Dimapur, February 9: The Naga Students’ Federation has taken a serious note of the impugned directive of Governor of Nagaland R N Ravi to the Chief Secretary and viewed it as another attempt to undo the peace and understanding brought about by his predecessors.
The NSF expressed at the Governor “to silence the voice of the Naga people and suppress our right through his recent directive to the Chief Secretary of Nagaland”.
In a press release issued by its president, Ninoto Awomi and general secretary, Liremo R Kikon, the NSF said the impugned directive while singling out Dr. Inato Zhimomi speaks of the Governor’s intent to create fear psychosis amongst the state government employees by sending out a message that he has his ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ planted deep within the Naga society in order to achieve his desired end of dividing the Naga people.
It is also a manifestation of his dominant attitude and his ever failing approach of thrusting the dominant might upon us, it added.
“As GOI appointed interlocutor to the Indo-Naga Peace talk, the federation expected much more from him. It was expected of him to not indulge in trickery and divisive politics. Instead, as the GOI mandated authority to bring lasting peace between India and the Naga people, the federation expected him to truly understand and respect the unique history of the Naga people and accordingly work out mechanisms in the interest of the two entities. However, the same is not to be and the federation is appalled at his various misconducts and misdemeanors,” the release stated.
The federation made it clear that the Naga people would not be cowered down by attempts to stifle their voices and belittle their legitimate rights. “No matter the evil designs of the opposing forces, the voices of the Naga people and our collective aspiration to live as one people cannot be muted,” it stated.
The NSF further reminded the Governor that the Naga peoples’ struggle for self-determination can in no way be treated as another secessionist movement.
Stating that the federation stands with all the victims of the atrocious policies being let loose in our Naga homeland by our adversaries, the NSF said it cannot allow anyone to walk alone while upholding the righteous cause of the Naga people.
The federation further publicly reaffirmed its commitment to uphold the Naga identity until the ultimate goal of sovereignty and integration is achieved.
“The artificial boundaries and circumstances shall not dissuade us from asserting our legitimate rights. The federation stands committed in ensuring that the Naga political rights are not misplaced or tampered with by any forces until a negotiated solution in line with the ‘unique history and situation of the Nagas’ is achieved with the government of India,” it added. (Page News Service)