Meitei Community

  • Clashes were reported in Manipur, over grant of ST status to the Meitei Community.

About Meitei community

  • The Meitei people, also known as the Manipuri people, are the predominant ethnic group of Manipur State representing 53% of Manipur’s population.
  • The Meiteis primarily settled in the Imphal Valley region in modern-day Manipur, though a sizable population has settled in the other Indian states of Assam, Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya, and Mizoram.
  • There is also a notable presence of Meitei in the neighbouring countries of Myanmar and Bangladesh.
  • They speak the Meitei language (officially called Manipuri), one of the 22 official languages of India and the sole official language of Manipur State.
  • They are divided into clans, the members of which do not intermarry.
  • Rice cultivation on irrigated fields is the basis of their economy.
  • A majority follow Hinduism, while more than 8% are Muslims.
  • Yaoshang Festival is celebrated by the Meitei people at the same time as Holi and is known as ‘Manipur’s version of Holi’.
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