DESAM denounces ATSUM’s action on STDCM
‘Our only interest is to have constitutional safeguard’
IMPHAL | Feb 5
Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) today denounced the action of All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) for organising a protest rally opposing the ST demand for the Meiteis on January 29.
A release issued by secretary general, ShitalOinam said that the recently recognised tribe Koch-Rajbonshi, Tai-Ahom, Moran, Motok, Chutia and Tea Tribes were much more advanced as compared to the Meiteis. In other words, Meiteis will be the only indigenes who will not have the protection of the Constitution, it said.
The recent move of the union government to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will further put the Meiteis into more trouble without Constitutional safeguard, it further said.
The release further informed that “The opposition to the CAB is muted in the hills as they feel that legally under the extant laws, these migrants cannot own land there legally. So any addition will have to be accommodated in the valley region of Manipur of 2,338 sq. km where the population density is already 730 per sq km as per 2011 Census. That is the reason why the valley protested vehemently against CAB.”
The premises of the objection to the demand as pointed out in the press note is based on false history concocted by Hindu chauvinists, which has been disproved and is no longer talked or written about it, except by a few people with vested interest, it said. There is no caste in the Meitei system but ‘Salais’ which are very different, it added.
“DESAM insisted that the job reservation of our hill brethren must continue as we have no interest in grabbing what is not our due. Our only interest is to have constitutional safeguard,” it added.
“Let the state government make a recommendation with necessary documents and let the Government of India decide on the matter, when our tribal brethren can submit petitions with facts opposing the move while we will submit necessary records to buttress our claim. This should be the most logical way rather than threatening everyone” it added.
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