On the 43rd anniversary of the proscribed Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), Politburo Standing Committee, the organisation announced that it has renewed its firm commitment to the political and ideological project which centers around the idea of a sovereign, communist republic of Kangleipak (Manipur).
It has been 43 years since the Kangleipak Communist Party was founded with the ultimate goal of liberating Manipur from the colonial occupation of India and establishing an egalitarian nation-state of Manipur through the vehicle of scientific socialism, stated a release signed by its chairman Ibungo Ngangom.
In this long journey of 43 years, the party has been fortunate enough to receive continuous overall support from the masses, which has enabled us to carry forward the armed liberation struggle with fervour, it stated.
In 74 years of India's colonial occupation, Kangleipak (Manipur) has been subjected to a set of policies and programmes, which is demographically distorting, socio-culturally suppressive, economically regressive, and politically oppressive, it stated.
There has been a systemic adverse alteration of the true character of Kangleipak as a nation, reversing “which is possible only after wresting our sovereignty back from the repressive clutches of the so-called Union of India, which is an increasingly fascist political structure functioning under the guise of democracy,” it stated.
Today, Kangleipak (Manipur) remains confronted with several grave challenges, which have been systematically imposed on the people by the colonial Government of India, it stated.
The inter-community tension, ongoing demographic onslaught, increasing economic dependency, socio-cultural imposition and corruption at every level of the political and administrative structures imposed on the people are some of the gravest challenges, it mentioned.
It is quite obvious nowadays that there is an increasing sense of communal tension among the communities, it stated. For example, it cannot be denied that there is a growing sense of mistrust and aggression between the Meiteis/Meeteis and Kukis, both indigenous communities, owing to which peaceful coexistence between the communities has become quite fragile, it stated.
It is the firm stand of the party that both the communities must seek to resolve all issues in a reasonable and peaceful manner by denying the vested interests any opportunity to amplify the current communal tension for their selfish personal and political end, it mentioned.
“Indeed, all the indigenous communities of Manipur are in the same boat. If the boat sinks, all the communities also sink; and there can be no winners out of a communal conflict,” it mentioned.
The indigenous people are on the verge of being overrun by the burgeoning 'outsiders' population, with the continuous, 'facilitated' influx of Myanmarese nationals along the border areas being the present biggest threat to the already fragile demography, it stated.
On the economic front, the state has been reduced to an industryless, consumerist economy that is unsustainably dependent on external supplies even for the most basic necessities such as food, medicine and textiles, it mentioned.
It is no exaggeration that the tentacles of the Indian socio-cultural juggernaut have done enough damage in the name of socio-cultural exchange and integration and promotion of 'national' unity and modernity, it stated.
Corruption has become an institutionalized reality in the state today, where jobs are sold at exorbitant prices; people's electoral rights are commodified; contractors are usually hand in glove with government organizations and politicians; and, moral standards are witnessing a free fall, especially among powerful politicians, with some of them brazenly embracing a polygamous way of life by marrying girls who are of their granddaughters' age, it added.
Though India claims to be the world's largest democracy, its real fascist character is slowly revealing itself in its policy measures, which include brutal suppression of dissent, promotion of one particular religion, biased crackdown on political opponents and, of course, electoral malpractice, with the V-dem Democracy report 2023 placing India at the 108th position in its Electoral Democracy Index and the US-based Freedom House terming India a 'partially free' country in 2022.
Despite all such realities, the capitalistic Western Bloc are turning a blind eye to India's armed suppression of indigenous peoples in the Western South East Asian region, including Manipur, because they are religiously following their collective strategy to play India off against their most powerful challenger in the form of China, beating which is their prime geopolitical goal in the 21st century, it mentioned.
“Our armed struggle against the Indian subjugation of Kangleipak is going to remain an uphill journey demanding solid dedication, perseverance, and, of course, sacrifice; and the Kangleipak Communist Party under my leadership is fully committed to fighting India until it returns the robbed sovereignty of Kangleipak to the people of Kangleipak,” it mentioned.