Post Mortem

NSCN’s stand on Naga flag, constitution

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/27/2021 1:25:16 PM IST

 The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) when approached by the Government of India (GoI) to start the Indo-Naga peace process did set the terms very loud and clear that GoI must agree to recognize the Naga issue as political and stopped terming it as India’s “Internal Law and Order Issue”. The Indo-Naga Ceasefire was thus officially declared on the 1st August, 1997 and it was agreed that the political dialogue shall be at the highest level, i.e. Prime Minister Level; Without Pre-condition and Outside in a Third Country. Significantly, somebody other than the Prime of India making critical statement on crucially important issue like the Naga National Flag is like wrecking the Indo-Naga Ceasefire agreement at the wrong time because agreement on this particular issue is deeply linked to signing the agreement for Naga political solution. Naturally, Nagas were blazing with indignation when the Union Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah in his meeting with Nagaland Chief Minister in New Delhi stated that he is willing to hoist the Naga flag on Naga Day if invited for the occasion. But at the same time he said he is against granting a separate Naga flag and constitution to the Nagas. This is nothing less than a terrible sense of humorous insult to the Naga people. How can somebody in a high position have the temerity of playing drama and tamasha on such sentimental issues that are inseparable for Naga political solution? 

The elusive Naga political issue cannot be undermined by giving the Union Home Minister a freewheeling power to make a meaningless statement bereft of political drive towards Naga political solution. It is highly a preposterous idea for the GoI to disallow Naga flag to be used in Government offices and establishments but only to be used as a merry-making item in cultural functions. Nothing would come more outrages than this absurdity. And Nagas are never going to tolerate this kind of irresponsible and hollow utterance emanating from Mr. Amit Shah. It would be a pleasure for the Nagas to welcome anyone to hoist and fly the Naga flag in Naga soil but not in the manner to belittle the Naga political issue. 

Going by the history of Naga political movement beginning from the British Rule of India, the Naga flag is unconquered or surrendered to any force. The Naga people will, therefore, never put themselves in a disgraceful position by selling the Naga flag for the sake of hastening Naga solution. God forbid such a breach of trust-covenant made between God and Naga people. NSCN has put on record that Nagas are not asking permission from GoI to fly our Naga National Flag but we are simply reiterating our stand that GoI should not obstruct in the usage of our flag which is our honour and political identity.

Notably, the Framework Agreement of the 3rd August, 2015 entered the crucial agreement of the need to coexist peacefully between the two entities with shared sovereignty between India and Nagas. It cannot also sideline the historical fact that the Naga flag was flown since 1947, even before India got independence from the British rule. The Naga people need not be perturbed by the unilateral statement of Mr. Amit Shah when no bilateral decision has come about yet. Crucial outcome of the Indo-Naga political talks are to be made with the consent of the two parties with the full knowledge and blessing of the Prime Minister and not necessarily by the Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI which is not the authorized platform to make any official statement on Naga political solution at this critical stage. 



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