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Points On Election Manifesto For The 2017 Election In Manipur
- Part 2 -

Dr. Khomdon Lisam *

Polling at Sandang Senba Maring, Sadar Hills for ADC  election  :: June 1 2015
Polling at Sandang Senba Maring, Sadar Hills for ADC election :: June 1 2015 :: Pix - Bishwarjit Taorem



Secret Naga Peace Framework Agreement

On 3 August , 2015. a Naga Peace framework agreement was signed between Shri Isak Chishi Swu, Chairman and Shri Th. Muivah, General Secretary of NSCN-IM and the Centre's interlocutor Ravindra Narayan Ravi (R. N Ravi )in the presence of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi , Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval at the residence of the Prime Minister. Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi described the accord as "historic", (.(http://www.thehoot. org/media-watch/media-practice/journalists-or-drum-beaters-8857). Several National Political Parties accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of misleading the nation," by entering into a secret Peace Agreement with NSCN-IM without informing the stakeholders (http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/naga-peace-accord-congress-accuses-pm-modi-of-misleading-nation_1643440.html)

According to Asian News International (ANI) of dated, 7 August, 2015 - 19:37 , the Indian National Congress accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of 'misleading' the nation over the Naga peace accord and added that the former has violated the principles of cooperative federalism by not consulting the chief ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur over the matter.

After signing the Frame work Agreement on 3rd August, 2015 , Narendra Modi told the NSCN-IM that he will table the Naga Peace Agreement in the Lok Sabha on the next day. But Modi can not put the Naga Peace Agreement in the Lok Sabha even after a lapse of 17 months. Since November 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Nagaland promised a peaceful settlement with the NSCN-IM within 18 months. But Shri Narendra Modi can not finalise a peaceful settlement even after 26 months. The NSCN-IM should think why the Congress Government at the Centre could not finalise the Naga Peace Agreement during 15 years in spite of pressure by Jimmy Carter, President of USA. I am wondering why the Indian Prime Ministers start talking about NSCN-IM after returning from USA.

Mr. Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs told "The Hindu" that the NSCN- M has given up the demand for "Naga sovereignty". (http://thenortheasttoday.com/ tag/nagaland/ page/9/?ap=m-p). However, on 14 August,2015 (Friday) on the occasion of the celebration of 69th "Naga Independence Day" at NSCN-IM council headquarters, Hebron near Dimapur town in Nagaland Mr. Muivah declared that there was no question of giving up the demand for 'Naga sovereignty'.

On Naga integration, he declared that there could be no solution without integration. However, an officer of the home ministry, involved in dealing with the Naga insurgency for years said "That's a blatant lie, The sovereignty issue is long dead and gone," referring to the peace accord of 2011, which clearly stipulated that the issue of sovereignty for each state is taken care of in the federal structure of India (Naga Peace Accord: 5000 BSF jobs allegedly promised for NSCN cadres, July 13, 2016 TNT News) (http://thenortheasttoday.com/tag/nagaland/page/9/?ap=m-p)

Shared Sovereignty for Nagaland

Unfurling the 'Nagalim Flag' to mark the day, Mr.Muivah went on to say that both sides now accepted the concept OF "SHARED SOVEREIGNTY" — the details of which had still to be worked out. (http://viewsweek.com/south-asia/india/indias-naga-issue-historic-is-still-some-way-away/). The concept of "SHARED SOVEREIGNTY" is almost the same as provisions of the Instrument of Accession signed by Maharaja Bodhchandra on 11 August,1947 and accepted by Lord Mountbatten on 16 August,1947. According to the Instrument of Accession, the Government of India will be responsible only for thee subjects –Defence , External Affaires and Communication.

The danger is that "shared sovereignty for Nagaland" is likely to be perceived in Manipur as an attempt at pan-Naga integration, thus bringing the Naga dominated Hills district of the State into the vortex of the conflict. This has the potential to tear the State apart.

Waterloo for T.Muivah

The shared sovereignty may be good for Nagaland but not for the so called Nagas of Manipur. If Muivah insist too much on his never ending demands, he may not achieve anything. It will be waterloo for Muivah. T.Muivah may be aware that at Waterloo in Belgium, Napoleon Bonaparte suffers defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history..(http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/the-devil-is-in-the-details/ article 7639022.ece)

The shared sovereignty may be good for Nagaland but not for the so called Nagas of Manipur. If T.Muivah insist too much, he may not achieve anything. It will be waterloo for T. Muivah. T. Muivah may be aware that at Waterloo in Belgium, Napoleon Bonaparte suffers defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history. .(http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/the-devil-is-in-the-details/article 7639022.ece)

T.Muivah, General Secretary of NSCN-IM insist that sovereignty and Naga Integration are non-negotiable. The Government of Manipur and the people of Manipur say that the 2000 year old history of Manipur, the territorial integrity of Manipur and administrative system are non-negotiable.

What our politicians are doing ?

Our honourable political leaders are not so honourable these days . They have no time to think about our motherland or the people as they are busy in blaming with each other to win election. They are entirely responsible for fast increase of migrant population in Manipur . Many of our Political Leaders in Manipur use the immigrants as vote banks. They supported and facilitate the immigrants in getting them enrolled in the voters list, in getting Voter ID, ration cards, BPL cards, driving licence, birth certificate etc. They even help them in purchasing land or shops. They are neck-deeped in corruption. They do not have the language and courage to convince the central leaders.

The Political Parties should seriously examine the core issues of Manipur as mentioned above and work on issue-based politics. They should not indulge in piece meal solutions or symptomatic relief. To me, there are only two options for permanent solutions of all the core issues of Manipur. Manipur needs a HERO who can effectively convince the Prime Minister, Home Minster and other national leaders and who can sacrifice his/her life to get the things done. The two options are
(1) GREATER AUTONOMY OF MANIPUR requiring comprehensive constitutional amendments.
(2) RESTORATION OF PRE-MERGER POLITICAL STATUS OF MANIPUR

To be continued......


* Dr. Khomdon Lisam wrote this article for e-pao.net
The writer is MBBS, MHA(AIIMS), M.A (Leeds/UK), HSMC( IHF/London), CCAE( Chula/Bangkok), PDCE (UCLA/USA) , Former Medical Superintendent , JNIMS, Ex-Consultant, NACO, Ex-Project Director (MACS) and can be contacted at khomdon(DOT)lisam(AT)yahoo(DOT)com
This article was posted on January 10, 2017.


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