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FA signed to end ‘Indo-Naga’ conflict: NSCN (I-M)

DIMAPUR, JAN 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/12/2021 12:06:42 PM IST

 Highlighting Framework Agreement, NSCN(I-M) through its MIP reiterated that the signing of the FA between NSCN(I-M) and the government of India on August 3,2015, MIP complete six decades of the “Indo-Naga political struggle”. While stating that the struggle that began with the British rule was “ a different matter,” MIP made it clear that the FA was about Naga people’s resistance against the government of India that lasted for six decades.

MIP said the FA was signed as both NSCN and the government of India agreed to “end the violent confrontation one and for all and to usher in comprehensive progress in consonance with the genius of the Naga people.”

It said the genesis of the Naga political assertion and resistance began during British rule and entered the second phase under the government of India which continued for six decades till the FA was signed.

 MIP, said Naga people’s political struggle “against foreign occupation, went through a very important phase in history” that began with resistance against the British-led force which launched an expedition into Naga territory in 1832 under the command of Captain Jenkins and Captain Pemberton.

MIP said Nagas resolutely refused to submit to the British rule which provoked the colonial power to set of more military expeditions against Nagas. It said Naga continued to struggle against the British against all odds till finally, Nagas under NNC leader A.Z. Phizo, declared Naga independence from British rule on August 14,1947.

According to MIP” the real conflict” started when Nagas refused to join the Indian union when invited in 1950. MIP said Nagas asserted their political independence on January 24,1950 when NNC informed the government of India, the UN and countries that had their embassies in Delhi, that “Nagas do not accept the Indian constitution.” 

Furthermore, MIP said NNC conducted Naga Voluntary Plebiscite on May 16,1951 where 99.9% voted in favour of “sovereign Naga state”. After this, it said NNC delegation met with then Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on March 11,1952 to convey the “will of the Naga people for an independent Naga state, as expressed through the plebiscite”. MIP said the government of India under Nehru, was not ready to listen to Nagas’ point of assertion of their political rights.

Henceforth , MIP said the struggle of Nagas against British rule became “Indo-Naga political struggle, as Nehru was determined to use military force to suppress Naga people’s resistance” when thousands of “Indian troops” were sent “ to Nagalim beginning from 1954 onwards.” 

According to MIP, the FA became “historic and crucially important as it was signed under the direct supervision of the prime minister of India Mr Narendra Modi, in the presence of top dignitaries of the GoI”, telecast live and witnessed worldwide. It said every single word was “well crafted to reflect the historical and political rights of the Naga people.” 

 

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