| Loukrakpam Jayenta, more popularly known as Tapta. Telegraph picture |
Imphal, July 9: Manipuri singer Tapta has released his latest song to press for the re-imposition of inner line permit (ILP) in the state.
The single (single is a record release with only one or two songs) is sponsored by the Federation of Regional Indigenous Society, an NGO spearheading the drive campaign for re-imposition of ILP, which allows outsiders to enter Manipur only with a permit.
The single music video was released yesterday here by the NGO.
The song is penned by president of the NGO, Sapamcha Jadumani.
The music video depicts the increasing number of outsiders in the state. One scene shows an outsider casting his vote in the election.
The song shows that Manipur and Assam are facing the same fate of Triprua where Tripuris were “swallowed” by outsiders.
The NGO is yet to circulate the video CD to the public, but Jadumani said it would be released to the public at a cheaper rate very soon.
However, a local TV channel started airing the music video from today.
“We decided to launch the music video to whip up public sentiment and drum up mass support. Songs are an effective tool to bring unity among the masses for a common and just cause,” Jadumani said.
The Manipuri song, Meekap thoklo tumlaganu athoubasa / yotkhragani naramdam meeyanchana (Wake up patriots/ outsiders are going to swallow your land) calls for a mass uprising to save the future of the indigenous people and the land from outsiders by regulating entry of outsiders.
Songs of Loukrakpam Jayenta, more popularly known as Tapta, are discussed in national seminars and workshops as the themes of his songs are based on issues.
Earlier, he had released an album protesting frequent strikes and economic blockades in the state.
“I am not against anyone coming from outside. I simply want to highlight the threat to the future of the land and indigenous people. Something should be done to stop unchecked influx of outsiders,” Tapta told this correspondent.
The release of the single came even as various localities are holding daily demonstrations demanding the passing of a legislation during the current session of the state Assembly.
The campaign for ILP came after population of the outsiders overtook the population of tribals. According to the 2011 census, of Manipur’s population of 22,93,896, migrants account for 7.04 lakh. The majority Meitei and indigenous populations are 7.51 lakh and 6.7 lakh respectively.
Faced with mounting pressure, the Okram Ibobi Singh government finally responded by seeking opinion of the Union home ministry on the re-imposition of the system, which exists in Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.
The home ministry is yet to respond on the matter.
The move came after K.B. Sharma, 72, a theatre personality from Imphal East, launched a fast-unto-death on July 6. He is now in jail.
Sharma is also the adviser to the Federation of Regional Indigenous Society.