No country can impose boundary in Naga soil, says Eastern Naga Students’ Association
DIMAPUR — The Eastern Naga Students’ Association (ENSA) has expressed “profound shock and deep concern” over the recent decision of the Indian government to suspend the Free Movement Regime (FMR) along the Indo-Myanmar border.
The Myanmar-based association said in a press release that “equally disconcerting is the alignment of certain Naga politicians with their central (Indian) leadership, a stance that, regrettably, lacks respect and integrity towards the Naga people residing across the imposed boundary for centuries”.
The ENSA pointed out that Naga people, as indigenous inhabitants spanning Naga-inhabited land and regions, do not view themselves as slaves, refugees or foreigners on their own soil.
“Despite the living conditions being observed by the world, with some experiencing it firsthand and others learning through various social media platforms, it is emphatically asserted and reminded again that neither India nor Burma (Myanmar) has the right to dictate the future of the Nagas or impose boundary in Naga soil,” the association maintained.
It went on to claim that, against all the established human rights standards, the arbitrary boundary drawn by “Jawaharlal Nehru and U Nu within Naga territory, notably exemplified by the division of Longwa Angh’s kitchen, was executed without Naga consent”.
“The concept of Free Movement Regime (FMR) introduced by India and Myanmar is alien to the Nagas, who, for time immemorial, have traversed mountains, ridges and rivers without the imposition of boundaries,” it asserted.
“While a few Naga politicians may voice support for the GoI’s decision to suspend FMR, the ENSA emphasises that such sentiments do not reflect the broader consensus of the Naga community. Threats and intimidation towards innocent, peace-loving people do not offer solutions; rather, they exacerbate existing issues.
“The alleged suspension of FMR on the grounds of countering drug trafficking and illegal activities is deemed a feeble pretext, concealing Delhi’s hidden agenda against the Nagas. This justification only undermines the commendable efforts of Naga individuals across the border addressing these issues without the support of India and Myanmar,” it said.
While urging the GoI to engage in meaningful dialogue with common Naga leaders, politicians, civil society organisations and all stakeholders, the association further said “this approach is essential for preserving peace and stability in the border areas without jeopardising the lives and aspirations of the Naga people, who are united as one”.