‘Destiny of Nagas lies with the Nagas’

‘Destiny of Nagas lies with the Nagas’
Morung Express
Dimapur, May 29 (MExN): The National Socialist Council of Nagalim today held a consultative meeting with Naga civil society groups “in keeping with need of the hour to face the present situation created by the Manipur state government against the Nagas”. Stating this in a press note issued by the MIP, it was informed that the consultative meeting was held at Kilha Panchayat, Viswema village. It was moderated by Lt. Gen (Retd.) VS. Atem, Convenor, Steering Committee, NSCN and chaired by Ato Kilonser, Th. Muivah. According to the press note those who attended the meeting included the Naga Hoho, NSF, NMA, ENPO, NPMHR, UNC, NWUM, ANSAM, Senapati District Students’ Association, Mao Students’ Union, Poumai Students’ Union, Naga Ex-Parliamentarians’ Forum, Elders of Viswema village, Coordination Committee of Naga Civil Societies and NPMHR (Manipur sector).
Consultative meet focuses on how to face present situation the meeting focused on how to face the situation and solve the problem that had been forced on the Nagas by the Manipur state government, the MIP note stated. “How the Central government connived with Ibobi government against the Nagas occupied a prominent place in the discussion”, it was informed. Muivah drew the attention of the members when he said that “If you don’t stand your ground for your right, you are a lost nation”. All the members gave their commitment that they will contribute all their might and never to waver under any circumstances until and unless the Naga problem is solved, the MIP note further informed while adding that those who attended made it a point to “stress that come what may they will stand the ground and never to succumb under pressure”.
It was also informed that the meeting reiterated the stand of the Nagas that the destiny of the Nagas lies with the Nagas and the Meiteis have nothing to do with it. “I believe we have a bright future and we have to work towards that goal”, Muivah added. And putting a challenge before the Naga representatives Muivah said “If you want to do something for the Nagas, do it now”.
The MIP note also stated that the “focal point of the meeting gave clear indication that the Naga-Meitei relation is as good as closed and there is no meeting point whatsoever”. “What has happened to the Nagas under the chauvinist Meiteis had driven the Nagas to the point of no return, and the Nagas are not wrong to take this stand”, was the common opinion of the Naga civil society groups.
According to the MIP press note, the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) who was represented by its Vice President “added a point to be noted by the Khehoi Camp”. The Vice-President said that the “ENPO very much understand the problem of the Southern Nagas, though they could not do much to reach out to them”. He also further clarified that ENPO had given full support to the ongoing Indo-Naga Peace process during the 4th Naga Consultative Meeting at Hebron in 2004. “He also expressed displeasure against the Khehoi camp for using its name without its knowledge and approval and therefore, not to have anything with such statement against its name”, the MIP note stated quoting the ENPO official.

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