Nagas not against any community : UNC
Source: Hueiyen News Service / Pamreiso Shimray
Senapati, October 01 2011:
The United Naga Council (UNC) on Saturday has appealed to the "dominant community" to restrain from communal stereotyping of the ongoing economic blockade and reiterated its stand on the movement as the "collective decision" to defend the rights of the Nagas.
In a press note released on Saturday, the UNC stated, "Nagas are one and will stand together as a people.
The economic blockade along NHs is the collective decision of the Naga people.
We are not against any individuals, groups or community but against the Government of Manipur and their nefarious divide and rule policy of pitting one community against the other" .
The UNC, while expressing concerns on the reports that the communal attitude is being meted out to the Nagas at Kakching Lamkhai, Moidangpok and Heirok areas in the Imphal valley, has asked the "dominant community" to receive the Naga's agitation in the right perspective.
"The Nagas wish for peace and harmony with the neighboring communities that are based on mutual respect for each other's right over land and its traditional ownership.
We respect the genuine aspirations and rights of all communities just as we wish that our aspirations and rights are also respected by the others," said the apex Naga body.
Taking strong exception to the divisive move of the Manipur government, the UNC asserted that "The Nagas have our own traditional boundaries.
But the Government of Manipur(GoM), fully aware of this fact have made deliberate attempt to bifurcate and carve out Naga areas by constituting a Committee for Reorganisation of Administrative and Police District boundaries to fulfill its design of creating new district without consulting the Nagas" .
The Naga body, also justifying their decision to carry on with the ongoing blockade, stated "… has created a situation where our strong protest has to be constantly registered and brought into the public domain.
When subtle attempts are being made to take away our land we will oppose it with whatever means." The UNC blockade, which began on August 21 last, has entered its 42 days as on Saturday.
Meanwhile, it also asserted, "As much as we would like to avoid any communal confrontation, the victimization of any Naga individual, tribe or organization, be it through mental harassment or physical injury, on account of the ongoing agitation for our constitutional rights will be treated as a direct attack on the Naga people as a whole" .