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A Naga country: The need for a separate ISO 3166- country code

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/21/2020 12:19:23 PM IST

 (From previous issue)

Naga flag and constitution is an essential prerequisite for the Nagas to obtain a separate ISO 3166-1 country code by becoming a new country (Associate state/Dependent territory of India or both India & Myanmar) having at least a membership to one of the fifteen (15) Specialized Agencies of UN, such as International fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), World Health Organization (WHO), International Labor Organization (ILO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), etc. 

Secondly, India cannot have joint defense or foreign affairs with any one of her existing states as the matter falls to the centre’s prerogative. However, in the case of the Nagas, the much talk about new Indo- Naga relationship through the shared sovereignty method (joint defense & joint foreign affairs, etc.) will be legitimate and workable only when Nagas are treated as separate entity as already agreed upon in FA. This is in tune with universal principles and available international models. It may be good if People’s Government of Nagalim, a member country of UNPO initiate a minimal international relations especially in socio-economic and cultural matters. Thirdly, the construct of the system and structure of Naga democratic government (Legislative, Executive, &Judiciary) are to be made up of many Naga native terminology and nomenclatures that appears to have been included in the proposed draft agreement. It will suffer defeat for want of constitutional sanction during parliamentary passage for endorsement unless it is supported, determined and be implemented by a Naga yezabo (constitution) of its own. Indian constitution per se cannot sanction separate Naga native nomenclatures & structure of governance. Indian constitution may, however, be partially applied in Naga territory strictly as regard to those shared competencies only. Fourthly, Naga country as a separate entity i.e. Associate state / Dependent territory (both unincorporated state models) will enable the restoration of the Naga territories presently in Myanmar, an equal partner in Naga national struggle who have been suffering the most, in defense of an undivided Naga country. The surging India being the larger entity needs to consider application of relevant international law and models including international models of unincorporated territories such as; Cook Islands-New Zealand and Puerto Rico-USA (Associated statehood models)and Anguilla, Bermuda, Falkland Island, St. Helena-United Kingdom, UK (Dependent territories) to resolve the long drawn Indo-Naga conflict in the interest of peace and justice. Lastly, Parliament of India may cause necessary amendment of Article 260 and Article 2 of the constitution to enable the signing and the implementation of the proposed Indo- Naga final draft agreement. To collectively materialize this political roadmap of a Naga country, all concerned Naga stakeholders who are engaged in talk with GOI are earnestly appealed to come together in the spirit of oneness and resolve the oldest Indo- Naga political conflict once for all. Give peace chance! 

(Concluded)

1. Y L. Ramgui, Convenor, 

Naga Indigenous Peoples Alliance, NIPA                                                                                                                                             2. P. Vanmi, Co-Convenor, 

Naga Indigenous Peoples Alliance, NIPA

Note: This humble write-up is made without any prejudice to any person or group purely for the purpose of public discourse in the interest of peace.

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