IMPHAL August 14: Rose Manshi Haokip, Kuki Mothers’ Association president in her speech during the 8th Customs and Traditional Observation day 2011 held at J.N. Dance Academy, Imphal today called for support from women civil organizations and other social organizations of the state to the demand for a separate Sadar Hills district.
Stating the ongoing decades long demand of a full-fledged Sadar Hills district as demanded by SHDDC as reasonable, she elaborated that the demand is necessitated from the administrative point of view as the residents of Sadar hills have been facing hardship on a regular basis in seeking normal government assistances.
She added that as the district headquarters is relatively far from the area, the residents have been constantly facing rigorous setbacks in terms of transportations and other related issues. Further, citing Sadar Hills area as being populated by people belonging to different ethnicity and communities, she said that the demand is for the convenience of all the different communities living together for the last many years and not solely for one particular community.
Rose, who was speaking as the special guest during the observation of Custom and Traditional day, called for a speedy concrete affirmation from the government on the decades long demand of the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee that the demand is for the territorial integrity and unity of the state and not intended towards any demand for sovereignty or with any intention to secede from the state.
Recollecting the Kuki war of the nineteenth century that was fought against the then colonialist power under the leadership of General Tinto Haokip to guard from colonial threat and subjugations perpetrated to the people of the state, Rose substantiated that the intention was necessitated from the feeling of patriotism and to safe guard the territorial integrity of the state.
The function, held for the last seven years organized by the Customs and Tradition organizing committee with the intend to preserve and conserve the traditional customs and practices of indigenous communities of the State was also addressed by other dignitaries.
P.Parijat Singh, minister agriculture attended the function as the chief guest of the function. P.Inakhunbi Devi, sr.grade lecturer, DM Collge, K. Manoranjan Singh, additional chief engineer CADA and agriculture, Dr. S. Saroja Devi, deputy director vety. Moreh division among others also attended the function as special guests.
A book titled “Luchinglen Kanhai” written by L. Mangisana, editor, chief advisor, CTOC was also released today by the chief guest during the function.
Later, the function was followed by various traditional presentations that were presented by various indigenous communities of the state.