Post Mortem

Core issue evaded in PDA’s consultative meeting

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/17/2020 12:50:27 PM IST

 Although it is superfluous to call a consultative meeting on protracted Naga political issue at this juncture when political agreement with both NSCN (IM) and NNPGs has already been signed formally on 3rd August 2015 and 17th November 2017 respectively, the honourable Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in his wisdom called a meeting. The wide publicity of the proposed meeting was further made a hype by Himanta Biswas Sharma, the Chairman of NEDA by announcing it nationwide that the consultative meeting called by PDA Govt. was the most crucial ever as if then and there the issue will be solved. But for those who knows the sequence of the events of peace process knew that it will turn out to be just a show without touching in depth the core issue and it became so. The consultative meeting sounds so grand to be attended by tall Naga leaders but surprisingly many mass based organizations were not called except the 14 tribal apex body Few hand picked individuals were given time to speak and it became the voice of Naga’s. Starting the meeting with great fan fare but at the end it became lacklustre, a drama and a flop. The drama of some special invitee , who does not have any hold in Nagaland walk out sulking for not given time (all pre-plan) and some were offended but coaxed back. At the back drop of such high drama, the pre-meeting drafted resolution of PDA government was announced. The seven point resolution was the carbon copy of the resolution of some NPG and other NGOs which was passed some years ago and it is not at all relevant now. We are now in 21st century and at the final stage of Naga solution so PDA Govt. should not bring such obsolete resolution to bring more confusion. Modern day leaders, worth its salt will not pass such irrelevant resolution and take back the Naga issue to the square one. What we need to discuss and decide now is the competencies of the two negotiating parties. It should be noted that at no point of time neither NSCN-IM nor NNPGs sought the opinion or views of the Naga people not have they obtain the consent of the people in framing the competencies. These were done without the knowledge and consent of the people even though their political future would be determined by the agreement. We may however, presume that whatever competencies they had framed would be in the best interest of the people.

Factually and politically speaking all our exercises during the one and half month period is nothing but exercise in a vacuum. Even the 15th Oct meeting was without any tangible subject. The government led by Rio is the only mandated by the people of Nagaland to lead the people; legal and constitutional authority vested now only in the elected government. It is therefore obligatory on the part of the government as representative of the people of Nagaland to explain in detail the content of the agreement. Strangely enough there is no unity even among the legislators on the Naga political issue. They are indulging in partisan approach in this very important political issue. Partisan approach to the problem shall only confuse the people. Secondly the state government had not circulated the competencies to all representative of different organizations who were invited to the meeting. Without knowing and studying the points of agreement how can members express their views or opinion. Darling deliberation and discussion of individual opinion did not have any bearing on the present accord.

Let us now examine the important features of the Framework Agreement of 3rd August 2015, which was published recently in all the local papers, so that we shall know where we stand.

1. When Atal Vajpai visited Kohima as PM, in his press conference stated that he recognized uniqueness of Naga history. This was part of a diplomatic language from the mouth of a politician. From thence an NPG converted this phrase as a political parlance. The same phrase appeared in the Framework Agreement. This recognition had been inserted explicitly in the constitution of India article 371 A. This is a very special provision for Nagaland only.

2. It is absolutely clear that neither Naga sovereignty nor integration of Naga areas appears in the FA. So when they speak about sovereignty it would mean only sovereignty of India. So sharing of sovereign power would mean sharing of subject mention in the 7th schedule of the constitution of India (Article 246) union list and concurrent list. The state can no doubt independently execute the subject in the state list.

3. Both side recognized the imperative contemporary political realities. Recognizing these political realities, both sovereignty and integration were dropped from the agreement. And an alternative political agreement is said to have been incorporated in the agreement i.e formation of Regional Autonomous Territorial Council of Naga areas of Manipur and Arunachal.

4. Another very important imperative of a sovereign country are it’s national Flag and Constitution. These are the attribute of a sovereign country and not otherwise. But in the case of Nagaland, we have already buried both sovereignty as well as integration on the altar of Framework Agreement on 3rd August 2015. A dead person do not require neither attire nor shelter. Hence, the question of Flag and separate constitution are not relevant under the present political arrangement

5. Nagas are no longer naive in politics, hence, the real picture of the agreement should be made known. Indulgence in talking about something fanciful and mirage just to mesmerise the public should be stopped. The state government should now start initiate preparation of resettlement of NPGs and respective state should take care of their own cadres. We have been carrying the load of others for too long. Enough is enough. Naga political struggle was to preserve and protect native land. For this cause thousands of lives were sacrificed. Our struggle was not to give our land to others. Hence all tribes of Nagaland must stand solidly to defend Intangki National park at all cost. Before I conclude, I would like to question Mr. Rio whether he is for flag and separate constitution for Nagas or would like to conclude without it. As the leader of the treasury bench, it is expected that he speak out his mind to the Nagas or to GOI.

Dr. Kakheto Zhimomi

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