If it is all about recognising the ‘history’ than there is nothing to worry about the outcome of the ‘Frame work’ agreement signed between the government of India and NSCN-IM. The sixty years of bloodshed could have been avoided had the then ruler of the free India have equal respect for all communities of the country. Over thousands had been killed, many are maimed and many women still survive a shameful life after the fellow soldiers in the name of suppressing the secessionist movement in this part of the country. It is a fake that Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh were never a separate state as these states are curved out from Assam. However, Manipur and Tripura were recognized as kingdoms by the then British government who had ruled the country for over 200 years. It is easily presumable the kind of forces or factors that had make the alien rulers keeping the vast land as their colony. After the then British conquered Manipur in 1891 the politics of Manipur was directly supervised by the British, and this is known to every one of us.
Adoption of Hinduism by Manipuri and its failure to penetrate to the Hills of Manipur is perhaps a best opportunity for the alien ruler. And the chieftainship culture of various communities both in Hills and plain area of the state make them easy to divide them and ruled without much headache. After the alien ruler left by keeping all the princely states and country as one country called India, the most unfortunate part is that the so call leaders of the free India adopted the similar policy that the alien ruler had adopted to suppress the people.
Now it is about the conflict of North East India, which comprises of seven states now eight including Sikkim. First the armed movement had its root at Manipur and then Nagaland and the magnitude of the movement now spread almost all over the entire north east India excluding Mizoram and Sikkim. Meghalaya, the once insurgency free state is now having over 4 rebel groups fighting for recognition of the people residing there. In Nagaland the two Major insurgent group had grown so strong that the India government was left with no choice but to signed peace pact. The same is with the state of Manipur, over 30 rebel groups operated in the region some allegedly established by state actors to utilize as counter force to the activities of the insurgence group. The government succeeded in taking control of the NSCN-IM and some of the Kuki rebels in the name of peace talk or suspension of operation, but it still has not taken any step ahead to deal with other rebel groups.
Effort to wipe out the separatist movement from the soil of NE region using different policy that the British government had once adopted has now put the entire NE region into a hot bed.
The concept of the India government at which they assumed solution of NScN-IM is the only solution is going to pour fuel to the region soon. When the leaders of the country Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Framework agreement signed between the NSCN-IM and GOI is the first step to solved the issue of NSCN-IM, he failed to remind that the kind of proposal that the NSCN-IM is putting up may be another headache for the country. If the outfit demanded separate election, flag and separate currency and besides separate land, what will the government response. And if these major demands are not put up then the NSCN-IM will not be accepted by even its own cadres. Then what will be the government response if in case such demands are put up.
Mr. Ravi is here in Imphal to talk with CSOs of the state and they had consulted over the matter. One thing that the people need to closely watch the Indian interlocutor is that whether he is visiting the state to collect the opinion of the people of Manipur or Is the Indian peacemaker here to see the possible opposition that may happen in the state if in case the demand of the NSCN-IM is fulfilled.