KSO asserts respect and not communal hatred needed for survival [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, Oct 22 (Newmai News Network): Stating that any political agenda of the government directed along communal lines would spell their (Meiteis, Nagas and Kukis) doom, Kuki Students’ Organization (KSO) said it is on this ground that the students’ body is apprehensive of the move for ‘alternative arrangement’ for Nagas within Manipur state which, in the context of the current situation, the political history of Manipur, terminology and coverage, is unquestionably communal in nature.

The KSO had already clearly stated that the Sadar Hills Distict Demand Committee’s (SHDDC) demand is not communal in nature, but some Naga bodies and the state government are intent on making it a communal issue leading to outrages communal statements being leveled against the Kuki community which KSO has taken very seriously, necessitating a clarification on ‘communal lines’ by it, stated the KSO today.

“The state government is squarely to be blamed. Autonomous District Council (ADC) election was held for the Sadar Hills ADC. However, after the ADC was formed, the people of Sadar Hills were appalled to find that their ‘district’ had turned out to be ‘Senapati and we had a unique situation where two ADCs existed in a single district”, said KSO.

It said the state government must remember that it had conducted a successful election exercise with the support of the people of the district and that appropriate administrative structure should be in place and democratic governance and the rule of law should normally follow suit.

KSO also said,  “It would be pointless to debate about our origin or uniqueness unless we are discussing anthropology or genetic science or demography”, etc.

Saying that as far the political rights are concerned, the Kukis had fought against a world power (British) to maintain their political control/supremacy in this part of the world and added that the majority Meiteis of the plains too had done the same on separate/earlier occasion.

“All these three communities have survived together for centuries till today. Unless we have a healthy respect for one another, communal hatred will destroy us all, not any outside force. And any political agenda of the government directed along communal lines would spell our doom. It is on this ground that KSO is apprehensive of the move for’ alternative arrangement’ for Nagas within the state which, in the context of the current situation, the political history of Manipur, terminology and coverage, is unquestionably communal in nature”, KSO added.

Source: Imphal Free Press

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