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Muivah’s terms for reconciliation
Correspondent PUGHOBOTO, JUN 22:
Published on 23 Jun. 2010 12:48 AM IST
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NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th Muivah on Monday reasserted that reconciliation should be based on the “uniqueness” of Naga history which was also recognized by the government of India.
Delivering perhaps, his longest speech in all his recent trips to various places in Nagaland, Muivah, in his five and half hour address to the people of Aphuyemi (Pughoboto area) at Pughoboto town reiterated that reconciliation was a must among Naga groups but should be based on “uniqueness” of Naga history and “in the name of Jesus Christ” in admitting one’s mistakes. He said reconciliation should be concrete as without it, unification would elude the Naga people.
“Reconciliation is not a unification, without reconciliation, unification cannot come,” he said .Muivah also ruled out unification before reconciliation and explained that without admitting mistakes by leaders of Naga groups, the exercise would be futile. He regretted that some people were insisting on unification before reconciliation.
Muivah said reconciliation was Christ’s wish since the slogan of the Nagas was “Nagaland for Christ.” He said reconciliation was to bring an end to fratricidal killings and to know each other by admitting past mistakes.
Dismissing speculations that his visit only going to create division among Nagas, Muivah said his visit to Pughoboto was to push forward the ongoing reconciliation process. He regretted that the general secretary of GPRN/NSCN, N. Kitovi Zhimomi and envoy to the collective leadership of GPRN/NSCN, Kughalu Mulatonu had tried to create a “situation” against his visit and opposing him as if he was a “criminal.”
Muivah did not rule out meeting the GPRN/NSCN leaders but insisted that there cannot be a meeting point when efforts for reconciliation were being snubbed by certain elements in the GPRN/NSCN.
He questioned whether such attitude against his visit was in the interest of the Naga people and whether it would provide a tempo to the reconciliation process. “What crime I have committed for coming to Pughoboto?. Why trying to create problem when we have come for reconciliation?” he demanded to know.
On his recent statement made in Jotsoma on meeting the GPRN/NSCN leadership without its general secretary Kitovi, Muivah said he had never declined to meet Kitovi, but maintained that it was S S Khaplang chairman of GPRN/NSCN who had officially committed to the reconciliation process. He asserted that meeting Kitovi without Khaplang would create more problems. “I never said I will not talk to Kitovi” he asserted while explaining that bypassing Khaplang would create problem.
He slammed Azheto Chophy, the then kilo kilonser in NSCN (I-M)) as a ‘traitor,” and recalled an incident when, as desired by Isak Chishi Swu, chairman of NSCN (I-M), the reconciliation process was initiated from January 13, 2007 with three days prayer and fasting.
Muivah said while the process on well after eight months, Azheto in “blatant defiance” decamped with arms from Hebron camp. He said Azheto’s call for unification after decamping Hebron was a “travesty” since unification cannot precede reconciliation. This, Muivah said, was an act of “treachery” when the talks were taking place at the highest level and having reached a crucial stage.
Naga issue with NSCN (I-M)
NSCN(I-M)general secretary Th. Muivah disclosed he had “emphatically told the government of India” that the issue of solution to the Naga political problem rested with the NSCN (I-M) and not with the GPRN/NSCN or NNC. Speaking at a public meeting here Monday, Muivah however said any solution to hammer out the Naga problem was with the centre and not with the Nagas. Accusing the GPRN/NSCN and NNC of conniving with the government of India,Muivah charged the Centre of selective approach for talks and expressed annoyance at the slow pace of the ongoing negotiations.
He said the NSCN(I-M) collective leadership firmly told the central leaders to start talks with the GPRN/NSCN and NNC if they thought solution could be hammered out by talking to them. On the claims by the GPRN/NSCN and NNC that the Naga issue rested with them, Muivah asked why then was the government of India not talking to them.
He accused NNC and GPRN/NSCN as “traitors” for trying to mislead the people through malicious and groundless propagandas. He also accused the centre of using the two political groups to undermine the Naga political issue.
Muivah also condemned statements of the GPRN/NSCN, that the Naga political problem should be resolved by Nagas of Nagaland. He expressed shock at what was described as “divisive politics” unleashed by Kitovi and Kughalu in connivance with the agencies of the government of India. He said the two leaders have today become the stooges of government of India by actively working against the wishes of Naga people. He questioned whether the two GPRN/NSCN leaders were for Nagas or Meiteis or government of India. He said the two possessed the “mentality of Meiteis.”
Lifting ban on Sumi Hoho
NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th. Muivah disclosed that the ban on the Sumi Hoho by the NSCN(I-M) would be lifted in response to the fervent request of the people of Pughoboto. He clarified that the reason for banning the Sumi Hoho was because it had excommunicated NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu and other NSCN (I-M) leaders.
He described the decision of the Sumi Hoho as “totally uncalled for and unjustified.”
Speaking at the public reception accorded to him at Pughoboto Monday, Muivah said the NSCN (I-M) did not ban the entire Sumis but certain leaders of Sumi Hoho who had “misused” their authorities in the name of Sumis.
Representatives of the civil societies of Pughoboto said their invitation of Muivah was not to create division among Sumis but to facilitate unity and understanding among Sumi people.

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