Nupi Lan: Women’s agitation of 1939-40

Dr Budha Kamei
Contd from prev issue
But the women just ignored his threat and submitted a petition to the political agent elaborating their grievances and requesting to fulfill the same. The grievances were specified as: a) unfitness of present Durbar members, b) unfitness of police, c) illegal action of police Inspector, d) conviction of four women beyond constitution, e) unexpected assault to the innocent public on 14th January 1940 and f) illegal assault by Dulop Singh, Amin. They made assurance that as soon as these demands were fulfilled they would attend Khwairamban bazaar (Sonamani 1976:330).  It is thus clear that the women are gradually coming towards a compromise with authority.
The grievances of the women were not immediately redressed. But the women certainly made themselves felt. And the boycott itself came to an end with most of the population of Imphal valley fleeing for safety as World War II approached Manipur and stopped all talks about constitutional reforms in Manipur. Lal Dena writes thus: “In this way, the Nupi Lan had paved the way for the emergence of the powerful freedom movement in the State and on many occasions the Manipuri women had always demonstrated a rare example of conduct and sacrifice before their male folk.”
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(Kamei Budha Kabui, Post doctoral fellow (ICHR), Dept. of History, Manipur University)