An idea of ​​Grand Nagaland worries Manipur

Manipur has been told that a "Grand Nagaland" could be on the anvil as part of Naga's final agreement being negotiated, a state government official said. .

On February 23, the naga interlocutor RN Ravi said that "the Naga peace agreement has not yet been finalized and that it will not compromise the territorial integrity of the country." 39, no state ".

"Now they will have more Nagaland, we were told by the central government," said a senior state government official under the guise of anonymity, referring to ongoing negotiations .

In 2015, the Center signed a framework agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) to end the long-running Naga insurgency after agreeing to give up the government. requirement of sovereignty. Six Naga political groups later joined the discussions.

The demand for "Greater Nagaland" encompasses all contiguous areas inhabited by the Naga, including several districts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. Fears were expressed at a massive "unity" rally in the capital last week, demanding the preservation of the territorial integrity of Manipur.

The rally was called by the United Committee Manipur (UCM).

"No anti-India"

"The rally is not anti-Indian. The people demand that the Manipur be kept intact, "added the official.

Thousands of people were seen parading through the main streets of Imphal, waving banners and waving slogans.

Highlighting the differences in society, the United Naga Council has launched a Bandh appeal in the mountainous districts of Manipur to counter this rally.

In a recent submission to a standing committee of Parliament, Mr. Ravi said that a special arrangement would be made for the Nagas, which added to apprehensions.