Imphal: On the eve of October 31, a deadline set by the government of India to conclude the decades-old Naga peace process, thousands of Nagas residing in Tamenglong district of Manipur took part in a candlelight vigil cum prayer meet on Wednesday night.
The candlelight-cum-prayer meet was part of a series of events held across Naga-inhabited areas of the region under the aegis of Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), an apex Naga student body, for peace and solidarity among the Naga communities.
Candles were seen soulfully lit up in the middle of the local ground here and participants wrote a slogan, ‘We want Nagas solution’, while the congregation sang the melodious Hillsong worship piece, I Surrender.
Earlier, similar events were organised across Naga-inhabited areas in Manipur and Nagaland by Naga frontal organisations under the aegis of NSF in solidarity with the Naga negotiation for an inclusive, honourable and acceptable solution to the 22-year-long protracted Indo-Naga peace process.
On the other hand, with reports of the ongoing Naga talks is likely to finalised by October 31 (Thursday), Manipur-based civil societies, under the banner the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), had earlier launched a civil movement where a series of mass protests had taken place in the state against any deal that compromises the territorial integrity of the state.
On Thursday, a massive mass protest is set to take off in the state under COCOMI to register strong opposition to any such outcome from the ongoing Indo-Naga peace process that hurts the sentiments and interests of the people.
COCOMI is an umbrella body of some of the major civil society organisations recently formed with an objective to agitate against any elements that are anti-state out of the Naga talks.