‘In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Modi affirmed his solidarity with Manipur and expressed optimism for progress’
In his speech on the 77th Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi mentioned Manipur and said, “The entire country stands with Manipur, and both the central government and the state administration have done their best and will continue to make every effort to find a solution.”
PM added, the situation in Manipur, which experienced chaos in recent weeks, was also improving. He urged the people of the northeastern state to build on the peace that had been restored there. Modi said the country stood with the people of Manipur and peace would lead to a solution to the problems in the state.
Despite lamenting the deaths and gender-based crimes that occurred in the state after ethnic violence erupted there in early May, the situation in Manipur has improved over the last few days, said Prime Minister Modi.(HINDUSTAN TIMES)
Since May 3, when ethnic violence first erupted in the northeastern state, Modi has spoken about Manipur three times: once on July 20 and again on August 10 in answer to the no-confidence vote in the Lok Sabha.
After Kuki factions organized protests over a proposal to grant the Meitei community scheduled tribal status, violence first started in Churachandpur town. Tens of thousands of people were forced to flee burning houses and neighborhoods into jungles, frequently crossing state borders, as violence soon overtook the state whose ethnic fault lines run deep. Since then almost 150 people have died and several hundreds injured.
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