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NSF, Mao Council resent Pillai statement
Published on 6 Jun. 2010 12:03 AM IST
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Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and Mao Council have expressed resentment over the statement made by union home secretary, G. K. Pillai that the government was running out of patience on the economic blockade imposed by the various Nagas civil societies in Manipur.
Noting Pillai’s statement with “all seriousness,” the NSF asked whether he has any concern for other humanitarian issues other than “blindly supporting” the Manipur government and cited instances like the ‘quit notice’ served on the Hindi speaking people including Bengali and Assamese living in the Imphal Valley by various Meitei organizations. “Is Mr. Pillai the home secretary to the government of India or the spokesperson of the Meiteis?” NSF president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu questioned in a statement.
The NSF said that a person manning the important chair of home secretary of the largest democracy, instead of “threatening and being abusive,” should be more sensible and impartial towards all concerned for the interest of justice and lasting peace, especially at such hour.
It said Pillai should thoroughly read the recent amendment of the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Councils Act which has taken away the right of the tribal people including the Nagas before jumping into conclusion as to whether the action of the Nagas to launch agitations in protest against such “manipulative and oppressive act” of the Manipur government was justified or not.
The NSF termed it as “unfortunate” that Pillai did not know that it was the government of Manipur who blocked the National Highway in the first place. The federation reminded that its delegation was prevented on May 3 from proceeding to Oinam village to hold the Federal Assembly by the Manipur Commandoes and Manipur Rifles who erected barricade along the National Highway-39. It also reminded Pillai that the Federation had imposed restrictions on movement of Manipur registration vehicles in all Naga areas in response to the blockade launched by Manipur government.
“We can only tell to Mr. Pillai to be more fair in his approach to the present crisis if he is really interested in solving the issue,” the NSF said.
Publicity wing of the Mao Council said the blockade was an act of expressing their rights which were being suppressed by the Manipur government and termed it as “unfortunate” that a respected Indian bureaucrat was giving such “unbecoming remark.”
“How can we let others to suppress our rights continuously and let the suppressors go scot-free? Blockade is a way showing of our grievances when our soft appeals are not being heard by the government of Manipur,” the council said.
The council asked if the home secretary was concerned about the suffering and human rights of Meiteis, why was there a lack of concern about the suffering of the Nagas who were fighting for their rights for last six to seven decades.
It further asked if the life of the Meiteis were more precious than the Nagas and why the government of Manipur was so important to the government of India. “We want to make it clear to the government of India and Pillai that, government of Manipur is not the government of the Nagas in Manipur because the rights of the Nagas in particular and the tribal in general are always undermine and neglected, our to right to live is never being considered,” the Mao Council said.
The council said Pillai’s statement could have been more appreciated if he did not refer only to the Nagas leaders but also those who were imposing counter blockade in the Imphal Valley and in Assam.
It said the central government should ask the Manipur government and High Court to lift the arrest warrant to David Choro at the earliest or serve the same arrest warrant to the leaders who were imposing the counter blockade. “… every offender for violating the same law and order must be measured with the same scale without which it is not a court of justice to safeguard the citizen rights of the nation,” the Mao Council said.

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