War commemoration based on fiction: ZU
IMPHAL, 16th Oct: Zeliangrong Union (ZU) strongly opposed the observance of Anglo-Kuki War (1917-1919) by erecting memorial stones with contentious inscription.
In a release, secretary of Information and Publicity of Zeliangrong Union Pantijal Newmei stated that the Anglo-Kuki war is a fictitious and concocted story created by Kuki community to assert their foothold in the land and to claim themselves as indigenous people of Manipur by changing historical facts. He asserted that the supposed Anglo-Kuki war was not actually a war against the British but a rebellion which invaded Naga villages and killed scores of innocent Zeliangrong people of Dailong, Makoi, Pabram, Longchum (Awangkhul) in cold blood between 1917 and 1919.
The release further urged the celebration committee of the said Anglo-Kuki to remove the inscription “In defence of our ancestral land and freedom” from the memorial stones to be erected so as to avoid communal unrest and hatred between the two communities-Naga and Kuki. It also appealed to the Government of Manipur to stand firmly by its order for removal of the controversial inscriptions from the memorial stones to be erected.