CNSA reacts to governor’s letter to chief minister

DIMAPUR, JUL 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/3/2020 1:51:27 PM IST

Reacting to the governor’s June 16, 2020 letter to the chief minister, the Central Nagaland Students’ Association (CNSA) Friday queried as to who was the governor referring to as “armed groups” and said that Naga political groups in the negotiation should also assist the government to reign in those groups if it was true.

In a press statement, CNSA president Himato Yeptho and general secretary Lipemo M Tsopoe have however said that if the governor was referring to the Naga political groups, then he was also a party to those armed groups since he had been guiding them for almost six years.

CNSA said that the “same yardstick should be used upon him under relevant IPC for instigating and harbouring Armed groups thus creating Law and order issues disturbing peace in the State.”

CNSA demanded from the government of India and the governor, who is also the interlocutor, to clearly come out and let the Nagas know of “how serious they are in solving the Naga political issue?”

Asserting that Naga political struggle for Nagas identity would not end in a ceasefire, CNSA said the 1964 ceasefire was a glaring example for all the stakeholders that any ceasefire without outcome would only reignite the movement. 

It reminded the Government of India and all Naga political groups that “just silencing the cadres will not end the people’s movement but the settlement or solution should be acceptable and honourable without compromising the inalienable rights and history of the Naga people”.

CNSA maintained that the present ceasefire arrangement should be viewed as an opportunity by all the stakeholders to usher in understanding and build trust between the people . It said Naga people have always felt being oppressed and suppressed due to the lack of understanding the customs, culture and way of life of the Nagas by the dominant group. 

CNSA expressed belief that “this is the most opportune time as the consensus to solve the imbroglio is fully endorsed and supported by the majority of the people.”

However, in the failure to understand each other, CNSA said ceasefire cannot continue forever. It therefore appealed to the Government of India and all Naga political groups to “find an amicable solution or call it a day and continue with the struggle with renewed commitment as the choice at the moment is between the devil and the deep sea.”


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