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NE people’s conference in Imphal to oppose CAB

Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 2 | Publish Date: 4/2/2019 12:40:31 PM IST

A one-day conference of the Northeast people in Imphal on Tuesday decided to form a common platform of the civil society organisations (CSOs) of the region to fight common issues including the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.

Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC) hosted “The North East People’s Conference 2019” held in Imphal’s City Convention Centre.

Representatives of CSOs from seven states of the region - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura - attended the conference that mainly discussed building a common platform of the indigenous people of the region. The delegates termed CAB as a “draconian law” which will threaten the very existence of the indigenous people of the region and alleged that India government’s move to implement the CAB was to supress the indigenous people of the Northeast. While sharing their opinions during the conference, the delegates stressed the need to collectively fight issues ranging from CAB to sectarian policies and attitude shown towards the people of the region by the Central government.

Taking part in the conference, advisor of Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) Z Lohe observed that if CAB becomes into force as an Act, protective legislations like Inner Line Permit (ILP) and Article 371(A) would not be able to protect the indigenous people of the region. ILP is in force in some states of the region including Nagaland and Article 371(A) of Indian Constitution is extended in Nagaland.

Asserting that indigenous people of the region were under threat from ever increasing illegal migrants from across the international border, he said that only the outnumbering migrants from the Bangladesh was enough to swallow the indigenous people of the region. “CAB is not only threatening the indigenous people of the region but also violates their constitutional rights,” he said. 

MANPAC convenor, Yumnamcha Dilipkumar hoped that the conference will able to bring the indigenous people of the region to a common platform to fight common issues hurting their interests.

Centre’s attempt to convert CAB into Act despite the strong objections from across the indigenous people of the region was nothing but to supress the people of the region by imposing another draconian law, he alleged.

Unchecked influx of migrants from neighbouring countries, particularly from Bangladesh through the porous international border had already threatened the very existence of the indigenous people, he said, adding that only a collective fight of the people will able to protect rights, language and heritage of the indigenous people of the region. Convenor of North East Peoples’ Parliament (NIPP) Bikram Hanse alleged that the India government has been enforcing various draconian laws in the region allegedly to supress the indigenous people and CAB was one of them which Centre has added above the existing draconian laws.

“To fight against the draconian laws, most importantly CAB, there is the need for a strong common platform of the indigenous people of the region,” he said. He added, “It (CAB) is a  draconian for all of us. Let us come together to fight against it and to protect the indigenous people and out integrity.” 

He further called the youths of the region to come together to a common platform to save themselves and their future from ever increasing pressure on them, threatening their survival.

The conference was part of the MANPAC’s campaign to prevent CAB becoming a law which the body formed in the wake of recent Central government’s attempt to pass the CAB had spearheaded people’s movement against the controversial bill.


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