India: Kuki State Demand Committee launch "Quit Kuki Land" Movement
THE TIMES OF INDIA
TNN | Jan 22, 2013, 06.35 AM IST
CHURACHANDPUR: The agitating Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC) has announced the launch of its 'Quit Kuki Land' movement, incorporating a series of stirs including an indefinite roadblock in 'Kuki areas' of Manipur from Thursday evening.
"If the government continues to ignore our longstanding legitimate demand for creation of a separate Kuki state within Manipur, we will initiate a plebiscite to garner Kuki people's resolution on the issue," reacted KSDC general secretary H Benjamin Mate.
KSDC's proposed 'Kuki state' map covers the whole of Churachandpur and Chandel districts, Sadar Hills in Senapati and large chunks of land in Tamenglong and Ukhrul.
The KSDC had imposed a roadblock on all state and national highways passing Kuki-inhabited areas of the state for several days last year. The stir was suspended after the Centre assured initiation of a political dialogue with the Kuki underground outfits. The Centre has yet again failed to fulfill its promise to initiate political dialogue, Mate said at a media conference held at Churachandpur district headquarters on Monday.
"On the contrary, the government chose to circulate the possibility of granting a Pan Naga Council to NSCN (IM) prior to the assembly election of Nagaland," Benjamin said. He said KSDC representatives went to Delhi on January 14 and sought to apprise Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on the need to settle the Kuki political dialogue issue before any solution with the NSCN (IM) as the outfit continued to claim large parts of Kuki territory as Naga traditional land. They waited till Saturday but the home minister was busy meeting an all-party delegation from Manipur, so they returned without meeting him.
"As the Centre has failed to take a positive step to fulfill our rightful demand, we have decided to launch a Quit Kuki Land movement and a series of stirs including indefinite public blockades in Kuki-inhabited areas from 5pm Thursday, Mate said.
The decision was taken following a meeting attended by 800 Kuki chiefs of the state here, he said. There will be no official programme to mark Republic Day in Kuki areas, he added.
"The Kuki militants supporting Kuki statehood are also urged to stand behind KSDC and act in concert with us. Kuki rights are not necessarily subject to recognition by the Government of India," he said.
"The KSDC will burn the Indian flag on January 26 as a mark of severance of ties between the Kuki nation and the Indian state, which has failed to recognize our political rights even after 65 years of Indian independence and 65 years of Kuki tolerance," he said.
Click on the link below to download a press release from the KSDC