One has to remember, in 1776 Great Britain thought George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as terrorists, true?

One has to remember, in 1776 Great Britain thought George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as terrorists, true?

To the casual reader it would appear that the ‘benevolent‘ government of India has given its blessing to a noble pacifist Naga agenda and the ‘malevolent’ occupational Manipur state government has in return opposed their superiors and instead given a green light for an ignoble local militarist sabotage of the Naga aspirations.

But the reader should be aware of key facts in this grand scheme – #1 The Government of India has power over the puppet Manipur State government they established when they illegally invaded and annexed Manipur over 60 years ago, #2 – The High Command of the brutal Indian Armed Forces is always seeking to further the ‘divide and rule’ agenda of former Imperialist powers such as Great Britain and by making this issue appear to be a ‘Meitei VS Naga inter-tribal conflict’ to the outside world….

Much in the similar manner that the Indian Armed Forces sponsor para-militaries and urge local Police Forces to enter tribal (both Indo-Aryan AND Mongoloid) areas to beat and rape civilians – who then quite naturally retaliate and defend themselves as best they can – thereby allowing the Armed Forces High Command to label those mounting a legitimate defence as ‘Terrorists/Insurgents‘ which then allows for the regular Army to intervene and crush the resistance with brutal efficiency, all the while appearing to the world as having merely fulfilled their ‘honourable mandate to protect mother India from subversive elements‘.

The Armed Forces of India (much to the surprise of many in the West) did not earn it’s ranking as the #1 violator of Human rights in Asia by accident, and this is truly sad… to see the country that the worlds greatest pacifist leader of the 20th century (Ghandi) led into Independence – give rise after his death – to an Armed Forces that has eclipsed the British Empire in terms of the number of human rights violations it has committed (and continues to commit) in that over-extended artificial political construct called ‘India‘.

On a final note, one must not blame the people of India for these ills, most Indians have no idea that their Armed Forces are a cancerous blight in the lives of Tribal peoples (including their own Indo-Aryan ones) in what is otherwise the largest democracy in Asia, and most Indians are friendly people, as are all my Indian friends and in-laws.

Damon Gerard Corrie
President of the Pan-Tribal Confederacy of Indigenous Tribal Nations


5th May 2010

Numbering 4 million in population and more than 50 different tribes, the Nagas are a transnational indigenous people inhabiting contiguous parts of north-east India and north-west Burma. The Nagas were divided between the two countries with colonial transfer of power from Great Britain to India in 1947. In the absence of democratic mechanisms and platforms to address their demands, Nagas residing in the federal units of north-east India (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur) and Burma (Kachin state and Sagaing divison) forged a pan-Naga homeland, Nagalim, transcending modern state boundaries in order to assert their political identity and aspirations as a nation.

Since August 1997, the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) have been negotiating, to bring about a peaceful resolution to the long drawn out Indo-Naga political issue. The negotiations include the recognition of the right for Nagas living in contiguous areas within India to a political integration.

manipurThis stems from the Nagas contention that their lands and peoples were divided and bracketed into separate administrative units as minorities within the India states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur, without their consent. This deliberate policy of silencing our collective will, to live as a peoples was further cemented by the creation of the State of Nagaland in 1963, bringing much confusion and pain to the peoples.

Nagas have honoured the ceasefire agreement and have our hopes renewed for a Peaceful and Just settlement to the 7 decades old political issue.

As part of an ongoing process of building trust, the Government of India consented to the proposed visit of Mr. Th. Muivah, Ato Kilonser (Prime Minister) of the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim to visit South Nagalim (consisting of the four districts in present day Manipur state) as part of his National Peace Tour. Mr. Muivah was to visit Somdal village, his birthplace after four decades, and other Naga areas as part of the Tour.

Now, the Government of Manipur, directly conflicting with the consent of the Government of India, decided not to allow Mr. Muivah to come to South Nagalim citing “social unrest”.

To impose this decision, the Government of Manipur has deployed huge contingents of Manipur Police Commandos and Indian Reserved Battalion (IRB, a para-military force of the State) on the roads that link Nagaland State to Manipur State. Extra Police Commandos and IRBs have also been deployed at Ukhrul and Senapati Districts.

In Mao Gate, a village on National Highway 39, the first entry point from Nagaland state into Manipur, about 600 strong Police Commandos and IRB personnel are presently stationed with war-like arsenals, armoured cars and water-cannon tanks. They have also set up bunkers and dug-outs within residential areas creating fear and panic among the population. Threats and intimidation have necessarily accompanied this exercise. A traditional welcome gate build by the Mao-Gate residents to welcome Mr. Th. Muivah was forcibly torn down by the Police Commandos and IRB personnel. Reports have come in that civilians fearful of police excesses have already started vacating their houses in Mao Gate.

In Jessami Village, a village on National Highway 150, another entry point from Nagaland into Manipur, reports have come in of strong military build-up. Although no untoward incident has been reported, tensions run high in the village.

In Ukhrul and Senapati towns, both places where reception programs for Muivah were to take place, build up of Police Commandos and IRBs are unprecedented.

In all these places, Section 144 of the Indian Criminal Procedure Code has been notified. The provision in question gives sweeping powers to the District administration to impose a ban on public assembly, rallies, meetings, and any other act that can be deemed as a “nuisance and threat to public tranquillity”. The imposition is clearly politically motivated as the places where it has been imposed are the most peaceful areas in Manipur state.

All these actions are clearly against the wishes of the Naga people to have one of their leaders come within their midst and share the experiences of the peace process. The Naga people all over South Nagalim has made their desire very clear through public rallies, sit-ins and other forms of protest: that they want their leader, Mr. Th. Muivah to come to South Nagalim. The imposition of CrPC 144 has had the reverse effect on the population, people have been coming out in throngs to defy its imposition and to show support and solidarity for the coming of Mr. Muivah.

The tension has the potential to escalate into widespread unrest among the Naga population leading to widespread human rights abuse and violations.

Meanwhile, the Government of Manipur continues to stand by its ill-thought decision taken to appease the majority Meitei community of Manipur.

The Naga people believes and holds fast onto the foundation of freedom, justice and peace upon which all civilised societies are build. The human rights of the Naga peoples which includes their right to determine their own future should not be allowed to be trampled upon on the whims and wishes of others. The will of the people upon which the legitimacy of the government stands is sacrosanct; if the authority is not based on the will of the people, the people has every right to stand up against its tyranny.

It is the conviction and commitment to peace, justice, and freedom that the Naga peoples appeal to all likeminded persons, individuals, and organisations to speak out against the tyranny of the Government of Manipur and support the peace initiatives of Mr. Th. Muivah.

Kindly write to the President of India, the Prime Minister of India, the Home Minister of India, and the Chief Minister of Manipur whose addresses are given below to show your support for the Nagas’ quest for peace.

The situation may change anytime and we look forward to your urgent support. Kindly copy your letters to NPMHR.

Many thanks,

Phamhring Sengul,
Convener, NPMHR (South)

Her Excellency Mrs. Pratibha Patil Devi,
Hon’ble President of India
Office of the President,
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi, 110004 INDIA

Tel: +91-11-3016767 (Joint Secretary),
3014507 (Personal Secretary),
Fax: +91-11-3017290, 3014570
E-mail: (or)

Dr. Manmohan Singh
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
South Block
Raisina Hill, New Delhi
Fax: +91-11-23019545/ 23016857

Dr. P. Chidambaram
Hon’ble Minister of Home Affairs,
Ministry of Home Affairs,
Griha Mantralaya Room
No. 104, North Block Central Secretariat, New Delhi 110001
INDIA Fax: +91-11-2301 5750, 2309 3750, 2309 2763
Email:  websitemhaweb@

Mr. Okram Ibobi
Hon’ble Chief Minister & Home Minister of Manipur,
Chief Minister’s Secretariat Babupara,
Imphal 795001 Manipur  INDIA,

Tel: +91-385-2221833,  2220137 (O);
2220136, 2222683 (R)
Fax: + 91-385-2221817,

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  1. People of different ethnicity and language are living under the great and perhaps also detested umbrella called India. How much I differ to the many motives and inclinations of the Indian politicians, I am pleased to have been born in India when I look at the realities around me, be it Sri Lanka, where a different type of people are not acceptable, Pakistan where all other religions are dwindling in number since 1950 leave alone percentages, the same applies to Bangladesh and I do not want to describe Burma who only reliable and lasting change is its name.
    I ultimately the Nagas have to make a choice between India and Myanmar and I for one would infinitely prefer to be an Indian with all its woes. This was reinforced by the difficulties faced by a Burmese Nurse I knew.



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