By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Sep 21: The Lamyanba Irabot Ningshing Thouram Observation Committee (LINTOC) has called for cooperation from all the communities in ensuring equalities amongst all as willed by Lamyanba Hijam Irabot.
LINTOC convenor Konthoujam Thoiba Meetei said this while attending a public discussion programme on ‘Phurupshingi Mari amasung Manipurgi Tunglamchat’ jointly organised by the Protection and Preservation Committee Manipur (PPCM) and LINTOC today at Singjamei community hall.
Thoiba Meetei added that Hijam Irabot rallied the people of the State against the British and their policy which took undue advantage of farmers of the State and even prevented them from fishing in lakes and rivers. Alleging that the British’s policy of ‘divide and rule’ has been continued in the State after Manipur merged with India, Thoiba Meetei added that seeds of hatred have been sown between hills and valley and in between different communities in order to keep the people of the State underdeveloped.
He appealed all the communities to come together and fight the forces which have been promoting hatred between the communities.
The programme was also attended by Maibam Bishesor, convenor PPCM; Kh Gopen Luwang, co-convenor LINTOC; Ashang Kasar, president Indigenous People’s Forum; Ahmang Serto Sangang, president Komaren Union and Alhal Anshad Basheimayum, co-convenor Meipak Ningthou Committee as presidium members. Prof MC Arun, Department of Anthropology MU; Dr Thiyam Bhorot, Associate Professor Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) MU; Kakchingtabam Gunachandra, consultant Irabot Foundation Manipur and retd Prof N Joykumar were also present as resource persons at the discussion programme.