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NGOs draft 4-points on Naga issue
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Oct. 2010 12:22 AM IST
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Naga civil societies would soon be writing to the prime minister asking the government of India to be more sincere and pragmatic in its approach towards bringing honorable, beneficial and acceptable solution to the ongoing “Indo-Naga” political dialogue. The Naga civil societies under the aegis of Naga Hoho, Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) and Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) held an emergency consultative meet at Heritage, Kohima (old DC Bungalow) on various pertinent issues that was confronting the Naga people and drafted a 4-point recommendation.
The NGOs also drafted a recommendation that all political prisoners irrespective of any Naga political groups should be released from the custody of different agencies under government of India so as to strengthen both the entities for further political negotiation.
This sub-point recommendation was made in view of a large number of activists irrespective of the Naga political groups, were arrested and imprisoned under NSA during the ceasefire periods and languishing in different jails and custody of different Indian agencies across the country.
Following the deferment of mass peace rally which was to be held at Dimapur on October 26, the NGOs strongly recommended to organize the a rally in all the Naga areas including district levels based on the above cited perspectives at the earliest.
Further, the NGOs recommended that recommended that another round of consultative meeting be convened comprising academicians, politicians, social activist, representatives from various Naga organizations to deliberate in depth over the phrase “Inclusiveness” and to bring out a road map along with detailed mechanisms in the best interest of the Naga people.
The civil societies strongly appealed to all Naga political groups to be realistic with regard to imposition of taxes on individuals and business community stating that they foresaw the wrath of the people unless the pattern of tax collection was evaluated with all seriousness.
Earlier, Naga Hoho president, Keviletuo Kiewhuo who chaired the meet said that there were numerous political groups trying to impose their interest whenever the civil society took up any initiatives.
He clarified that the October 26 proposed mass rally at Dimapur was deferred and not cancelled. He said that the decision to defer the rally was taken to enlarge the horizon of the rally not only in Dimapur but in all the district headquarters as well.
Asserting that the Naga Hoho was not in favour or supporting any specified Naga political group, he expressed the Hoho’s support to the ceasefire agreement between the government of India with both the NSCN groups and the political framework and the political dialogue.
Stressing the need for peoples’ participation in the peace process, he said “our destiny and goal can’t be left alone to the National workers …. if that is the case, we will be sacrificing our rights to certain political groups.”
The Naga Hoho president termed Tuesday’s consultative meeting as the beginning of consultation. He said even though the government of India and the NSCN (I-M) had held several rounds of talks but the public were not made known on any achievement made in the talk.
Touching upon the topic of rampant extortion in the name of taxation at an exorbitant rate by different groups, he said the Naga society would not be able to grow unless the issue was addressed. Though killing among the Nagas with guns and bullet was no more with the signing of the covenant of reconciliation, the innocent public were being killed through their economy in the form exorbitant taxations, added.
He said if they (Naga political groups) claim that they were government and collecting tax, they should also use the money collected for development as well and not for the luxury of some few leaders, some of whose lifestyle were not acceptable. Nagas should know how to govern the people, he added.
The Naga Hoho president also pointed out the two sides of “inclusiveness”; one within the Nagas and the other, in the ongoing talks with the government of India. He said both the NSCN groups had signed ceasefire agreement with India but added that the GPRN/NSCN was without political process, whereas the NSCN (I-M) was with political process and that the talks were on.
He further revealed that when approached by the government of India, Khaplang refused to be included in the ongoing dialogue stating that he was not an Indian citizen but of Myanmar.
In this connection, he stressed that the Naga issue been an international issue and that Khaplang should talk with the Myanmar government on his part and try to resolve the Naga issue there so that larger Naga issue could be settled later. “Just because Nagas are one, government of India cannot give more beyond what it can give,” he added.
NMA president, Abeiu Meru who also addressed the meeting expressed concern over the different groups collecting exorbitant taxes.
NSF president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu, felt that some leaders of the Naga national workers were not sincere to the Naga people and that threatening leaders of civil society has become a disturbing trend. Some national worker leaders try to use civil society leaders through threat, he said and stressed that the national workers should also respect the civil society leaders like they were accorded the due respect.
Tenyimi Peoples’ Organization president Z M Sekhose reaffirmed the TPO’s continuous support to the Naga Hoho. Representative of the Naga Council, Dimapur also spoke on the occasion while several other representatives of the different Naga civil organizations actively took part in the marathon discussion and deliberation which lasted for more than three hours.

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