Taking strong exception to a statement purportedly made by union home minister P. Chidambaram in the Lok Sabha on August 19, that there was “no question of altering the integrity of the state of Manipur,” the United Naga Council (UNC) Sunday asked the government of India to clarify the sincerity of its stand in addressing the political issue of Nagas in Manipur. According to a UNC publicity wing release, the government of India’s actions must be “fair, rational and accompanied with due protocol”, said Chidambaram should bear full responsibility for “imposing the condition of the territorial integrity of Manipur on the peace talk.” Stating that the prestige and sincerity of the Indian government has been put to question by Chidambaram’s statement, the UNC questioned whether the union government had been “fooling” the Naga people all these years, and whether it intended to keep its word right from the beginning of the peace talks which have been going on for the last 13 years. Also citing Articles 3 and 4 of the Indian constitution, the UNC alleged that Chidambaram has gone against the constitution by unilaterally declaring that it would “be inconceivable that we break up the states.” The UNC said such statement would only provoke and stir violence, while causing more alienation and mistrust amid all efforts to build understanding between the Nagas and the Indian government. “What Chidambaram must understand is that Nagas are not trying to break up Manipur state. The Nagas of Manipur just simply do not want to be part of a state that is built on an ideology of force, communalism and oppression,” the UNC statement added.