Our Spl Correspondent
NEW DELHI, JUNE 4: The Government of India is finding it difficult to stomach that in the garb of ‘Naga Constitution’ what is being proposed is that the proposed post of ‘Chairman’ of the Pan Naga Hoho would be more powerful than perhaps even the President of India.
“If things are accepted as it is, the Chairman of Pan Hoho will become as powerful as Xi Jinping in China or Russian ruler Vladimir Putin. One line says: “The Chairman will have the power and authority to summon, prorogue and dissolve the House of Pan Naga Hoho with or without the consultation of the Governor General”, a source said.
It also wants to empower the Chairman with the ‘power’ to nominate members in the Pan Naga Hoho ~ a process that would undermine the powers of elected Naga leaders.
It further states that all ‘executive, political, budgetary and negotiating authority shall be vested in the Chairman’ and that the Chairman shall be the executive head as well the Supreme Commander of Nagalim.
“How can something like this be accepted which says the Chairman will also have the power to suspend sentence of any convicted person….Every time Naga leaders or even students and women groups meet, they say Nagas are democratic. There is absolutely nothing democratic about these proposals”, remarked a retired civil servant on the condition of anonymity.
“From my ‘experience’ and ‘very much personal and academic views’, I can say the issues of Flag and Constitution have been put on the table only to put pressure to accept Pan Naga Hoho. But it is simply dictatorial and for a one-man rule”, the retired official remarked.
Meanwhile, NDPP leader and former Minister Imkong L Imchen, on Saturday defended his remarks on Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma vis-à-vis the Naga peace talks.
“The word accommodation or accommodate I have used should not be seen as a market language, it has to be seen as a political and diplomatic language…Supposing Himanta has said it is not possible, then it is a negative word… that would have been arrogance”, Imchen told Nagaland Page over phone from Nagaland.
On the controversy generated by his remarks that Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that the NSCN-IM demand for Flag and Constitution could be ‘accommodated’, he said: “Actually accommodation is my word…it is my sum up of Himanta’s presentation…His word was positive”.
“We Nagas need Himanta’s support at this juncture”, Imchen remarked.
In the meantime, Assam CM and NEDA convener Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted on Saturday thanking his Nagaland counterpart Neiphiu Rio for hospitality when he visited Dimapur on June 2.
“Honoured by a warm reception extended by him (Rio) during a meeting in Dimapur earlier this week. Look forward to further strengthen the cooperation between our States on matters of mutual interest”, he posted on micro blogging site.
Sarma’s tweet rather raises a few questions. Did he snub the Nagaland Core Committee on peace talks yet again?
On June 3, Sarma had said he cannot ‘mediate’ Naga talks because it too big and complex.
It is pertinent to note that Himanta has skirted any reference to the peace process, militancy, etc.
In fact, his use of the words ‘mutual interest’ suggests he is for greater bond between two neighboring States.
This is something usual for any two States and would stand even without any Solution to the 25-year-old Naga peace talks