Troubled by the economic blockade that has incapacitated her home state Manipur, five-time world champion boxer and Rajya Sabha MP MC Mary Kom has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and resolve the crisis.
The United Naga Council (UNC) has imposed the economic blockade to protest the state government’s decision to shape seven new areas. The UNC claims the districts in the Naga-dominated hill areas will affect land holdings of Naga tribes settled in these areas.
In a letter, Mary Kom urged Prime Minister Modi to settle this issue as early as possible.
“It is to convey to your notice that the state of Manipur is experiencing the toughest of time with unrest situation. The entire section of communities, both in hills and valley, living in Manipur are suffering because of the economic blockade and counter-blockade and have now transformed into ugly consequences of more prominent devastation and if not intervened in time, there are conceivable outcomes of untoward happenings and the people are so insecure”, the letter said. "Irrespective of the causes and reasons, I strongly recommend and request you to consider this prevailing situation in Manipur a serious matter and kindly intervene at the earliest for peaceful solution and the state be brought back to normalcy. This act will remain a great achievement and the people will remain in owe towards your kind intervention", Mary Kom composed in her letter.
This blockade which has been going on for 50 days now has completely hindered ordinary life in Manipur with a large scale paucity of essential goods being a major concern apart from violence.