GNF appeals NPGs to uphold ‘non-negotiable’ political rights

DIMAPUR, OCT 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/5/2020 1:11:01 PM IST

Global Forum of Nagas (GNF) in an appeal letter addressed to the yaruiwo of NCSCN (I-M) and convener of WC of NNPGs, impressed upon the leaders and the Naga political groups, to reconcile for “unity in a common purpose” through dialogue, mutual respect, trust and accommodative spirit  in order to create a “harmonious future collectively” to avoid return of violence while seeking political solution.

In a letter signed by 45 Nagas from across India and abroad, GNF emphasised upon the leaders representing various NPGs, that unity was not the same as uniformity. GNF stated that uniformity is imposing one’s will on others and not giving space for negotiation and compromise. Further, asserting that flag and constitution formed the heart and soul of Naga identity, their unique history and situation as duly acknowledged by GoI, GNF said that the matter required deft handling and tenacity in approach so as to arrive at an acceptable position between the two negotiating parties.
They also said that acknowledgement of the distinct identity of Nagas by Centre must be “translated into action and protected by a separate Naga passport and visa regime”. Without this, they reasoned that “our distinct identity” would be but a lip service. GNF said that if any agreement was signed short of sovereignty, there must be a clear clause keeping the path open for the Nagas to decide their future course of action to enter into a new deal.


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