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Progress in Indo-Naga political talks: NNPGs


Dimapur, January 17: The Working Committee (WC), Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) has expressed optimism that soon the political and historical rights and aspiration of the Nagas, be it in Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh or Assam, shall be honoured and fulfilled.
Giving a report on the status of the political dialogue between Government of India and the Naga delegation, the media cell of the WC NNPGs in a statement said there is continuity, clarity and progress in the dialogue.
“There is no stalemate or deadlock. WC, NNPGs is not indulging in a political monologue by one or few leaders. A clear approach is laid on the ground allowing collective wisdom to seep through in consonant with our history, supported by logic, reasoning and practical reality of the day. Every issue is processed jointly.
“Transparency, proactive argument and healthy debate is the norm prior to each round of negotiation. This is a tectonic shift from the usual idea of Indo-Naga political dialogue,” the statement said while soliciting prayer support from all Nagas, irrespective of domicile, political, religious and tribal affiliation.
The WC NNPGs also reminded that it is a child of the Naga reconciliation process, as it owes its existence to peace loving Naga people for believing in and endorsing various Naga National Political Groups into initiating a common platform.
“Naga political leaders, having different ideologies and backgrounds, for the sake of future generations, answered the call of Nagas. The endeavour is to salvage our historical and political right through peaceful, honorable and acceptable solution,” it stated.
Stating that reconciliation within Naga Churches is most urgent, so also among Naga civil societies, the WC NNPGs added that reconciliation among Naga tribes and communities, clans and within families is an essential component towards creating a peaceful interdependent Naga homeland.
“The process becomes narrow and one dimensional if it caters only to stop hostility among armed Naga groups. Naga history is profoundly glorious yet intensely turbulent and violent. It teaches us to be fiercely patriotic yet not self indulgent and remorseless.”
The statement said reconciliation process must identify and correct the basic flaw pertaining to social, religious and political discourse. “It will naturally lose its shine if informed opinions and pragmatic challenges are muffled by opinionated and impractical narratives. The truth, then, is suppressed and propaganda upheld. The process must, therefore, rid itself of procrastination and avoid biased presumptions and unfounded characterization of leaders or followers,” it said.
“Despite the seemingly trust deficit and culture of apprehension among WC members initially, greater and nobler service in unison for the Naga nation became a critical task at hand. Thus with varied yet common political idea, much brainstorming through past Naga history, analysing present predicament, envisioning future political landscape ensued and in consultation with Naga tribes, eminent scholars, intellectuals and civil societies, forged and gave shape to a single pronounced entity, eventually going to the negotiating table with GOI in the month of September 2017, under the banner of Working Committee, NNPGs,” it informed.
On information and rumours spread in the electronic, print and social media about the Naga issue, the statement said: “In the hands of some it is an outlet to inform, heal, build and restore trust. To others, it is a tool to question, intimidate, destroy, deter and extinguish people’s desire and aspiration. May God help the Nagas stay upright!” (Page News Service)