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Centre turns blind eye to civil war-like situation in Manipur: DMCC


The Delhi Meetei Co-ordinating Committee lamented that Modi’s heart bleeds when innocent kids die in war between Russia and Ukraine but has no heart to bleed for the hundreds of innocent lives, including kids, lost in Manipur. His own citizens have been ignored, it said

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The Delhi Meetei Co-Ordinating Committee (DMCC) on Thursday accused the Central Government of turning a blind eye to the civil war-like situation in Manipur and asked whether this was a planned genocide by the GOI.

Stating that the big question is whether the state government is on the same page as the Central Government, a press statement issued by DMCC Youth Media Coordinator James Chingtham said, “Citizens are demanding answers from the current central and state governments regarding their inaction and inability.”

It asked why there has been no significant initiative from the authorities to address the ongoing violence in Manipur and whether the government is complicit in using Manipur as a strategic pawn for broader national security concerns.

“This civil war-like situation can only be solved once the GOI and its central forces stop siding with Kuki militants and act neutral and initiate proper actions such as the implementation of NRC and proper border fencing,” it asserted.

Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apparent neglect of a severe domestic crisis in Manipur, the DMCC lamented that Modi’s heart bleeds when innocent kids die in war between Russia and Ukraine but has no heart to bleed for the hundreds of innocent lives, including kids, lost in Manipur. His own citizens have been ignored, it said.

The statement mentioned that the prime minister embarked on a high-profile diplomatic visit to Russia and Ukraine, emphasizing the importance of peace and advocating for a resolution to the conflict in Ukraine through dialogue rather than warfare. In his addresses, he underscored that “peace is of utmost importance” and stressed that “a solution to the war in Ukraine cannot be found on the battlefield”.

While Modi’s efforts to promote peace on the international stage have been applauded, his apparent neglect of a severe domestic crisis in Manipur has raised significant concerns among citizens and political observers, it said. Manipur, located just 2,411 kilometres from the national capital and a mere 2 hours and 50 minutes by flight, has been embroiled in a civil war-like situation with innocent lives being lost since May 3 last year, it added.

The DMCC criticized the Prime Minister for failure to visit the violence-stricken state of Manipur, where hundreds of innocent lives have been lost on both sides of the conflict. “He visited the train crash site in Odisha’s Balasore, where 288 people were killed, whereas 221 people have been killed in the violence happening in Manipur, 60,000 people have been displaced, over 1,000 injured, and 32 missing. 4,786 houses were burnt, and 386 religious structures were vandalized,” it added.

The DMCC said the Government of India’s (GOI) failure to address the violence in Manipur has shown that the region is being ignored and marginalized. Residents of Manipur feel abandoned and believe the central government is using the state as a pawn for national security interests, rather than ensuring the safety and well-being of its people, it added.

The DMCC also condemned the death of a 36-year-old man identified as Angom Premkumar of Churachandpur District, who was found hanging at his pre-fabricated relief house in Bishnupur District’s Kwakta area around 9:15 pm. “The government has been putting almost 60,000 people, including kids, in 351 relief camps. Psychological stress is taking a toll on women and children, who had been displaced and left stranded at relief camps where privacy is almost non-existent,” it added.

It maintained that these vulnerable sections, particularly the women and children, are facing severe mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD, while already going through displacement, uncertainty, and trauma caused by the conflict.

The DMCC further stated that such lack of personal space exacerbates the stress and anxiety felt by those who have already experienced the trauma of being uprooted from their homes. “Many women in relief camps, particularly adolescent girls who do not want to be identified, expressed discomfort sharing toilets and bathrooms with male inmates. The responsibility for the deaths of innocent lives should be taken by the Prime Minister, the Home Minister, and the Chief Minister,” it added.

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