Wednesday, October 5, 2022

NTC representation to PM on solution to Naga political issue

Hon’ble Sir,
The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) once again would like to draw your kind attention on the silence to the inordinate delay of the Naga political solution even after three years of the political process of negotiations between the NSCN (IM) and the Working Committee (W/C), 7 NNPGs with the GOI though dialogue declared completed on 31st October, 2019.
That Sir, the Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) remains grateful to you for what trust you reposed on us when the NTC delegation called on you on 19th May 2017 in your official residence during which we impressed upon your authority to invite the Working Committee (W/C) of the erstwhile 6 NNPGs – now 7 NNPGs, to negotiating table. Our first audience with you was in the 20th years of exclusive political negotiation between the GOI and the NSCN (IM). Indeed the very concern of NTC was for inclusive political negotiation for a lasting peace.
That under your dynamic leadership and your sincere determination to resolve the decades old Naga Political issue the Working Committee (W/C) NNPGs was also officially invited to have similar political negotiations with the GOI in September 2017. The Ceasefire and the political negotiations between the GOI and the Naga Political Groups (NPGs) are nothing but just a means to the end that is the “Solution”.
Whereas, the Framework Agreement signed between GOI and the NSCN (IM) on 3rd August 2015 and the Agreed Position signed between GOI and the Working Committee (W/C) NNPGs on 17th November 2017 are to be the principle basis for the ultimate political solution. Thus all the impediments and contours could be overcome under your personal patronage for the fact that the negotiation processes were exhaustively and mutually completed on 31st October 2019 giving a ray of hope to the Naga people to enjoy the true peace in lieu of pseudo peace in our land.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home affairs, GOI, had laid and tabled its report on both the Houses of Parliament vide Report No. 213, Quote: “TWO HUNDRED THIRTEENTH REPORT, SECURITY SITUATION IN THE NORTH EASTERN STATES OF INDIA (PRESENTED TO RAJYA SABHA ON 19TH JULY 2018), (LAID ON THE TABLE OF LOK SABHA ON 19TH JULY 2018)”. UNQUOTE, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO, Quote; “CHAPTER-III OTHER ISSUES, vide 3.1 Naga Peace Accord and at Para 3.1.10” to look into the Naga peace talks and the said Committee recommended for an early conclusion of the peace talks. Quote: “The Committee, therefore, strongly recommends that the Governments should conclude the peace talks, at the earliest, based on a broad understanding over the most contentious issues. The Committee also recommends that Government should tread carefully on the issues sensitive to the Nagas and not let vested interests highjack the peace narratives”. Unquote. The resolution of the issues is overdue and it seems the very recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee as quoted herewith are shelved.
That there were public cries against 2018 Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election, The reason of the popular public demand for the Naga political solution was obvious. The citizens in Nagaland were tired to bear the burden of the elongated political negotiations of more than two decades, and the people were aware that election would add miseries to the existing plights. However, the then General Secretary BJP Shri Ram Madav, in-charge North Eastern States and for that matter the version of the GOI, pacified the public in Nagaland that “Election (is) for Solution”. Having assured, the public believed that the ruling party would fulfil its promise that solution would be expedited post-election. Yet five years since 2018 have gone and the people in Nagaland have been left in the lurch. The people in Nagaland are perplexed as to whether the prominent personalities representing National parties have been taking the gullible public for a ride.
That Sir, it is worth recalling your maiden visit to Nagaland on 1st December 2015 during which your benign authority impressed upon the general public that the Naga political issue would be resolved “within eighteen months” time. Since then we are in 7th year and the desired solution continues to remain ever allusive. In the meantime, the recent and the much-hyped publicity of the continuance NDPP-BJP alliance on the basis of 40:20 ratio followed by the reported transportation of the requisite election materials from the ECI to Nagaland has made the situation murkier. Considering the State election to be more important than delivering the citizens from the menace of pseudo peace under which people have been subjected to untold suppressions is nothing but rubbing salt to injuries.
That, the Nagaland Legislative Assembly since 2003 has been fought with the slogan “Pave the way for Solution”. In fact it was on 9th August 2012 all the sixty Legislatures from Nagaland met the then Prime Minister of India, with the slogan “Nagaland MLAs ready to quit for lasting peace” and have “expressed to sacrifice their present position and put up their resignation letter to pave the way for permanent peace in the state…”.
More so, the Parliamentary Committee on Naga Political Issue (PCCoNPI) formed with 59 Legislators and 2 Members of Parliament on 9th July 2021 adopted 5 – points resolution in which the resolution 4 stated that; Quote: “All Members of the core Committee and the Parliamentary Committee on Naga Political Issue, including the two Members of Parliament, have come together under the same banner in line with the Election Manifestos of all Political Parties and commit to the people that the elected members are prepared to pave way as and when an inclusive, honourable and acceptable solution arrived at”. Yet again the PCCoNPI has adopted its final 4-points resolution in their 16th July/2022 meeting containing continuance and similarity of resolution which was reportedly submitted to the concerned authorities of the GOI in New Delhi. Quote: Resolution – 4, “While Parliamentary Committee is not a party to the Naga political negotiations, it is playing the role of facilitator, representing and reflecting the voice of the people; and this role will continue to be pursued in a serious manner. We stand by the commitments of the constituent political parties as reflected in their respective manifestoes to pave way in the event of political solution being arrived at”. As per the afore mentioned successive resolutions and decisions there is no ambiguity and thus the public opinion is now made clear to GOI that nothing but solution has to be first.
The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) therefore, once again urges upon your benign authority to have “Political Will” and give the call to the negotiating parties to enter the mutual agreement before the General Election to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly 2023. The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) also assure you that the people are ever ready to welcome solution and ready to uphold and stand for solution contrary to voices that might have been raised against solution by certain anti-solution elements.
NTC President
Toniho Yepthomi
NTC General Secretary Nribemo Ngullie