DIMAPUR, JANUARY 12: Facing calls to clarify the wording of the opening lines of the Framework Agreement (FA) it had signed with Government of India (GoI) in 2015, the NSCN (IM) on Tuesday contended that the agreement talks about Naga people’s resistance against GoI that lasted about 6 decades.
The group issued a statement maintaining that the Indo-Naga political struggle that “finally runs into the historic Framework Agreement”, completed six decades in 2015. “The struggle that began with the British Rule is all a different matter,” it stated. According to the group, the Naga political struggle began with the resistance against the British-led forces when they launched an expedition into Naga territory in 1832 under the command of Captain Jenkins and Captain Pemberton.
After years of struggle against British domination, it stated, Nagas under the NNC declared independence from British rule on August 14, 1947.
“The real conflict with India started when Nagas refused to join the Indian Union when invited to do so in 1950. The Nagas asserted their political determination when on January 24, 1950 the NNC informed the Indian Government, the United Nations (UN) and those countries that had their embassies in Delhi, that the Nagas do not accept the Indian Constitution,” the group stated, adding that the struggle against British Rule became Indo-Naga political struggle as “Nehru was determined to use military force to suppress Naga people’s resistance when he sent thousands of Indian troops to Nagalim beginning from 1954”.
Thus, the FA talks about the struggle against GoI as the “genesis of the Nagas’ political assertion and resistance that began during the British Rule entered the second phase under the GoI,” it stated.
The group went on to assert that every single word contained in the FA was well-crafted to reflect the historical and political rights of the Naga people.
(Page News Service)