May 27, 2013

Nagalim: NSCN-IM And Manipur Titular King Hold Meeting

A meeting held between Naga and Meitei leaders has started to pave the way for improved relations and to clear misunderstandings.

Below is an article published by The Assam Tribune:

Manipur’s titular King Leishemba Sanajaoba had a meeting with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (IM)’s general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah at Hebron in Dimapur early this month [May 2013].

According to a report in a bilingual monthly called Pandam, the meeting was also attended by Chingsubam Wangambi Leima, president of Meetei National Front (MNF) and others. During the meeting, King Sanajaoba presented a Meitei khudei (Dhoti) to Ato Kilonser Muivah while Chingsubam Wangambi Leima presented a Leirum cloth (Meetei shawl) to Muivah and other NSCN (IM) leaders in the meeting.

After Oja Akaba expired, the Chingsubam family met Muivah in 2007 and the latest meeting at Hebron was held in accordance with Muivah’s wish that the King of Manipur should join the next meeting, the report added.

Although there was no concrete agreement or commitment during the meeting, it was regarded as the first positive step to clear misunderstandings and promote rapport between the Meiteis and Nagas.

According to the report, Muivah said, “It would be a blunder to believe lndia will solve our Meitei/Naga problem. Meiteis and Nagas should understand each other, not blame anyone. He said that mistake lies with the Meiteis as well as the Nagas and the problem will remain unless there is mutual understanding between the two”.

Muivah further said that “We (Nagas and Meiteis) must decide our own destiny and our future will be the outcome of this decision”.

He said Nagas do not regard Meiteis as their enemy and Meiteis must not regard the Nagas as theirs. Meiteis would not gain anything when Nagas suffer losses and neither do the Nagas.

Muivah further said that since Naga-lndia and Meitei-lndia problems are different, their solutions would also be different.

Nagas will extend any possible help in solving the Meitei problem if a solution to the Naga problem is brought about, the report added.

In the meeting, Leishemba Sanajaoba is reported to have said that there are numerous misunderstandings between the Nagas and Meiteis. And it is high time the Nagas and Meiteis clear up these misunderstandings.

MNF leader Chingsubam Wangambi Leima said that the bond of love and harmony which existed amongst the various ethnic groups living together in the hills and plains of Manipur has been severed by the wedge of Hinduism. She added that we should find a way to enable us live in peace and harmony again.