IMPHAL, April 24: A ‘two day national roundtable conference on Peace and Process in North East India’ organised by the department of Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU), Regional Campus, Manipur was inaugurated today, under the sponsorship of India Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi.
The inaugural session was chaired by Prof Lokendra Arambam, Visiting Fellow, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
The first session on the theme was chaired by Irengbam Arun, senior journalist and the first paper of the session titled, “Leaking Pot of Peace Parleys and Accords: Neither Containment Nor Restoration of Peace” was presented by Immanuel Varte.
In his paper titled, “Suspension of Operation (SoO): Prospects & Challenges,” Dr Sonthang Haokip, Moirang College, Manipur attempted to highlight the peace and tranquillity which has been brought about with the signing of the Suspension of Operation (SoO).
PM Gangte, Assistant Professor, History Department, Damdei Christian College, presented a paper titled, Dimensional Peace in Manipur: Chikimz Experience. She started her paper with a premise that peace cannot be achieved by force and that it can only be achieved by understanding.
Noted writer of Nagaland, Kaka De Iralu presented a paper titled, A Theological, Anthropological and Historical Analysis of the North East Political Problems and the Peace Processes Thereof.
His paper attempted to critically investigate and analyse the role of civil societies in the present peace process between the government of India and the NSCN (IM).
Soihiamlung Dangmei presented a paper titled, “Civil Societies and Naga’s Peace Process in North East India.”
In spite of the peace initiative and progress made in the last fifteen years between the government of India and the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim NSCN (IM), the fragility of the peace process continue to be tested at all levels and demands immense wisdom and integrity from both the parties.
Yarongsho Ngalung presented a paper titled Indo-Naga Peace Process: Critical Observation. His paper started chronologically onwards from the signing of GoI-NSCN (IM) Ceasefire in 1997 and further remarked that past interlocutors starting from Swaraj Kaushal and Padmanabhiah to RS Pandey have acknowledged the Naga issue as political, but they all were removed from the interlocutorship.
L Muhindro Singh presented a paper titled, Peace Process of Government of India and NSCN-IM: India’s Successful Diplomatic Dancing and Democratic Initiation. His paper attempts to review the modus operandi of the ongoing peace process of government of India and NSCN-IM.
Kaka D Iralu chaired the second session of Politics of Peace Process in which Malem Ningthouja presented his paper titled, “Labyrinth of Neoliberal Crisis: Indian-state and Its Instrument of Peace Instruments”.
Chitra Ahanthem, presented a paper titled, Talks of Peace in Manipur. With various ‘civil society groups’ and pressure groups already taking their stands on the nature of peace processes operating in the state on ethnic lines and their affiliations, the road ahead for real term peace looks challenging to say the least given the number of armed groups operating in the state and the ethnocentric politics driving them, she said.