The courageous efforts and pivotal role of the Meira Paibis and the Imas of Manipur in safeguarding the state’s integrity were hailed amidst the ongoing crisis during a one-day state-level workshop.
The workshop, which served as a platform for acknowledging and discussing the crucial role played by women, particularly Meira Paibi, during the ongoing crisis in Manipur, was organised by the Universal Mothers’ Organisation (UMO) at the Manipur Press Club in Imphal on Sunday.
Former MHRC chairman Khaidem Mani delivered the chief guest speech, commending the bravery of the Imas, emphasising that their courage even instills fear in the mighty Indian Army.
He highlighted the vast roles of Imas in the form of Meira Paibi, acknowledging them as torchbearers always on the frontline in facing major crises and issues in Manipur.
Mani pointed out that the ongoing crisis has affected not only the Meitei community but all communities settled in Manipur.
Stressing the need for in-depth discussions on the role of every woman in this crisis, he called for collective action to safeguard Manipur from disintegration, irrespective of ideological differences.
He further emphasised the importance of unity, stating that in the current situation, there should be no specification of duties based on different groups or ideologies. Instead, it is a time for collective action to ensure the state’s safety, he added.
Further appreciating the role of Meira Paibi in supporting frontline warriors defending against Kuki militants, Mani highlighted the contribution of UMO volunteers as integral parts of these efforts and called on the people of Manipur to ensure that the bravery of Meira Paibi does not waver and urged collective responsibility in maintaining the state’s integrity.
The program also witnessed the presence of UMO president M Sorojini Leima, World Human Rights Protection Organisation international chairman Loijinglenchingsanglakpa Nameirakpam, Life Vigil International chief advisor Angomcha Araba, and advocate N Tejkumar as presidium members.