Peace talk must not affect Arunachal and its people: AAPSU

The union demanded that the Centre should stand by its assurances given previously by present Governor of Nagaland and interlocutor RN Ravi.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has strongly reiterated its previous stance that the proposed agreement between the Centre and NSCN (I-M) to resolve the decades old peace talk should not affect Arunachal and its people in any way.

The union demanded that the Centre should stand by its assurances given previously by present Governor of Nagaland and interlocutor RN Ravi when a team from AAPSU led by then president Kamta Lapung  and general secretary Biru Nasi had called on him in 2015.

A release by president AAPSU Hawa Bagang and general secretary, Tobom Dai on Tuesday stated that the interlocutor assured the union of consulting the state government of Arunachal including various stakeholders before the final draft of the accord is prepared.

The union also made its stand that the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh will strongly oppose any attempts made to change the territorial jurisdiction of the state or any kind of administrative, political or other interventions while reaching a final solution to the seven-decade-old insurgency problem in Nagaland.

AAPSU also demands that the state government, all 60 legislators of the assembly, the three members of parliament of  Arunachal and the political parties to strongly oppose any possible attempts to alter the state's territorial jurisdiction and administration due to the proposed accord between the Centre and NSCN (I-M).

AAPSU is aware of the NSCN (I-M)’s vision of Nagalim or Greater Nagaland but there are no Nagas in Arunachal Pradesh, the release said. Stating that the union has always objected to the vested interests, it also added that all tribal communities including Nocte, Wanchos, Tutsas, Tangsas inhabiting in the state are Arunachalees and Indians.

The present team had also submitted numerous representations against the same to President of India Ram Nath Kovind on his maiden visit to the state, then union home minister Rajnath Singh including numerous representations to the state government and the governor of Arunachal, the release said.

First Published:Aug. 12, 2020, 11:55 p.m.