In an exclusive interview with India Today NE, the President of Nagaland's Rising People's Party Joel Naga voiced strong criticism against the recent decision by the Government of India to scrap the Free Movement Regime (FMR) between India and Myanmar.
Describing the move as "ridiculous" and a "knee-jerk reaction," Naga highlighted the potential consequences of such a decision.
"The act east policy initiated by Modi is contradicted by scrapping of the FMR," the President remarked expressing concern over the apparent inconsistency in government policy. Emphasizing the importance of dialogue and inclusive solutions, Naga cautioned that the decision could ignite tensions in the region.
"The scrapping of Free Movement regime is a volcano waiting to erupt," the President warned, citing the risk of escalating violence and unrest. Drawing attention to the fragile peace prevalent in the area, Naga urged for a more comprehensive approach towards achieving lasting peace.
"Instead of really trying to bring permanent peace in the region, the Government of India through its narrow policy is trying to provoke the hill states of the northeast," Naga asserted, expressing disappointment in the government's approach. Naga further lamented the potential spill-over effects of the decision, particularly on neighboring states like Mizoram and parts of Arunachal Pradesh.
Naga expressed desire for peace but warned that the government's policy choices could lead to "bloodshed and unrest" in the region.
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