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NSCD rally in Delhi; UNC strike in 3 Manipur districts

Members of NSCD protest outside Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday.
DIMAPUR/Imphal, OCT 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 Oct. 2010 1:01 AM IST
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Naga Students’ Community Delhi (NSCD) on Monday organized a silent protest rally at Jantar Mantar in protest against government of India’s ‘lack of political will’ to settle decade’s old “Indo-Naga” problems.
According to a statement issued by the NSCD, hundreds of Nagas turned up for the rally joined by other students’ bodies including Manipur Students’ Association, Delhi (MSAD), Democratic Students Union (DSU) and members from various NGOs to show their solidarity towards the Nagas and their long struggling cause.
Later, a memorandum was submitted to prime minister of India, demanding political maturity and sincerity from the Government of India to resolve the “Indo-Naga” issue. The NSCD said that the peace-talk between the Government of India and the NSCN (I-M) has been vividly marred by the failure of the former to show political will, urgency and decisiveness to arrive at an honorable political solution even after the Nagas have proposed a model of solution in the form of “Special Federal Relationship” with India.
The students said there was a contradiction “deeply rooted” in the action of the Government of India. The NSCD said while the government of India claims that it recognized the “Unique History and Situation of the Nagas” and acknowledged the political nature of the Naga issue for which the peace talk was indispensable, it (India) had constantly acted in utter contrary to what it grandiloquently expressed.
“As though the lack of political will is not enough to deny the rights of the Nagas, the Government of India has also constantly attempted to derail the peace process at critical junctures through well-calculated provocations and infringements,” the NSCD said.
The Naga students said that the need of the hour was to fully realize that an undiluted approach to the peace process aimed at resolving the vexed Naga political issue was to the interest of both the sides.

Dawn to dusk general strike
A dawn to dusk general strike called by the United Naga Council (UNC) Manipur crippled normal life across three Naga dominated three hill districts on Monday from 6 pm to 6 am.
UNC called the strike in the three districts-- Chandel, Tamenglong and Ukhrul drawing attention of the Central government to expedite the Nagas peace talks with the Centre. However, Senapati district was kept outside the purview of the general strike.
UNC did not give any reason behind Senapati keeping from outside the purview of the bandh but a rally is being organised Tuesday at the district headquarters on the same issue. Police said that no untoward incident was reported during the strike hour.
All shops, business establishments, academic institutions and markets remained closed. Vehicular movement was also brought to a grinding halt in the three districts. However, movement of vehicles of security personnel and other essential services were not disturbed.
Due to the reported ill-health of NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th. Muivah who was hospitalized, the peace talks were put on hold but was likely to resume at the earliest, Union home secretary GK Pillai informed this during his four day visit to Manipur. The interlocutor, R.S. Pandey was also in American to be with his daughter, it was informed.
A highly reliable source from New Delhi Monday said that Muivah has been discharged from the hospital and his health condition improving. The peace talks are likely to begin soon, the source said. (Correspondent)

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