Imphal, Sept. 30: United National Liberation Front (UNLF) chairman Sana Yaima alias R.K. Meghen today said no ethnic-based administrative system nor the status of Scheduled Tribe, Scheduled Caste or Other Backward Classes would bring equality and development in Manipur.
“An alternative arrangement for Nagas, a separate state for Kukis and Scheduled Tribe status for Meiteis is not the solution. The solution is to bring all the communities together and find a common future,” Sana Yaima told reporters during his appearance in an NIA court in Guwahati today.
Sana Yaima’s comment came at a time when the Naga community is pushing for an alternative administrative arrangement outside the purview of the Manipur government, Kukis clamouring for a separate state carved out of Manipur and Meitei organisations demanding Scheduled Tribe status. “The people of India are compartmentalised, divided and fragmented as ST, SC and OBC. Such social division has created more problems as these bring forth fights for quota among the fragmented society,” he said.
Sana Yaima, who has been in Guwahati jail since September 2010 and undergoing trial by an NIA court for waging war against India, said neither Narendra Modi nor Rahul Gandhi could be the force to unify India.
“Now the country is moving towards federalism and one day it would disintegrate because of its internal contradictions. India will meet the fate of the Soviet Union one day,” he predicted.
He said India’s system of centralisation of power or a federal structure would not suit the Northeast, as the problems were not similar to the rest of the country.
Sana Yaima said after 64 years of Manipur’s “forcible” merger with India, the state had nothing. There was no infrastructure, connectivity and social harmony, and as a result there was enmity among the communities, he added.
“If communities in Manipur are united they will survive together. If we are divided we will sink together too,” he said. He appealed to all the communities in Manipur to find out the core issue together and fight jointly for a common future.
The NIA court had examined 32 witnesses till today. Sana Yaima and 17 others are facing trial. While three of them are out on bail, 15 are still in jail. Today, only 14, including Sana Yaima, appeared before the court.