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Memo to PM by Nagas of Mnp
Published on 27 Sep. 2010 12:21 AM IST
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Disconcerted over Manipur government’s rejection to increase tribal representation in the Manipur legislative assembly, United Naga Council (UNC) and Committee for Alternative Arrangement has appealed to the government of India to intervene and protect Naga citizens in the present state of Manipur.
The two organisations, in a memorandum to the prime minister of India, reiterated the June 1947 Nine Point Agreement signed between Akbar Hydari, the then governor of Assam and the Naga National Council (NNC), and the 13th clause of the Sixteen Point Agreement 1960, between the GoI and the Naga Peoples’ Convention (NPC), stating that they testified to India’s standing commitment to the consolidation of contiguous Naga areas.
According to the two organisations, the tribal areas in Manipur constituted about 90% of the state’s total area, with a population of 9,83,074, making up for 41% of the state’s total of 23,88,634. The council pointed out that the tribals had only 20 representatives in the house of 60, each tribal MLA representing a population of 49,154 and about 1004.5 sq km on an average. It alleged that despite the apparent constitutional requirement for delimitation adjustment of assembly constituencies based on the above mentioned data, which indicated the need for an increase in tribal representation, the same had been ignored and rejected by the “communal” government of Manipur.
Stating that the position of the Nagas was clear and resolute, the Nagas of Manipur demanded that the government of Manipur withdraw its administration and cease “militarization” in Naga areas. The two organisations also urged the government of India to recognize Manipur government’s failure to represent the Naga people with the denial of their constitutional and democratic rights, and that it was impossible for the Nagas to protect their right to life, land, traditional institutions, customary practice and values under the administration of the Government of Manipur. It urged the government of India to intervene with an alternative arrangement for protection of the Naga citizens and administration of the Naga areas in the present state of Manipur.
Further, drawing to the “grave potential for communal confrontations and violence” which it said could flare up at the slightest provocations, intentional or perceived as such by any community, the Nagas in Manipur sought the centre’s immediate intervention in the matter to avoid any catastrophic consequences.

It described the situation as “fragile, sensitive, and delicate” and said that “peaceful parting of ways” of the Nagas in Manipur and the Meiteis as good
neighbours was the only way to avert catastrophic situations that would arise out of prolongation of the forced union.

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