Imphal, Sept. 24: Irengbam Chaoren, president of Revolutionary Peoples Front, today slammed Delhi for migrant influx in Manipur and other parts of the Northeast, alleging that it was part of the Centre’s “neo-imperialism”.
“The ever-rising number of migrants are mostly workers. Their mode of exodus can be seen as an element of neo-imperialism,” Chaoren said in his message on the 35th raising day of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) tomorrow.
The PLA is the military wing of RPF, a major militant group in the state fighting to regain Manipur’s independence.
In a statement issued here today, the RPF said the migrants might not understand that they were acting as agents of neo-imperialism. The Centre encourages continuous influx to Western South East Asia (Northeast), it added.
“By using its poverty-stricken people as a tool, the government of India has been plotting to obliterate and ultimately vanish the indigenous culture, religious practices, languages and identity of the people of Western South East Asia,” Chaoren said.
Saying that influx (he terms it as exodus from India) was continuing for several decades, Chaoren said it would continue till all the indigenous peoples of the region were assimilated or gobbled up completely. He termed the influx as “demographic invasion” by the Centre, which he said, was one of the instruments of Look East Policy.
He said the recent offer by the Asian Development Bank to build good roads in Manipur was not for the state but for big companies.
“Exploration of petroleum in Churachandpur, Tamenglong and Jiribam (in Manipur) is an obvious move to exploit Manipur’s natural resources by MNCs in connivance with the government of India. There is nothing our people will gain from this intrusion by MNCs and India,” it said.
Chaoren urged the people to take a firm stand to meet the challenges and face the onslaught of neo-imperialism.