DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 2: The business communities of 7 districts of Nagaland state have appealed to the right thinking citizens of Assam, the Government of Assam, the authorities at Jorhat and the business community of Upper Assam to intervene and persuade those responsible for the economic blockade to lift it.
The business communities said that few individuals with vested interests have taken to ransom the people of the 2 neighbouring states.
The business communities of Mokokchung, Tuensang, Wokha, Zunheboto, Longleng, Mon and Kiphire viewed the economic blockade imposed at Mariani, Assam, very seriously and asserted that they would find alternative means of doing business by looking beyond Jorhat and Upper Assam.
In a joint press release issued by Tsükti Longkumer, President, Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Dorothy Chang, president, Tuensang Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Kikheto Muru, President, Zunheboto Chamber of Commerce & Industry; A Bonshi Phom, President, Longleng Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Renpithung Kikon, President, Wokha Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Litingse Sangtam, President, Kiphire Chamber of Commerce & Industry; and N Unok SN, President, Mon Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the business communities stated that they have minutely observed the situation in close coordination with the respective district authorities ever since some Assam-based organizations imposed an economic blockade by restricting movement of vehicles along National Highway 702D, at Mariani, under Jorhat district of Assam.
Stating that the state of Assam faces afflicting border disputes with all of its neighbouring states, the business communities stated that inter-state border disputes are political in nature, which in the Assam-Nagaland case is exacerbated by historical wrongs and they can never be resolved by economic blockades imposed by rogue elements.
They said economic blockades will only strain the age-old ties between the people of the two neighbouring states thereby making it impossible to make room for any meaningful discourse to resolve the contentious border issue.
Stating that border dispute between Assam and Nagaland is sub-judice with the matter pending verdict in the Supreme Court of India, the business communities stated that forceful obstruction of National Highways and restricting movement of essential commodities are not only illegal but also flagrant violations of human rights.
They further stated that Mokokchung, Tuensang, Wokha, Zunheboto, Longleng, Mon and Kiphire districts of Nagaland affected by the ongoing economic blockade are almost entirely dependent on the markets of Upper Assam, with Jorhat in particular for trade and commerce.
“While the ongoing economic blockade is undeniably causing much inconvenience to the affected Nagaland district, it is rather damning for the economy and the business community of Upper Assam,” the joint release stated adding, “The economic blockade is not going to starve us to death, let along make us submit to the whims of a few anti-social elements marauding like goons at Mariani, Assam.”
“If the economic blockade is not lifted soon, it is apparently clear that the business community including traders and farmers in Upper Assam would confront those reprobates imposing the illegitimate and meaningless blockade at Mariani,” they further stated.
(Page News Service)