Ukhrul, Senapati, Tirap on IM map for solution
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, October 01: The Centre is in a bind over a recent proposal from its emissary for Naga talks, K Padmanabhaiah, seeking major concessions to bring around the separatist NSCN (I-M).

Among the suggestions included in the proposal are appointment of a boundary committee to examine the redrawing of Nagaland�s boundaries to include the "Naga-inhabited" districts of Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh and Ukhrul and Senapati in Manipur.

The plan forwarded to by the former Union Home Secretary also moots a separate Constitution for Nagaland, besides a separate flag.

The proposals, however, are fraught with serious risks given their sweep as well as their Constitutional implications.

Any attempt at reworking the boundaries of Nagaland, Government managers point out, would in all probability incite violent protests in Manipur and unrest in Arunachal as well.

Besides, it would go against the Centre�s assurance that the Naga peace process, given while withdrawing the ceasefire from States bordering Nagaland, would not interfere with the territorial integrity of the North-Eastern States.

Our Staff Reporter adds: When The Sangai Express contacted the president of United Committee Manipur, Sapamcha Jadumani, he said that there is no district or land exclusively meant for any particular community.

No land exclusively belongs to the Nagas, Kukis or Meiteis or any community.

The land belongs to all the communities which have been residing here since ages, he said.

It will be a travesty of justice if the Government of India rescinds on its earlier assurance not to compromise with the territory of Manipur and the people will not tolerate any designs to compromise with the territorial integrity of the State, further said the UCM president.

Our forefathers protected the territory of Manipur and the generation of today will not hesitate from taking up that responsibility of protecting the territorial sanctity of the land, he continued.

UCM with the active co-operation of the people is forever ready to face any plots hatched by the NSCN (IM) and New Delhi to compromise with the territory of Manipur, added Jadumani.

The president of All Manipur United Clubs' Organisation, Jagat Thoudam could not be contacted at the AMUCO's office this evening as he had already left for home.