Movement for ilps in manipur during 2014-2016

Aheibam Koireng Singh

The demographic onslaught started with the massive swarming in of immigrant population following the integration of Manipur to India. The natives in the state started perceiving that it had seriously impacted the cultural, socio-economic and geo-political structure of the land. At such milieu, the people, mainly the students and the youths from all communities started a movement directing against the state to address the issue. The movement was officially raised by the Kuki National Assembly in the year 1972 followed by All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Sadar Hill Students Unions and others. After the movement remaining lull for quite some time, it again resurfaces and with Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS), Manipur coming into existence to champion the cause of enacting and implementing appropriate laws to protect the indigenous people of Manipur. However, the Bill to protect the rights of Indigenous People’s identity, land and resources of Manipur has been mired into controversy, not primarily because of its contents but mainly, by labelling it as anti-tribal as it was considered to be an opportune moment to push the polarised ethnic agendas.

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