Separatist political leaders from Manipur have announced unilateral independence from India and plan to form a government-in-exile in Britain

Manipur is one of India’s smallest states with a population of around 2.8 million people, and is one of the “Seven Sisters”, a term used to describe a group of restive northeastern states.

The region first became a part of India in 1949, two years after the country became independent of Britain; since then, it has witnessed many violent separatist campaigns advocating for freedom. So far, it has produced more than a 100 militant groups.

The external affairs minister in the self-declared Manipur State Council hopes that the world will support their journey of independence and aims to push for recognition at the United Nations.

The minister, Narengbam Samarjit, also told reporters that the de jure exiled government would be run from Britain, where most of the political leaders have been forced to reside.

“We will seek recognition from different nations […] to become a (UN) member. We hope many of the countries will recognise our independence.” -Narengbam Samarjit

The High Commission of India is yet to respond to this development.

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