Mani kick starts Lim debate
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 03: Taking serious note of the remarks made by Nagaland Home Minister Thenucho and Manipur MP Mani Charenamei during the Naga integration rally held on August 31 at Kohima, All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA) president Khaidem Mani Singh has posed a series of questions on the movement for Naga integration.

Addressing a press conference at the AMBA office located within the Cheirap Court complex today, Khaidem Mani demanded to know the name of the nation/land, if the Nagas have had ever lived as one in their history, the geographical area covered by it, the boundary and the official language spoken.

He also wanted to know the names of the kings who ruled over the Naga people in such a nation, the total population and number of tribes or communities who lived in such a political entity.

Khaidem clarified that these questions have been posed not in his capacity as AMBA president but as an Indian citizen and social worker who has deep concern for the territorial integrity of Manipur.

He also advocated an open debate on the topic of �Manipur territorial integrity versus Naga Integrity: Which one is justifiable?�.

The debate may be held anywhere outside North East and 10 speakers each from both the sides should be selected with an internationally acclaimed media organisation as the third group, Khaidem proposed.

He expressed optimism that such debate could not dispel any sort of animosity and tension existing among the Nagas and non-Naga people.

However, he hastened to add, that �fortunately there has been no communal tension among the ethnic groups settling in both the hill and the valley areas of the State�, and gave the credit to the various social and voluntary organisations working in Manipur for this.

�We have nothing to say against Naga sovereignty, but the process of Naga integration should not affect existing territorial integrity of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh�, Khaidem said.

NSCN (I-M) and Govt of India can carry on with their peace talks, but it should not be at the cost of the territorial integrity of the neighbouring States, he stated categorically.