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‘Nagalim’ opposed
Published on 5 Mar. 2010 1:08 AM IST
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: Greater Nagalim demand by the NSCN (IM) is a greater threat to Arunachals territorial integrity compared to the oft-repeated Chinese claims over the state, Arunachal Indigenous Peoples Union (AIPU) observed today. In a statement, the union viewed the Nagalim issue seriously in the backdrop of the peace talks going on at New Delhi between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) leaders. “The Naga leaders are adamant on their demand for a greater Nagaland that encompasses territories of several north-eastern states including Arunachal’s Tirap and Changlang districts and going by the attitude of the Indian government, it is a matter of greater concern for the indigenous tribes of the state than the Chinese claims,” quoted the Union as saying. It asserted that the Indo-China border problem is a very old one with no solution in sight in the immediate future. The union said making a hue and cry will only help to strengthen the Chinese stand and cited the instance of Arunachal losing the aid from the Asian Development Bank which withdrew its assistance after being poked by China. Instead of making a hue and cry over the Chinese claims it suggested the state government as well as All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) to focus on the Naga talks. Further, the union drew attention of the apex student’s body of the state towards the refugee problem. It said while the Nagalim issue is a threat to the territorial integrity of the state, the refugee issue is a threat to the demographic profile of the state inhabited by the indigenous tribes. According to the union, several Tibetan as well as Chakma and Hajong refugees, due to their cultural and physical affinity with the tribes of the state, are being provided with ST status by certain officers. In the long run, it said, these refugees would outnumber the indigenous population if preventive measures are not initiated immediately.

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