Nagaland State already an abrogated agreement: NSCN (IM)

By Oken Jeet Sandham

KOHIMA, Sept 1 (NEPS): The NSCN (IM) in a statement, which might draw sharp reaction from certain political circles, said that “Nagaland State is already an abrogated agreement.”

The statement jointly issued by NSCN (IM) Vice Chairman, Gen (Retd) Kholi and its three Collective Leadership Members Mr. AK Lungalang, Mr. Tongmeth Wangnao and Mr.  Q Tuccu further elaborated that “Nagaland State is never the best thing to have happened for the Naga people.” Naga people knew how it did come about in a “defining moment and a treacherous situation” the Nagas were facing then, they reminded.

“When the Government of India leaders say they now well understand the ‘Naga’s situation,’ they do not mean the present Nagaland State and its ridiculous situation today,” the four NSCN (IM) leaders asserted and further explained that when the successive Indian Prime Ministers said that the “case of the Naga people is unique,” the term “law and order has been completely ruled out now.”

The NSCN(IM), which signed the “Framework Agreement” with the Government of India on August 3, 2015, regretted that section of their own people, groups and individuals who had stated different “narratives” about the current political situations tried to “further confuse” their people.

The Nagaland State, which was the 16th State of India, was a brainchild of an agreement which was severely condemned by the then NNC, the NSCN (IM) said. It further quoted NNC supremo AZ Phizo as saying “Who are this people (the then Naga People’s Convention, NPC) to inter into agreement with the Government of India.” It stated that the Article 371 (A) was a benevolent provision but vital Clauses had already been knocked out.

The NSCN (IM) leaders also disclosed that the Government of India and the Naga leaders in collaboration with internationally renowned legal experts and constitutional experts on legal matters and conflict resolutions and people who were so much committed to peace around the world, had been working to allow permanent settlement between the “Government of India and the Naga people wherever they are today.” “Series of collective and wide ranging consultations that have taken place right from the start of the ongoing peace talks have never failed to garner the wisdom and strength of the Nagas wherever they are,” they added.

Stating that the Nagas forced to live under politically tormented situations inside different political structures of India and Myanmar were not “as happy and comfortable as those who have aggressively reaped the fruit from the quick-fix 16th State of India,” the NSCN (IM) explained that this group who had been incessantly asserting for “safeguarding the sanctity of Nagaland State” had also at the same time “ridiculed the Framework Agreement” as being “devoid of Naga sovereignty and Naga integration.”

Asking this group of people whether they wanted Naga integration or protection of the 16-Point Agreement, the NSCN (IM) leaders made it clear that the so-called Naga Political Groups (NPGs) should be “bold enough to dare and officially declare themselves that they stand for safeguarding the 16th State (Nagaland) of India and refrain themselves from talking about the Naga issue.”

The NSCN (IM) also expressed appreciations to Nagaland State government, Naga civil societies, church groups, senior citizens and others who deeply dedicated to bringing about an “inclusive settlement” and “to whom the Framework Agreement put in place is accredited to.”

Disclosing that the Government of India did never accomplish its own job towards settling down the final question of the Naga people, the NSCN (IM) further asked whether the Naga people could pretend to forget those “harsh battles fought involving bloodies and loathsome situations” leading series and highly unusual human rights questions outside the present State even after announcement of a State called Nagaland.” “A true Naga can never hate some of our own leaders and love the rest of the Nagas who are unfortunately outside the State of Nagaland at the same time,” it added.

The issue of settlement had never referred to “neighboring States” or “outside Nagaland” as “it is the Nagas (and) the Government of India.”

It said the “Framework Agreement” between the “Nagas and the Government of India” was a result of “prolonged, dedicated and prayerful” outcome between the “two parties” for settling down the final question of the “Naga people (and) not this current State of Nagaland.”

Calling upon the Naga people that that it was never wise to talk about the Nagas of Nagaland, the sons of the soil or Nagas of outside Nagaland when the “Indo-Naga political negotiation” was about to arrive at an honorable solution, the NSCN (IM) leaders said, “There is no first class Nagas and the second class Nagas (as) all Nagas are equal.”

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