Former rebel leader RK Sanayaima (Meghen) addressed on Tuesday attributed the present scenario in Manipur to be among the worst since the historic “Seven Years Devastation” and said it is a chance for unification among the indigenous.
Speaking on the occasion of Nupi Lal Numit at the Nupi Lal Memorial Complex in Imphal, he emphasised the need for unity among the indigenous people of Manipur to counter those attempting to compromise the state’s integrity by demanding a separate administration.
Sanayaima paid homage to the extraordinary courage of Manipur women on December 12, 1939, during the Nupi Lal Day commemoration.
He highlighted their resistance against British Imperialism, particularly their steadfastness in the face of an artificial famine created by the Imperial forces through the export of rice and paddy.
Addressing the current conflict in Manipur, Sanayaima stated firmly, “The demand for a separate administration is not going to happen, and the people of Manipur will never allow it.”
Despite the challenges posed by armed groups attacking the Meitei community, he sees this as an opportunity for the Meetei and other indigenous people of Manipur to unite and act together.
Reflecting on the tough times reminiscent of the “Seven Years Devastation,” Sanayaima encouraged a collective response to confront the challenges and uphold the unity of Manipur.