Student bodies ask CM to clarify his statement
IMPHAL | Mar 29 : Manipur Students Federation today blocked half of the Airport road at Keishampat as a part of condemning the ‘false interpretation’ of Manipur history by the chief minister, N. Biren yesterday during his speech at the Madhavpur Mela held at Porbandar, Gujarat.
The road-block demonstration started from around 4pm and lasted for around half an hour.
Speaking to media persons, the federation’s working president, Lucky Konsam said the statement of the chief minister “Lord Krishna made the state part of India during his time” is an insult to the rich history and culture of the state.
He said “A person who does not know the history of his state is not fit to be a chief minister of the state and a chief minister has no right to modify the history of his state.”
MSF asked the chief minister to clarify his statement or resign on moral ground if he is not willing to clarify his statement.
According to news report of Indian Express it says that the chief ministers and governors present during the Madhavpur mela claimed that North East has been a part of India since Dwapar Yug.
In their report Biren’s statement was “In the time of Lord Krishna, there was no separate Arunachal Pradesh or Assam or Manipur. The entire Northeast was one entity. Now, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland are on the border of China. But Lord Krishna made them part of India during his time.”
Meanwhile, condemning the chief minister’s statement that Manipur had close ties with the rest of India ever since the times of Krishna, Pangal Students Organization Manipur (PSOM) alleged that the M. Biren is unaware of the history of Manipur and also capable of his selling his own cultural identity for political gains.
The statement is a distortion of history and the chief minister owe the people of the state a public apology, said a release from PSOM. Terming the episode as regrettable and unfortunate, PSOM added that such irresponsible statements is not befitting for a leader of the people.
PSOM in its release also warned that if such irresponsible leaders get elected there is no guarantee that such type of incidents will not occur again.
The statement was made by the Chief Minister during the ‘Madhavpur Fair’ held at Madhavpur, Porbandar district, Gujarat.
Meanwhile, Lainingthou Sanamee Sanapung (LSS) has also expressed indignation at the statement of the Chief Minister.
A release from LSS enquired whether the distortion of the history of Manipur will continue after successive governments in the state. LSS also alleged that such distortion of history is an attempt to subdue the indigenous people movement of Manipur. In the name of ‘Hindunisation’, the culture and history of Manipur will be lost in subsequent years, it added.
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