From Our Special Correspondent
Silchar, Feb 8: Since its formation in 1978, All Assam Manipuri Students’ Union (AAMSU) has been working in the larger interests of the student community in particular and its people in general across the state of Assam. It has often come to unite for a movement to hammer its legitimate demands before the government and the administration of the area for their fulfillment. This is how Pangambam Nilkanta, president, central committee of the Union, projected all about the objective behind the creation of the body while addressing the assembly at the 40th foundation day of the Union at B R Ambedkar hall in Silchar on Thursday.
After hoisting of the flag of the Union by the president, followed by the reception of the presidium members and invitees, the function began with the lighting of the lamp by the distinguished guests. Opening song in a chorus was sung by the Union members. A Chingkhei Nganbi delivered welcome address and the key-note address was given by Kh Krish Mohan, general secretary, i/c AAMSU central committee. It was a programme which sent the message for maintaining solidarity in the community on all occasions.
In his key-note address, Kh Krish Mohan took pride in the fact that it was due to their sustained campaign and efforts that the community could get a development council for their socio-economic uplift. Manipuri as a subject has been introduced in Assam University and colleges. Manipuri schools have come into existence and teachers on the subject have also been appointed. In fact, the observance of the day has been both a sort of retrospection and introspection for the leaders. It has also been a matter of pride for them to present before the assembly 40 years’ activities of the Union.
Asangbam Biren, former president of AAMSU and former home minister, government of Manipur, recalled the untiring endeavour of the Union to work for the protection and promotion of their culture and tradition. On the crucial issue of NRC update and the apprehension or sense of panic created among the people of the community, the Union has organized a series of meetings and carried out campaigns in order to remove any misconception and misgiving about the preparation of tiol register of citizens. AAMSU like any other sensible body is for an updated and correct NRC free from the mes of any aliens.
Other invited guests and presidium members who addressed the assembly said of the total population of 8 lakh Manipuri in Assam with largest concentration in Barak Valley, 60% are students, pursuing their studies at the school, college and university levels. It is quite a matter of regret that till date there has been no IAS or IPS from the community. Reasons attributed have been due to their lack of fincial backup for studies. Moreover, being economically backward mostly dependent on traditiol cultivation, the boys and girls have failed to catch up with the competitive and changing world.
Other leaders who addressed the assembly include Kangabam Santi Kumar, Wangkhem Sarat, Laishram Bir Kumar and Gorokhaibam nda Kishore in identical tone pointed out AAMSU has been carrying on relentless campaign for better education for the students and with guardians lending their support, both boys and girls are now engaged in carrying on their academic pursuit, many now studying in post graduate levels. It is also a positive development that the socio-economic condition of Manipuri community is showing signs of improvement and the day is not far off when they will have highly qualified students, donning the top positions in administrative, civil and even in judiciary services. It is also a matter of pride that many Manipuri boys are serving in the Indian Army. The programme was also highlighted by felicitation of former AAMSU leaders and members.