Naga Hoho flays Gov’s statehood day message

DIMAPUR, DEC 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/2/2020 12:34:49 PM IST

Naga Hoho (NH) has expressed shock at Government of India’s (GoI) interlocutor and governor RN Ravi’s statement on the eve of 58th Statehood Day glorifying the “controversial Naga People’s Convention (NPC) and creation of controversial Statehood.” 

Hoho president HK Zhimomi and general secretary K Elu Ndang in a press communiqué declared that they cannot support such “abusive statement” from the interlocutor and condemn it outright.
NH said they had the notion that Ravi was unlike other interlocutors in the past and had great hope that during his tenure something could be worked out as he had understood the Naga political problem and its history of more than 70 years. 
“We never expected such antagonistic statement from a brilliant, intelligent and self-respecting interlocutor who is supposed to be a harbinger of peace,” they added.
NH said Ravi’s entire utterances were meant to create division among the Nagas in line with regional and artificial territory, adding it left it to the conscience of tribe hohos, student and women associations and civil society organisations (CSOs), particularly from Nagaland, to reflect at this crucial moment and ponder upon with all seriousness the issue it was raising and come out with an open mind whether his “antipathic statement” was acceptable to the Nagas.
Mentioning that no governor in the past had resuscitated the 16-point charter of demands, the hoho asked Ravi what prompted him to take keen interest on the contentious issues after 57 years of statehood when Government of India and Naga negotiators were trying to rise above the 16-point resolution. 
Questioning whether the founding fathers of Nagaland spent a single night in the jungle fighting for freedom and what they were doing when the 16-point charter of demand was submitted to GoI, NH asked Ravi whether he thought Naga problem was related to armed insurgencies. It asked him why GoI signed ceasefire agreements in 1964 and 1997, if the 16-point resolution was final. 
“Who are the guns of people from outside the State of Nagaland inspired by Maoist ideology and tactics? Who raped our mothers and sisters and destroyed and burnt down scores of our churches? Is it not the occupational forces?” the communiqué asked, asserting that Naga political issue belonged to Naga people alone and not outsiders.
Further asking which single entity was claiming the sole franchisee over it and who were the primary stakeholders on Naga issue, the hoho questioned the interlocutor whether he did not create primary and secondary stakeholders. 
Stating that heart of Nagaland beats in its villages where plebiscite was conducted in 1951, NH asserted that as Indian national flag and constitution were the pride of the people of India, Nagas too had have their own flag and constitution. 
“Who is talking contrary and peddling preposterous lies?” it asked.
The hoho further questioned whether he was not the one who misinterpreted Framework Agreement. And that if the talks had concluded on October 31, 2019, it asked why GoI had directed IB officials to engage in Indo-Naga peace talks after he had created divide and destroy policy. 
If Indo-Naga political issue was meant for the Nagas of Nagaland, the pan-Naga body asked him where his comprehensive inclusive political settlement was and also who was stopping or delaying the final agreement. 
Reminding Ravi that Indo-Naga political problem was much older than him, NH pointed out that no one was immortal and that everyone would die. It however stressed that Naga issue would remain evergreen if “we” fail to find out amicable solution and bring it to a logical conclusion with sheer political will.

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