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Not over the dead of a State, STOP the PEACE PROCESS

There are many IFs like if the Naga Solution does not interfere Manipur’s interest, if the Naga does not form a Pan Naga Body that lowers down the dignity of Manipur and Manipur Assembly, if the Naga does not demand Sixth Schedule or any variant of it and many more IFs. The Welcome phrase is meaningless because the core demand of the NCSN (IM) includes what you do not like or the conditions laid.
The Peace Talk between GoI and NSCN (IM) is a unique peace talk as it does not reveal what is achieved so far and what are not yet discussed. This unrevealing talk gives advantage to both the parties. For India, especially the Modi Government, they can politically gain in eyes of Indian middle class because they signed a Framework Agreement with India’s oldest (established in 1980) and dangerous (as projected by themselves) militant group. The average Indian think that it is a tough way that Modi Government is walking with Th Muivah, one who rejected Shillong Accord signed with Congress Government. And for Muivah, the acceptance of the NSCN (IM) among the indigenous peoples of Nagaland is targeted with repeated speech on the signing of Framework Agreement as if it is certificate of recognition given by the Government of India of the Unique History of the Naga. He keeps on saying certain sentences so that Naga Middle Class would accept him and his people: The Naga will not compromise its Sovereignty, we will not accept anything less than a separate Flag and Constitution. The Unique behavior of both parties, Modi-led and Muivah-led is that neither reveals Framework Agreement.
The Manipuri leaders, civil or political, always opposed what NSCN (IM) demands: alternative arrangement for the Naga, Naga Administrative body, and land demarcation on ethnic lines, without which GoI and NSCN (IM) have no point to negotiate with each other. Then why do they welcome peace process at all. They can say strongly that if GoI has to sacrifice the State of Manipur in front of a demon (if you like to call Muivah), stop the peace talk. If you are going to hide the progress of the talk and Framework Agreement, stop the talk immediately. They, seemingly, like to show their modesty but in this politics of cut-throat of existence of a State, showing modesty is not expected, rather it gives wrong message. They should ask for a full stop to these dream merchants.
All the demands from the side of NSCN (IM) are anti-history, anti-humanistic (remember the ethnic cleansing of 1990s in Manipur, killing of opposition leaders in both Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh). The wrong projection of being dangerous and strongest groups in North East India, the NSCN (IM) has a longer rope so it does not feel its own limitation so far. But, the peace talk may not bring anything to NSCN (IM) as such. But, one should accept the fact that Muivah is a good negotiator in a tricky path, walking with GoI, led by Modi. Anybody believes that Modi who took away Special Status of Kashmir will give a Nagaland of the magnitude as embodied in Muivah’s dream. But, Modi may give away stronger Naga Territorial Council or Pan Naga body. Then, why do not the Manipuri leaders express what they do not like strongly and loudly with or without showing modesty? India will not give for sure Naga Flag or separate Constitution. Then why do not ask Government of Manipur why did it allow United Naga Council to use the flag on the soil of an Indian State, called Manipur? Let us try to ask direct question and protest directly anything what we do not like at all, may it be GoI or Government of Manipur. Modesty and letting ropes loosely for long will bring nothing but harms to our hard earned pride and dignity.

Sh Ajit

Ajit Sh, a resident of Khongman, Imphal East is a regular contributor of Imphal Times mostly news photo and articles. He is a father of a lovely son. His favourite quote is " A Picture is worth Thousand words". He can be contacted at [email protected]

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