Meet seeks end to politicising public issues, grievances

IMPHAL, 28th Oct: A one-day discussion held on the theme of ‘Integrity of Manipur’ at Tribal Research Institute (TRI) Imphal has urged all to stop playing politics over sensitive issues or with grievances and hardships of the people, who live in remote areas of the hill districts.
Pabung Iboyaima Memorial Trust organised the discussion as part of the 2nd death anniversary of late Iboyaima, who is also known as ‘father of social worker’.
Speaking on the occasion, AMUCO president and trust convener Ph Devan appealed to all concerned to stop playing politics in the name of hardships faced by people living in remote villages of the hill districts. Instead of taking advantage of their hardships to earn money or gain sympathy, it would be better to help them or take up welfare initiatives to improve their condition and lifestyle, he added.
Informing that AMUCO has come up with a policy for the common future of all the communities residing in the state, he said that mobilization programmes in this regard will begin soon. Manipur and its indigenous communities have their own unique identities that set them apart from other communities in the world. It is high time to identify the factors that suppress these identities and slow down progress, he said while urging all to stand united for a common future.
Maintaining that it would be unwise to set on different paths while forgetting the ages of brotherhood under some external influences, he appealed to all to support AMUCO in bringing together all the indigenous communities under a single platform of unity, integrity and brotherhood.
Zeliangrong Union (Assam, Manipur & Nagaland) vice-president Chandra Haomei recalled the good relationship between the hills and valley when Manipur was a kingdom. He then stressed the need of reviving the bond and relationship and bringing unity among the communities.
Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba Manipur president L Memchoubi and Tangkhul Nagalong's Ramthing Huyong also stressed the need for bringing better relationship among the different communities living in the state for a better common future. A panel discussion was also conducted as part of the event with CoHR chairman Phulindro Konsam as moderator. Retired MU professor N Joykumar, social scientist Dr Dhanabir Laishram and IGNTU associate professor Homen Thangjam shared their views as panelists.

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