Rich tributes paid to Robinhood; JCILPS sticks to demand

IMPHAL,8th July: Rich tributes were paid to Sapam Robinhood on the occasion of 3rd Yelhoumee Ihouda Lamjing Meira Ningshing Numit, which was observed on Sunday in remembrance of the day on which Robinhood lost his life in police action during a mass protest launched by students to demand implementation of Inner Line Permit system in 2015.

Meanwhile, expressing hope that the state government will pass a bill which is acceptable to all, Joint Committee of Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) convener Ajrun Telheiba has cautioned of launching public uprising if the bill turns out to be against the aspiration of the people.

The observance held at Awa Ching, where the mortal remains of Robinhood was laid to rest, began with Pena Yakairol (recitation) since early morning followed by general salute by Thang-Ta artistes. Family members, students, CSO members and people from different walks of life offered floral tributes to the martyred student, who was honoured with the title ‘Lamjing Meira (guiding beacon).

Speaking on the occasion, Arjun Telheiba maintained that a valuable soul was laid to rest during the protest for implementation of ILPS in the state. However, the goal is yet to be achieved and as such, it is the duty of those living to pursue the goal till the end.

Welcoming the government’s initiative for introducing a bill to safeguard the indigenous people of the state during the ensuing state assembly session on July 20, he, however, cautioned that people of the state will not accept the bill if it turns out to be against their aspirations.

Since the draft bill is yet to be placed in public domain, anything is possible, he said while urging the public to stay alert in case the bill does not fulfil their demands. He also said that JCILPS is closely monitoring the process of the drafting committee in framing the bill.

Kom Social and Culture Development Organisation Tarung vice-president L Kaikam, who attended the observance as one of the presidium members, said that indigenous people of the state have become minority in their own state. Apart from the threat of extinction looming large over small indigenous communities, the largest community Meetei is also moving towards becoming minority.

It is a serious threat to the existence of the communities and all should remain alert with the courage to sacrifice for the greater good of the society, he said. He also pledged support to every movement of JCILPS with regard to implementation of ILPS or similar act in the state to check influx of outsiders.

Manipur State Minority Community secretary Md Abdul Hakim Shah Khullakpam emphasised on peaceful co-existence among the indigenous communities while calling for sustaining the movement to safeguard the native people from the influx of non-locals.

Since the time of kingship, Meetei Pangals have been following the leadership of Meetei kings in every situation and now they are participating in the ILPS movement, Abdul said. He also urged the Meetei brethren to guide them (Meetei Pangals) even if they commit some mistakes.

National awardee Ibotombi Khuman, COHR chairman Phulindro Konsam, CSSEIP MU reader Thiyam Bharat and MAPI Council president Nongthombam Bimol also attended the observance as presidium members. Later, JCILPS Students’ Wing in association with JNIMC, SSA and State Blood Cell, National Health Mission organised a voluntary blood donation camp.

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