From a ginger farmer to a business tycoon to a founder of a 'government-in-exile', Narengbam Samarjit is an enigma that Manipur is trying to come to terms with.
The bespectacled man in his late forties with a penchant for flamboyant black attires with traditional regalia shocked and awed the state in equal measures when he and his lesser-known comrade Yambem Biren Singh, declared Manipur’s “independence” and formation of an “government-in-exile” in London on the eve of the Meitei festival of Ningol Chakouba.
Many netizens and even a separatist group, the People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), welcomed the move and hailed the two self-proclaimed champions of Meitei nationalism.
“The announcement of independence of Manipur from India and the formation of a government-in-exile, called Manipur State Council, on 29/10/2019 in London, is whole-heartedly supported by the PREPAK,” the militant outfit said in a statement. It also urged the people of Manipur to support the duo considering their declaration as a part of the "revolutionary movement".
The group further stated that the decisions of the two “respectable personalities” showed that “the revolutionary movement for freedom that the people have been fighting to achieve for years is approaching its fruition".
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