Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Sunday attended the All Assam Manipuri People’s Convention 2022 at Rajiv Bhawan, Silchar, Assam.
The convention was organized by All Assam Manipuri Youths’ Association (AAMYA).
On reaching the venue to attend the evening session of the convention, the chief minister was accorded a warm welcome by people of Manipuri communities of Assam.
Biren expressed his happiness for the huge turnout of Manipuris in Assam which include Meiteis, Meitei Pangal, etc. who came from every nook and corner of Assam to attend the convention.
“The Manipuris residing in Assam and Manipur have unbreakable blood ties since time immemorial and added that we should always foster this spirit of brotherhood among us,” the chief minister said.
It is believed that the Meiteis, the Ahom people and the Nagas once lived in harmony at Makhel village in Senapati district of Manipur, he said. “In an attempt to relive that good old memories or myth, the Reunited Heritage Park of Manipur will be constructed at the place.”
“We should never forget the supreme sacrifices made by our forefathers in preserving and protecting our land, rich culture, tradition and heritage. We should stand together against anyone who tries to distort our great history. Due to internal disagreements among ourselves in the past, our forefathers gave room for external colonial and invasive powers to rule our land for example the Seven Years Devastation, British invasion, etc. As such, we should learn these lessons from history and always stand united as there is a saying that united we stand, divided we fall,” he added.
Regarding the construction of a Manipur Bhavan in Assam, the chief minister said the Manipur government is working for the procurement of a land and announced that once the process is complete, a Cabinet decision will be taken very soon.
He appealed to the Manipuris in Assam to be loyal to the state and the country and added that any type grievances, may be educational, political, health or demographic which they couldn’t approach to the Assam government could be conveyed through him. He also highlighted priority will be also given to them, while visiting Manipur, for staying in the guest house for chiefs of all hill districts constructed in Imphal.
Minister L. Sushindro Meitei, MLA Kongkham Robindro, chief advisor AAMYA Ksh. Kundan, vice-president IPSA Manipur Khuraijam Athouba, general secretary Manipuri Sahitya Parishad Assam Prof. Kh. Dhiren Singh also attended the function among others.
The morning session of the convention witnessed a discourse deliberating certain issues and prospects of Assam Manipuri people. The discourse, moderated by Khuraijam Athouba was attended by leaders of several Assam based Manipuri CSOs.
A special programme from actors and singers from Manipur and a martial arts show were showcased.