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ENPO firm on statehood ; RALLIES IN 4 DISTRICTS ON JAN 7, 2011
Correspondent TUENSANG, DEC 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 Dec. 2010 12:43 AM IST
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With the demand for creation of ‘Frontier Nagaland’ by the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) finally out in the open, the decades-old demand by the Konyak, Chang, Yimchungru, Sangtam, Khiamniungan and Phom tribes, would have far reaching political ramifications. Speaking to Nagaland Post over phone Monday , ENPO president Manko said ENPO waiting for a positive response from the central government with regard to its memorandum which was also submitted to the prime minister.
Manko further disclosed that a mass public rally would be held simultaneously in all four districts of Nagaland-Mon,Tuensang,Kiphire and Longleng- on January 7,2011 to garner total public support for the demand. The other objective of the rally was to make a public declaration to all Nagas and the government of India the demand of all the tribes under the ENPO.
The ENPO delegation recently met home minister P Chidambaram and home secretary Gopal K Pillai and placed their demand for the separate state comprising Tuensang, Longleng, Kiphire and Mon districts as well as three sub-divisions of two other districts. The region has about half of Nagaland’s population – 9 lakh and geographical area.The proposed ‘Frontier Nagaland’ would be within the ambit of the constitution of India. The region has about half of Nagaland’s population- 9 lakh and about half the geographical area.
Manko also said that the ENPO would also publicly announce its future course of action with regard to the demand for creation of a separate entity to the public.
It was also speculated that the demand for ‘Frontier Nagaland’ could also include parts of Changlang and Tirap districts of Arunachal Pradesh having indigenous Naga tribes such as Konyak, Nocte and Wancho.
Meanwhile, a home ministry official disclosed “the delegation said that it has become impossible for them to continue as part of present-day Nagaland because there is no development in the region and their hopes and aspirations could not be fulfilled in the present state.”
There appears to have been a concurrence among various sections of people from the six tribes of the four districts, that their pending demands for 25% job reservation in all government departments have not been adequately addressed by successive governments.
They also said development projects in the four districts are almost nil and that even road connectivity has been dismally poor.
It may seem ironic that while unity among all Nagas has been the key objective against the backdrop of the ‘integration of all Naga contiguous areas under one administrative umbrella’; the demand for carving out a state or union territory from present Nagaland, would certainly lead to disintegration. It may also be pointed out that in nearby Manipur, the UNC has been demanding a separate administrative arrangement for Nagas living in the hill districts. Considered in the light of the recent developments in nearby Myanmar where Nagas have also participated in the recently held elections where some arrangement was being talked with regard to more autonomy for the Nagas; the ‘greater Nagaland’ concept appears to be going the reverse way.

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