Don’t impose settlement: NH to Delhi

DIMAPUR, OCT 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/13/2019 11:26:52 AM IST

Naga Hoho (NH) has declared that Government of India’s (GoI) three-month deadline to resolve the vexed Indo-Naga political issue in the form of an imposed settlement was unacceptable to Nagas when the core issues that had landed the decades-old political peace process into a deadlock were yet to be resolved amicably. 

In a statement issued by its president HK Zhimomi and general secretary K Elu Ndang, the apex Naga body warned that if New Delhi decided to impose its “take it or leave it” or “carrot and stick” policies on the Nagas, the approach would only vitiate the existing peaceful environment and negate all the sincere efforts put in by both Indian and Naga leaders during the last many years in the quest for a lasting honourable solution.

The organisation also affirmed that any accord that did not honour the Nagas’ legitimate rights for integration, separate Naga flag and constitution would neither be honourable nor acceptable to the Nagas who had shed so much blood and tears for this long-cherished Naga dream.

At this “defining moment of history”, the hoho reminded GoI not to divide Nagas further with a piecemeal settlement in tacit understanding and collusion with a few groups backed by some public leaders with vested, parochial interests as this would only result in more conflicts and bloodshed among the Nagas.

It also appealed to all Naga negotiating parties to find common grounds, accommodate one another in the larger interests of the whole Naga family and put in concerted efforts to arrive at an inclusive, acceptable and honourable settlement with the Government of India.

The statement noted that envisioning the Naga political solution at the door step, all concerned individuals and groups of people had aired their views and opinions to the negotiating parties and GoI. 

And while appreciating the negotiators for their commitment to hammer out an honourable settlement, the Naga Hoho reminded GoI to keep its commitments as Naga people had waited with patience for the last 22 years, which was “long enough”, to witness an era of peace and development. 

“... we cannot afford to succumb to inducements of economic packages and divide and rule policy of Government of India,” the statement cautioned.


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