Centre wants to finish up NSCN-IM : Ranendrajit
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, June 18 2010: Government of India is interested neither in the formation of Greater Nagaland nor in the territorial integrity of any of the states in the North Eastern region of the country, said speakers at the public meeting organised by United Committee Manipur (UCM) at Kekrupat in connection with the commemoration of the Great June Uprising Day today.

Leaders of various civil organisations based both in valley and hills, and chiefs of several villages of hill areas took part in the meeting as presidium members in the meeting.

Most of the speakers at the meeting criticized the Centre for its secret-but-not-hard-to-understand policies that the Centre wants to create disunity among the people of different communities in the region.

Leaders of UCM during observance of Great June Uprising

Among others, Sanajao Kamei, president of Zeliangrong Union (ZU), Imphal, Thambaljao Chothe, chairman of Lamlongei village of Tamenglong district, Thangsei Haokip, president of Kuki Inpi Manipur, Umsoson Kharam, president of Kharam Tribe Union, Manipur, Smt Kokomlunglu Kamei, president of Kabui Mothers' Association, Prof Rose Mangsi Haokip, president of Kuki Mothers' Association, Rev Rehang Chote, president of HERICOUN and others spoke at the public meeting which concluded at 3.30 pm, the deadline set by the government.

The speakers dwelled mostly on the present chaotic situation prevailing in the state arising out of the now-deferred visit of NSCN (IM) general secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah, and observed that the Central government's "divide and rule" policy is becoming an "open secret" .

Even an illiterate citizen of the state knows the hidden agenda of the Central government that it is trying to create an atmosphere of disunity among the peoples of different communities in the region, said RK Ranendrajit, a well known social worker, who was the editor of The Freedom, an English daily.

The Central government is not keen in fulfilling the demand for Greater Nagaland.

At the same time, they are also not interested in protecting the territorial integrity of the state.

The only thing they interested in is to create an atmosphere of hatredness among the different communities, he observed.

"The present chaotic situation in Manipur and Nagaland is a part of a gameplan of the Centre, and they are using NSCN (IM), caught in the trap of India's hidden policy, and its frontal organisations as tools for creating disunity among the people," Ranendrajit strongly charged.

The Centre's policy is to finish up the NSCN(IM) first, then targeting other outfits operating in the region.

An illiterate person is aware of this, RK Ranendrajit observed adding that it was the simple reason why no communal riot occurred in the state despite the prolonged imposition of economic blockade on the national highways in Manipur and some sections openly coming out in support of Muivah's visit to the state.

Exposing indifference in dealing with the economic blockade callers by the state government and sending them free hands, talkers said that state government is also taking part in the playing divide and rule policy among the people of the state.

Referring to the four month long agitations when police commandos killed two persons including a pregnant housewife at Khwairamband Bazar on July 23 last year, they said when civil bodies agitate over the violation of human rights, they were arrested, booked under National Security Act (NSA).

But when ANSAM and UNC severely violated the right to life of the people by imposition economic blockade on the lifelines of the people, government remained mum and not tried to arrest any of its functionaries.

Instead, in name of unable to arrest those, police declare 'wanted" to its leaders, he said giving hint of having a hidden agenda of the state government.

Talkers also lamented when three members of Parliament representing the state remained silent when people are at the limit of their woes due to the prolong imposition of economic blockade.

Manipur has three MPs, one each from three major communities, Meitei, Naga and Kuki but they are still remaining as silent spectators in the problems confronting by the people of the state.

Interestingly they are Congress and part of ruling government at Centre who have power in hand to air the grievances of the people of the state, they said.

They also particularly targeted MP from inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency, T Meinya who was also a former minister and MP of Rajya Sabha, Rishang Keishing, a former chief minister of the state for not pressing the Centre to solve the state problems.

People of all sections are still remaining united as the peaceful co-existence among the people since time immemorial is well understood by them.

So long as people remain united, no force in this world could break the territorial integrity and boundary of the state, they put down.

President of the UCM, Yumnamcha Dilipkumar while recalling the incident of June 18, 2001, it was occurred owing to mistake committed by the then governance.

He said that UCM submitted several memoranda to the Prime Minister, Home Minister and other concerns to prevent NSCN (IM) leader Th Muivah from entering the state but they failed to hear the pleas.

NSCN (IM) should not indulge in one sided activities which would hurt the sentiments of other communities.

UCM will stand against it always for the sake state integrity, he said.

UCM is also going to set up Peace Keeping Volunteers in the near future.

Mobilization for volunteers has started.

Once the group came up, they will be utilized in bringing harmony among the different communities and to ease when any tension arising out among different communities, Dilipkumar said.

He also expressed his willingness to reconsider agitation against the Manipur (Hill area) District Council (Third Amendment), 2008 citing that before the Act was enacted, consents of leaders of all sections of people in the hill areas were obtained.

The 20 MLAs from the hill districts had also given consent as members of the Hill Areas Committee of the State Assembly.

It will be not a right decision to protest against the Act when none objected when the bill was passed by the Assembly, he said.

Talking on the resuming of ply of vehicles on the NH-39, he extended support to the decision of the Transporters' and Drivers' Council and said that vehicular traffic on this section of the highway should not be resumed until and unless government of India and Nagaland government take up appropriate action to control extortion menace of the underground outfits particularly like the NSCN (IM) maintaining ceasefire with the GoI in Nagaland.

Rose Mangsi, the president of the Kuki Mothers' Association recalling her experience during tense situations on the question of integrity of the state said that the territorial boundary of the state cannot be disturbed at any cost.