UCM president asks if Manipur has dual government

IMPHAL, 4th Sep: Accusing the Centre of scheming divisive policies to create disunity among the hills and valley areas of the state, United Committee Manipur (UCM) president Sunil Karam has enquired if the state is having a dual government.

The UCM president was attending the inaugural function of 8th State Level Ching-Tam Traditional Culture Festival 2018 held at Rupmahal Theatre here Tuesday. Temple of Universal Peace Awareness cum Art and Culture Academy (TUPAACA) and All Manipur Huiyen Lanlong Traditional Culture Preservation Committee (AMHLATCPC) jointly organised the festival.

Speaking on the occasion, Sunil Karam maintained that ever since Manipur became part of India, the Centre has been deploying divisive policies in the state to create rift between the hills and valley people. Such policies often pose a question among the people if the state has parallel governments. In such a situation, joining hands together for a united stand is the need of the hour where people from different communities and walks of life strive towards maintaining the unity and integrity of the state. Once the unity among different indigenous communities of the state falls apart, the essence of a one-time sovereign nation will be lost forever, he said.

One of the most important issues the state is facing today is the dubious policy of the Centre towards finalising the Framework Agreement with NSCN-IM. Though it is a good initiative to bring a lasting solution to the Naga movement, affecting the state on ethnic lines, which will pave way for bifurcation of the state, is a serious issue against the integrity and unity of the state and it needs a united stand by the people of the state, he maintained.
He also appreciated the festival organisers for hosting such events, which will help in preserving and promoting the culture and tradition of the indigenous communities of the state.
Observing that the festival will be a catalyst to bring the hill and valley closer to each other, he assured cooperation from UCM in organising the festival in future.
TUPAACA president Chanam Gambhir presided over the function while SEACO president Kolom Achoubi attended as guest of honour. Cultural troupes of different communities presented cultural performances as part of the festival, which is a two-day long event. However, the closing ceremony of the festival will be held on September 8 after a gap of three days.

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