IMPHAL: Terming it unfortunate, the United Peoples’ Front, Manipur (UPF) has raised concerns that the state government has imposed restriction on the freedom of speech and expression of teachers of government colleges amidst the peace talks between GOI and NSCN-IM which is reportedly on course for its final settlement.
In a press release of UPF signed by its Assistant secretary and publicity M. Sunil it was said that the restriction against teachers expressing their views against the policy programmes of the government in the media was imposed on August 10, 2020 by the memo of the director of university and higher education.
Hence, UPF stated that such an act of the state government seems to violate the system of democracy, and have the form of a policy to suppress the thoughts of the intellectual citizens of the state.
While, the situation is a timely opportunity for the people to engage in discussion among its intellect circles for the future generation with regards to the peace talk of the NSCN-IM and GoI, where a demand for the integration of portion of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Naga with the Nagaland Naga for settling under Indian Constitution by forming Pan Naga Hoho and Naga Autonomous Council/ Region has been made. It is likely to disintegrate the figure of multi-ethnic and the pluralistic society that existed in Manipur since more than 2000 years, according to the UPF statement.
It was extremely unfortunate that the state government chose to impose shutting the mouths of the college teachers for expressing opinion about the community based crisis from the peace talks with the establishment of the Pan Naga Hoho and Naga Autonomous Council above all the ongoing crisis over politics, drugs, Covid-19 among others in the state, he added.