AMUCO calls for stopping all communal rhetoric
IMPHAL, 4th Aug: In commemoration of the mass rally taken out on August 4, 1997, All Manipur United Clubs' Organisation (AMUCO) observed the 23rd Manipur Integrity Day here on Tuesday.
The observance commenced with offerings of floral tributes at the integrity pillar at Imphal Pologround, followed by the main programme at the Kwakeithel Akham Leikai office of AMUCO.
Speaking at the event, AMUCO president Ph Nando Luwang noted that the resentment of the people of the state with regard to the peace talks is due to the insincere nature of the parties involved. The government of India could never resolve the issues plaguing Manipur and the other north-eastern states by playing both sides under the shroud of a cease fire. The August 4 movement, considered as one of the largest public rallies to be taken out in Asia, was to showcase that Manipur's territorial integrity should not be trifled with by anybody, he remarked.
In-spite of the rally, the then Union government signed the Bangkok declaration, which then led to the tragic June 18 incident. “Although many previous human lives have been lost over the last two decades, we have been able to protect the territorial integrity of the state till date. However, the issues/conflicts between some of the communities of the state will continue to remain unresolved until the mind-set of 'favouring only a single community' is abandoned,” the president asserted.
"It is an open secret that the Indian government is always trying to create divisions among the various communities of the state. As a result, many harsh words have been said, acts committed. Fortunately, many people, who are demanding for their respective rights, have now started realising that they were being gas lighted all along", he said.
Informing that the observance was held after obtaining a special permit, Nando appealed to the people of the state to take the opportunity to strengthen the bonds between people of the hills and the valley. He further urged all to refrain from communalising the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus does not discriminate between its victims. He then appealed to all to cooperate with one another and with the health care workers to curb the spread of the virus, while encouraging healthcare workers. Nando also urged the healthcare workers and hospitals to keep aside their fear and provide necessary treatment to non-covid patients, while stressing the need for consulting with experts on how to effectively curb the pandemic, considering the lockdown and curfew has been unable to flatten the curve of the state.
"As questions have been raised whether some COVID patients are dying due to lack of proper care by the doctors, it would be wise to install CCTV cameras in the ICUs and Covid Care Centres", he suggested.
Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba Manipur president Longjam Memchoubi also attended the observance as presidium member.