Uncertain days ahead as UNC readies to relaunch agitation
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, January 31: Even as the cease fire between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India has been extended by another six months following an understanding reached at Bangkok today, the United Naga Council is gearing up to relaunch its suspended non-cooperation movement and the same may be announced during the Lui-Ngai-Ni festival scheduled to be held at Ukhrul on February.

A Naga people's convention sponsored by the UNC on November 4, last year had declared to launch the non-cooperation move-ment.

As announced earlier, the convention had decided to rename all the rivers, villages and geographical locations in the four Naga dominated hill districts of the State.

The names would be changed to their indigenous names.

Moreover the convention had also decided not to pay house tax to the State Government but either to Delhi or Kohima.

The convention which was held at Taphou Naga village in Senapati district also resolved not to accept any funds or schemes taken up by the State Government.

The noncooperation movement was first launched as part of the larger demand of the integration of all Naga inhabited areas under one administrative block.

Talking to The Sangai Express today UNC president Puni Modoli said, �We have almost finalised all the agenda of the movement and some of them have already been implemented.� Modalities of paying house tax either to Kohima or New Delhi and the method of reverting to the indigenous names of the rivers, villages etc in the four Naga inhabited districts will be announced during the Lui-Ngai-Ni festival scheduled to be held at Ukhrul on February 15, said Modoli.

The names were picked and chosen by Naga historians and elders, he said adding that there is no dispute in renaming them.

As part of the movement, the Nagas did not accept the red blankets given by the State Government on Republic Day this year, except at Imphal, said the UNC president.

�Those who received the red blankets at Imphal have been served explanation calls and they have all agreed to return the gifts given by the State Government,� added Modoli.

On the participation of Naga cultural troupes at the Republic Day at Imphal, the UNC leader said, �For culture, there is no restriction and all are free to display their culture at any occasion.� We respect other culture too and we are not against the people but we are against the Manipur Government for not honouring our long standing demand,� he added.

On the upcoming Lui-Ngai-Ni festival at Ukhrul, the UNC leader said that hectic preparations are on to ensure the success of the festival.

Sub-committees have been set up and responsibilities allocated.

The non-cooperation movement which was announced during the Senapati declaration on August 8 and 9 in 2001 was endorsed during the Naga people's convention.