Former rebel leader RK Meghen, while indicating that the people should try to uphold the ideals of peaceful coexistence in the state, raised concern that the continued attacks on the Meitei community will go on until and unless the powerful force instigating the Kuki community from behind is not stopped.
He was speaking at the ‘Hingminnasi Meepham’, an initiative promoting coexistence, organised by VWF and Mandop Yumpham Relief Camp Committee at Mandop Yumpham Relief Camp in Khurkhul on Sunday.
“The Kuki community alone will not be able to attack the Meiteis. There is a powerful force standing behind the Kukis; therefore, they are able to attack,” said Meghen, adding, the attacks will continue until those powerful forces bring out an amicable solution by considering the welfare of Manipur.
It has been over nine months, the conflict and attacks are still continuing, he said. It is the responsibility of the Indian government to end this ongoing conflict. “It is also the responsibility of the Indian government to take action against those who are attacking our peaceful coexistence,” he added.
“If we continue giving attention to the conflict and attacks, we will not be able to go forward towards development or a better future,” said Meghen. He asserted that it is expected of everyone to take charge and foster coexistence among the diverse communities in Manipur.
Coexistence is universally important, said Meghen emphasizing its need for survival.
Forum for Restoration of Peace, convenor Ashang Kasar, addressing the victims of the conflict residing in relief camps, acknowledged the dire situation, stating, “Our land is now full of misery and suffering, and we do not even have access to basic facilities.”
He urged the need for leaders who can actively work towards bringing prosperity to both the hill and valley regions. The event aimed to not only discuss the imperative of coexistence but also shed light on the pressing issues faced by those affected by the conflict and residing in relief camps.
Social activists Kangjam Guni Devi and Wahengbam Tomba Meitei also attended the event.