The region, encircled by five other countries and connected to the rest of India by a sliver of land arching over Bangladesh, has been wracked by armed conflict and instability.
VIOLENCE PART OF LIFE
It has spawned more than 100 fighter groups over the decades whose demands range from autonomy to secession.
Violence has been part of daily life for decades in Manipur, which borders Myanmar, with a strong presence of the Indian military.
The state has a strong ethnic mix, and its Meitei, Naga, Kuki and Pangal communities are all deeply committed to preserving their own cultural autonomy.
Its people have also always tended to look eastwards in their search for cultural links.
Samarjit said he hoped the world would support its independence cause.
"We are not free there and our history is going to be destroyed, our culture is going to be extinct," he warned.
"So the UN should listen ... we raise our voice to the whole world that the people living in Manipur are human beings."
The High Commission of India did not respond to a request for comment.