Dimapur, October 16: The Working Group of Naga National Political Group (NNPG) comprising of seven NPGs has made it clear that without integration of Naga inhabited areas, Nagaland cannot accommodate Nagas from other states.
“Today, Nagas should not be carried away by propagandas being churned out to confuse our people and to ensure demographic invasion of Nagaland. Without integration Nagaland cannot accommodate Naga brothers from other states. Those Nagaland inhabitants who think otherwise should demonstrate their generosity by demarcating one’s own fertile land first, subject to approval by own tribe, to be donated to landless brothers from other Naga areas,” it said in a statement.
The Media Cell of WC, NNPG also rubbished allegation for some quarters that it is “an agent or a tool of GOI.”
“Let it be known that WC consist of remarkable Naga leaders from different Naga tribes and political entities, all with great patriotic dreams and visions inherited from the forefathers. WC leaders understand that Nagas cannot remain enslaved to the past. Lessons learnt from the past is sufficient. In the early decades, Indian military invasion and occupation brought much misery to our people. In the later decades Naga leaders’ ego and pride wiped out a generation.”
The statement said 7 Naga political groups are together because Naga people desire unity. “A divided people cannot build a nation. WC exists because it is the call of the Nagas. The future must be secured. There is no ego problem, personal ambitions or desires among NNPG leaders either for present or post solution period, it said adding there is constant consultation on all major issues with Naga civil societies, tribal hohos, hereditary village elders, intellectuals, Church and peace mediators.
Stating that all political matters are thoroughly deliberated within the WC prior to talks, the statement claimed that in a span of three years and 57 rounds of political dialogue, GoI and Nagas are on a threshold of a new beginning.
WC, NNPGs believes, with an acceptable and honourable solution, a robust future lies ahead for our children, it said.
“When a Naga from Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh or Assam, after 22 years of political talk declares, “Nagaland will cease to exist and it will be replaced by people’s government of Nagalim” it is time for Nagaland tribes and inhabitants to wake up from slumber and pinch themselves if they are alive. It also means Nagaland tribes have grown weak, timid and weary from shouldering Naga national cause since the conflict began. The decades of serving and sharing their meals morning and night with Naga brethren from other Naga areas in the name of Naga cause is a thankless job,” it stated.
The WC, NNPGs said it has entrenched Naga identity and political rights in Naga areas in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh where Nagas will be masters in their own lands “till we achieve integration.”
“Nagas have killed each other enough in the name of freedom. In the name of negotiation, for 22 years Nagas have faced much hardship including unlimited taxation and extortion. Apparently the issue of constitution and flag were raised only in the twenty first year of negotiation and the GOI is firm that these are issues which Nagas can pursue post solution,” it said.
Pointing out that Naga tribes, GBs and civil societies have urged for an early solution, pleading contentious issues be kept for future democratic process, the WC NNPG said if this appeal of the Naga tribes go unheard, it would mean the negotiation is not for the people and therefore Nagaland should be left undisturbed “because it is unwise to play emotional, sentimental and patriotic card at all times, without tending to wailing and dying generations of Nagaland.” (Page News Service)