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Won’t accept Naga solution shrouded in mystery and secrecy, says NGBF

DIMAPUR, SEP 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/8/2020 12:14:59 PM IST

As guardian of customary and traditional structure and usages, Nagaland Gaon Bura Federation (NGBF) said it would “not accept a Naga solution that was ambiguous and shrouded in mystery and secrecy”. As the traditional conscience keepers-- a solemn institution listening to the voice of our forefathers, NGBF said it “will not allow our land and people to be eternally threatened by bullies with guns,” the federation asserted.

NGBF in a statement said its position remained unchanged that the final agreement should be signed as per the October 31, 2019 understanding between Centre and two negotiating groups– NSCN (I-M) and Working Committee (WC) of NNPGs– based on the Framework Agreement and Agreed Position. It declared that Nagas would not be a party to any solution that was enforced and without transparency.

Mentioning that it had attended a cordial meeting with NSCN (I-M) at the invitation of the latter’s chairman Q Tuccu on September 4, NGBF said during the meeting it had urged the group to unite all factions, come under single platform and disclose to Nagas the contents and blueprint of post solution political and administrative structure like the NNPGs had done by sharing with Naga tribes and civil society the ‘Status Paper on Indo-Naga political talks’. This would clear any doubt, it added. 

NGBF reminded that for over a century now Naga village chiefs/chieftains/GBs had been at the forefront of building Naga nationhood. Recalling how Kuhoi Zhimomi, son of Sukhai Zhimomi, chief/akukau/GB of Kiyeshe (Sukhai) village, had led 2,000 Nagas to the 21st Naga Labour Corps to Europe on April 21, 1917, NGBF said he was ably assisted by other village chiefs from among Aos, Angamis, Lothas, Rengmas, etc. When the Nagas had submitted a memorandum to a British statutory commission in 1929, Nijevi Sema was one of the interpreters and he was chief from Shenakusa village. The Konyak, Phom and other Naga village chiefs always displayed valour and uncompromising spirit on the Naga political issue, the statement added.

NGBF alleged that there was a nefarious game plan by an unprincipled and uninformed group of people desperately trying to “limit, discredit, marginalise and muffle” the traditionally honoured voices and authority of Naga village chiefs. It said the system of GB (village chief) was institutionalised by the British in the Naga Hills much before India got independence. Pointing out that the system was unique that none of the North Eastern States possessed, the federation said this has been retained as premier traditional body. In recognition of its authority, British government had given red blankets as insignia to the village chiefs, it added.

NGBF explained that most GBs are hereditary while some are appointed by the government but only after the individual had proved his domicile, integrity, social conduct and acceptability among the public of that locality/colony and who then work under the banner of NGBF. It further clarified that the GBs in Nagaland were not paid government employees, except the traditional symbolic uniform red blanket issued by the civil administration from time to time. According to NGBF, every single village chief in Nagaland was a proven man and an anointed leader, having every right to knock on the door of the chief minister and even the Prime Minister on the Naga issue. 

Stating that it was committed to facilitating and ensuring honourable and acceptable political solution for the Nagas, NGBF urged all “rejected organisations and destructive social media heroes” to think twice before passing judgement on its activities because it doesn’t need a certificate from any political party or group. 

 

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