An Open Letter to Citizens of India


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Dear Fellow Indians,

We are sportspersons who love to play our sport and bring smiles to our people. We play as ‘India’ and we play for the pride of our countrymen. There can be nothing bigger an award for us than people cheering at our every move and pray for a win every time we play.

We believe that the sportspersons and common people ooze the tears of happiness and sorrow together. We are from this beautiful part of India, popularly known as North East. We are simple people smiling our way to achieve our simple dreams. We love to play and win. We love to smile and show to the world how wonderful this corner of the earth is. But, alas, it is not the case always!

As much as we have enjoyed the privilege of representing you in various international platforms, today we are very saddened at what is repeatedly going on in our beloved and beautiful state of Manipur. The common people have been struggling everyday for basic amenities of life. The four month long economic blockade and resultant deadlock have affected the normal life of every common man of this part of the country.

It’s sad to see this great nation giving a deaf ear while lakhs of its citizens in one of the most vibrant states – Manipur have been suffering under the dark shadow of the economic blockade for more than 120 days. It’s painful to see no conclusive action from any of the responsible quarters for over 4 months when the people of Manipur were made to struggle for basic essential items, life saving drugs and many more.

It’s same state which has produced some of the best sportspersons for this country who have brought laurels to the nation at international platforms; it’s the same state which has given some of the best performing art forms and artistes to the nation.

Today, they need your support. They need support from everyone to put an end to the sufferings and help them live a normal life.

We appeal to everyone to restrain from using economic blockade or other such extreme modes of protest on humanitarian grounds and find a solution through democratic way. At the same time, we appeal to our fellow countrymen and the people’s representatives to join hands and help bring back Manipur on the growth path and make it an integral part of the development of our nation.

Let us, the people of this country, work towards rebuilding the jewel of India.

We hope that our honourable prime minister will sow the seeds of peace and lay the foundation of a prosperous Manipur when he visits the state on 3rd December, 2011.


Kunjarani Devi
(Weightlifting) (Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Winner, 1996-1997)

M C Mary Kom
(Boxing) (Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Winner, 2008-2009 )

Baichung Bhutia
(Football) (Former Captain of Indian National Football Team)

Gourmangi Singh

Monica Devi

Govind Singh


Sushil Singh

Lalrindika Ralte

Rocus Lamare

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  1. Dear Naga friends,

    It is OK for you
    to think whatever you want or whatever you want to do and I think you can get
    it. I appreciate your unity and courage for a common purpose and goal. I also
    admire for your hardship and patients towards the fulfillment of your dream and
    vision which was founded by a few of your respected former and present leaders.
    What more to say, you have every right to speak, demand and be fulfilled in a country
    like India.

    The people in
    the plain areas heard the gospel of Jesus Christ from you. People looked to you
    as the model of their spiritual life. Hundreds of people have been saved
    through your Christ-centered missions. People see you as blessed people as you
    grow in the Light of Christ, in His knowledge, in purity, in progress in many
    areas and as a result thousands of people began to see Christ through your life
    and acts. Many people were very hopeful that real peace and security will be
    restored in Manipur. Are you going to deny the above facts? If you really want
    to know as to how the things mentioned above 
    happen through your generation, just try to remember of your forefathers
    especially the 12th fathers who made you to be such manifold channel of
    blessings through a man of God called William Pettigrew. I never hope that your
    12th precious spiritual fathers would ever plant such a spirit of confusion and
    chaos in your lives. I trust that you were given birth to do the will of those
    respected fathers -the will that demands the spreading of the same Light to the
    people of Manipur and neighboring states. You are the salt as well as the light
    of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Do you understand what you are doing now. It seems
    that you have been misled by some uncircumcised brothers of your own who guide
    you in this present issue like sheep but fully wolf inside. Instead of becoming
    the salt and light to the world, you have become terrible taste to thousands and
    you have become darkness towards them by compromising you integrity for the
    sake of just some perishable things like the so called Nagalim/Supra State
    Body. You know very well that the world is not ours (John 15:19) and we should
    not fight for it (1John 2:15-17). You are following the Prince of Peace and you
    are the peacemakers (Matthew 5:9), but now you are trying very hard to become a
    curse upon thousands of people by fighting for a selfish matter called Nagalim
    as if it were a God given property. You have been sowing the seed of hatred,
    enmity, violence, bloodshed towards your brothers who are in need of Gospel and
    this is all for a peace of land and so called man-made egoistic traditional and
    cultural identities. Why don’t you identified with Christ who is the real
    answer of all your problems and issues. Is this all you are sowing as seed for
    your children and children’s children! Dear friends, we who follow Christ are
    nothing more than a spiritual Israel. You cannot become a physical Israel. If
    you do this your theology has been in need of a dire re-examination so that you
    may avoid of being extra-Biblical!

    I don’t know
    what God is planning for you, but please be sure of this that you have become a
    generation of shame towards those precious 12th forefathers who born and
    brought you up to be the salt and light of the world. Please be sure of this
    that you have become a curse upon thousands of people who are in need of
    Christ. Moreover, you have become stumbling block towards the Gospel of Jesus
    Christ. You are crucifying Christ again and again by your deed of darkness. I
    love the Naga communities and in any sense I am not your enemy. This is an open
    message to  you from a brother who came
    into the light of life through your Christ-centered mission. It is not a
    political issue as you think, but it is your spiritual issue. Stop your fasting
    and prayer for such Godless movement and wants, because your fasting and prayer
    has very special reasons (Isaiah 58:6-7). I feel that it is the time for you to
    repent and turn to God for His mercy and guidance. Stop leading your children
    into chaos and confusion, your children deserve better than that worldly wealth
    and property, because they have special higher calling. Teach your children on
    how to inherit the earth by using this eternal truth from Matthew 5:5.


    One of your well-wishers,








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