‘India yet to get serious about Naga issue’
Dimapur, January 31: As the stalemate in the Indo-Naga political process continues, the NSCN (IM) on Sunday asked all its cadres to be prepared to face any eventuality.
“At this historical defining moment NSCN cadres should not allow ourselves to be caught unprepared; we must tighten our belt to face any eventuality,” said NSCN (IM) chairman Q Tuccu while addressing the 42nd commemoration of the NSCN Raising at the Council Headquarters/CHq Hebron today. The chairman’s speech was read out by Convener of the Steering Committee. (Full Text of Speech)
In his speech, Tuccu alleged that the Government of India is yet to get serious and honest with the Nagas vis-à-vis the ongoing political talk. “My brothers and sisters, sons and daughters allow me to say this, be on your guard, Government of India is yet to get serious and honest with the Nagas vis-à-vis the ongoing political talk. Nagas are being taken as if they are purchasable commercial commodities. But God forbids that things should go wrong in the peace process.”
The NSCN (IM) chief insisted that the Government of India is expected to honour the lofty commitments given to the Nagas by former Prime Ministers. He said reinforcing trust and confidence are the key words to break the impasse.
Stating that Nagas have never and will never ever try to cause or help cause disintegration of India, he said, “We wish a prosperous and strong India but Nagas have no hesitation to say that 16 Point Agreement was and is never the solution to the Indo-Naga problem. Ceasefire in the 60’s followed by six rounds of talk at the Prime Minister level and again the present ongoing negotiations for the past 24 years initiated by Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao and religiously pursued by other 5 Prime Ministers should not be denigrated at the whims of certain small fries.”
The political stand of the Nagas in the past vis-à-vis India was “nothing to do with India” but today since the Government of India and the NSCN have signed the Framework Agreement, that India and Nagalim shall enter a new relationship for peaceful co-existence of the two entities on the basis of shared sovereignty, meaning, Nagas are sovereign people, Nagas will abide by the principles of the Framework Agreement – nothing above and nothing below the Framework Agreement. Only the principle of the Framework Agreement is the key to an honorable and acceptable solution for durable peace. Neither economic packages nor imposed political packages will bring about lasting solution, he stated.
On the formation of NSCN, Tuccu said it was a call of history when the NNC had miserably failed to the Naga nation when Shillong Accord was signed in November 1975 by its delegation. “NNC had failed because they lost sight of the national goal and it did not walk in step with the people on the front. Any leader or the led who goes out of step with his people is bound to go out of step with God too and such man ultimately ends up seeking convenience and safe zone. This is a big lesson for all of us to keep it in mind,” he said.
(Page News Service)