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Time for AFSPA to go: NSCN (IM)

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DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 16: The NSCN (IM) has said that it is high time the Government of India repeal Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) and exercise political wisdom of giving due importance to humanity in order to heal the wounds of the Nagas in the hands of the Indian armed forces.
“It is time the Government of India listen to the voice of the people and thereby take forward to process building a new chapter of relationship between the Government of India and Naga people”, said an editorial in the Nagalim Voice published by the MIP NSCN/GPRN.
The editorial stated that for too long the Northeast people, particularly Nagas, have allowed themselves to be “tormented, harassed and slaughtered” by the Indian security forces. “For too long the Government of India used its armed forces to treat the Nagas as if they are less than human and undeserving of respect and dignity. For too long the Indian armed forces have shown themselves bereft of human conscience. For too long the ghost of Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India and the brain behind the AFSPA has haunted the Nagas at the cost of Naga’s pride and dignity. For too long the AFSPA has been misused by the Indian security forces against the legitimate Naga political movement”, it said.
Stating that Nagas have had enough of all these inhuman treatment and outrageous violence, the NSCN (IM) said nothing hurts more than the Indian army’s horror of fire and blood targeting innocent civilians. “This movie like horror of Oting massacre would never be forgotten in the years to come,” it stated.
It is time for the Government of India to dump J Nehru’s legacy of oppressive hatred towards the Nagas. It is worth recalling how General Thimmaiya of Indian Army responded to PM Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru who banged his hand on the table with his fist shouting “What is a General for? Can’t you crush a handful of tribal rebels?” General Thimmaiya replied, “The Naga issue is not a law and order problem, but a political problem requiring political wisdom for a solution.”
Maintaining that the ongoing Indo-Naga political talk is a part of the political initiative to solve the Naga political issue, the NSCN (IM) added, “There is, however, too much leaning towards military initiative using the AFSPA. This approach need to change.”
(Page News Service)