Dismiss Manipur govt, safe passage for internally displaced, set up an Independent Tribunal: ICPA

The Executive Committee of the Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA), met in Ahmedabad yesterday, June 22 and demanded that not only should the state government be dismissed without delay but President’s Rule be imposed and violence stopped immediately.
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The Executive Committee members of the Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA), met in Ahmedabad on 22 June 2023. It is from the city of Ahmedabad, says a statement released by the ICPA, that Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi gave to the world his twin doctrine of ahimsa (non-violence) and satyagraha (force of truth). The hallowed ‘Sabarmati Ashram’ and the ‘Dandi Bridge’ from which the Mahatma began the unparalleled ‘Dandi yatra’, challenge the Catholic journalists of India, to respond in a more meaningful way to the unbridled violence, hate and untruth that has gripped Manipur and several other parts of our country today.

The ICPA has therefore issued a strong appeal. Apart from demanding a dismissal of the government and the setting up of an Independent Citizens Tribunal (consisting of eleven independent citizens from across the country) to look into the causes and the extent of this violence, the journalists’ association has listed other urgent demands:

  • those who have been driven out of their homes and lands be given safe passage to return and are ensured the necessary security in their areas;
  • the perpetrators and instigators (however powerful they be) are brought to book and given appropriate punishment;
  • adequate and just compensation is given to all victims of this violence

It is 50 days since violence broke out in Manipur on May 3. Though the reality is complex, the ICPA has stated, “we are deeply pained that precious little is being done to stop the violence. More than one hundred people have been killed, thousands of others have been brutalised, raped and rendered homeless. Homes, Churches and other institutions have been looted, set on fire and razed to the ground. The perpetrators continue their heinous deeds, with apparent support from the ruling regime; even heavily protected State armouries with sophisticated weapons have been ‘looted’ by them.”

“It is a known fact, that most of the victims of this crime against humanity, are Christians and other tribals. Well-meaning citizens from all over the country, are outraged that the State and the Central Governments have not demonstrated the political will to stop the violence, which obviously point out both to their culpability and complicity.”

The association has also expressed anguish at the leadership of the Catholic Church who, the ICPA says, “has not sufficiently played a prophetic, prompt and decisive role to stop this violence and to alleviate the tremendous suffering of the people of Manipur. We therefore call upon the Catholic Church leadership, to form a high-level team with the other Christian Churches, go to Manipur as soon as possible and try to bring a healing touch to the suffering people there.”

Finally, the ICPA states that they will leave no stone unturned in our responsibility to highlight the importance of truth and non-violence for a more just, free, equitable and fraternal India.”


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