PPCM gives clarion call for unity in integrity issue
IMPHAL, 30th Sep: Protection and Preservation Committee Manipur (PPCM) convener Jitendra Ningomba has called upon different CSOs in the state to face any threat to the state’s integrity with a united stand though they are pursuing different objectives and facing different issues.
He was speaking during the Lamyanba Irabot Memorial Observance organised by Lamyanba Irabot Ningshing Thouram Observation Committee (LINTOC) under the aegis of PPCM at SEACO ground, Yaiskul here on Monday.
Addressing the gathering, Jitendra asserted that Irabot started to work on social issues with the objective of bringing equality in the society since he was reading in class 6 and continued the movement till his last breath. He recounted Irabot’s works against the policy to merge Manipur into Purvanchal state, 1939 Nupi Lal among others and said that he was a strong believer in patriotism.
He then said that LINTOC is also organising a song competition for children based on the lyrics of Irabot with the hope that singing his songs will instil the sense of patriotism and ideologies of the late leader among the young minds.
The state is in a crucial juncture and considering the threat of CAB to the indigenous communities of the state, MANPAC in its recent public meeting resolved to organise a mega mass rally on October 3 to protest the Centre’s attempt to amend the Citizenship Act. People of the state strongly oppose CAB and they along with the rest of the northeast people will approach United Nations if Centre tries to force its way, he said.
UN General Assembly is underway and several oppressed indigenous communities are lodging complaints to the UN including that of Jammu and Kashmir, he said and urged all to participate in the mass rally with the thought of contributing something to the future of the state and its people. Irabot, who married a princess, gave up his privileged life, power, influence and luxury for the sake of the people. There would be no meaning for observing his birthday unless the people cannot spare few days in the movement against CAB, he said.
PPCM and several other CSOs in the state are pursuing different goals and issues. However, the CSOs should work in full unity when it comes to the matter of threat to the integrity of the state, he added. LINTOC convener Th Ajit, co-convener S Ratankumar and SEACO vice-president Akham Khelgopal attended the function as presidium members. Kha Manipur College assistant professor Dr Chirom Rajketan spoke as resource person.
On the other hand, International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) celebrated the day at its office premises at Moirangkhom Sougaijam Leirak on Monday. IHRO president Oinam Jotin spoke on the works of Hijam Irabot and his sacrifices while stressing on the need to follow his path for a better Manipur.
Republican Party of India Manipur State Unit also celebrated the birth anniversary of Hijam Irabot at Keishampat.