Kohima: Reassuring leaders that the impending Indo-Naga political solution will be in the interest of Nagas, Meiteis and all other communities, the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) led by its Convenor N Kitovi Zhimomi and six co-conveners and Co-ordination Committee on Manipur Integration (COCOMI), a conglomeration of Manipur-based civil societies held a meeting on Tuesday.
An official update from the working committee NNPGs said that the consultation was necessitated as Nagas and Meiteis shared a progressive, harmonious relationship and respected the other’s ancestral domain, customs, tradition and practices for centuries.
“In the last few decades, however, the tranquillity and mutual respect between the two communities faced rough weather owing to impractical ideology and discomforting political stance of few,” it said. Both sides agreed that the Naga-Meitei brotherhood “cannot be dictated by haphazard and preposterous sentiments”.
As Nagas and Meiteis have a larger role to play in the “ethno-social-political reorganisation of the indigenous peoples” in the Northeast (NE), the meeting hinged on the need to mutually co-exist as brothers and as peaceful neighbours like in the centuries past.
It added, “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”.
It stated that the WC, NNPGs “sought to reassure the COCOMI leaders that the impending Indo-Naga political solution will be in the interest of Nagas, Meiteis and all other communities”.
The statement added, “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”.
As per the WC NNPGs, the COCOMI delegation appreciated its pragmatic political stand and the progress it achieved through political negotiations. Both groups also 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. The common issue must be tackled through concerted effort,” it added. The COCOMI expressed solidarity to the WC NNPGs and expressed hoped that negotiations between the Nagas and Centre will conclude without delay.
It further added saying that as all neighbouring states are anxiously expecting a positive Indo-Naga political agreement, the COCOMI wished the WC, NNPG leadership and the Naga people a great path ahead.