Manipur Nagas decide to remain in Manipur

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A conglomerate of several groups, the Working Committee of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) stated Manipur Nagas decided to remain in Manipur.

In a statement, NNPGs stated, โ€œSuccessive Naga Chief ministers in Manipur have vowed to protect every inch of it. Be it Reishang Keishing or Yangmaso Shaiza, they lived and died for Manipur’s territorial integrity. When. M.L Kapani was chief commissioner of Manipur, he invited Naga elders of Manipur to Ukhrul to meet Nagaland Minister Chiten Jamir, who was sent there to ask if they would join Nagaland state. Manipur Nagas decided to remain in Manipur. As it is, today those Nagas stationed at Hebron Camp are mostly guests from Manipur state.

It added, โ€œThey and their children belong to Manipur state govt., enjoying political and administrative rights like any citizen. Is it their birthright to plant the other feet in Nagaland as well, through consent or by bloodshed? We say no to both. They have proven themselves, by choice, that they cannot integrate physically to Nagaland state.

Th.Muivah on 29th Feb.2012 FNR meet, at Agri Expo grounds Dimapur, clearly defined his position and that of all Nagas in Manipur, to the people, that sovereignty is not possible at this stage and Naga integration was out of question. By this, they have failed to prove themselves to the people of Nagaland. Their loyalty, social and cultural positions, have always been inclined towards Manipur state.

Now, what right have they to talk about Naga sovereignty or integration? When Naga Chief Ministers in Manipur repeatedly passed resolutions that they will not cede an inch of Manipur territory to Nagaland, must Nagas of Nagaland surrender all their rivers and valleys to southern Naga IM leaders? God forbid. Nagas will live by reality and not by illusionโ€

It further said, โ€œWhen they cannot free themselves physically, emotionally, politically, socially and culturally from Manipur state, where is the moral authority to claim legitimacy over Naga political matters, let alone flag or constitution? When they are all political children of Manipur state, in words and action, involving aggressively neck deep dripping with cash, attempting to install their kith and kin as in recent Manipur Legislative Assembly elections, who are they to accuse the sons of the soil of Nagaland as traitors or anti-Naga and threaten with bloodshed? How can the interlopers, who are slaves in their own native place, call natives of another place as traitors and threaten with death and destruction? It is against the law of nature and historyโ€

Government of Indiaโ€™s representative for Naga political talks, AK Mishra visited headquarters of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) camp Hebron and held discussion with Thuingaleng Muivah, general secretary of NSCN-IM on Tuesday.

Greater Nagalim has been one of NSCN-IMโ€™s core demands. Greater Nagalim stipulates the integration of Naga inhabited areas of Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. There is stiff opposition to the NSCN-IM’s demand in these states.

Reproduced from The Economic Times

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