Imphal: Famous Indian woman footballer Grace Dangmei has expressed her belief that forgiving each other and forgetting what had happened only can bring peace in Manipur.
Speaking to DIPR, Grace said, “The situation has become quite big now and has been going on for quite a long, almost reaching a month’s time. There is a huge misunderstanding and miscommunication between two communities and that has led to the spread of intense hatred and building false narratives among one another.”
She further said, “Outside Manipur, the issue has been seen as a fight between religions i.e. Hindus and Christians and one religion discriminating against another, which is very unfortunate and not true. I believe that there is only one God and we all should co-exist peacefully as brothers and sisters.”
Grace said, “Sometimes, misunderstandings are bound to happen at some point in time and it happens anywhere. But it should be resolved at the earliest before it becomes worse. Many properties have been burned and many lives have been lost. But we should forget and forgive. As a sportsperson, I want a healthy, peaceful and drug-free Manipur.”
The footballer appealed to the government to restore peace very soon in the state of Manipur. She also appealed to all the community leaders to actively work on stopping the miscommunications and to bring back peace by negotiating at the table.
Grace Dangmei is an Indian women’s international footballer who plays as a forward for Indian Women’s League side Gokulam Kerala and the Indian women’s national team.
She was a part of the team at the 2014 Asian Games and at the 2016 South Asian Games where she scored two goals against Sri Lanka. During the 2016 SAFF Women’s Championship, she scored a goal in the second half of the final, helping India clinch its fourth consecutive title at the tournament.