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Nagaland in the dark over “Supra-state” status

KOHIMA, Nov 23 (NPN)(Correspondent)
Published on 24 Nov. 2011 12:36 AM IST
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Despite much hue and cry in the neighbouring states over the news report on the reported proposal for ‘Supra-state’ status to Nagaland, chief minister Neiphiu Rio Wednesday expressed his ignorance on any such move.

“As far as I am concerned, I have no knowledge about any such proposal”, Rio said while answering to media persons on the sideline of the NPF 6th General Convention held at the IG Stadium, Kohima Saturday.

Government of India has not informed the state on any such proposal, however, as far as the ongoing talks between the GoI and NSCN (I-M) to resolve the vexed Indo-Naga political issue is concerned, the state government was aware that talks were going on in the right direction, Rio added.

It may be mentioned that following the news report recently about the GoI’s proposal to grant Nagaland ‘Supra-state status’ which would empower the Nagas living in different state to traditionally and emotionally integrate, the neighbouring states particularly Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh had reacted strongly to the news report opposing any such move by the GoI.

However, in Nagaland many felt that the proposal was nothing new as the same was in existence in the Naga society long before - such as the Naga Hoho, Naga Students’ Federation and Naga Mothers’ Association which were apex Naga organisations covering the entire Naga populace living in four different states in India; Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. 

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