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No Federation should disturb peace process in the Hills!

T H Haokip *



Apropos the highly communal Press Statement released by one unrepresented organisation, FoH published on the 25th of August, 2020 by a few media houses under the headline, “Suspend SoO with Myanmar based armed group, deport them to Myanmar - Haomee” I would like to reiterate my earlier rebuttal published in Imphal Times on 3rd September 2019, as the public has the right to know the truth about FoH and their devilish intentions, which could disturb communal harmony of the state.

The repeated media stunts made by an Organisation, whose existence is not acknowledged by indigenous tribes of the states and their fallacious allegations, do not deserve discussion on any respectable platform. But for its surprising endorsement by a few media houses, the contagious Press Release made by FoH needs to be highly condemned so that the hard-earned peace and harmony witnessed in the state, and the country at present is not sabotaged by few people with ulterior motives.

The press communique by the so-called Federation of Haomee, though rightfully regarded by many as just a desperate attempt by few individuals to disrupt the Indo-Kuki peace talks, poses a huge threat to incite people and disturb peace in the Hills of Manipur. Its demonic intention of discrediting the highly commendable job of the Government to hold talks with Kuki militants, which have heralded the dawning of a long-lost peace in the Hills, could only mean that the Organisation’s main agenda is to let the Hills burn again.

The organisation has selectively targeted the Kuki Militants, who demanded an amicable solution under the ambit of the Indian constitution without affecting the integrity of the state whereas they remain silent on the Naga insurgents, whose demands if fulfilled would affect the integrity of the state, a situation all indigenous inhabitants of the state including the Kukis have vehemently opposed but which the Federation of Haomee carefully ignored, revealing the intention of their masterminds.

Understandably, no established organisations of the Kuki community even took cognizance of the organisation, let alone refute their fake sermons on indigenous residents when an executive member of the FoH itself is a recent entrant to the state from Burma. This should serve as an eye-opener to the handful of people in FoH, who in this 21st century thought they could fool people by writing a one-page press release and proclaimed themselves as representatives of the indigenous tribes of Manipur.

The Kuki people had only a year ago commemorated the Centenary year of Anglo-Kuki war 1917-1919, where the Kukis bravely fought the Mighty British in defence of their ancestral land and freedom.

The land the Kukis lived and protected is now bifurcated into different countries. It will not only be to display one’s lack of common sense but also to reveal blatant ignorance to Historical facts in general and of the Kukis, in particular, to refer the Kukis in India as from Burma and the Kukis in Burma as from India. The fact that the Kuki armed groups have given up their sovereignty demands to integrate their ancestral lands was only to usher in peace at the earliest possible.

Few ignorants like “FoH” should know that by terming the Kukis as foreigners, they are in fact supporting the militants’ claim that the Kukis live independently since time immemorial and they are neither a part of India nor Burma but a separate “Kuki Country”.

The Federation of Haomee could learn a lesson or two about fighting for indigenous rights from the Kukis, whom they branded as refugees, in their effort to toe into whatever their masterminds dictate even if it meant challenging a well-documented history known to all.

A faithful advocate to their masters that they are, the Federation of Haomee should at least know the basic history of Manipur before firing all rounds blindfolded in media, which is totally opposite in reality to how indigenous people like the Kukis fought to protect their land and pride.

The Federation of Haomee, while releasing series of unrepresented thoughts and fallacy should refrain themselves from voicing cooked-up histories again, which can disturb peace and harmony of the state in general and the Hills in particular, for which the FoH should only be held responsible.


* T H Haokip wrote this article for e-pao.net
The writer is a freelance writer based in Salem village, Kangpokpi District Manipur
This article was webcasted on August 28 2020 and updated on August 29.



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