NGBF, CPO take on NH, UNC joint decree

DIMAPUR, SEP 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/6/2018 12:23:13 PM IST

Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) Thursday expressed worry over the joint declaration issued by the Naga Hoho and United Naga Council (UNC) Manipur after joint review meeting at TNK, Senapati Community Hall on August 23, 2018.

In a press release, NGBF president, Shahlem Konyak, and general secretary, Shikuto Zalipu, described the declaration as “more intimidating” than rational and realistic approach to current “Indo-Naga” political scenario.  

Asserting that exclusiveness will never bring lasting peace, NGBF expressed apprehension that “any exclusive solution can belie all our expectations.” The federation maintained that “Such arrogance and unpalatable declaration to be imposed on the Nagas is unacceptable.” 

Stating that it was well versed with Naga culture and customary practices and village administration, the NGBF said it was the bounden duty of the federation to resist and reject the influence that was found detrimental to Naga society. NGBF said it therefore “out rightly” rejected the attempt of UNC and Naga Hoho to “impose its will on the Nagas (Nagaland).”

NGBF also affirmed that it was committed to peace and harmony of the Nagas wherever they were. The federation said it would continue to work for inclusive solution that would take everyone on board for a lasting peace solution to the protracted Naga political problem. 

Also, stating that it has been appealing to Naga political groups to set aside their differences and unite for the sake of a secure future, the NGBF said exclusiveness would be the cause of further division and deeper misunderstanding as experienced in past “Indo-Naga” history. “We don’t want to repeat the history of dividing Naga into different groups, sections and more,” NGBF said, adding that it has, therefore, been harping on inclusive solution and would continue to uphold the principle of unity. 

Reminding that presently government of India was having political dialogue with seven Naga political groups, NGBF said it was the bounden duty of every Naga citizen to play a mediator role and not biased.

Affirming that “inclusivity is the way forward”, the NGBF said it has therefore been urging the government of India to officially invite NSCN (K) and NNC (Adino) to the negotiation table.

CPO’s stand on NH imbroglio: Chakhesang Public Organisation (CPO) has reacted to the spate of statements and rejoinders over the August 23, 2018 joint declaration by Naga Hoho and United Naga Council at Senapati village under Manipur.

CPO in the statement issued by its president Kekhwengulo Lea and general secretary Mutsivoyi Kotso reiterated that its stand over Naga issue was unwavering before Nagas and even when some tribes walked out of Naga Hoho, it remained for the greater interest of Nagas. CPO reminded that the Naga Hoho president (who is at the eye of the storm) had ignored the condition given by his own parent hoho (which resigned from it) as well as from within NH which led to some tribes resigning from the NH. 

CPO said this had brought down NH to its lowest ebb. In order to salvage the credibility of the NH, it said the APO, CPO, Pochury Hoho and Rengma Hoho had on July 29,2017 decided to pass stricture on the functioning of Chuba Ozukum either as president or as participant in any event or programme as president of Naga Hoho but regretted that Ozukum had chose to ignore all that.

CPO reiterated that the stricture passed by the four bodies was still in force when Ozukum “singly dared” to sign the controversial document of the Senapati declaration (points 6&7) which was a clear warning/intimidation on any Naga group or assembly in whatever capacity. 

CPO pointed out that as per the Senapati declaration, anybody defying it would be termed as “anti-national” and be banned even from his or her own territory. CPO termed the Senapati declaration of above as “highly aggressive and potentially reactionary.” 

CPO reiterated that it was steadfastly unwavering in its support to NH in particular and Nagas in general and that deviating from the original principle was a “pseudo political principle” and any self professed Naga political principle was “rather un-mandated and unauthorised.” 

While respecting ongoing peace process of all negotiating groups, CPO however said it objected to the expression and intents of such declaration calling other Naga member groups or assembly as being “unmandated or unauthorised” and also openly branding them as “anti-national” and banning their entry in Naga territory. CPO said no single member or group has total mandate or authorisation of the Naga people and therefore, such diktats against those holding different views have no legitimacy.

CPO clarified that nowhere is the statement was there mention of “Nagas of Manipur” and that had not two NH officials not questioned the modus operandi of the NH president then the matter would not have come to public domain.

Taking a stand over the Naga Hoho declaration by the president and then the rejection by other NH office bearers and again the support to the NH president from other executive members, the CPO questioned whether a few Hoho officials can issue endorsement bypassing the executive council or the federal assembly on such a highly sensitive issue?

CPO pointed out that if the intent of the Senapati declaration was truly “in the best interest of the Nagas of Manipur … solely for the people of Nagas in Manipur … not for any other Naga areas within and outside Nagaland” then it should have been worded carefully, accordingly leaving no room for misinterpretation or word twisting.

In the light of the declaration, CPO has responded by stating that any self-determined Naga political principle and position which deviated from its original line will not be binding on CPO and its members. Also it said the day Ozukum’s tribe walked out of Naga Hoho, then he stood stripped off all moral and constitutional privileges to remain as president. Therefore, any decision or action adopted by Naga Hoho under his “unconstitutional leadership is out rightly null and void and warned that CPO shall not bear responsibility for any consequence out of his continuity in office.


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