Monday, August 15, 2022

Nagaland 2-day NLSF seminar: Khekiye demands disclosure of NSCN (I-M) competency

Staff Reporter

Spokesperson of Senior Citizens Association Nagaland and retired bureaucrat K.K. Sema IAS (Retd) said except for a few, none of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the state have been able to provide a road map for the people.
He was speaking on the topic “The role that civil society organisations have played in the Naga peace process” at the 2-day seminar under the theme “Issues Confronting The State of Nagaland” organized by Nagaland Law Students’ Federation (NLSF) at Hotel Saramati here Friday.
Khekiye said though there has been proliferation of CSOs in Nagaland only a handful like- Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), Naga Mothers Association (NMA), Naga GBs Federation (NGBF)- had impacted society by standing for the political rights and interests of Nagas.
He also acknowledged that initially, Naga Hoho, was originally formed as an organization for the 14 tribes of Nagaland and played its role. However, when some of its leaders went beyond by inclusion of Nagas outside Nagaland, he said the Hoho was eventually reduced to being remote controlled and deprived Nagas of Nagaland with a forum at a time when it was needed.
In the process, he said Naga Hoho lost relevance for the Nagas of Nagaland as they were pushed to its periphery. Like Naga Hoho, he said some CSOs are being dictated by NSCN(I-M) and which has led to a situation, where instead of standing up for the people of Nagaland, these CSOs follow the diktats and dare not raise questions on issues that are important for Nagas of Nagaland.
In this regard, Khekiye recalled the roles played by FNR and ACAUT Nagaland during the recent years. According to him, FNR formed on February 28,2008, had achieved a breakthrough in bringing leaders of warring factions together for reconciliation. He said FNR succeeded in bringing about a cessation of factional clashes that erupted across Nagaland but on the other hand, was unable to stop all rampant taxation.
On ACUAT, he said the CSO was formed to fight against unabated taxation by all Naga political groups and public rallies resolved on ‘One Tax, One Government’ in agreeing to pay tax only when all factions came together.
However, Khekiye said the state government did nothing to stop unabated taxation because it was also operating like a syndicate adding “the state government is the shadow government, while the NSCN (I-M) is the real government”.
Khekiye hit out at the NSCN (I-M) for its plan under the competency in the Framework Agreement, where Nagaland state was to cease to exist and replaced with a new “Naga Nation” under Pan Naga Hoho, that includes Nagas of Nagaland including those from outside Nagaland.
According to Khekiye under the NSCN (I-M) proposal, under Pan Naga Hoho, the new Naga Nation will have a Lower House, with elected members while the Upper House will have members selected by the Pan Naga Hoho.
He said NSCN (I-M) will exert overall power through Pan Naga Hoho, where bills can only be passed after consent by members of the Upper House selected by Pan Naga Hoho.
He described Pan Naga Hoho as a form of emotional integration without actual territorial integration but having statutory powers. Khekiye therefore cautioned that Nagas of Nagaland will be marginalised in such an arrangement.
He also reminded that leaders of NSCN(I-M) refused to join the Naga movement till after 1964 and therefore, have no right to determine the destiny of Nagas of Nagaland without first disclosing the full details of their competency clauses.
The programme was chaired by Lisi L Thongru and invocation pronounced by NLSF vice president, Romika V Zhimomi.
Other speakers who spoke in the culmination day of the seminar were Geihwang Konyak, on the topic, “Difficulties facing educated Nagas”; convener Concerned people of Nagaland, Kahuto Chishi Sumi, on the topic, “the need for an independent and impartial Nagaland Students Body” and DIG, Rajashekara N, on the topic “Online frauds”.


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