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Framework Agreement is the rallying point for Nagas: NSCN (IM)

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Dimapur, March 1: The NSCN (IM) has said that the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and the NSCN is the rallying point for Nagas, and urged all Nagas to unite in it.
Speaking at the joint consultative meeting with MLAs and MPs on February 27 at Dimapur, Convener, Steering Committee, NSCN (IM), Rh Raising said the GoI and NSCN embarked upon negotiations and finally signed the historic Framework Agreement, which is based on the recognized unique history of the Nagas.
He said GoI has recognized the sovereignty of the Nagas stating that sovereignty of the Nagas lies with the Naga people and sovereignty of India lies with the Indian people. India has recognized the territories of the Nagas affirming that Nagas are the owner of their land and mineral resources beneath the land and on the surface of land, and it has also recognized the identity of the Nagas, he said.
“However, it further says Nagas and Indians will coexist as two entities sharing sovereign power. I think ‘co-existence of the two entities and shared sovereignty’ are self-explanatory.”
Stating that all subsequent discussions are based on the Framework Agreement, Raising said except a few points for final touch, we have covered almost all points. “We believe this Framework Agreement solves not only the political problem of the Nagas, but also the security problem of the Indian sub-continent as well.”
“We can say that this Framework Agreement is the rally point for the Nagas. All Nagas unite in it,” he said.
He said the NSCN wants genuine and lasting solution that can protect our sovereign right, our territories, our identity and our future.
“Ours is a principle-based politics, which calls for a principle-based solution and that, any kind of solution that betrays the principle is viewed as a roadblock.”
’16-Point Agreement’
Raising said Naga people people rejected the 16-point agreement and the Shillong Accord because they could not deliver the goods to the people.
“We know agreement that betrays the issue of the Nagas never solves the problem because ours is an issue-based politics,” he said.
Stating that Naga people consider a State built at the expense of their unique history as high treason, the NSCN leader claimed that the Government of India tried to murder the history of the Nagas through the so-called 16-point agreement. “But our people rejected it,” he added.
“Had there not been NSCN and its leadership who saved the future of the Nagas from the treacherous Shillong accord, we would be having the history of shame and humiliation today.”
Raising also asserted that the concept of ’16-point Agreement is final’ should be viewed as the anti-thesis of Naga national politics.
On the fight against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), he said it is a battle for an amendment of a portion of Indian constitution. “It is a fight within the box. It is true that if the flood gate is open to the immigrants, they will over-swarm the people in the North East within a few years or decades.”
“However, ours is a fight for an Agreement on issue between India and the Nagas. We are looking for an Agreement that can protect our future, an agreement built on the foundation of unique history of the Nagas. By unique history, it means – Nagas have the history of independence. They have never been a part of the union of India or that of Burma.”
Stating that politics is naturally rooted in history and that every nation is the child of history, he said the day Nagas sell out their unique history “everything that belongs to us will depart from us.”
On dangers that threaten Nagas future, Raising said influx of illegal immigrants in Naga country is a matter of great concern for all. “How do we deal with this menace? Humanitarian ground has to be looked into, but the political aspect of the immigrants should also be viewed seriously. We should not forget that they are carrying with them the seed of colonialism.”
Another danger, he said, is tribalism, divisionism, factionalism and sectarianism that eat into the vitality of Naga politics.
He said looking the Naga national issue from the Indian perspective and speaking of Naga politics in the language of Indian constitution will never give us the correct answer to the problem rather they will magnify the problem.
On solution for Nagas of Nagaland state, he said, “Do our people believe in the concept of building a sovereign state from a broken part of Nagalim? I don’t think so.”
“We should beware of the malicious talk of ‘Solution without integration and sovereignty.’ That statement is injurious to the principle of Naga politics.”
Raising also said the NSCN is strongly opposed to the notion of developmental package at the expense of national history. ‘Piece meal solution’ is perceived as a political bait, he added.
On reconciliation, he said the slogan of unification or reconciliation without solid foundation is just a hypothesis. “We cannot build a house in the air or on the water. It needs a firm foundation,” he stated.
(Page News Service)

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