A think tank based in the United States has claimed in its report that the violence in Manipur was not based on religious grounds. The think tank stated in its report that mistrust among indigenous communities, fear of economic repercussions, drug-related issues, insurgency, and historical incidents are responsible for the violence. It’s worth noting that this report was prepared by the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS), a think tank focused on India.
The report also mentioned that the involvement of foreign interference cannot be denied in the violence in Manipur. According to the report, the hostility and mistrust among Manipur’s indigenous communities have roots in tribal divisions and historical animosities.
Hostilities Among Indigenous Communities and Mistrust
The report highlighted that both the Manipur state government and the central government have deployed their resources for peace and relief efforts in the state. Notably, the report mentioned that while there is religious polarization among Manipur’s indigenous communities, there is no evidence of violence based on religious grounds. FIIDS claimed in its report that the violence in Manipur is due to tribal divisions and historical animosities among indigenous communities.
Foreign Interference Cannot be Denied
The think tank’s report stated that several insurgent and extremist organizations have found an opportunity to resurge through this violence. Drug cartels involved in opium and heroin cultivation have funded this violence, and foreign interference has played a role as well. The think tank issued a press release on Thursday, sharing this information. The report mentioned a decrease in violence and protests in recent weeks, but mistrust among people still persists. Displaced individuals are still facing challenges in returning to their homes.
Need for Dialogue and Rebuilding Trust for Peace
According to FIIDS, there is a need for dialogue, rebuilding trust among communities, and efforts for relief and rehabilitation to establish peace. FIIDS intends to share this report with policymakers in the United States and other think tanks. It’s important to note that protests had begun against the demand for granting tribal reservation to the majority Meitei community in Manipur. The violence erupted on May 3rd, resulting in the deaths of over 100 people and the displacement of thousands. The report also mentioned that false news and videos were circulated on social media during the Manipur violence, exacerbating the situation.