Socialist Revolutionary Party (SOREPA), an armed outfit formed by former members of the proscribed KYKL maintained that apart from holding symbolic protests like general strike, boycott or black day, the people should understand the “national question”.
Socialist Revolutionary Party (SOREPA), Kangleipak has imposed a 12-hour general strike on October 15, against the forceful annexation of Manipur. The general strike will come into effect from 5 am, and COVID-19 frontline workers, fire services, healthcare institutions, and water supply services will be exempted.
SOREPA, an armed outfit formed by former members of the proscribed KYKL,in a release, said that the general public know that the king of Manipur was forced to sign the Merger Agreement on September 21, 1949 and India forcefully annexed Manipur on October 15 of the same year. It has been more than 72 years that the people of Manipur have been living under India, depriving them of rights that a human being should enjoy.
Accusing the Government of India of having intention to replace the indigenous people of the state with outsiders, SOREPA maintained that the revolutionary movement launched by different groups is an answer to the “forceful annexation” of Manipur.
After remaining as a British protectorate state for many years, Manipur gained its independence on August 14, 1947 and governed itself for almost two years. Taking advantage of the fact that Manipur had not built a full-fledged army of its own, Manipur was annexed by India with a dream of expanding its empire in WESEA, it added.
SOREPA further maintained that the people should discuss and debate the contemporary condition of the state and the “atrocities” being faced at the hands of India. Without understanding “national contradiction”, the revolutionary movement cannot go forward. The condition of the time when Manipur was annexed should be critically studied, especially the thought process of western educated individuals of the time, it added.
Maintaining that Manipur was annexed to change its “national character”, SOREPA said that the youths are being subdued by making them addicted to drugs and many have been killed, raped and tortured under AFSPA. The National character should be re-constructed to bring out the true picture of the people of the state, it added.
SOREPA also maintained that apart from holding symbolic protests like general strike, boycott or black day, the people should understand the “national question”.
“If we know our true self, then we will be able to understand India. Only then the National Resistance Movement will be successful,” SOREPA said.