Terms NPC’s 16-Point charter of demands “a total failure”
DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 1: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today appealed to the Governor of Nagaland and GoI appointed Interlocutor, R N Ravi to rise up from “his self induced slumber” and realize that the Naga People’s Convention’s 16-Point charter of demands was a total failure and that it only sowed the seed for further division and confusion.
The NSF reminded the Governor that the obvious failure of the impugned agreement to solve the Naga political issue led to the ceasefire and political dialogue with the NNC in 1964 and thereafter endless political dialogue leading to this day.
The Federation appealed to the GoI Interlocutor to refrain from furthering the old “carrot and stick” policy and adopt a more pragmatic approach in order to ensure that the interests of the two entities are upheld through the political solution.
In a press release issued by its president, Ninoto Awomi and general secretary, Liremo R Kikon, the NSF condemned the “shallow attempt” by the Governor of Nagaland “to mislead the Naga people” through is greeting to the people of Nagaland on the eve of 58th Statehood Day.
“The Federation is appalled at the GOI appointed Interlocutor’s blatant attempt to placate his alter-ego by glorifying the 16th Point charter of demands which had long been disowned by the Naga people,” it said.
Not denying the fact that the creation of Nagaland did reap in monetary dividends for a section of Naga people besides other tangible and intangible perks, the NSF said it had only resulted in a more fractious Naga society. “Governor’s claim that it has been the best thing to happen to the Naga people only reveals his shallow understanding of the Naga history and also the narrow walls within which he has been trying to solve the vexed Indo-Naga political issue,” the NSF said adding, “further, it undermines and belittles the very people he has been assigned to have a political dialogue in order to pave way for lasting peace and tranquility all over the Naga homeland”.
The NSF further reminded the Interlocutor that the Naga people are spread across 4 India states and 2 international countries which was done without their consent and his mandated role should be to find a common ground for all the Naga people and not instigate further division by patronizing an agreement brought about by declared “traitors” of the Naga cause.
Stating that the Naga people have outrightly rejected and disowned the theories forwarded in ‘Bedrock of Naga society’, the NSF said any attempt by the Governor to legitimize the same through his statement reeks of insensitivity and disregard for the aspirations of the Naga people.
“With his patronizing of the illegitimate 16th Point charter of demands, the current peace process becomes doubtful to be enduring if the real representatives of peoples’ resistance are isolated like the past misadventures,” the NSF stated.
While acknowledging that the entire stretch of Naga homeland has its own share of violence and bloodshed, the NSF said it is only because of the GOI’s multiple attempts to undermine the might of the Naga people in their collective pursuit for their legitimate rights to be respected and honoured. The Naga people’s assertion for self determination is in line with the inherent ethos, values and customary systems of the Naga society and not otherwise, it added.
The NSF further said the wishes of the Naga people for early conclusion of the peace process should in no way be construed as the Naga peoples’ willingness to accept anything and everything that is handed over to them.
“Instead, it is merely the desire of the Naga people that the subjugation and oppression by outside forces are brought to an end at the earliest thereby reigning in a new area of peace wherein the dignity of every Naga soul is respected,” it added.
(Page News Service)