of the word Manipuri(language or the people) and lots more were covered. You have to watch the discussion and be informed.
Sir Amu Kamei remains my star of the discussion. His response is awesome, love the way he spoke and expressed, straight and direct. I would love to meet him someday.
I invite all of you to listen to the full discussion of Impact TVís Mega Manung Hutna. For those who canít understand Manipuri and is asking for subtitle, you should ask the Indian National TV Channels to feature such discussions bringing up the voices of the people of Manipur, and the North East at the National level.
When we have such strong voices with such good intent and thoughts for unity, peace and progress of Manipur, Who says there is no hope for Manipur?
Now everyone of us have a responsibility and ownership to contribute in the idea of Manipur. There are many takeaways from this discussion which needs to be addressed. Ask yourself how are you going to contribute? Letís focus on your individual contribution.
Happy New Year 2017. To love, peace and progress for Manipur.
* Monica Ingudum (FindingTheVoices) wrote this article for Imphal Times
This article was webcasted on January 05, 2017.
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