MAPI Council fumes at blockade/bandh
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 22: Suggesting that enforcing national highway blockades and imposing bandh in some hill districts is against the spirit of peaceful solution to any problem the manipur Peace and Integrity (Mapi) Council, imphal East called upon all concerned to be wary of divisive policy pursued by some vested interest.

Referring to the highway blockades and bandh to protest State Government�s declaration of June 18 as State holiday the Council charged NSCN (IM) of driving wedge between various communities in the name of Naga Integration as cover up operation for its failure on deriving any positive development during the lingering peace talks.

Describing the armed outfit�s agenda of Naga Integration as a recent phenomenon and terming the new found endeavour as a significant loss of steam from its previous stand of Naga sovereignty movement the Council asked the hill people not to be lured through false promises.

The question of Naga unification was shelved when the United Naga Integration Council (UNIC) merged with the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee in 1972, contended the body and added that leaders of the erstwhile UNIC are acting as people�s representatives in Manipur.

While it is the goal of the instigator to spread its tentacles in dividing the people on tribe/community line time has come for one and all to understand the conspirator�s sinister design of creating chaos, Mapi highlighted.

Referring to history of boundaries in the North East region the Council highlighted that since the advent of the British colonial power only Manipur, Tripura and Assam had their own demarcated boundary with the other present day NE States either existing as sub-divisions or districts of these three States before being granted statehood.

With North East region inhabitants well versed with the history approaching a third party to divide the land is uncalled for as the people of these region have to decide their own fate, the Council asserted.

Moreover, the Council pointed that in case of division of the North East region based on community/tribe composition more than 50 States have to be carved out in order to satisfy each and every section of the society.

On the other hand, if the division is to be on topographic consideration the State so formed should be called Khasi Hills State, Upper Brahmaputra State, Brahmaputra-Chindwin State, said the body while endorsing that political factor and historical background should be the major criteria of any State formation.