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Headlines    Vol. 2 Issue No. 9     Aug.7 - 21,  2003


THE war of words between Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh continues. Student leaders are spearheading the campaign on both sides. All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has seconds Mukut Mithi—stand that there are no Nagas in Arunachal Pradesh. This is unambiguous in their view. AAPSU general secretary Maji Marging doesnot deny there are Nagas in Arunachal Pradesh. But he says, they are not the Nagas of Nagaland. They are e purely Nagas of Arunachal Pradesh and are not a party to the greater Nagaland movement”. NSF had earlier claimed that 14,000 sq km of Tirap and Changlang districts are inhabited by Naga tribes like Wanc Ho, Nocte, Thangsa. In its reaction,  AAPSU said it wanted to know from the three tribes if they were Nagas of Nagaland and parties to the socio-political movement of Nagaland? On the Naga peace talks, AAPSU said it always favoured a solution on the condition that the extension of ceasefire would not affect the territorial integrity of the neighbouring State as repeatedly assured by the Centre. But the status granted to Naga Hoho by the Central Government was confusing, Marging observed. Reiterating that Arunachal was not a party to the greater Nagaland movement, AAPSU called upon all political parties of Arunachal not to “legitimize the Nagaland movement” through undue media hype. Concern at growing population of Bangladeshis in Arunachal Voluntary Arunachal Senaa (VAS) has expressed serious concern at the growing population of Bangladeshis in the State. Claiming that almost 10,000 Bangladeshi infiltrators are entering this capital town every year, VAS activist Y Karbi appealed to the law enforcing authorities to be more alert against forged inner line permit (ILP) and deport the refugees if their ILPs are found invalid. Mentioning the changing population scenario of Tripura where the indigenous Tripuris were reduced to minority by Bangladeshi refugees, VAS expressed fear that if influx of Bangladeshis were not checked in time, after a decade the capital town will be dominated by these refugees. VAS has appealed to the indigenous people, senior citizens, intellectuals of the state in general and the political leaders in particular to give a proper thought to this burning issue and not to encourage Bangladeshis to settle in Itanagar for the sake of future generations of the State.
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