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Transcript: The Wire’s Interview with Babloo Loitongbam and Binalakshmi Nepram on Manipur ILP Imbroglio

Babloo Loitongbam

The following is the full transcript of YouTube video by The Wire titled “Manipur Inner Line Permit protests: Interview with Babloo Loitongbam and Binalakshmi Nepram”. In this interview, Babloo Loitongbam, Executive Director of Human Rights Alert, Manipur, and Binalakshmi Nepram, founder of the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network discuss in-depth the conflicts arising out of the Inner Line Permit System Imbroglio in Manipur. We produce this transcript (verbatim) to spread awareness in the interest of the larger global audience.

 

Interviewer: Manipur has been on the boil for more than a year over the Inner Line Permit (ILP) issue. Why were the three controversial bills passed?

Babloo Loitongbam – Executive Director of Human Rights Alert, Manipur:

Well, at the heart of the issue in Manipur is the whole fear that small communities and microscopic minorities like the indigenous populations of Manipur would one day be over-swamped by the outsider population. And this fear comes from a long history. If you look at Manipur, for example, it was, until the British came, an independent kingdom of its own. And there were regulations on people who are coming from outside to settle there. As early as 1901, there are regulations which are in place. And in 1947, when the British left, we had our own Constitution, and in the Assembly in 1948, this same control of population influx into that area was passed. This got the approval of even the Governor of Assam. And this was in operation.

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