IMPHAL, Sept 1 (NNN): A mass movement is likely to be launched soon in Manipur on the issue of the `territorial integrity of Manipur` under the banner of United Committee, Manipur (UCM).
This was recommended during a one-day seminar held at Imphal Hotel, Imphal under the theme, “India`s Stand on the Territorial Integrity of Manipur”.
Today`s seminar was organised at the backdrop of the border dispute between India and Myanmar wherein several villages of Manipur have allegedly gone to the other side of the border due to the ongoing controversial border fencing. “A strong and intense mass movement is a must here so as to alert the Government of India on the issue,” opined social activist Dr Dhanabir Laishram.
He asked for a bold, concerted and democratic form of agitation by the people of Manipur to get the attention of New Delhi .
Dr Dhanabir Laishram was speaking as one of the resource persons during the seminar on the topic, “India`s double standard on the territorial integrity of Manipur”.
RK Ranjan, senior visiting fellow, Geography department of Manipur University said that in this globalized world, focus on the nitty-gritties of border lines has become weak. He however said, “maintaining the correct boundary lines is important”.
RK Ranjan spoke on the topic, “Boundaries of Manipur and its problems and issues.” Speaking at the seminar Hareshwar Goswami, a writer and social activist said that the border dispute with Myanmar (Burma) has been there since 1867. He stressed on the need for the Manipur government to present a clear white paper on the issue before the public.
Prof Nabakumar while speaking on the topic, “A new turn in the Indo-Myanmar relationship in the light of India`s Look East Policy,” presented a detailed scenerio in the region developed in recent time. Meanwhile, the seminar also recommended, besides organising a massive mass movement on the territory of Manipur, for sending missives on the issue to the international fora.