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Nagas await historic day: NSCN (I-M)

DIMAPUR, AUG 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/24/2019 11:53:59 AM IST

 Says, without Naga flag, constitution any solution would be far from honourable

NSCN (I-M) on Saturday said given the seriousness of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in solving the Indo-Naga political conflict, the Nagas await the historic day when the final agreement will be signed. 

However, NSCN (I-M) was categorical that without the two core issues-- Naga flag and constitution being solved, any solution would be far from honourable because Naga’s pride and identity is deeply entrenched here.

NSCN through its MIP said that when Modi tasked Interlocutor RN Ravi to conclude the talks with the Naga negotiators within three months, it became all the more interesting as it was the third time when the Modi led BJP government had come out with such an assuring tone. 

NSCN (I-M) said the changing situation and other developments had compelled its chairman Q. Tuccu and general secretary Th. Muivah to write a letter to Prime Minister about the doubt and confusion raised by Naga people, if an honourable political solution can be arrived at.

This was in reference to the core issues like Naga flag and constitution which were yet to be agreed upon between the two parties, it said. “Without these two core issues solved, any solution would be far from honourable because Naga’s pride and identity is deeply entrenched here,” NSCN (I-M) reiterated.

 NSCN (I-M) said it observed that Ravi, now holding the dual post of Nagaland Governor and Interlocutor, was speaking with much stronger passion to solve the Naga political problem that has hung on for too long.

Recalling the journey of “Indo-Naga political” talks spanning over twenty two (22) years, NSCN (I-M) said government of India has done a great job to assure the Nagas that they deserved solution which should be honourable and acceptable.  It said that by giving official recognition to the unique history and situation of the Nagas was taken as the correct step towards this direction. MIP said the momentum finally led to the signing of the historic August 3, 2015 Framework Agreement.

It said three years was a long period but the Framework Agreement was yet to have its fruition as the Government of India was going slow in taking its stand on core issues. 

NSCN (I-M) reminded that the Framework Agreement, which was initiated and signed by late chairman Isak Chishi Swu, that had taken the political talks to a critical stage. 

It said the indelible document (Framework Agreement), that provided everything to give the Nagas an honourable settlement, was finally signed between NSCN chief negotiator Th. Muivah and India’s Interlocutor R.N. Ravi with much fanfare at an official ceremony , witnessed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself and other high dignitaries who matters, and live telecasted across the world.

Further, NSCN (I-M) condemned Assam Rifles for the “unwarranted frisking operations across Dimapur”. It said the picture was almost back to pre-ceasefire period with the “ubiquitous AR showing up in aggressive postures.” 

NSCN(I-M) said that AR personnel, for over four months, have stationed themselves at Doyapur near the designated Hebron Camp and moving around in the nearby villages, frisking commuters and raiding houses with cameras in hand. 

It alleged that villagers were harassed with uncomfortable questions giving them much mental unrest. “As days passed, AR have become more unruly and going towards the direction to sow seeds of another bloody conflicts with the Nagas,” it said.

Leaving aside Doyapur areas, NSCN (I-M) said AR personnel are also seen in many areas of Dimapur frisking passerby and entering residential areas taking photographs. 

“Such manner of intensified operation by AR makes the whole scenario unbecoming of Ravi’s search for the earliest solution as advised by Prime Minister Modi. Conducive atmosphere without the belligerent AR is the desire of the people in general and NSCN in particular in this critical period,” it said.

“How beautiful things would have been if Ravi could have made his presence after being appointed as Nagaland Governor by working in tandem with the Indian Army (Assam Rifles) and rein on them to exercise restraint from what they are doing now,” it stated.

 

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