Says ‘we are undeterred by your threat’
DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 1: The NSCN (IM) has strongly reacted to the statement made by Nagaland Governor, RN Ravi on the eve of Nagaland Statehood Day that “the Government of India is absolutely clear that there is and there shall be only one National Flag and Constitution in India”.
“We cannot agree more with RN Ravi when he said India as a nation should have a sovereign territory, one constitution and one national flag. Indeed in the same breath Nagaland/Nagalim too must have sovereign territory, one constitution and one national flag within which the two must share sovereign powers and coexist peacefully as two entities as agreed upon in the Framework Agreement where he himself is a signatory,” said a statement issued by the MIP NSCN/GPRN.
The NSCN (IM) stated that Nagas have been provoked by the “irresponsible statement” of Ravi, which, it said, “reminds the Naga people once again of how under the leadership of Mr. AZ Phizo the war of resistance of the Nagas against the Indian colonialists were manipulated by the IB (Intelligence Bureau) officials who roped in some of the treacherous Naga individuals, mostly Indian government employees that formed a superfluous body called the Naga People’s Convention (NPC).”
The statement claimed that the NPC came out of nowhere and signed the 16-Point Agreement where the Naga solution was hijacked and a state under the Indian Constitution was accepted giving a foothold to the Indian Government to claim that from thence Nagas were a part of India. This, the NSCN (IM) claimed, was nothing less than a calculated plan of the Indian Government and back stabbing the leadership of AZ Phizo and the Naga national movement through NPC. AZ Phizo and the Naga nationalists and the entire Naga people instantly condemned and rejected NPC and the 16-Point Agreement, it claimed.
Stating that Ravi’s statement clearly exposed that another NPC is in the making, the NSCN (IM) said his assertion that “some of the civil societies under his payroll are the main stakeholders on the Indo-Naga Issue and therefore their decision must be supreme is farce.”
“This is the same RN Ravi who was a signatory to the 2015 Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and the NSCN representing the Naga people and also signed with the 7 NNPGs in 2017 and while the Government of India and the Naga people are fully committed to resolve the Issue through peaceful means which is at its concluding stage, once more the ex-IB official RN Ravi is planning to hijack the more than seven decades of war and 23 years of peace talks in the same style of the NPC. He is attempting to murder the future of the Nagas and the vital national interest of India. Nagas must wake up and should not allow us to be fooled twice with the same trick,” it alleged.
Advising Ravi as the Governor of Nagaland “not to bite off more than he can chew as far as the
Indo Naga Issue is concerned,” the NSCN (IM) asked, “Will RN Ravi, the interlocutor of the GoI to the Naga Peace talks speaks in the same bipolar language as this RN Ravi the governor of Nagaland state does?”
Recalling the letter wrote by AZ Phizo to C Raja Gopalachari, the Governor General of India, on November 22, 1948, wherein Phizo wrote, “I am certain about one thing, my turbulent Naga people cannot be frightened into submission,” the NSCN (IM) said, “The same is gently reminded to Ravi today that we are undeterred by your threat.”
(Page News Service)