ILP system anti-thesis to anti-foreigner movement: AMSU
IMPHAL, 17th Apr: Offering of floral tributes in low-key manner and calls for stringent measures to deal with stealthy transportation of unauthorised persons marked the 40th Realisation Day observance All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) held at Pishum memorial site on Friday.
As a part of the observance, a blood donation programme under the theme “Athoubasing gi mafamda kathokpa ee” was also conducted at JNIMS, RIMS and Shija Hospitals.
Owing to the current situation of pandemic COVID-19, the observance of paying floral tributes to student leaders this year was conducted in a solemn manner in compliance with the guidelines of WHO such as social distancing and using masks and hand sanitizer.
Speaking on the sidelines, AMSU president Laishram Peter recalled the 1980 public movement against uninterrupted influx of foreigners into Manipur which posed threat to the survival of the natives. During this movement, two student leaders namely Huidrom Lokendro and Potsangbam Premananda attained martyrdom. The observance is being held every year in remembrance of the sacrifices made by the two martyred student leaders with an aim to awaken the people of the land, Peter explained.
Peter pointed out that the anti-foreigner movement launched by AMSU was for deporting the foreigners from Manipur. But today ILP has been implemented and foreigners are being allowed to enter the state with permit. So, the aim of the public movement is far from being achieved, he maintained.
Urging all concerned not to bring in outsiders by hiding them in goods carriers, Peter cautioned that in case AMSU found out such act then the consequences should be borne by the perpetrators themselves. The government should also take up initiatives to restrict bringing in outsiders by hiding in vehicles.
Observing that the people of the state do not take the issue of pandemic COVID-19 seriously, Peter pointed out that people are yet to develop the habit of using mask and hand sanitizers or follow social distancing norms while buying essential items. He urged all to follow the guidelines given by WHO. Appreciating the initiatives taken up by the government for uploading online teaching sessions on YouTube for the students as an alternative method of learning during the lockdown, Peter urged the government to tie-up with TV channels for broadcasting online lessons for students who do not have access to internet facility.
He further informed that AMSU along with the help of book stores have been preparing to home deliver books to students to ease their problem.
AMSU, Jiribam District Committee also observed the 40th Realisation Day at its office on Friday by offering floral tribute to the martyred student leaders.
Regarding the observance, AMSU Jiribam president in-charge Thanil Thokchom recalled that two student leaders namely Potshangbam Premananda and Huidrom Lokendro were killed during the agitation to demand deportation of foreigners on this day in 1980. In recognition of their supreme sacrifice, the union has been observing the day.
Informing that the observance was held by following the guidelines of WHO, Thanil appealed to public to abide the guidelines laid down by the government and Health department to protect oneself from the contagious Coronavirus.