GoI-ENPO meet fuels statehood demand

GoI-ENPO meet fuels statehood demand
DIMAPUR, AUG 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/11/2019 12:16:36 PM IST

 ENPO calls off I-Day absention in view of Centre’s invite on Aug 13

Centre has formally invited the Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organization (ENPO) for talks on August 13, reportedly on the issue of separate statehood demand (frontier Nagaland). In this regard, ENPO through its media cell informed that it has decided to suspend the proposed non-participation in the Independence Day celebration on August 15 under its jurisdiction.

As ENPO had served a deadline on the Centre to respond to their demand before August 10, the central executive council (CEC) during its meeting held on June 11 at Tuensang, resolved that the public of ENPO area shall abstain from participating in the Independence Day celebration in the event the government of India failed to expedite the process of carving out a separate state for the people of Eastern Nagaland.

However, against the backdrop of the meeting between ENPO with the Centre on August 13, speculation is rife regarding the demand for Frontier Nagaland state.

It may be mentioned that under the aegis of ENPO, several rallies were organized where the people of Eastern Nagaland reiterated to stand by the August 24, 2012 resolution demanding creation of a separate State- ‘Frontier Nagaland’.

ENPO has also rejected outright a letter (F.No.9/8/2012.7, dated 07.08.2018) by MHA joint secretary (NE) to Nagaland chief secretary suggesting preparation of suitable district-wise project proposals for development of Eastern Nagaland, by referring to a meeting chaired by MHA special secretary (internal security) and attended by state government and ENPO on June 8, 2018.

At a public rally in Tuensang in 2016, MHA joint secretary (NE) described the demand of ENPO as appearing genuine, while observing that problem and hardship faced in the Eastern Nagaland was well understood as the backwardness was visible even after 60 of Nagaland statehood.

After Centre’s Interlocutor to the Naga talks and deputy NSA, R.N. Ravi was appointed as governor of Nagaland; the general expectations of early and tangible solution to the Naga political issue was dampened after the Modi government abrogated Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir following by its bifurcation into two union territories- J&K and Ladakh.

Putting to rest all speculations that Article 371A could also face similar fate, Ravi assured that the Centre would not touch Article 371A as it was a solemn promise made to Nagas when statehood was granted. It may also be recalled that union home minister Amit Shah had earlier assured parliament that Article 371 for various states (A to J) would not be touched. Article 371A also has significant inclusion of erstwhile Tuensang district in Clause 2(c),(d),(e)-(i),(ii) and (f).

The bifurcation of J&K and abrogation of Article 370 has also buoyed hopes of the tribal Bodos in Assam, who demand the state to be divided 50:50. 

 Similarly, Karbis in Assam have also reiterated the demand for “autonomous state” by integrating KarbiAnglong and DimaHasao, the two hill districts of the state.

In Tripura, the tribal-majority Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), which is spearheading a movement to achieve “Twipuraland” state for the tribal. 


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