Kuki rights body appeals to lift blockade
Source: Hueiyen News Service
Imphal, November 23 2011:
Kuki Movement for Human Rights (KMHR) appealed UNC leaders to lift the ongoing economic blockade with immediate effect for consideration of human sufferings in the state.
In a press release, issued by Chairman T Lunkim, KMHR, stated that the session of Christmas ought to be free from all kinds of disorderliness in the family, village and the state for the preparation of the joyous celebration of the birth day of the Lord Jesus Christ.
"For whatever reasons, disintegration of the state territory, southern Nagaland, greater Nagaland, alternative arrangement and countering the Sadar Hills District, the matter can be settled for peace and social harmony, and the same can be done by negotiation with competent authority.
Remembering that in Manipur, in the hill areas in particular the tribals (Kukis and Nagas) have been living together as neighbours from the time immemorial," it stated.
He further stated, "When the mighty British wanted to colonize the land of Manipur and the Kuki Inpi fought them back in both fighting and the imprisonment, thus saved the ancestral land for all the people of Manipur.
Very sadly when the merger agreement was signed much against of the Kuki Inpi plea, the valley land has been lost.
However we, tribal people, still maintaining land ownership till today.
There is no watertight compartment areas which one particular tribe should claim as its own land.
We own the land together in peace.
Any misunderstanding of this ownership right by vested individual interest may rather endanger the undisturbed ownership, therefore communal interest has to be given up forthwith," it added.
Further, urging the UNC to lift the economic blockade, the release stated that whatever the future holds, for the sake of the session of Christmas in order that we all celebrate Christmas by singing "Joy to the world and Lord has come", who is the price of peace.