CIRCA to hold Manipur I-Day event on Aug 14

IMPHAL,7th Aug: As usual, Coalition for Indigenes Rights Campaign (CIRCA) would be commemorating the day Manipur got its independence from British rule as Manipur Independence Day on August 14 by hoisting the 'Pakhangba' flag at the royal palace. Informing this to media persons, CIRCA convener Thokchom Somorendro said that the present freedom movement and issues gripping the state are the outcome of the forcible merger of Manipur into the Indian Union on October 15, 1949 as many were against the merger.

Since then, Centre has been adopting the same tactic of instigating the people against one another which was used by the colonial British ruler to suppress the state. Concerned over the situation, a public meeting held on August 21, 2015 resolved to demand restoration of the pre-merger political status of Manipur under the purview of the Instrument of Accession agreement signed on August 11, 1947, without affecting the relation between India and Manipur. The meet also entrusted CIRCA to pursue the demand with the government, Somorendro said.

On the other hand, Manipur got its independence from the British on August 14, 1947 and the then king Bodhachandra hoisted the flag inscribed with Pakhangba emblem to mark the independence of Manipur. To commemorate the event, CIRCA has been observing the day since 2016, which received huge public support with more than 500 localities hoisting the flag, Somorendro added.

This year, the observance will be held at the royal palace and titular king Leishemba Sanajaoba will hoist the flag, he informed, while appealing to the people of the state to hoist the flag in their respective localities. He further said that one can get the flag from the office of AIMS and DESAM, which are youth fronts of CIRCA.

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