Great insight into the history of Manipur. It's a mistake for Manipur to join India union.Manipur (Kangleipak) has been an independent nation for thousand of years. Manipur & Myanmar was at war for most part of the history ,with Manipur extending deeper into Northern Myanmar. British & Indian gov curved up kabaw valley and donated it to Myanmar for some islands in Indian ocean.
Manipur is not at all similar to Myanmar,imagine comparing Chinese and Japanese ,and asking why Japanese aren't part of China? how would they react?
Even the British noted distinction quality between the Burmese and Meitei.
Sir James Johnstone, the political agent of Manipur from 1877-1886 during the British colonial rule in India:
"But certainly the Manipuris have stable and industrious qualities which the Burmese and Shans do not possess. Since then the race has been constantly fed by additions from the various hill-tribes surrounding the valley. The result is a fairly homogeneous people of great activity and energy, with much of the Japanese aptitude for acquiring new arts. The men seem capable of learning anything, and the women are famous as weavers, and in many cases have completely killed out the manufacture of cloths formerly peculiar to certain of the hill-tribes, over whom the Manipuris have obtained mastery by superior intellect. They are always cheerful, even on a long and trying march, and are good-humoured under any difficulties and never apparently conscious of fatigue. They are very abstemious, and live chiefly on rice and fish, which is often rotten from preference.
It is impossible for those who have marched much in the hills with Manipuris to avoid liking them. Their caste prejudices, though rigid, give no trouble to others. Hungry or not, they are always ready to march, and march all day and all night, if necessary. Still, the Indo-Chinese races exceed even the ordinary Asiatic in reserve and sphinx-like characteristics, and the Manipuris are an inscrutable set.''
Myanmar with 54 million population ,hasn't produced an Olympic world champion till date.
Manipur with like 2 million people already produced multiple olympic champions..
So ,why would Manipur even entertain such thoughts?
Did I say Saikhom Mirabai Chanu or Licypriya isn't Indian?