Dimapur | January 27: After giving a solemn commitment to support “Naga Reconciliation: A journey of common hope,” Tangkhul Naga Long the apex body of the Tangkhul tribe, has assured that it will not initiate any undertaking that is against the interest of Nagas.
“We (TNL) will never do anything that is against the interest of the Nagas,” TNL president Stephen Angkang told The Morung Express on the sidelines of the public meeting of Forum for Naga Reconciliation and joint working group (JWG) of the Naga armed group held in Ukhrul town on January 23 last.
The TNL president clarified to a query on an earlier representation submitted by Tangkhul frontal organizations to the Government of India demanding, among others, that Ukhrul town be made the “summer capital” of Manipur state. The representation sparked off reaction and debate, especially in the backdrop of the move for Naga unity and reconciliation. Angkang said that the demand for “summer capital” was not based on any other motive apart from the genuine need to develop the hill districts too. “We have abandoned the idea. We wrote to the Union Home secretary last year itself to drop the demand,” he said.
Asked on the Forum for Naga Reconciliation’s ‘reconciliation’ mission, Angkang said, “I think all people are convinced and we sincerely support the reconciliation process, for without this Nagas cannot be united. I thought unity was far away from Nagas, but now I am certain that it is very, very near.” He also said that the coming together of the Naga “political” groups would make every Naga feel secure.
On the reports of rise of armed groups and militants in recent times, the TNL chief said that the groups involved in the reconciliation process should work out strategies to prevent other forces from taking undue advantage of the present peaceful situation brought about by the reconciliation and unity move. Morungexpress