Imphal: Acclaimed filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar expressed that the present situation prevailing in the state with a communal touch is unfortunate. All should join hands together to restore peace and normalcy soon so that the upcoming generations do not have a sad future, he appealed.
Paban Kumar, talking to DIPR, said, “I never thought that the current issue would turn communal. Any issue with a communal touch always has lasting impacts, and this issue, if not solved in time, will have a lasting negative impact on the future generation.”
He further stated, “Manipur is like a mini-India, and we as citizens of the state, irrespective of whichever community one belongs to, should try to bring about an amicable solution. Even the mainland Indians dwelling in Manipur should not remain silent spectators during such critical times, and should join in to restore peace in the state.”
He added that, in the larger interest of the people of the state, we all should work together. The news report of the present situation as shared in social media and the mainland media, somehow, seems to lack ground reality and tries to bring the narrative based on religion, he added.
He further said that in Manipur, there has never been any occurrence of such incidents based on religion, as religion has never been a major concern or a barrier in our society. The present issue is quite different from those narratives, and the comments made without knowing the ground realities need to be checked. At this moment, all citizens of the country need to put effort into solving the present situation to bring peace and tranquility in the state, he appealed.
It may be mentioned that Haobam Paban Kumar is an Indian filmmaker from the state of Manipur. Kumar’s films and documentaries have been screened in several places across the globe. Kumar’s debut feature film Loktak Lairembee (Lady of the Lake) won the National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation at the 64th National Film Awards 2017. He also won the German Star of India at the 14th Indian Film Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, for the film in 2017. Kumar’s 2006 documentary AFSPA 1958 was one of the most highly critical and widely appreciated films across the globe for his daredevil attempt to showcase the harsh reality of the ill effects of the Armed Forces Special Power Act in Manipur state.