TNL cautions on Anglo-Kuki War memorial stones
IMPHAL, 7th Oct: While asserting that Tangkhul community have no objection to the Anglo-Kuki War 1917-1919 commemoration event to be held on October 17, Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL), Ukhrul informed all the chiefs of Kuki villages in Tangkhul area not to erect memorial stones with the inscription ‘… in defence of our ancestral land and freedom’.
In an open letter to all Kuki chiefs in Tangkhul area, TNL said that the decision and the act to erect memorial stones in all Kuki villages with the said inscription as part of Anglo-Kuki War commemoration event is highly objectionable and unacceptable as there was not a single Kuki village in Tangkhul land during 1917-19.
It is a well-known fact that Kuki community in Manipur particularly in Tangkhul areas are not indigenous people and have been paying refugee allowance as late as 1968. It is also a fact that most of Kuki elders have been paying ‘Lousal or Lamban’ to Tangkhul village headmen for cultivation and settlement in the lands under Tangkhul Naga villager ownership, TNL said in the open letter and asked Kuki villages not to erect memorial stones with the said inscription.
TNL also cautioned that erecting memorial stones with the said inscription might hurt sentiments of Tangkhul community and it will spark unwanted social tension between the two communities.