Manipur more of a Colony of India : American Consul General

According a report in Indian national news paper, The Hindu, American Consulate General in Kolkata Henry Jardine thought in 2006 that Manipur is more like a colony of India, less of a state.

“In ConGen’s many interactions, even with some government officials, a reoccurring comment was that Manipur was less a state and more a colony of India,” he reported in a cable sent on September 1, 2006 ( 76968: confidential). Hindu claims, they have sourced it from Wikileaks.

“The general use of the AFSPA [Armed Forces Special Powers Act] meant that the Manipuris did not have the same rights of other Indian citizens and restrictions on travel to the state added to a sense of isolation and separation from the rest of India proper,” he added.

“Several Manipuris,” he recalled, “argued that they had greater rights under the British Raj than under the present federation.”

The Indian civil servants were also clearly frustrated with their inability to stem the growing violence and anarchy in the State, feeling their efforts to effectively control the insurgencies were hamstrung by local politicians either in league with or at least through corruption, helping to finance the insurgents, he said.

According to the leaked Embassy cable, authorities have committed numerous human rights violations under the AFSPA. “Governor [S.S.] Sidhu admitted to ConGen that the Assam Rifles in particular are perpetrators of violations.”

Source : The Hindu

It would be interesting how Indian authorities in New Delhi responds to this leak ( if they respond anything, that is.)

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