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NEFIP - A common NE platform constituted

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/4/2019 12:39:15 PM IST

North-East Peoples’ Conference (NEPC) 2019 has unanimously resolved to set up a “North East Forum for Indigenous Peoples” or NEFIP. Considering the symbolic and the historic coming of indigenous peoples under a common umbrella during the conference, it was felt that the indigenous communities of the NE Region should have a common platform and the conference to set up the NEFIP, a permanent body.

A JCPI delegation, including president, VP, and GS of DNSU and Z. Lohe, advisor, NTC, attended the NEPC, organized by CSOs from all the seven NE states and hosted by Manipur People Against CAB (MANPAC), in Imphal from April 1 to 3 at Imphal City Convention Centre.  A press release from JCPI media cell stated that the three-day conference dwelt at length on the implications of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) for the entire NE Region and the possibility of it being implemented after the 2019 elections as per the “utterances of certain Indian leaders.” Indigenous Tripuris narrated their own heart-breaking experiences and warned the other indigenous peoples gathered to not allow the Tripura mistake to ever happen again.  This, the release stated, was perhaps the first ever gathering of CSOs from the seven sister states of the NER. Other pertinent issues such as illegal immigration in general, AFSPA, etc., were also discussed. The ground breaking consensus arrived at in the conference was the acknowledgment of misunderstandings and ongoing conflict of interests on numerous issues between the NE states and between communities.  However, the leaders resolved to dwell on issues of common interests or threats, particularly the CAB at the moment. The conference ended on the strong note that indigenous peoples of the NER will continue to oppose the CAB tooth and nail even in the future no matter the circumstances. It also appealed to the Indian government to not impose laws detrimental to peace and harmony or against the interests of the NE states.  The NEFIP is to be represented by three members each from all the seven NE states with one member designated as state co-ordinator. Ningthouja Lancha of Manipur was selected as the convenor of NEFIP. For Nagaland state Theja Therieh was selected as the state co-ordinator. The other two members are Tiatemsu Longchar, secretary of JCPI, and K. Thungchamo Ngullie, member, JCPI. The next meeting, under the banner of NEFIP, is to be held in Shillong on April 27. 


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