From Bullet to Ballot

700 ULFA militants from Assam renounced violence and dedicated themselves to being contributive members to civil society.



The fight against insurgency in Manipur received a further boost Monday, Aug 14, with the surrender of 68 militants. At a Homecoming Ceremony on Aug 14, the Hon Chief Minister of Manipur, Sri N. Biren Singh formally accepted the surrender. He was accompanied by the Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh and the Hon Home Minister of Manipur as well.


The militants are drawn from a number of different insurgent groups, namely, the Kangleipak Communist Party (Mobile Task Force) faction, i.e. KCP (MTF), Kanglei Yawol Kunna Lup (KYKL) and the Peoples’ Liberation Army of Manipur (PLA). The Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) had been engaged in an armed struggle to achieve sovereignty for Manipur since the 1980s. The PLA has been waging a rebellion since 1978, and the KYKL was relatively recently formed in 1994 when some splinter groups of the KCP and the UNLF came together.


The Commander in Chief of the KCP-MTF, Norem Priyo Kumar, alias Kesho Meitei who has been in custody since 2012 agreed to arrange the surrender of the militants from his faction. But there was one condition.


He did not trust the government agencies to facilitate the surrender.


Enter the Art of Living which has been active in the area of conflict resolution in North East India for some time. KCP-MTF approached Art of Living. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar ji appointed a team of volunteers including Swami Bhavyatej ji of Art of Living to help mediate the surrender process.


The Art of Living volunteers acted as intermediaries between the government agencies and the KCP-MTF leaders. Over a period of time, a number of meetings were held by Art of Living volunteers with both sides.


Swami Bhavyatej ji even went to meet Kesho Metei in jail to finalize details of the surrender. After a long wait, 68 militants surrendered to the govt along with their arms and ammunition. A formal agreement will also be signed between the KCP-MTF and the Manipur State Govt soon.