By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 10
“The resistance movement against demographic invasion in the state was strong initially. Its momentum has slowed down. Had we held on to the same pace we could have achieve the goal of the movement, said Prof Soyam Lokendrajit.
He was speaking on “People’s Resistance Movement against Demographic Invasions in the North-East: The Manipur Experience” on the occasion of 12th Arambam Somorendra Memorial Lecture at Lamyanba Shanglen here today.
On a critical note, Lokendrajit added that the people of the state suffer from historical and cultural amnesia. People also tend to limit their historical knowledge that precedes the 1950s, which he maintained that it is not a good indication for the future of the state.
He emphasised that resistance to demographic invasion is a must, taking into account of the small population of the state, which can be easily engulfed by any dominant population. Lokendrajit also observed that “Introduction of railways sans a regulatory mechanism of demographic inflow is as good as demographic domination.”
“The paper is the accumulation of the research and thought process which I have conducted all throughout my life,” added Lokendrajit.
Speaking as a discussant, Prof RK Narendra Singh, department of Bio-statistics RIMS, from a demographer’s view point said our state not only has identity threat but also survival threat due to the changing demography.
Further he said the main reason of changing demography is influx of the migrants, and coming of industrial co-operative projects.
Speaking to the media, Arambam Lokendrajit said the lecture is being organised in remembrance of Arambam Somorendra’s contribution towards the state. The programme aims to understand our neighbours and to discuss upon various contemporary issues, which are of pressing concern, he added.
The annual lecture is organised by Arambam Somorendra Trust to commemorate the death anniversary of Somorendra, a leading playwright and social visionary of contemporary Manipur. Several intellectuals, scholars and leaders from civil voluntary organisation attended the lecture.
The day is observed widely in different parts of the state with sports and cultural programmes as a tribute to the departed leader.
Demographic resistance is a legitimate movement: Prof Lokendrajit
By A Staff Reporter