DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 3: “We have stood our ground on these two non-negotiable issues and we shall continue to stand till the last man standing,” NSCN (IM) Chairman Q Tuccu asserted referring to the demand of flag and constitution as part of the Naga solution.
In his statement published in the bi-monthly news letter/news bulletin, Nagalim Voice, published by the MIP NSCN/GPRN, Chairman Tuccu stated that the NSCN (IM) strongly detests any kind of “piecemeal solution short of Naga national flag and Yehzabo (constitution).” The latest statement comes following Governor and Interlocutor RN Ravi’s speech on the eve of the 58th Statehood Day of Nagaland.
Tuccu stated that Nagas cannot afford to forget the blunders of the 16-Points Agreement and the Shillong Accord. Nagas should uphold their ideals and political dreams leaders like late AZ Phizo, late Isak Chishi Swu, late Khodao Yanthan, late Gen. Kholi Konyak, Th. Muivah, present NSCN General Secretary and others, he stated. “It will be an abhorrent act if we knowingly go against our history and political rights for which nearly 3 lakhs Nagas have given their lives.”
The NSCN chief whip stressed that Naga people cannot be lured into accepting highly attractive economic packages. “One wrong step taken at this decisive stage is enough to make ourselves a laughing stock before the world,” he said.
Appreciating contributions of Naga people towards Naga National cause, Tuccu urged, “Naga sons and daughters to continue giving their concerted effort till our rightful political destination is reached sooner than later.”
NSCN’s stand is clear enough before the Naga people, the Chairman stated. “It is now or never.”
Meanwhile, the NSCN (IM) has accused the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India of creating friction between the Assam Rifles and the NSCN while the talk for lasting Naga solution is going on.
“The antithesis of the Naga political solution would be better expressed under the unhealthy policy of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), GoI, that have let loose a stream of abuse against NSCN prodding the Assam Rifles to target the NSCN,” it stated.
Alleging that that Government of India is still speaking in ambivalent term in the matter of ceasefire coverage, the NSCN (IM) said this is becoming the biggest obstacle in building trust.
“Recently, the situation was aggravated by the AR’s display of defiance when it asserted that they will target NSCN camps in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. The Government of India needs to reinvent a new approach towards NSCN setting aside any damaging policy in order to reconstruct trust rather than undo the over 23 years of fruitions,” it said.
The NSCN (IM) reminded that when the Indo-Naga ceasefire was officially declared on August 1, 1997, one of the terms agreed upon was the political dialogue shall be at the highest level, i.e. Prime Minister Level. “The fruition of the talk that comes after 18 years, Framework Agreement of the 3rd August, 2015 was initiated, supervised and signed in the presence of the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. This is recorded as one glaring involvement of the Prime Minister in the ongoing Indo-Naga political talk witnessed by the whole world as the high profile signing ceremony was accorded “historic” given the high hope of taking the Naga political talk to final solution,” it stated.
But the NSCN (IM) stated that what often incurred the anger of the Naga people were the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the MHA working at cross purposes, with MHA allowing the Assam Rifles to run amok against the NSCN cadres.
“The flashpoints that follow on numerous occasion only leave scars in the very purpose of ceasefire that covers the Naga areas. This is the most obtrusive abuse of ceasefire agreement in the hands of AR under the direct control of MHA,” it alleged.
(Page News Service)