‘Reviving Kanglei nationalism must to stop surrendering to national consciousness of India’

PREPAK extends salute to indigenous people of Manipur on the occasion of 43rd foundation day on October 9.

 

The proscribed People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), on the occasion of its 43rd foundation day on October 9, has extended revolutionary salute to indigenous people inhabiting the region together in harmony by sharing an inseparable bond. 

Acting chairman of the outfit Kh Sathy in his message to the people also saluted its party comrades, member parties of CorCom and leaders of the revolutionary movement sharing the struggle in the WeSEA region and people working in the media fraternity who are working day and night with dedication.

It stated that with the advent of Hinduism in Kangleipak, the world outlook followed by the people of this region gave way to the narrow distinctions of caste, race, ethnicity, class etc, so much so that the indigenous people started adopting the social views of the outsiders thus giving way to adopting the behaviour, outlook, ceremonial practices and values of the outsiders, while considering the outsiders as superiors and leaders. 

 “As in every occupied territory, a class of opportunists emerged creating discord amongst the people of Kangleipak as well as in the WeSEA Region. During the time of Charairongba – Pamheiba, Kanglei Cultural Nationalism and national right which has existed for over 2000 years was replaced by Hinduism and was portrayed as our own resulting in creation of the rich-poor, Hill - Valley, Rural - Urban and Cultural divide. As long as Kanglei Nationalism is not revived, we will be surrendering to the national consciousness of India,” it said. 

Asserting that India is far from achieving financial independence though it proclaims its political independence, it said there is an ongoing debate on whether the concept of India is an empire or a nation state. Considering the cultural and linguistic discourse on nationalism, India cannot be termed a nation state, it added.

“Declaring Independence while keeping tabs on the youths of the region by deploying colonial forces, police and the intelligence is ridiculous, but in this land ruled by unscrupulous colonial agents, there are scholars, writers, degree holders, electronic and print media who will attest to the claim and espouse theories, news and articles, seminars and oratories to present the oppressed people in shackles as independent,” it contended. 

It further stated that every political party regardless of their left or right leanings have given up the cause of the class struggle and are misleading the working class while most intellectuals of Hindustan are helping in the expansion of colonialism using universities and other institutes as bases of conversion. The Kanglei National mind has been tampered with the ploy of Chanakya/Kautilya and it will prove to be a steep uphill task to revive and alter the mindset of the people of WeSEA Region, but one of absolute necessity, it added.

Charging that the secret agenda of expansionism that India still harbours is a result of the slave-mentality developed due to the prolonged British rule, it stated “Expansionist India might succeed in taking the lives of many brave patriots fighting for Independence but the belief and dedication to the cause of independence which is in the hearts and minds of every person in Kangleipak cannot be taken away.”

It went on to say that the onus of protecting the more than 2000 years old international boundary of Kangleipak has been taken over by India after the annexation of Kangleipak by India on October 15, 1949, without the consent or knowledge of the Assembly of the Kanglei Constitution formed with representatives from the Hill and Valley. 

“In contravention of Article 2 (4) of UN Charter by India which became a member of the UN in 1945, the political independence and territorial integrity of Kangleipak was compromised leading to the efforts to join the decolonisation process being carried out the world over. On the other hand, there has been no incursion or compromise on the territorial integrity of India which existed before the annexation of Kangleipak and this fact has been verified by experts,” it contended.

It further said that Kangleipak is under Neo-colonial economy which does not allow full right of development to the people of the region. “The abject hardship experienced by the people due to the economic blockade imposed by a section of the people for a month bear witness to the fact that Kangleipak which have thrived for more than 2000 years without any external help or assistance has now rendered unable to sustain itself without outside help and generosity as it has become a captive market, unable to create products, market or capital on its own,” it stated. 

“The agenda of divide and rule policy inherited from the British has created the Hill -Valley divide and restricted/prevented valley dwellers from visiting and settling in the Hills. Between 1992 and 1998, India engineered genocide amongst different ethnic groups and tribes and encouraged encroachment of personal land. Since the import of a huge number of outsiders in 1949, Meetei who were once the majority group are now reduced to a minority,” it pointed out.

It went on to contend that human resources are forced to work under the directives of Indian colonial system and instead of imbibing the high values and outlook of countries like Japan, China, Korea etc, the people tend to follow the Indians who were educated in England producing distorted writings. 

Reiterating that an active policy of expansionism and colonialism is still being carried out in WeSEA region by India, it said that Indian law which claims to deliver quick justice fail to consider applications relating to WeSEA region properly and in time. 

 “Manipur Land Revenue & Land Reforms Act created in 1960 divide the brothers residing in the Hills from those of the plains and planted a wedge of suspicion. There is no provision for ‘Right to secede’, ‘support to National Liberation Movement’, ‘equality of all Nationalities’ in the Indian Constitution which is harming the rights of the people of some of the places annexed by India. UN has directed India to remove all reservations on Universal Rights and to follow the covenants to which it was a signatory to the Additional Protocol on June 1977 at the Geneva Convention,” it added.

While saying that WeSEA region has started being an actor in the world stage in various fields such as sports, theatre etc. with resources greater than most European states, it cautioned that there are also continuous pressure and attempts to wipe out the indigenous people of the region. Only the resilient and strong community will survive in the history of the world, it said.

The message also offered respect to the brave sons and daughters who have laid down their lives for the struggle for “Sovereign Socialist State” which has been carried on through the years. 

The outfit also extended revolutionary greetings to many who have endured abuse and torture at the hands of the security forces and are rendered disables, who are languishing in prison. 

Expressing concern on the increasing number of deaths and infected persons from the Covid-19 pandemic which is sweeping across the state as well, it also appealed to everyone to follow the directions of WHO to prevent further spread and damage cause by the pandemic.

First Published:Oct. 8, 2020, 10:51 p.m.

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