Monday, January 16, 2012

The Naga Question

This election season, the Naga People's Front, the ruling party in Nagaland championing the cause for a Naga supra-state, has chosen to enter the electoral fray in Manipur and is almost guaranteed to all the seats in Naga-dominated constituencies. This move could prove dangerous in the state with a history of ethnic violence between the Nagas and the Kukis.

In this confrontation that had wreaked havoc in Manipur previously, the Meitei votes are what will count and that is what Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh seems to be betting on. In a shirt byte, he seemed supremely confident of his chances and indeed, political observation also seems to favour the Congress.

However, the underlying ethnic hostilities cannot be brushed aside. the NPF's entry into Manipur could become a dangerous precedent and it is important to work on a political solution.

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