Manipur State Constitution Act, 1947

Truth be told, the Manipur State Constitution Act, 1947 is a piece of shit. Less than two years after it was formulated, the Indian supremacists, just after the British left, overtook the region called South Asia and parts of western Southeast Asia. There had been dissent, as we know from the formation of the then new nation-states of Pakistan and Bangladesh but fortunately India had successfully merged the kingdoms of Manipur and Tripura and others into the union. Before we glorify the Indian nation, which is still a WIP business, here is a the text of a Constitution of an Asiatic kingdom, one of its first kinds, which lost its legitimacy even before a fat, foolish king and his subjects knew about it.


Subsequent to the Merger Agreement, the popularly elected Manipur Assembly adopted a few resolutions on 28 September 1949 that rejected the so-called agreement signed under duress. The following is a text of the resolution published by the Manipur State Press, G-100/ 14-10-49.

Proceedings of the 4th Sitting of the 3rd Session of the First Manipur State Legislative Assembly Assembled under the Provisions of the Manipur State Constitution Act, 1947.

The Assembly met in the Assembly Chamber in the Johnstone High School premises at 2:30 P.M on the 28th September, 1949.

The 4th sitting of the 3rd Session of the Manipur State Legislative assembly, held on 29-9-1949 resolved & adopted the following resolutions in protest against the Merger Agreement signed on 21st September 1949.

1. As per Adult-Franchise regulation, the General election held in June, 1948 of Manipur State Legislative Assembly had taken accord of the Law-orders, Administrations, Financial assessments, Foreign Affairs etc. of the then Maharaja of Manipur.

2. The State of Manipur will have no relations Foreign relation/ relation with Indian Govt. without any agreement signed with the MSLA though may it be the declaration of the then Maharaja.
3. The Ex-Maharaja Bodhachandra Singh under immense pressure and duress from Prakash Shah, Governor of Assam, V.P. Menon, Minister of State affairs, and Sardar Ballavai Patel was forced to sign the Merger Agreement on 21st September, 1949 at Shillong without any consignment from the Manipur State Legislative Assembly. The agreement is being dropped out by the M.S. Legislative Assembly, i.e., will not abide by the agreement.

Lastly, the Manipur State Legislative Assembly has taken the resolution that the Merger Agreement is totally dropped and that it will not consider such an agreement that had been signed where about.

P.B. Singh (MK Priyobrata)
Chief Minister
T.C. Tiankham
I.B. Singh (Arambam Ibotomcha)
Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs
Dated, Imphal,
The 28th September, 1949



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