Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 3 - Veteran filmmaker from Manipur Aribam Syam Sharma today announced his decision to return the Padma Shri as a mark of protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. Talking to reporters at his residence at Thangmeiband in Imphal this afternoon, Syam said the people in Manipur need protection. Some of the states in North East have regulation to protect their people.
Aribam Syam Sharma
The 83 year old filmmaker said that the Bill is anti-North East.
Stating that Manipur has only two MPs in the Parliament, so their voices are not heard.
“We need to be respected as a state. It should not be counted on the basis of population,” he said. “When the North East states jointly represent or present something to the Union Government, they should consider it.”
“So as mark of solidarity with those who are protesting against the Bill, I decided to return the award”, Syam said.
Padma Shri to the noted filmmaker was awarded in 2006 for his contribution to Manipuri cinema and world of films.
Manipur had been witnessing continuous public protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill after the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8.