Representatives of different indigenous groups from all over the Northeast have gathered in Imphal to identify the common issues ailing their communities and discuss workable solutions to resolve them. The first ever North East Indigenous Peoples’ Parliament has been jointly organised by the Coalition for Indigenous Rights Campaign, Manipur; Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha and Assam Meitei Apunba Lup.
Interacting with the media, Matiur Rahman, Convener of the ‘parliament’ said, ‘We, the representatives of different indigenous (people) of the Northeast have assembled here to exchange our views on different issues and challenges faced by us and to find out a common mechanism for a solution.’ He further added that they are quite hopeful that the parliament would provide a forum for all the people of the region to work on common interests and issues.
‘Besides the political scenario of the Northeast, the parliament will focus on various issues such as human rights, economic development, population influx, identity crisis, culture, language, big dams etc. He further said, ‘At the end of the deliberations, certain recommendations would be made.’
It is to be mentioned here that representatives from the Deori, Karbi, Moran, Jaintia, Tripuri, Rehang, Bru, Hmar, Chiru, Zemei, Kharam, Chothe, Maring, Kom, Kabui, Thadou, Liangmei, Aimol and many other indigenous communities of the Northeast have participated in the parliament.