Dimapur, March 31: The NSCN (IM) has made its stand clear that any agreement that betrays the principle of the unique history of the Nagas is no solution to the Indo-Naga political problem.
“The Nagas have been a free and sovereign people from time immemorial and they have never been a part of the Union of India or that of Burma or any power, which the historic ‘Framework Agreement’ calls ‘the unique history of the Nagas.’ The politics of the Nagas is founded on the rock of this unique history. Recognition of the unique history of the Nagas by the Government of India is a bold and historic step. Any agreement that betrays the principle of this unique history is no solution to the Indo-Naga political problem,” said the NSCN (IM) in a statement issued today.
The statement said realizing that armed confrontation brought no dividend to both, the Government of India and the NSCN finally engaged in negotiations resulting in the signing of the historic Framework Agreement on 3rd August, 2015. It said the agreement is based on the recognized unique history and sovereignty of the Nagas, and co-existence of the two entities of being sovereign.
“The Framework Agreement is the meeting point of the two peoples on the one hand and the uniting point for all Nagas on the other. This agreement will be the beginning of a new relationship between the two peoples. The agreement was made taking the security of India and the sovereign right of the Nagas into consideration,” it said adding any agreement that betrays sovereign right of the Nagas is no solution.
The NSCN (IM) claimed that in the competencies, it says that ‘integration is the legitimate right of the Nagas’ and a roadmap has been set for materializing it through a political process. “NSCN is for all Nagas wherever they are and their territories. NSCN is neither for a part of the Naga people nor for a part of their territories. It has never given up the issue of integration as alleged by some critics. Let us beware of those false preachers,” it stated.
Stating that the PAN Naga Hoho is a statutory cultural body, which embraces all Nagas wherever they are, the statement claimed that it was proposed by the GoI and mutually agreed upon. “It deals with the affairs of culture, social, customary, language, dialect, integrity and interests of the Nagas. It will also play an advisory role in the fields of education and development. The Naga people have a big reason to say thank you to the Modi led BJP government. Only fools will say no.”
‘Solution for Nagas of Nagaland’
On the question of ‘solution for Nagas of Nagaland state’ as stated by WC NNPGs convener Kitovi, the NSCN (IM) quoted Padmanabhaiah, the former Interlocutor of GoI, as having stated, “if that is the case, then we have no reason to talk because statehood has been granted to them. Government of India is talking with NSCN because you (NSCN) represent the issue of the Nagas.”
” In the formal talk in Paris (France) Mr. Narasimha Rao, the former Prime Minister of India said to our leaders, “We are talking with you because the issue is with you, people are with you and you have proved yourselves, but they (others factions) are in my hand, the issue is not with them, people are not with them and they have not proved themselves. Why should I talk with them?” He stated this in response to the question raised by Mr. Th. Muivah to talk with others,” the statement claimed.
Stating that everything comes from and exists on its own principle and “when the principle is murdered everything dies a natural death and nothing stands,” the NSCN (IM) said the Naga nation stays alive and kicking only on account of its well-protected principle.
“The past Indian leaders tried to solve the Indo-Naga political problem with brute force, but terribly failed. They tried to solve it through appeasement policy by pouring blood money as political bait, but it could not win over the hearts of the Naga people. Again, Government of India tried to murder the Naga national principle through deceptive accords and agreements, where some opportunist traitors were hooked, but the issue remained unsolved because the Naga people took solid rock stand on their national principle. The Naga people believe that the present Indian leaders will not repeat the past mistakes.”
Maintaining that the Indo-Naga political problem is an issue wherein the sovereign right and future of the Nagas and the security of India are involved, the NSCN (IM) said the issue can be solved through bilateral talks based on the recognized Naga history.
“The Framework Agreement is a kind of honorable solution that serves purposes of both parties,” it added. [Full Text] (Page News Service)