Ultimatum to Union Home Minister on tripartite talk
JUNE 20 : The Nagas in Manipur under the platform of the United Naga Council has written to the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram issuing an ultimatum on the tripartite talk and communicating in no uncertain term that should the tripartite talk fail to take place within the month of June, the Nagas in Manipur shall no longer participate in the exercise on tripartite talk. The letter written on June 15, 2011 wanted to know from the Union Home Minister whether the tripartite talk would take place on or before the 30th June 2011. A copy of the letter was also issued to GK Pillai, Union Home Secretary, Government of India.
The letter began by drawing attention to the earlier communication dated May 29, 2011 addressed to Chidambaram himself seeking “decisive and expeditious intervention to save the process of tripartite dialogue from imminent derailment”. “Regretfully and to our utter dismay, no response, positive or otherwise, has been received so far at our end from the Government of India (GoI)”, stated the letter.
The UNC stated that the 3rd Round of tripartite talk scheduled on May 30, 2011 had been “abruptly cancelled in the garb of deferment for absolutely no justifiable reason”. The UNC pointed out that the only one thing that stood out beyond any shadow of doubt in this episode was the “unbridled arrogance and sheer irresponsibility on the part of the Government of Manipur and off course ably aided and abetted to by the GoI as evidenced in and through the GoI’s letter dated May 28, 2011”.
The Nagas in Manipur as such stated that it had come to the “painful realization” that it’s “implicit faith in democratic process and fairness of the GoI has been exploited to no end by” its adversaries “to justify their utterly undemocratic, communal and hegemonic rule on the Nagas”. “Now we wish to make it very clear to your kind honour that Nagas in Manipur feel called upon to take on the challenge placed before us—the challenge being to take our struggle to free ourselves from the hegemonic and colonial rule of the GoM forward at whatever cost however painful”, stated the letter from the UNC to Chidambaram.
The UNC therefore stated that in view of the above, should the process of tripartite talk so “painstakingly initiated” and put in place by the Union Home Minister come a cropper, “all concerned should know that Nagas are not to blame for we have done our utmost in deference to your wish and advice”. The letter was signed by Samsom Remei, President UNC, Sword Vashum, Chairman, Committee for Alternative Arrangement, ML Markson, President Naga People’s Organization, Solomon Ningshen, President Tangkhul Naga Long, ST Nunghlung Victor, President Chandel Naga People’s Organization, Thomas Kamei, Chairman Zeliangrong Baudi, Manipur, Aram Pamei, President Naga Women’s Union, J Kumo Sha, President All Naga Students’ Association Manipur and Chingya Luithui, Convenor (South) Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights.