Manipur’s Anti-Citizenship Invoice Body Boycotts Modi, Hindi Language

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The MPACAB claimed that the Centre used to be working to pass Invoice as a supplementary Invoice either on February 6th or 7th, 2019 at the Rajya Sabha

Imphal, February 4, 2019

As a way to escalate protest against the Centre’s move to pass the much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Invoice, the recently-formed Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Invoice (MPACAB) on February 3rd, 2019 announced to “boycott” Hindi language, symbols of Indian Union, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh “with instant effect”.

As reported in Nagaland Post, the MPACAB has also announced to escalate protest against the Citizenship Invoice. “The Invoice tended to treat indigenous peoples as second-class citizens while openly embracing foreign immigrants,” the MPACAB said as quoted in Nagaland Post.

The MPACAB, which is a conglomeration of 72 civil society organisations, claimed that the Centre used to be working to pass Invoice as a supplementary Invoice either on February 6th or 7th, 2019 at the Rajya Sabha.

Filmmaker returns Padma Shri

Aribam Shyam Sharma, a legendary filmmaker and composer from Manipur in Northeast India, has returned his Padma Shri honour in protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s attempt to grant Indian citizenship to unlawful migrants. Sharma used to be conferred with the honour in 2006.

The octogenarian filmmaker announced his decision at a press convention here in Imphal in Manipur  and said, “The government must respect the Northeastern states and supply a constitutional safeguard to the indigenous people of the region.” He further demanded scrapping of the legislation for the greater cause of the indigenous people of the region.

Protest in Manipur

The controversial Invoice used to be passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8th, 2019. Then again, the invoice used to be stalled at the Rajya Sabha on January 9th, 2019 following strong opposition from the Congress, Trinamool Congress together with other parties.

Several indigenous bodies took out rallies and staged demonstrations to demostrate against the Invoice. It can be reminisce about the Republic Day used to be celebrated amid a boycott call by five major civil society organizations of the state against the Citizenship (Amendment) Invoice. Mizoram governor Kummanam Rajasekharan on January 26th, 2019 addressed nearly an empty venue on the occasion of the 70th Republic Day.

A snapshot of agitators protesting against Citizenship (Amendment) Invoice, 2016 on the occasion of celebrations of 70th Republic Day. Photo: this correspondence

On January 30th, 2019, over 200 students from Manipur gathered at Jantar Mantar to demand the scrapping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Invoice, saying that it posed a “threat” to the Northeastern states. The protestors were joined by students from Tripura and Manipur Students’ Organization Delhi. The agitators also burnt the replica of the Invoice.

The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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