Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Separate administration could be the answer to resolve Manipur violence: Azo

NPF Legislature Party (NPFLP) leader Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu said creation of an autonomous regional council/Union Territory or separate administration under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian constitution could be the answer to resolve violence in Manipur.
In a statement, Azo asked whether the Central government was genuinely serious and concerned about Manipur, pointing out that had President’s rule been imposed within few days or weeks since the violence began, then the situation would not have turned for the worse.
He said the ineffective action and indifferent silence on the part of the Centre for nearly two months was not only shocking, but also emboldened the adversaries to undertake open ethnic cleansing and commit violence against the Christian minorities, which resulted in avoidable deaths of many and burning down of hundreds of churches.
Azo mentioned that the present state of affairs in Manipur had shown the miserable failure of the State to protect lives and properties. He asked whether if all this was allowed to happen as part of a gameplan to win the hearts of the majority and turn them in votes by November 2023.
Questioning whether the BJP government was trying to gain parliamentary seats by playing with human lives, he said if this was so, it was a costly affair that had torn the social fabric that had been holding Manipur united asunder.
He demanded that the BJP central leadership must show that their government was above party lines and that it was committed to uphold the sacred duty of the State to provide security of precious life and property. He said it must show urgency in bringing peace and fulfil its promises made in election rallies and through political talks with the tribals in Manipur and the North-eastern region by salvaging the situation.
The NPFLP leader speculated that the impromptu all-party meeting called by Union Home Minister Amit Shah could be another modus operandi to gain sympathy of the opposition and break the speculated alliance of opposition parties and gain advantage in the upcoming elections.
“How can disturbance erupt only when elections are just round the corner? We should be ashamed to gain power over peace. Being a politician from Nagaland. I would say that even Nagaland too is at the receiving end of politics,” he stated.
Azo on ENPO issue
He feared that if Autonomous Council/Autonomous Regional Council was given to ENPO, Nagas would be more divided politically/demographically. He said the only consolation was the thought that greater autonomy for ENPO could result in better living condition and help them come on a par with rest of the world. But while congratulating them, he said it could also have an adverse effect sooner or later.
He said the bitter truth was also that the members of the 14 Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) were going to leave behind a legacy of disintegration of Nagaland. He mentioned that this brought up another point– if the Centre was prepared to talk about Autonomous Council/Regional Council for the ENPO, why not the Kukis or Nagas of Manipur? He asked why the Centre could not apply the same yardstick to other States in the country. He also wondered if this was a tactic to end the Naga peace talks or a way to shy from the promises that never saw the light of the day.
Whatever be the outcome of the Manipur situation, Azo stressed that the neighbourhood relations among the Meiteis, Kukis and Nagas could not be changed.
“If we can peacefully coexist in the past for so many years in history, sharing brotherhood relations, what is the hurdle in maintaining the same cordial relations in the years to come? Animosity and hatred among us is detrimental for progress in our part of this civilised world, separately and collectively. We should take the onus of failures and not pass a baton to the generations to come,” he stressed.
He said they deserved to live in peace and harmony, and with equality and respect, insisting that the political and social unrest must come to an end. Therefore, according to him, the way forward was to find an amicable solution from within, “from among us, instead of waiting for outside powers to manipulate us” at their whims and fancies.
He said, “If we have to part ways, so be it. Parting is a sign of maturity and independence. But let us do so in the spirit of brotherhood, as our ancestors have always done, with good wishes for each other.”
He mentioned, “Our aspirations for a day where we all coexist in the spirit of brotherhood under the common administrative roof will continue till it is achieved.”


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