Titular king bats for ST status to Meiteis

Titular king bats for ST status to Meiteis

IMPHAL, Aug 21 : Stressing on the need to protect the valley area, titular king Leishemba Sanajaoba today said that the valley constitute merely 8 percent of the total geographical   area of the State while the hills constitute 92 percent and called to bring the valley area under scheduled area.
The titular king said this on the sidelines of the relay hunger strike underway to demand that the Meiteis be included in the Scheduled Tribe list at the public ground at Wangkhei Angom Leikai and organised by the Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee, Manipur.
While 92 percent of the land which lie in the hills are Constitutionally protected as no non tribals can buy land there, the 8 percent of land in the valley area is up for grabs for anyone, added the titular king.
As things stand today, the 8 percent of land is occupied by people of all communities and once the train service starts then one can only imagine the situation, added Sanajaoba.
Everyone knows this grim reality, said the titular king and added as such it is imperative that the valley too should be made a scheduled area. For this to become a reality, the Meiteis too should be included in the Scheduled Tribe list of the Constitution of India, he added.
The main issues lying before the people presently are the movement to implement the ILP or a similar mechanism to check the large influx of non-local people into the State, the movement to include the Meiteis in the ST list and withdrawal of AFSPA from Manipur, said Sanajaoba.
For the Meiteis to survive, no stone should left unturned to protect their land and one sure way of doing that is for the Meiteis to be included in the ST list. Once this is done then the valley area too will be a scheduled area, said Sanajaoba.
The relay hunger strike is on today to ensure the survival of the people, said Sanajaoba and added that the Government of India must heed the appeal to enforce ILP in the State and include Meities in the ST list.
President of Lainingthou Thougal Lup Oinam Menjor said that the Lup raised the demand to include Meiteis in the ST list in December 2007 and added that the STDCM is today raising the same demand.
The State Government too should support the movement to include the Meiteis in the ST list, he added.  A number of people also addressed the relay hunger strike today.

5 Responses to "Titular king bats for ST status to Meiteis"

  1. rameshwar   August 22, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Expression from our titular Kings heart to protect Meiteis should not read by our intellectuals mechanically. Hope now it is turn of all people of Manipur to response to our King. Else civil war is in que.

  2. Yangmi   August 22, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    This bold statement that Meitei with 8 percent geographical areas of Manipur can survive only when there is constitutional safe guard is worthy of an applause. Meitei inclusion in ST category is not an issue of the tribals of Manipur. This is an issue between Meitei and GoI. In fact Tribals of Manipur should welcome and support this Meitei demands. Problem is within the Meitei people themselves their deep divide on caste lines, between rich and poors and so on. The ruling Congress party policy added fuel to the burning fire when human values was made purchasable by money.

  3. Fuganba   August 23, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Much needed of the hours, a bold call from our titular king. It is a universal thing that, at beginning, there exist protagonist and antagonist for any initiatives and changes, it’s required and good for the changes for better understanding and analysing the initiatives or changes from different perspectives. However the fact of the matter is we, the people of valley, need a protection mechanism for our future generations and our legacy of existence on earth. Therefore, every right thinking person of Manipur should support the demand of ST for meiteis/meeteis.

    • Yangmi   August 24, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Yes, it is high time we the people of Manipur start into living at peace with one another rather than maneuvere events and situations – the Meiteis has been doing towards the tribals. This has to stop now. Need to address the Meitei’s concern also.

  4. sikula sikul   August 25, 2016 at 8:46 am

    An adage, if you want peace , prepare for war.Majority carry the vote banks. Let us have people’s voice in written document. Sitting, crying with hunger and waiting for the response is like shooting in the sky. Even the titular king repented, seeing the present scenario of Manipur. We are living in the largest democratic country in the world. What are you thinking for your future? Join the democratic norm and procedure. 8% land occupied by all sections of the society and 92% land grabbed by a few self-styled kings, I can’t review it in reality. We need immediate action with tooth and nail. The only simplest way which does not interfere the other communities is ST status for the meitei. Then, ILP and other demands will come to your hand automatically. From the month of September, start people’s written vote. It should be conducted by the largest NGO (Clubs) in each of the leikais and vengs.


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