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Kuki body’s Open Letter to Muivah
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Published on 9 Jun. 2010 12:39 AM IST
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Kuki Movement for Human Rights has, in an open letter to NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th Muivah said when he claimed it was his birthright to visit his native home, he has forgotten that many innocent Kukis who have the same right will not return to their villages to reunite with their parents, brothers, sisters and loved ones.
KMHR chairman, T.Lunkim said many human right activists would endorse Muivah’s birth right to return and visit his village Somdal, where his beloved family members, who have not seen you for the last 47 years would be happy to meet him face to face.
However, Lunkim reminded Muivah about the past history where many innocent Kukis, “not criminals like him” were pulled out of buses at Mao gate by the NSCN (I-M) and butchered.
Lunkim pointed out that when the Kuki Inpi sought to resolve the “heinous crimes” committed on Kukis, they contacted the then deputy chief minister on the matter. He said the Inpi was directed to hold talks with the United Naga Council Manipur where two rounds of talks were held. However, he said, the UNC at the last meeting on April 4,1994 rejected further talks for peace and settlement on the issue of massacre of Kukis. Lunkim said the UNC had been warned of dire consequences by the NSCN(I-M) under Muivah, if it continued talks with the Kuki Inpi.
Shockingly , he said vice president of KIM Pu Lalkhohen Thangeo was pulled out of the bus while on his way to attend a peace meeting at the Manipur Baptist Convention Centre. Lunkim said despite appeals of the Kuki Inpi and UNC for his release, Pu Lalkhohen’s dead body was found three days later.
On the other hand, he said when UNC President Paul was abducted by Kuki Defence Force in the later part of that year, he was released unharmed in response to appeals of the UNC.
Lunkim said Kukis have been patiently waiting for restoration of peace and social harmony with others as it was they were living peacefully together since time immemorial.
He reminded that when Muivah, planned to visit his native village with “red carpet welcome” by UNC from Mao gate through Senapati to Somdal,would those who would welcome Muivah also include innocent Kukis pulled out of buses at Mao gate and Senapti gate and other places and massacred by NSCN(-M)?
Lunkim reminded that even today, parents, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters and loves ones still await the return of their beloved at homes.
On the issue of integration of Naga inhabited areas, he termed it as “ a slogan to create enmity between different tribal people living together in the so-called north east India.”
Lunkim said “consciousness of one’s own identity” has created enmity after the appearance of Muivah in Naga politics. He pointed out that many tribal people live in the “so-called north east” and no area is totally occupied by a single group. All tribal groups have been living together for centuries with “no water tight compartment in the region”, he said.
He went on to state, that there was no difference whether some areas in Manipur, “which is an Indian state” were to be integrated with Nagaland “also another Indian state” since both “states are Indian states” .
He concluded that “simply prefixing the title ‘Naga’ to an Indian state does not make the state is exclusively for the Nagas only” . He pointed that there are many non-Nagas in Nagaland and non-Manipuris in Manipur. He said if “integration” was still on the agenda, resulting in the disintegration of neighbouring states like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, then”there must be some things concealed, which is to be made known to all concerned”.
Lunkim demanded that “talks must be transparent to all affected indigenous people living in the area”

 
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