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Every word in Framework Agreement reflects ‘historical and political rights’ of Naga people, says NSCN (I-M)

File picture of Th Muivah, the ato kilonser of NSCN (I-M)

NSCN (I-M) also asserted that the FA is talking about the Naga people’s resistance against the Gol that lasted about six decades.

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The National Socialist Council of Nagalim or NSCN (I-M) has asserted that every single word in the Framework Agreement (FA) was well crafted to reflect the “historical and political rights” of the Naga people. The FA was signed as both NSCN (I-M) and Government of India (GoI) have agreed to end the violent confrontation once and for all and to usher in comprehensive progress in consonance with the genius of the Naga people, it said.

A release by the Ministry of Information and Publicity of the NSCN (I-M) on Monday also said that the FA is talking about the Naga people’s resistance against the Gol that lasted about six decades. The genesis of the Nagas’s political assertion and resistance that began during the British Rule entered the second phase under the Gol that continued for about six decades until FA was signed, it added.

The NSCN (I-M) said that the Naga people’s “political struggle against foreign occupations” began with the resistance against the British led forces when they launched expedition into Naga territory in 1832 under the command of captain Jenkins and captain Pemberton. The Nagas resolutely defended and refused to submit to the British. Finally, on August 14, 1947, the Nagas under the Naga National Council (NNC) led by AZ Phizo declared Naga Independence from the British Rule, it added.

The release further said that the real conflict with India started when Nagas refused to join the Indian Union when invited to do so in 1950. The NNC conducted “Naga Voluntary Plebiscite” on May 16, 1951 where 99.9% voted in favor of a sovereign Naga state. After this, NNC delegation met the Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru on March 11, 1952 to convey the will of the Naga people for an independent Naga state as expressed through the plebiscite.

The NSCN (I-M) also said that GoI under Nehru was not ready to listen to accept Nagas’ point of assertion for their political rights. Henceforth, the struggle of Nagas against the British Rule became Indo-Naga political struggle as Nehru was determined to use military force to suppress Naga people’s resistance when he sent thousands of Indian troops to Nagalim beginning from 1954 onwards. The Indo-Naga political struggle that finally runs into the historic Framework Agreement (FA) signed on August 3, 2015 completed six decades. The struggle that began with the British Rule is all a different matter, it added.

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