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Delhi, September 25 – In the wake of the recent and unexpected ethnic clashes in the state of Manipur, the Hmar community, spanning Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, and Assam, finds itself in a state of perplexity and distress. The upheaval in Manipur has left the entire Hmar community and its brethren communities bewildered and disheartened. To grapple with the profound issues at the heart of Manipur’s unrest, the Hmar Students’ Association Jt. Hqtrs., Delhi, has released a groundbreaking book titled “Unquiet State.”
Unprecedented Crisis in Manipur
The ethnic clashes in Manipur have triggered an unprecedented, man-made catastrophe, particularly affecting the Hmar community. In the midst of this turmoil, various pressing questions have arisen, challenging the Hmars’ sense of identity and belonging. The conflict has left the Hmar community, alongside other affected groups, disturbed, tense, and emotionally drained, reminiscent of the Victorian society’s experiences in 19th century England.
Seeking Understanding Amidst Chaos
As the reality in Manipur continues to evolve, there is a growing sense of apprehension and fear among the Hmar community. The search for meaning in a seemingly senseless world has become a prevailing theme. Additionally, political parties have sought to exploit the situation for their own political gains, further complicating the landscape.
“Unquiet State” – A Scholarly Endeavor
In response to the prevailing unquietness that plagues the Hmar society, the HSA.Jt.Hqtrs., Delhi, has unveiled “Unquiet State.” This book is an erudite and comprehensive treatise that delves into uncharted literary territories, aiming to address, enlighten, and educate the Hmar reading public about the ongoing ethnic conflict from multiple perspectives.
Purpose and Content
“Unquiet State” is a significant literary contribution that seeks to unravel the intricacies of Manipur’s ethnic conflict. It serves as a beacon of understanding in a tumultuous time, shedding light on the multifaceted dimensions of the crisis. The book’s purpose is to offer clarity, foster enlightenment, and provide education to the Hmar community and beyond.
Preface to “Unquiet State”
The preface to the book, which encapsulates the essence of “Unquiet State,” is reproduced in this issue. It offers a glimpse into the book’s content and its mission to explore the depths of Manipur’s ongoing ethnic conflict. As the Hmar community and its allies grapple with the unquietness of Manipur, “Unquiet State” emerges as a significant resource to navigate the complexities of the situation.
With this insightful and timely publication, the HSA Jt.Hqtrs., Delhi, aims to contribute to the collective understanding of Manipur’s ethnic conflict and provide a foundation for meaningful dialogue, reconciliation, and a path towards lasting peace and stability in the region.
PREFACE (Extracted from the Book)
May 3, 2023, will remain etched in the annals of Manipur’s history, as it marked a cataclysmic event that shook the very core of humanity. Its aftermath resonated in the hearts and minds of people worldwide, igniting a series of profound questions.
“Unquiet State” stands as a tapestry of diverse minds, each author adding their unique thread, intricately woven in response to the ongoing ethnic conflict in Manipur. Through the lenses of historical contexts, cultural narratives, and contemporary challenges, this booklet seeks to provide an understanding of the intricate web of ethnic tensions between the Kuki-Hmar-Zomi-Mizo tribes and the Meiteis of Manipur and the pursuit of a permanent solution.
Central to this narrative, the Hmar tribes occupy a crucial role, their presence and experiences deeply interwoven within the fabric of the discourse. This booklet endeavors to fill the peculiar void, an absence of voices that spoke of the Hmar tribes. In our pursuit, we deliberately steer away from reiterating widely known and discussed ideas, choosing instead to delve into uncharted territory and offer fresh perspectives on familiar subjects. Consequently, certain sections may span extensively, while others remain concise; none, however, are meant to be exhaustive analyses.
Throughout this work, our thoughts have been mounded by an unwavering conviction—that Separate Administration must emerge as the paramount and only solution to achieve lasting peace for the Kuki-Hmar-Zomi-Mizo tribes. We hope that the booklet contributes to the ongoing dialogue for lasting peace and harmony in Manipur and serves as a beacon of knowledge and understanding in a world where the echoes of history’s tragedies continue to reverberate.
As we present “Unquiet State” to the reader, we invite you to embark on this journey with us—a journey through the heart of the unquiet state, seeking understanding, reconciliation, and a future built on the pillars of peace