TAMENGLONG, Dec 2 : “The Kuki National Organisation (KNO)’s statement of 1st December stating that the Zeliangrongs were vassals in the court of Kuki chief is in fact opposite to the reality. It was the Kukis who were vassals. These vassals and people who lived on our land paying taxes to our forefathers have now started demanding a separate State. The so called Kuki National Organisation (KNO)’s attempt to distort history is a blessing in disguise which will only unmask their real identity before the people simultaneously attributing the younger generation to know more about the origin of the Kukis. The Kukis are of foreign origin but were allowed to settle by the kind hearted Zeliangrong people. All the names of the Kuki villages till today bear the Zeliangrong dialect with significant meaning which clearly indicates that the land actually belong to the Zeliangrongs,” the Zeliangrong Youth Front (ZYF) said today.
The ZYF said the Kuki population explosion in Manipur is because of the State Government’s failure to have stringent laws to check the antecedents and background of Kuki people at the time of recording or registering decadal growth rate.
The ZYF further stated that strictly tracing the origin of Kuki will surely determine the exact number of Kuki population who migrated two/three hundred years ago and those who recently migrated. “The Central and State Govt staging of frequent “surrender ceremony” for cadres of Kuki underground organizations is undoubtedly another factor that led to Kuki population growth rate in the State of Manipur. The foreign origin Kukis who are not allowed to enter India easily might have found their way to India through the corridor of “surrender ceremony” therefore, the purpose of Kuki people having several underground organizations is to use it as a means of launch pad for absorption and transformation to become Indian citizens otherwise there is no basis for the Kuki population in Manipur,” the ZYF opined. The ZYF warmly welcomes the KNO’s statement for it enlightens and add eagerness into the mind of the younger generation of Zeliangrong people in particular to retrospect the history of the Kukis and also create opportunity of unawareness for other people.