Muivah to visit Ukhrul

29 May:Dimapur:

NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Thuingaileng Muivah has reportedly requested the union government to allow him to visit his native place Ukhrul, Manipur which has been granted. The NSCN (I-M) leader’s visit to Ukhrul in Manipur is going to be after 40 years. According to e-pao.net, Manipur chief minister, O Ibobi met the union home minister, P Chidambaram Wednesday and discussed with him the law and order situation in Manipur. Though it was not known what transpired between the union home minister and the chief minister during the meeting, reports received from New Delhi indicated that the two leaders might have discussed the proposed visit of NSCN (I-M) leader, Thuingaileng Muivah to Ukhrul in Manipur. Unconfirmed reports said, the Central Government has given permission to Muivah to visit to Ukhrul in Manipur. If his visit to Manipur is to materialise, the responsibility of his security will be of the Government of Manipur. Wednesday’s meeting between the Manipur chief minister and the union home minister could have focused on the proposed visit of Muivah and the security protection to be provided to him, reports said. However, the state government had in the past issued warrant of arrest against Th Muivah. -NPN

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Home coming for Muivah on May 8 after nearly 40 years

Source: The Sangai Express / A Chiphang

Imphal, April 29 2010: After more than forty years of spending his life in the jungles waging a bush war against India for Naga independence and taking refuge on foreign soil such as Thailand and now Amsterdam, NSCN (IM) general secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah is set to visit his birth place, Somdal in Ukhrul district on May 8 .
A public reception is also being prepared for the Naga leader at Tangkhul Naga Long ground at Ukhrul district headquarters on May 8 .

Stages and other paraphernalia for the much anticipated visit of Muivah are being readied at the Tangkhul Naga Long.

Muivah will first visit his birth place, Somdal, after which he will arrive at Ukhrul district headquarters where a public meeting will be held on May 8 .

Talking to The Sangai Express, official sources said that Muivah, on his return from Delhi after meeting the Central leaders, is likely to take part in a fasting prayer to be observed some-where in Ukhrul district, before he interacts with the public.

Muivah left his birth place from the early 1960s and has not been home since then.

The NSCN (IM) leader, who celebrated his 75th birthday at Camp Hebron last month will also visit the other hill districts, including Senapati, Chandel and Tamenglong.

During his stay here, he is expected to have a series of consultative meetings with Naga organisations.

The consultative meetings will largely focus on taking forward the ongoing peace parleys between the outfit and the Government of India to its logical conclusion.

While the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India have come to an understanding on many critical issues such as joint military, foreign affairs and currency etc, the demand of integrating all the Naga inhabited areas under one administrative unit has proved to be the hardest nut to crack.

Neighbouring States like Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have been staunchly opposing the proposal to integrate all Naga inhabited areas, as this would infringe on their territories.

After the ceasefire pact was signed on August 1, 1997, over 60 rounds of talks have been held to resolve the Naga political issue, but till date no solution has been worked out.

The Guwahati edition of The Telegraph in its April 28 edition had reported that Muivah was due to visit Manipur on May 3, but the visit has been rescheduled now.

He was to fly in from Delhi to Dimapur on May 1, The Telegraph had reported.

The Government of Nagaland has also reportedly confirmed the proposed visit of Muivah to Manipur.

However, when The Sangai Express contacted the Home Department of Manipur on the visit of the NSCN (IM) leader, they said that no official intimation has been received as yet.

As such the State Government has not taken up any measures for the proposed visit of the NSCN (IM) leader.

There are many cases pending against Muivah in Manipur, said an official source, adding that the cease fire pact is limited only within the State of Nagaland.

The Game that Delhi Plays

The Game ‘That Delhi Plays’
There has to be a reason, a real reason, not some unfounded, baseless an imaginary thoughts, why the people of the North East region are not too inclined to fall for everything that Delhi says, hook, line and sinker. For the moment let’s concentrate on Mani-pur and the burning issue of Naga Integra- tion versus the continued existence of Manipur as a political and social entity as it stands today. After the 2001 uproar witnessed in Imphal, where a good number of Government offices, political party offices etc were burnt, not to speak of the then Speaker forced out on the street and paraded by the infuriated people, who felt betrayed by the political leadership, New Delhi responded with the assurance that the territorial integrity of Manipur would not be compromised under any circumstances. The then BJP led NDA Government even erased the phrase, ‘cease fire without territorial limits’ from the Bangkok Declaration.

Political parties cutting across ideological beliefs and moorings have also been mouthing the same line that the territory of Manipur would not be touched at all, despite the open demand raised by the NSCN (IM) to integrate all Naga inhabited areas under one administrative unit. The reasons for raising this demand range from asserting ‘the uniqueness of Naga history, conveniently forgetting that the histories of each and every community are unique in their own ways, discrimination by the Meitei majority in Manipur, deprivation of the rights of the tribals, read Nagas, sidelining the interest of the Naga people to appease the Meitei population etc. There may be some substance in the voice raised by the Naga people, but to take it all as the Biblical truth would be missing the trees for the wood. Coming back to the question of Delhi, a good question that can be asked is, why can’t the people of Manipur take the words of the Prime Minister of the country that the territory of Manipur would not be compromised at all at face value.

The latest to underline this point would be the Union Home Secretary, GK Pillai, who said that the Chief Minister of Manipur has been assured by the Prime Minister of India that the territory of Manipur will remain intact, during an exclusive interview with the All India Radio, some days back.

We may also recall the visit of the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and how he delivered a master political stroke while addressing the people in Nagaland, that the question of Nagalim or Greater Nagaland can only be resolved with the consensus of the neighbouring States. Despite all these, New Delhi is yet or has miserably failed in totally convincing the people of Manipur on this point and this is an interesting phenomena and also raises some questions over the very idea of an India as a Nation. On the other hand, the people of Nagaland, too do not trust the Centre at all, least of all the NSCN (IM). The latest manifestation of this reality is the manner in which NSCN (IM) leader Th Muivah thundered and accused the Central Government of using the Government of Manipur to thwart his visit to his birth place at Somdal in Ukhrul district of Manipur. A number of civil society organisations in Manipur too have laid the blame at the door of the Centre for the present crisis and the BJP has been categorical in stating that the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram created the present mess by giving the go ahead signal to Muivah overlooking the Government of Manipur.

So are the people of the North East, especially the people of Nagaland and Manipur, being used as pawns in the political strategem being drawn up by the dhoti and Nehru coat clad politicians in Delhi ? These questions are relevant at this point of time if we go by the different interpretations coming forth from the discerning people, over the brouhaha created by the proposed visit of Th Muivah. One line of thought says that in the present impasse, Ibobi has been made a hero while Muivah has been turned into someone of no importance, by the political ploy and plots scripted and played to perfection by New Delhi. On the other hand, there is the line of argument that Chief Minister O Ibobi has made Muivah into some sort of a hero or a champion of the Naga cause while at the same time helping him to reach out to the Angamis, who had been indifferent to Muivah after Phizo faded from the lime light. In short the two lines of thought can be summed up as Chidambaram knocking the wind out of Muivah, courtesy O Ibobi and O Ibobi made to appear as a hero to some and villain to other and unwittingly helping Muivah to raise his stature in the eyes of the world as a ‘Peace Crusader of South East Asia.’ The reaction to this platitude by the Kuki Inpi, Manipur is a true reflection of the pogroms carried out by the NSCN (IM) in the 90s.

Sangai Editor