RPP expresses dissatisfaction to scrap FMR, erection of security fencing

Imphal: Despite the central government’s initiatives to complete the pending international border fencing with neighbouring countries to avoid illegal influx in the country, Rising People’s Party (RPP), Nagaland has expressed dissatisfaction with the central government’s decision to scrap the Free Movement Regime (FMR) and erect security fencing along the international border.

In a press note RPP, Nagaland on Saturday said the decision of the central government’s decision to scrap the FMR and erect security fencing along the 1,600 km long international corridor in the northeast has shocked the tribal peoples of Nagalandm Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

“The decision has deeply hurt the sentiments of the tribals in the region for it means the erasure of our history and our shared past.”

It said the British first divided the territory of the Nagas and Mizo-Chin in the early part of the 20th century into British-Assam and British-Burma for ‘administrative reasons’. But when the province of Burma was detached from British India in 1937, the ethnic identities of Nagas and Mizo-Chin people of Burma were lost forever to the dominion of Burmans, the majority ethnic group of Burma.

The central government’s decision on FMR will be call to insurrection in the Northeast, already reeling from the ongoing conflict of Manipur, eventually leading to break-up of India. It added that the shared history with Burma cannot be erased with security fencing, and it is important that the India’s leader should listen.

Meanwhile, on the parliamentary floor, Union Home  inister, Amit Shah has already informed that the ongoing crisis of Manipur is due external aggression. Chief minister N. Biren Singh also expressed earlier that there is a strong suspicion of involvement of foreign militants in the present crisis of Manipur that erupted on May 3 last.

Civil society organisations and political parties of Manipur had been demanding the Centre to complete the pending Indo-Myanmar border fencing work at the earliest and to implement NRC in Manipur to solve the issue of influx of illegal immigrants.

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