Return of the Prodigal Son, Muivah
Forty years ago, a young Tangkhul boy called Thuingaleng
Muivah had left parents and
family in his tiny Ukhrul village in order to
wage war against India and bring a “sovereign Nagaland”.
All these years, he has never
called himself an Indian, or has shown any
regard of the Indian Constitution.
“age” has mended this prodigal Tangkhul personality.
Recently, there has been an
interesting development in the character of Th.Muivah
who is in his seventies. He has
tipped over the “sovereignty scale” of
the NSCN (IM)’s demands. He is a “confirmed Indian”
now after acquiring an Indian
passport quite recently. He is going for peace talks
with the Government of India “within the framework of
the Indian Constitution”. It
is an open secret known even to the cows and
hens in the streets of the Northeastern states that “Muivah
is definitely going to fly the Indian
tricolours very soon”. Though there
is doubt if the NSCN (IM) carries the mandate of the
entire Naga communities, any
peace loving Naga hails Muivah with his able leadership
and looks forward for a swift development of Nagaland.
is equally welcome to his birth place Ukhrul, provided
he shuns the hidden agendum of
“breaking” the boundaries of Manipur. Nagas
may better seek for a Himalayan economic package from
the Govt. of India in order to
bring peace to Nagaland. Muivah must never
seek peace for Nagaland at the cost of Manipur.
United Committee of Manipur (UCM) seems to be finding a
tough time while the NSCN (IM)
and “its over ground organizations” like the
Naga Hoho and UNC, openly flay the Meiteis for being “anti
Naga” or “against peace”.
So far, big brother Meiteis have been playing maximum
restraint “not to hurt” the sentiments of any tribal
communities in Manipur.
Unfortunately, if the “worse” happens, the
consequences are well known to
everybody in this state of democracy. So, instead
of making anymore “inflammatory
statements”, the various Naga tribes must,
like their Zeliangrong brethren, propagate peace and
harmony among various
communities living in Manipur. It is also clear that
the Naga ceasefire agreement is a big
blot in the political careers of
Lal Krishna Advani and Atal Behari Vajpayee.
(Received by email on July 12, 2001)