Two Exiled Manipur Leaders Announce Separation From India

The golden land of Manipur has been hosting a red flag ever since it was targeted for various attacks from the outsiders. People are deprived of facilities and were forcibly annexed into India after Independence. This has made their condition vulnerable along with the local leader’s influence. The policies of the Indian government have continuously failed to protect the once princely state.

Two leaders claiming to represent King Leishemba Sanajaoba on Tuesday have announced in the UK regarding their exile from India. It was the launch of the “Manipur Government in exile.” They strongly believe that Manipur lacks recognition from the Indian government.

The two of them announced their decisions at a press conference, present were Yamben Biren, claiming to be the “Chief Minister of Manipur State Council” and Narengbam Samarjit, claiming to be the “Minister of External Affairs and Defence of Manipur State Council“. They both also told the international forum that- they were speaking on behalf of the ‘Maharaja of Manipur’ who have formally launched the government-in-exile- “The Manipur State Council”.

According to their claim “The State of Manipur is a de jure Government formed in Manipur under the Manipur State Constitution Act 1947. It received independence from the British Raj on August 14, 1947. They claimed the sovereign State of Manipur was excluded from India by Order in Council by his Majesty on 27 December 1946 and the Indian Government annexed the Manipur State of India by a violation of the Act 1949.”

We believe that now is the right time to make public the Independent Government of Manipur before the international community and seek recognition. We call on all the Government of the sovereign states of the members of the United Nations for their recognition of the de jure and exile Government of the Manipur from Today onwards.”

Also, they added- “The three million Manipuri people want recognition as one of the Precious Native Nations. Our attempts to engage with the Indian government were met with hate and hostilities.”

Few local groups of Manipur are creating havoc in the land and are responsible for taking the law into their hands.

There aren’t any immediate comments from the High Commission of India in support of the decision. The two even produced documents to supports their decision and that they have been granted political asylum in the UK in August this year.

The extra-judicial killing is which they claim have been rising and more than 1,528 cases of the extrajudicial killing cases are pending before the Supreme Court of India.

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Written by Sanghamitra Gogoi

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