Shillong, Jul 17: Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) president Lambokstarwell Marngar on the occasion of the 186th death anniversary of Khasi Freedom Fighter, U Tirot Sing Syiemlieh said that the indigenous people especially the youths of the State are still struggling hundreds of years after the freedom fighter’s death.
Speaking at a programme organised by the KSU to pay tribute to U Tirot Sing held at Madan Iewrynghep, on Saturday, Marngar said that everywhere one turns the indigenous people are facing difficulties even as he said that there is still hope because despite all these the natives are still fighting for a better future.
The KSU president said that the youths of today are inspired by the valour and sacrifices made by their predecessors like Tirot Sing.
“We are inspired to carry forward our struggles and we will not stop in the hope that we foresee our efforts will bear fruit one day. I say this because we are fighting against various issues our community is facing,” Margnar said.
He said that for years the indigenous Khasi community has been fighting and discussing the same issues but it was sad to say there are still no laws to protect the indigenous community.
Giving the example of the demand of the indigenous people of the state from the centre to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state, he said that Manipur which had demanded for the permit system much later the government of India had conceded to their demands.
“The Meghalaya Assembly has even passed a resolution to urge the centre to implement ILP in the state but the years has passed by and it has not been implemented till date,” Marngar said even as he added that the demand of the indigenous people of Meghalaya for ILP was there since 1979.
The KSU president said that the struggle of the indigenous community today is not only for the present but also for future generations.
“We are doing this because we have the foresight to anticipate what will happen to the indigenous community in the future,” he added.
Meanwhile, Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People president, Wellbirth Rani also spoke on the occasion.