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NGBF strongly reacts to NSCN (IM) ‘anti-Naga’ statement

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Dimapur, August 28: The Nagaland Gaon Bura Federation (NGBF) has reacted strongly to the “anti-Naga” statement of the NSCN (IM), alleging that there is a tendency within the NSCN (IM) leadership to brand anyone as “anti Nagas and traitors” for not towing their political ideology.

“There is a perpetual tendency within NSCN (IM) leadership to brand Naga leaders, tribes, organizations, other civil societies as anti Nagas and traitors for not towing their political ideology,” alleged NGBF president Shalem Konyak, general secretary Shikuto Zalipu and media secretary Akhu Naga in an emailed statement.

Such action of the NSCN (IM), the NGBF reasoned, is a mockery of Nagaland for Christ. “The statements contradict frequent fasting programs and prayer requests seeking cooperation from Nagas. God fearing leaders should not insist their words and actions are final in the Naga context. The people’s voice and will is final. NGBF is opposed to dictate that stifles people’s sentiment. Nagas did not oppose British occupation and Indian occupation to finally be treated like expendable humans at the hands of fellow Nagas,” it stated.

The statement reminded that Post Shillong Accord in 1975, rampant killing among Naga national workers ensued in Eastern Nagaland, and after the split of NSCN in 1988, the fratricidal killings spilled into present Nagaland state. “The brazen assassination attempts on politicians, bureaucrats, civil society leaders and wiping out of a generation of young local entrepreneurs is still very fresh in the memory of our people. Today, leaders or groups with such tendencies must rethink. Our children have come of age. Wounds of the past must be allowed to heal and not flare,” it said.

On GoI interlocutor RN Ravi, the NGBF observed that the demand for replacement of the interlocutor is “unjust and untenable” due to the fact that he is also the GoI interlocutor with other negotiating groups.

“A group negotiating with GoI with R.N Ravi as interlocutor and issuing statements saying, “… any organization falling in line with R.N Ravi is anti Naga…” this sums up the inconsistencies in the last twenty three years of political talks between GOI and NSCN (IM),” it added.

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