Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Jeweled Land –
Education in its broadest sense is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical ability of an individual. In its technical sense education is the process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills and values from one generation to another.
A lot has happened in the last many years in Manipur that has degraded our society, however, each one of us live in some hope that all these will come to pass. The older generations fought, suffered and lived through it. But do we want our younger generation go through it all over again? Perhaps not!
In an ideal world, what has happened in Manipur could be termed as equivalent to a holocaust. The sheer disrespect for human lives is almost shocking but then, it was what we have created and we must constantly look for avenues for change and make survival worthwhile even in the worst of time.
In the past few months, many schools in the state have been shut by various organizations in the state as a protest against fake encounters. We empathize with them in their quest to bring stability to the state and they will find every single Manipuri supporting them in their quest to bring peace. However, in the same breathe, we would like to point out that, perhaps, banning the young children from going to school to achieve peace and stability is not at all conducive, considering the future of a few millions young children are at stake!
It is only education that will enable our younger generation to get a respectable job and make them capable of questioning the existing systems; political, economic, social or ethical if any of these systems perpetuate subjugation, oppression and exploitation and subsequently denounce those unjust elements and resist and change them. Our society is emaciated for want of these means provided by education. In fact the more we boycott classes the more political turmoil we are inviting in the long run. Education is the only way to make people capable of dialogue without which no human community can survive in peace.
We, therefore, appeal to all to support education and lift boycott and find better ways and means. We call upon all to rise above to put education forward. We call upon both the sides to give room for dialogue to break the deadlock and come up with a consensus benefiting the future of our society.
We want the boycott to be lifted and opt for another way of protest against the state sponsored terrorism. Therefore, we are writing to you to help us out in voicing/appealing to the said student organizations to opt for another way of protest and let the students study. Let us all work together, discuss this issue in detail and come up with a joint appeal to the organizations supporting the boycott. We hope our proposal would be agreeable to you all.
1. Romeo Ningombam, Bangalore
2. Chaoba Phuritshabam, Delhi
3. Joysana Chingakham, Kolkata
4. Shreema Ningombam, Imphal
5. Tiken Laishram, Bangalore
6. Khuman Ngakpa Oinam, Mumbai
7. Ringo Pebam, Bangalore
8. Sam Khumanthem, Hyderabad
9. Vimol Kshetrimayum, Pune
10. Sumitra Thoidingjam, Delhi
11. Babina Wahengbam, Delhi
12. Duran Thiyam, Mumbai
13. Supriya Shijagurumayum, Delhi
14. John Zamkhomang Munluo, Gurgoan
15. Akee Sorokhaibam, Mumbai
16. Ronid Chingangbam, Delhi
17. Raju Athokpam, Delhi
18. Dwipen Khwairakpam, Mumbai
19. Krishnakanta Laiphangbam, Bangalore