‘Naga-Meitei brotherhood can’t be dictated by preposterous sentiments’
DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 11: A consultative meeting of the WC NNPGs and Co-ordination Committee on Manipur Integration (COCOMI), a conglomeration of Manipur based civil societies, has affirmed that the Naga-Meitei brotherhood cannot be dictated by haphazard and preposterous sentiments.
The meeting, held at Dimapur on November 10, was necessitated because for centuries, Nagas and Meiteis shared a progressive harmonious relationship with one respecting the other’s ancestral domain, customs, tradition and practices, said a statement issued by the media cell, WC NNPGs.
“In the last few decades however, the tranquility and mutual respect between the two communities faced rough weather owing to impractical ideology and discomforting political stance of few. The Naga-Meitei brotherhood, both sides agree, cannot be dictated by haphazard and preposterous sentiments,” said the statement.
In the meeting, the WC, NNPGs was led by its convener N Kitovi Zhimomi and 6 co-conveners.
“The meeting reaffirmed that Nagas and Meiteis have a larger role to play in the ethno-social political reorganisation of the indigenous peoples in the NE. The meeting hinged on the need to mutually co-exist as brothers and as peaceful neighbours like in the centuries past. The world does not wait for feuding communities and so Naga and Meitei generations must avoid living in perpetual fear and mistrust of each other.”
The WC, NNPGs reassured the COCOMI leaders that the impending Indo-Naga political solution will be in the interest of Nagas, Meiteis and all other communities. It stated that any new political or administrative arrangement or structure that respects and promotes Naga history, culture and identity, without altering the present boundary of Manipur, Arunachal or in Assam as a result of Indo-Naga solution, and which benefits all communities, must be appreciated.
“The COCOMI delegation appreciated the pragmatic political stand of the WC, NNPGs and the progress achieved through political negotiations. The meeting agreed that more interaction and people-to-people dialogue is necessary to forge a strong indigenous ethnic communities’ platform to meet the ever threatening demographic invasion of NE states. NE people cannot live in isolation because the danger is too big. Common issue must be tackled through concerted effort,” it said.
Expressing solidarity to the WC, NNPGs and hoping that negotiations between the Nagas and GoI would conclude without delay, COCOMI said all neighbouring states were anxiously expecting a positive Indo-Naga political agreement. It wished the WC, NNPG leadership and the Naga people a great path ahead, informed the statement.
(Page News Service)