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NSF dismayed at Ravi’s directive to CS

DIMAPUR, FEB 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/9/2021 1:15:53 PM IST

Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has expressed dismay at Government of India interlocutor and Nagaland governor RN Ravi’s alleged attempt to “silence the voice of Naga people and suppress their rights” by his recent directive to the chief secretary. 

NSF president Ninoto Awomi and general secretary Liremo R. Kikon were reacting to a recent directive from the governor to the chief secretary to take action against a government official for “seditious and subversive” writings challenging the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country and posting them on social media.

NSF said it took serious note of the directive, and viewed it as another attempt by Ravi to undo the peace and understanding brought about by his predecessors.

The federation alleged that by issuing the impugned directive, in singling an official, governor intended to “create fear psychosis among the State government employees” to send a message that he “has his eyes and ears planted in the Naga society to achieve his desired end of dividing Naga people.” 

NSF said it was also a manifestation of his “dominant attitude and his ever failing approach of thrusting the dominant might upon them”. 

 NSF said that as interlocutor for the Indo-Naga peace talks, it expected much more from Ravi and “to not indulge in trickery and divisive politics”. NSF said as the Centre’s-mandated interlocutor to bring lasting peace between India and the Naga people, it expected Ravi to truly understand and respect the unique history of Nagas and accordingly work out mechanisms in the interest of the two entities. However, NSF said it was “appalled at his various misconducts and misdemeanours”.

NSF maintained that “Nagas would not be cowered down by attempts to stifle their voices and belittle their legitimate rights” and their voices cannot be muted, notwithstanding the “evil designs of opposing forces”. 

NSF also asked Ravi not to treat the “Nagas’ struggle for self-determination as another secessionist movement” as the collective assertion of Nagas was to live “as a people free from any illegal occupational forces based on historical facts”. Therefore, said NSF not a single soul should be persecuted for voicing out the truth. 

NSF said it cannot allow anyone to walk alone while upholding the righteous cause of Naga people. Further, NSF said it publicly reaffirms its commitment “to uphold Naga identity until the ultimate goal of sovereignty and integration was achieved”, adding that the artificial boundaries and circumstances should not dissuade “us from asserting our legitimate rights”.

NSF said it was “committed in ensuring that the Naga political rights were not misplaced or tampered with by any forces until a negotiated solution in line with the “unique history and situation of the Nagas” was achieved with the Government on India.

 

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