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AMUCO Advises Naga Leaders

IMPHAL, Dec 6: Categorically stating that New Delhi is not in a position to fulfill the demand to expand the territory of Nagaland or create a Greater Nagaland, the All Manipur United Clubs’ Organization has advised Naga leaders to study the feasibility of their demands.

Observing that the Government of India has categorically ruled out creation of new States for small population over relatively smaller territories, the AMUCO observed that many Naga leaders are still campaigning for Naga integration/Nagaization even after Nagaland was granted Statehood.

On the other hand, Hijam Irabot opposed the proposal to form Purvanchal by merging different States of the North East region.  With the failure of the then Governor Sir Robert Reid to bring hill areas of Manipur under Naga integration campaign, the Naga National League as well as Daiho passed into history.

In response to a letter sent by the Naga National Council president T Aliba Amiti on August 14, 1947, a meeting of Tangkhul village chiefs from Hundung area was held on August 5, 1947 and ten resolutions were adopted.

These resolutions mentioned about retaining and strengthening relationships with hill village chiefs.

On November 30, 1947, a public meeting was held at MDU Imphal where it was resolved that people of hills and valley should co-exist together and a responsible Government should be established for Manipur.

Among others, the meeting was attended by MK Shimray of Tangkhul Long, Lune of Kuki National Assembly, Kakhangai of Kabui Association and Zena of Mizo Union.

And now the peace talk between NSCN-IM and New Delhi is still eluding a solution because the dialogue is a piecemeal process and not a composite one.

The UNC’s first tripartite talk was a follow up to the New Delhi-NSCN-IM peace talk.

As the demand for ‘˜alternative arrangement’ is basically concerned with Manipuri Nagas, any solution to the demand should be sought with the Manipuri people.

Conflict management, transformation or resolution cannot be done in accordance to the wish of a single group.

Categorically stating that AMUCO’s statement is not addressed to the UNC but to all Manipuri Nagas, it pointed out that the participating officials, whether they were of Central or State Government were accountable to the public and the public are comprised of multiple communities.

‘˜Alternative arrangement’ cannot be explained in partial interest. It should be defined according to common interest, it added.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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