Public discourse on Manipur Integrity

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 20, 2018: Public discourse on 213th report of Parliamentary standing committee on home affairs has opposed the report and decided to stand firm for Manipur Integrity.

The public gathering was organised by United Committee Manipur at Lamyanba Sanglen Palace Compound at the back drop of possible disintegration of Manipr.

It attended by social scientists, scholars and leaders and members of various civil society organisations.

The gathering affirmed that the report submitted by Parliamentary standing committee supports Naga people as it is based on wrong data and records.

The report submitted on July 19 to both the Houses mentioned that on August 3, 2015, the Framework Agreement was signed between the government of India and the NSCN-IM for a final settlement to decades-long Naga issue.

The report mentioned that the Committee observes that any final agreement will have some implications for Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, where Nagas are residing in certain areas. On being asked what the special arrangement will be, the Committee was told that with respect to Nagaland, there is already a special arrangement. Article 371A of the Constitution makes it very clear that they are special and a special status has been accorded to them. A similar kind of status, with some local variation, and some change to the Nagas in the neighbouring states can be explored, mentioned the report.

The committee also recommended that the government should, nevertheless, proactively stay prepared for any kinds of scenario that may emerge in the aftermath of this agreement, and keep the security forces and the intelligence agencies on the alert.

The gathering affirmed that the committee report misinterprets Manipur situation and deliberately scripts in favour of Nagas.

It rejected the parliamentary committee report charging that it intentionally tries to break Manipur.

UNC warns the government of India to stop acting against the memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister, Home minister and interlocutor R.N. Ravi on December 10 last year, which appealed the central leaders to take consent of the Manipur government and its people before arriving at a solution under the framework agreement. It said it will appeal to international court.

The public discourse decided to organised a mass rally in October to let the government know the stand of the people that Manipur cannot be disintegrated by any force.

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