UNC ask GOI to bring amicable solution within Naga fraternity

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IMPHAL, Jan 6: In view of the war that was waged upon the innocent and unarmed Naga citizens at Mao on the May 6, last year by the Manipur State Government the Naga Hoho on May 8, last year issued a statement that, henceforth, we derecognize any artificial boundary lines drawn across our ancestral lands in the so called Manipur State”.
According to the statement of the UNC, jointly signed by Sword Vashum, chairman Committee for Alternative Arrangement, UNC and L Adani, member secretary of the committee, mentioned that, the Nagas in the present state of Manipur declared the severance of all political ties with the government of Manipur in the Naga Peoples’ Convention which was convened at Tahamzam on the of July 1, last year. And the very declaration was based upon the unmistakable fact that it was impossible to protect our right to life, land, time-honored institutions, customary practice and values under the administration of the dominant and communal Government of Manipur (GoM), and that our history with it, has clearly confirmed the harsh reality that the GoM has never recognized and respected the identity and dignity of the Naga people. The vacuum in governance and administration created thereby, it was further declared, must be filled with an alternative arrangement by the Government of India in consultation with the Naga people at the earliest possible time.
The statement further mentioned that, this declaration was endorsed by the Naga Hoho in the June 18, last year, declaration at Kohima and subsequently confirmed in the 3rd Federal Assembly of the Naga Hoho, held at Mokokchung, on July 16 last year.
Although the Naga inhabited areas was arbitrarily sliced off and annexed by the British in 1891 to Manipur, which was then only the Imphal valley, the Britishers, recognizing the distinctiveness and separateness of the Nagas, administered the Nagas and their lands through the Crown’s political department. Before India’s independence, the Nagas were never subjected to the rule of the Maharaja of Manipur. After India’s independence, Naga areas were arbitrarily transferred to the Maharaja of Manipur without the consent of the Nagas, through acts of subterfuge and deception. The story of the Nagas in Manipur since then has been one of complete marginalization, victimization, discrimination and Meitei domination. The entire system of governance is conceived, designed and engineered towards systematic degradation and obliteration of Naga history, culture and identity. The Nagas in Manipur have suffered loss of rights and privileges, loss of due share in economic development, and most materially loss of their honor, dignity and identity the statement added.
It is only in the indivisible common destiny that the history, identity and honor of the Nagas would be safe. It is with this clear conviction that the Nagas in Manipur have embarked upon the historic mission to secure an alternative political and administrative arrangement independent of Meitei domination and subjugation. In accepting this responsibility, we have neither sought direction from anyone high or low nor has anybody named or unnamed given us instructions. We the Nagas in Manipur who are compelled to seek for the alterative arrangement have no ulterior motive other than the firm conviction that all avenues for rapprochement for meaningful and peaceful co-existence have been exhausted and therefore the best way forward for the Nagas and the Meiteis is to part as good neighbors. It is a wake-up call to every self-respecting Naga whether or not we pass on to posterity a legacy that is fragmented and disfigured, shamed and pained to no end it added.
The demand for alternative arrangement is for an emergency intervention to change the unbearable and intolerable conditions under which the Nagas in Manipur have been compelled to subsist on, so that we may live as a people with our dignity, identity and fundamental rights intact. the intervention must be urgent and interim in nature so as to accommodate our immediate administrative needs without any prejudice to the legitimate political aspiration of the entire Naga family. It shall not and cannot undercut and upstage the larger Naga national issue. What the Nagas in Manipur are seeking, with the blessing and goodwill of all Nagas at large is to save and protect our future and identity and to ensure our survival with honor and dignity the statement added.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Try reminisce “cease fire” rather known as “the great uprising”.want that again?Dont play with fire ball!People of Kangleipak never strike back untill that reached where kanglei think it should.This time if u do so,I believe it wud be of great impact.My message to bunch of half baked,Plz read those articles to savage urself rather ur innocent brethren

  2. Due to the unresolve and step motherly treatment by the Manipur govt for decades(not all meiteis),the nagas have only option a separate statehood.This is in the interest of both side to remain as good neighbours less the mistake of the govt will make the people of both side enemies forever.

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