IMPHAL: The Union of Association of Manipur Writers (UAMW) on Monday has submitted a memorandum to the President of India and Chief Minister of Manipur regarding the Indo-Naga peace accord which final conclusion with agreed political terms and conditions is being prepared for announcement on or before August 15, 2020 according to stakeholders.
In a memorandum of UAMW signed by its president and secretary Jodha Chandra Sanasam and Rakesh Naorem respectively, it was stated that this is in continuation of the union’s earlier memorandum in reference to the present socio-political-cultural crisis in Manipur, India, created by the ill reputed Indo-Naga Framework of Agreement and the ensuing Indo-Naga Peace Accord, which is now going on in India between the Government of India, (henceforth will be termed GOI) and the so called Nagas, the spill-over of which are damaging the state of Manipur, India in dimensions of its ancient, natural, original and political boundaries, its demography, its socio-economic and cultural spheres.
Again the repeat whiplash has visited in Manipur hurting and burning the hearts of the populace of Manipur as an extra destroyer of the physical physiognomy and mental consistency of Manipuri people in the midst of this worldwide pandemic outbreak of Covid-19 as we have heard that the Indo-Naga Peace Accord may finally conclude with agreed political terms and conditions before the 15th August 2020.
It was further stated that, what new clauses and amendments of the Constitution of India are coming forth from these agreements. The GOI might think this is secrecy of the government and its policies. The writers’ association firmly believes that in democracy there is nothing like such make-belief secrecies.
The members of the UAMW, (Manipurgi Ayiba Lupsingi Apunba Lup – MALAL), Imphal, Manipur along with the many social, political, economic and cultural organizations of Manipur, India, would like to submit our protests against the ongoing Indo-Naga Peace Accord to the concerned bodies and authorities of India as well as to those at the international level, the memorandum said and listed several points for its stand.
“Why an interlocutor? Who is this interlocutor? How much of credibility, intellectuality, wisdom, diplomacy and statesmanship does he possess? Why so secretive in these days of democracy? Is there some hidden agenda to destroy the age-old Manipur with its history of more than 2000 years of an independent kingdom, with this treacherous strategy of further Balkanization of this small state?”, the memo questioned.
It has also raised condemnable behaviors being observed during the ongoing peace process. GOI says they will discuss with the stakeholders after the final completion of the talks. Is the procedure not like ‘putting the cart before the bullocks?’ And what detailed and genuine matters can the stakeholders put forth in a meeting of one-two hours later after the finalization of the agreements? The so-called talks have damaged peace, political and social security in Manipur. The Naga revolution has been torturing the people of Manipur for the last 5 to 6 decades, with damages in terms of the state’s communications, socio-economic conditions, education, illegal levy of taxes and extortions so on and so forth. GOI instead of realizing the facts are appeasing these problem creators, the wild ferocious animals who have been penalizing the silent lambs of Manipur. And GOI does not show any sympathy to the peace loving people of Manipur, the association added.
The association also insisted that the GOI should define what and who the Nagas are before they pick any talks. The GOI had already chartered what Nagas are, and had carved out a state called Nagaland from Assam of India as a land for the Nagas in 1963. Who are these new groups of people who call themselves Nagas and demand further a new independent country or a greater Nagaland or Nagalim or whatever.
We demand that political (not from the ruling party) and CSO members of Manipur should be included in the final round of talks and agreements, the note continued.
The UNO is supposed to look after the indigenous people of the world but on the contrary the UNO is hardly doing anything in these matters. If the UNO is not going to tackle the matter on the plea that it is not an international matter, which they might say so, we demand that the GOI should hand over the matter to a body or council with a name like Peace and Security Council of India constituted of 7 to 9 permanent members of the leading states of India e.g., Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, UP and the states of the North East India for this present constitutional crisis. If the GOI is unable to come to a final conclusion, the matter should be referred to and handed over to such a council to be created for a term of every 5 years or so.
Although a small country, Manipur had been an independent country with powerful kingship and a history of more than 2000 years of its own ancient origin in a region between South Asia and SouthEast Asia. Enough damage had been done to Manipur by the invasion of the British Colonizers in Manipur during 1891-1947. We had a short span of easy breathing up to 1949; after which we were made to feel that India substituted the British Colonizing Government with late Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s strong hand and forced annexation of Manipur under no proper political dialogue in October 1949, the note continued.
According to the writers’ body the people of the Ukhrul District of Manipur were and still are Tangkhuls. They began to call themselves Nagas in early 1970. If Nagas, they were the Royal Nagas because their Chiefs were close friends of the Kings of Manipur and they were in close touch with the rest of the people of Manipur, whereas historically the Nagas of Nagaland had hardly anything to do in the history of Assam, as they were not in the status of what the Tangkhuls of Manipur were and are. In Manipur two Tangkhuls had become Chief Ministers, Yangmasho Shaiza and Rishang Keishing, the evidence that Manipur was and is a purely democratic land.
Now that the Nagas of Nagaland became well nurtured people loved by India, the Tangkhuls felt left out and they too joined in the ongoing movements of the Nagas. Even at present we have seen evidence in the Naga political scenario that the Nagas of Nagaland do not like a situation where the Tangkhuls of Manipur come to be the political stalwarts in Naga political forum.
With all the above mentioned facts, the members of the UAMW once again beseech the GOI and the concerned authorities to kindly bear all this background socio-politico-cultural features before a political final solution is carved out, the memorandum said.