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Government must study causes of insurgency before offering peace talk: PREPAK (Pro)

'Instead of repeatedly seeking a final solution through peace talks with insurgents, the Indian government should consider what reply it has to the illegal annexation of Manipur'.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 1 Jun 2022, 3:35 am

(Representational Image: Unsplash)
(Representational Image: Unsplash)

On the arrival of its 12 Progressive Day, banned organisation People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Progressive) reaffirmed its commitment to the armed struggle while pointing out that both the state and Central government must deeply study the root causes of insurgency before offering any peace talk.

A release signed by chairman L Paliba M, PREPAK(Progressive) paid tributes to all the martyrs who had sacrificed their lives in the course of liberation movements and extended greetings and wishes to all ‘Kangleichas’ and the fraternal revolutionary organisations.

It stated that the outfit should not be categorised as ‘Wayward or recalcitrant groups’ and mentioned that it is “proceeding along the more than 2,000 year -old-historical path.”

Instead of repeatedly seeking a final solution through peace talks with insurgents, the Indian government should consider what reply it has to the illegal annexation of Manipur, it stated. The organisation exhorted the ‘Kangleichas’ and the state government to have the boldness to grind the Centre for that reply.

“The long continuity of the historical process was deflected in 1891 and 1949; this deflection needs to be realised and corrected courageously by these Delhi-worshipers of supposedly people’s representatives who were elected in exchange for voters’ benefit,” it stated.

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It also highlighted the need to organise the people to trust its means, i.e. the armed struggle. Although every revolutionary party is facing some shortcomings, PREPAK (Pro) earns a great support of the people towards its end of restoring independence, it stated. People at many public conventions agreed with its cause and objective, and boldly denounced the ‘Illegal Merger of 1949,’ it stated.

Such actions inspired the organisation to pursue the struggle even more; however, it has been regrettable that there has not been a powerful public movement to augment the general resolutions.” We must stop the habit of ‘Began with a bang, but ends in a whimper,’ it stated.

It further stated that India’s government and its political parties are in decline and disintegrating. The power of any government can be measured by its political parties.

Congress party dominated governments for 54 years; and in the meantime, there were also regional parties dominated governments, namely the coalition governments, it mentioned. Now, the BJP dominated government has been running under the identity of ‘National Federalism’ by allowing some responsibilities to regional leaders, it stated.

In other words, this means that governance trends have been moving in the phases of Centralisation (Nationalisation), Decentralisation (Denationalisation or Regionalisation) and Re-nationalisation, it stated.

“We must know that the insurgency was started and roused during the long period of Congress’ government. The once-dominant Congress party, which was also synonymous with ‘India’, gradually became the local club; so too, the BJP may also become a cultural party,” it stated.

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It seems there will be no one political party to lead the disintegrating India, “so, instead of charting our destiny inside India, we should strive to make our land self-sufficient. Each revolutionary party draws a line between people’s movement and party movement, which leads to rigid conditioning within a circle of Party to Party instead of people to people through the Party,” it further stated.

“As the self-party interest becomes more powerful, it pulls and limits the collective or unified force that has frozen our unity sometimes. By ignoring reality-based policy, we are more interested in tactical programs than a political strategy,” it stated.

The revolutionary parties have been delineating over the decades that India had unjustly annexed Manipur, sparking an armed rebellion for regaining independence. The public discontent against the oppressive Indian regime began in the 1950s, it mentioned.

It was evident since the early stages that India had been intensely interested in expropriating Manipur under Central rule with the deployment of enormous security forces, it stated. Indian federalism is a form of ‘Holding Together’ Federalism by allocating the arrangement of the 5th/6th Schedule, Reservation, SC/ST and autonomy.

It is not like ‘Coming Together’ Federalism as that of the USA. The Manipur State Assembly of 1949 never discussed accession to the Indian Union, let alone the ratification, it pointed out. “We must live no longer under this quasi-federal and asymmetric federal India,” it asserted.

 

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First published:1 Jun 2022, 3:35 am

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IFP Bureau

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IMPHAL, Manipur

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