Northeast India’s Only English and Hindi Satellite News Channel

After Meiteis, Meitei-Pangal community in Manipur demands ST status

First Published: 22nd January, 2023 17:10 IST

The resolution was adopted during a one day people's convention organised by Meitei Pangal Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee (MPSTDC) on the topic "The future prospects of Meitei Pangal community in

Amid sustained movement of the Meitei community under the banner of Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee of Manipur for inclusion of Meitei community in ST list, Meitei-Pangal community of the state has also resolved to demand ST status for the community.

The resolution was adopted during a one day people’s convention organised by Meitei Pangal Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee (MPSTDC) on the topic “The future prospects of Meitei Pangal community in Manipur” today at Kshetrigao in Imphal East.

According to scholars, majority of Meitei Pangals, who are Manipuri Muslims, started settling in Manipur in early 17th century while few have started settling in the middle of the 15th century.

Despite being Muslims, the Meitei Pangal community shares a unique history with the Meiteis since they started settling in Manipur after marrying Meitei women.

Notably, Meitei Pangals have unique surnames given by Meitei kings to differentiate them from other Muslims.

Speaking to media persons, spokesperson of MPSTDC Masood Maibam said that as the political, social, economic, and cultural aspects of Meitei Pangal as a community is being threatened, it becomes imperative on the part of Meitei Pangal as a distinctive community to demand for constitutional safeguard in the form of ST status.

Responding to a query by Northeast Live, he acknowledged that the influx of illegal Bangladeshis or Myanmarese for that matter is also threatening the survival of Meitei Pangal among other communities.

“The Muslims from Bangladesh or other parts of India and us; we share common faith but it doesn’t mean we are same,” he stated adding that the Meitei Pangal wants to preserve its unique identity and do not want to mix up with the illegal immigrants.

He maintained that the committee has been putting efforts to esnure that the Meitei-Pangal community use their respective unique surnames since 2014 as it is one of the identities.

The people’s convention, which was participated by dozens of Meitei Pangals from different parts of the state, also resolved to entrust responsibility of the demand to MPSTDC.



Manipur to host first tri-nation international football tournament in March

Manipur to host first tri-nation international friendly football tournament from March 20 to 28. India to play against Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan

06th February 2023
Manipur: Police seize 640 grams Heroin from a truck with Nagaland registration number, 2 held

According to police sources, the truck was heading towards Kangpokpi from the Imphal side

01st February 2023
Demand for ST status to Meiteis gets louder; massive rally in CM N Biren Singh’s home turf Heingang

Minutes after holding a massive public meeting at Koirengei Bazaar, the STDCM supporters marched through the streets as they resolved to continue to press for their demand.

31st January 2023
Frame proper rules to hire Chairperson, Members of pollution control board: SC to Mizoram and Manipur

The Apex Court has asked the two states to look into suggestions made by 5 committee and frame rules in 6 months

31st January 2023
75 students from Manipur to participate in SEIL orgainsed by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad

SEIL aims to promote the feeling of brotherhood between youths from Northeast India and the rest of the nation

30th January 2023