KANGPOKPI: Hundreds of people in Kangpokpi District in Mt. Koubru range on Thursday demonstrated against the alleged stealthily organized and plan for laying foundation stone in one particular religion based for construction of temple at the peak of Mt. Koubru by the so called Mahousa KNBA Lup.
The protesters hold placards which read, “Preserve Mt. Koubru,Preserve Co-existence”, “Mt. Koubru is for all Lords not just Lord Koubru”, “Maintain religious status quo”, “Lai Pukhri for Hindu is Twitheng for Christian”, “No Hindutva in Secular India”, etc.
An invitation for laying foundation stone for construction of a temple in the presence of MP Sanajaoba Singh, the Titular King of Kangleipak under the aegis of Mahousa KNBA Lup was seen viral social media few days back. In connection with this, the Committee on Protection and Preservation of Mt. Koubru (COPPK) which was established in 2016 and officiallu launched in 2018 by the then Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen informed the general public that no Church, no Temple and no Mosque shall he constructed at Mt. Koubru.
It had also clearly made it known to the public that the committee would not in any manner allow or agree on any terms and conditions to erect norland foundation stone based on Church, Temple or Mosque at Mt. Koubru.
COPPK had also called on all concerned including the so called Mahousa KNBA Lup to respect and acknowledge the ‘Status Quo’ of Mt. Koubru stating that it [Mt. Koubru] should not become a ‘bone of contention and contestation’ irrespective of caste, creed, language and faith for peace and harmony.
It had also asserted that no platform or forum nor community should try to claim ownership of Mt. Koubru based on particular religion or faith while advising the Mahousa KNBA Lup to withdraw or cancel such program of laying a religious based foundation stone as it may affect the ecological balance and detrimental to the interests of peace and harmony between different faith and communities in the state.
The stands of COPPK was unequivocally and strongly endorsed and supported by various chiefs association and organization including various civil society organizations and the Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi District the next day.
Thangminlen Kipgen, the newly elected General Secretary of Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi District said that in connection with the unfortunate plan of Mahousa KNBA Lup to lay a foundation stone for construction of a temple at Mt. Koubru, we have submitted a written memorandum to the state Chief Minister who conveyed his ignorance of the program through the President Kuki Inpi Manipur.
He continued that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh told the Kuki Inpi Manipur President that such program and plan of laying foundation stone at Mt. Koubru was organized without his knowledge and also assured KIM President that he would request those responsible group to consult the him and the office of the Chief Minister before going ahead with the program.
The Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi District therefore once again appeal Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to look into the religious sentiment of all religious and not just a few while maintaining the religious status quo of Mt. Koubru.
He also said that while the program of Mahousa KNBA Lup is considered as in favour of one particular religious sentiment, several complaint have been brought to us that construction of such temple at Mt. Koubru is going to affect greatly the religious sentiment of the majority Chritian in the area because the Christian community never bow before the Temple and never bow before idols.
He continued that along with support and initiative of COPPK, we find it very reasonable that there should be no human activity and no human intervention in the already disturb ecological environment of Mt. Koubru.
He further said that if the potential of such disturbance are not sorted out by the Government we would not be able to hold our people back and the Government would be solely responsible in case any untoward incident arise out of such activity.