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Naga Hoho tells Centre to clarify stand on Indo-Naga issue

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, JULY 5: Naga Hoho has asked Centre to make its position clear on the Indo-Naga Political issue “instead of orchestrating its devilish policies” against Naga people.

In a statement issued on Monday, it expressed anguish at “the callous attitude of the Government of India” despite repeated appeals by several Naga civil societies and human rights activists to repeal the infamous Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.
Successive Governments in Delhi have remained mute spectators ever since the enactment of the draconian law, it stated.
“There is no space for such draconian laws in any civilised society, in this largest democratic country. The Naga struggle for self-determination cannot be equated with ‘terrorism’ or ‘secessionism’ as the GOI has recognised the uniqueness of Naga political history and further recognises the universal principle that in a democracy, sovereignty lies with the people. Over and above, both the GOI and the Naga people (have) agreed to a settlement respecting the wishes of the people sharing the sovereign power and to establish a new relationship for an enduring and lasting relationship between the GOI and the Nagas.
“The leaders from mainland India must know that the Indian Armies have been terrorising the Naga people for more than six decades. Children and students are no exception in the eye of the Indian armies. In the past incidences, school going students were mercilessly shot dead and innocent students and public were tortured by the Assam Rifles. We make this statement in the background that there is an ongoing political negotiation and peace process between the Government of India and the Naga people which can be testified by the signing of various Agreements with the Naga Political Groups (NPGs)”, it stated.

According to Naga Hoho, any policy that harms the atmosphere of trust and confidence “would be so dear to all stakeholders”. Therefore, it stated that AFSPA must be summarily repealed.
(Page News Service)