Ravi’s statement triggers uneasy calm in Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 21 | Publish Date: 8/21/2019 11:38:59 AM IST

A recent statement by Nagaland Governor and Interlocutor for Naga peace talks, RN Ravi has triggered apprehension of Manipur befalling a similar fate of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a large gathering at a grand civic reception on August 16, organised in his honour at Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) Convention Centre in Kohima, Ravi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed the need to conclude the Naga peace process within three months. Ravi’s statement has added fuel to the apprehension of the people of Manipur, Committee of Civil Societies Kangleipak (CCSK), a pressure group in Manipur, said on Wednesday.

Talking to the media at its office in Imphal, CCSK president Jitendra Ningomba said that the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir were done in the national interest of India and the same move to Manipur cannot be ruled out.

He claimed that there was strong apprehension in the minds of people of Manipur of the Centre applying the same in Manipur.

He, however, warned that Manipur’s integrity should not be sacrificed in the national interest and if Centre happened to do so, Manipur will witness an intense uproar never seen before. Ningomba said that there was no opposition to any move of the Centre to resolve the vexed Naga political issue as far as it was confined to Nagaland.

“We always welcome settling Naga political issue. But, we will not agree with any settlement that will infringe the interest of Manipur’s territorial integrity,” he declared.

He warned the government of India that interest of other communities should not be infringed while appeasing a particular community of the region. 

“We welcome Centre’s peace initiative with Nagas but we would not agree with a settlement that would hurt the sentiments of other communities,” he said.

CCSK president said centre should not affect in any form the integrity and harmony of different communities living together in the state while resolving an issue of a particular community.

He said the centre at the same time must not indulge in any move that will make a change to Manipur physically or in administration.

Reminding the assurance given by the Centre to the people of Manipur regarding its territorial integrity, Ningomba expressed belief that Centre would keep its word.

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