NGBF submits memo to PM, seeks solution in 3 months

NGBF submits memo to PM, seeks solution in 3 months
NGBF members with Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhavan.
DIMAPUR, AUG 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/25/2019 11:39:53 AM IST

Mentioning that inordinate delay in the Indo-Naga peace talks had done more harm than good to all stakeholders and that everything had a season, Nagaland Gaon Bura Federation (NGBF) has urged all negotiating parties to announce an honourable and acceptable solution within three months as promised. 

In a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi submitted via governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhavan, Kohima on Saturday, the federation stressed that whatever was agreed upon should be translated into a practical and workable political mechanism. Signed by its president L Shahlem Konyak, general secretary Shikuto Zalipu and media cell secretary Akhu Naga, NGBF implored Modi to give a chance during his time to the coming generations of Nagas to reach their potential without denying them their history, culture, identity and political rights. 

Extending greetings to Modi and congratulating him on behalf of “our people” on his second term as Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy, the memorandum said his leadership was very crucial to Naga people, the people of India and the world at large at this juncture of history.

Acknowledging his current leadership of the country, the federation said it believed the solution to Naga question would spike his reputation as the most dynamic and committed leader in the democratic world. And if unresolved issues remained that required democratic and political process, it suggested that the negotiating parties might, in the interest of both India and Nagas, decide best acceptable course for the future.

As custodians of Naga customary laws and traditions, and as representative and messengers of “our people” at grassroots level, the federation also assured Modi that it would ensure that people maintained peace and public order as and when the Indo-Naga Political settlement was announced. “We will co-operate during the implementation and transitional period together with tribal bodies and frontal organisations of Nagaland. We are prepared to welcome honourable, acceptable and peaceful political solution as cherished by our people for decades,” it added.

Mentioning that Nagas had been yearning for real peace and stability for over five decades now, the memorandum pointed out that every decade saw one or the other agreement or statutes mounted over the Nagas, orchestrated by few without taking the confidence of stakeholders. Instead of pursuing political dialogue over a political problem, the federation said the heavily militarised Naga land saw only military engagements between Indian Army and Naga nationalists. The conflict intensified resulting in innumerable loss to lives on both sides, even as new armed Naga nationalist organisations emerged, it pointed out.

Referring to the Framework Agreement signed by Government of India (GoI) with NSCN (I-M) on August 3, 2015 and the Agreed Position with Working Committee (WC), Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs), a conglomeration of seven Naga armed groups, on November 17, 2017, the memorandum noted that all stakeholders, including Naga tribal bodies, civil society groups, students, mothers and interdenominational churches were much involved in the process this time.

Mentioning that “we are in the fag end” of second decade of 21st century and noting that the world’s spotlight was on India, the biggest democracy in the world, NGBF said his announcement to the world in Dubai in 2015 of resolving the Indo-Naga conflict was unprecedented. 

“We got the glimpse of your leadership quality and commitment to the issue needing redressal,” it added. 

The federation said it was confident that his esteemed office would put commitment to practice now that WC, NNPGs and GoI interlocutor for peace talks RN Ravi had touched most of the crucial matters in the two years of negotiations. It said Ravi, who was now governor of Nagaland, had assured Naga people that settlement would be announced within three months. This was the most opportune time for GoI and Nagas to resolve the conflict, it stressed.

Meanwhile, during the meeting with Ravi at Raj Bhavan, the NGBF leadership, along with representatives of its 11 district and two sub-division units, reiterated the assurance given by GoI for solution of Naga issue within three months time. 

Ravi expressed happiness over the role played by GBs and assured the delegation that the New Delhi was committed to solve the Naga political issue within a short period of time, according to the federation. 



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