"The press statement was misinterpreted by many to support their mischievous propagandas and agenda".
Updated 17 May 2022, 6:39 pm
The Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) Henglep Block on Tuesday clarified that its press statement issued earlier on Thangjing issue, urging all to desist from creating communal tensions and social unrest never mentioned about prohibition of any religious related activities.
"The press statement was misinterpreted by many to support their mischievous propagandas and agenda," KSO stated in a release. The KSO understands the importance of trekking hills for religious rituals. Important religious activities of other communities are respected and well-acknowledged by the local villagers in the Hills for ages, it stated. There were no instances of disturbing or interrupting pilgrims who trekked the hills for religious purposes by the Kukis, it stated.
Instead, they were given assistance by the local villagers on numerous occasions. “When members of Thangjing Seva Mandal, Moirang, Famnaiba Cheirap Loisang and others trek the Thangting hills, the Kukis in the area were the first to lend a helping hand to them,” it stated. KSO in particular and the Kukis and the tribals as a whole are never against propagation and practice of any religion at any point of time, “but the tendency of some vested individuals or association to grab tribal land on the pretext of religious lines will always be opposed tooth and nail,” it added.
To the dismay of many, KSO Henglep press statement was misread by the majority valley communities prompting unsolicited comment on various social media platforms, it further stated. On May 9, under the aegis of Torbung Area Tammee – Chingmi Peace Committee, an understanding was reached to sort out all misunderstandings in connection with the issue, wherein, the chief of Loikhai Village, Thenkhomang Haokip clarified the statement of KSO Henglep for general interest of the public, it stated.
Even after a series of clarification, some vested individuals and associations want to put KSO in the wrong limelight, alleging KSO of propagating communal enmity, it added.
A threatening statement issued against the locals and KSO by some associations is highly uncalled for; this has rather destroyed the social fabric and the cordial relationship shared between various communities residing in the Thangjing ranges and the adjoining valley areas since ages, KSO stated.
The KSO seriously views the immature and irresponsible statements as a disturbance to the existing peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the area, it stated.
The state government must take stern action against such baseless and unprincipled organisations, which are against the idea of peaceful co-existence, it mentioned. Any untoward incidents arising out of the irresponsible statement made by the CPPKT and their cohorts will be the sole responsibility of the state government and the CPPKT leaders, it added.
On May 5, Forest department’s proposed ‘afforestation’ programme in the area was vehemently opposed by the Thangting Area Chief Association, KSO Henglep and the village chief as the department concerned “forcefully tried to carry out the said programme without giving prior information and notice to neither the villagers nor the chiefs,” it further stated.
The CSOs leaders and local villagers informed the visiting officials about the importance of seeking the acknowledgment of village chief and villager’s consent before carrying out any activities, it stated.
Accordingly, the officials concerned and the locals mutually agreed that the proposed plantation programme should be done by the villagers themselves, KSO stated. Subsequently, the village chief has sought for saplings to the Forest department and the proposed plantation was carried out the following day under MGNREGS Scheme along with the forest department and the Sub-Divisional officers, it added.
First published:17 May 2022, 4:24 pm
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