NSCN (I-M) says many Nagaland state BJP ministers and other party leaders are not able to fully appreciate complexities and intricacies involved in the Naga political issue and simply allowing themselves to be carried away by election syndrome.
National Socialist Council of Nagalim or the NSCN (I-M) is piqued by what it called the recent “outrageous statements” made on Naga political solution with reference to Framework Agreement, Naga National Flag, Constitution and integration” by Nagaland BJP ministers and an NPF political leader.
Alleging that the leaders were using “un-parliamentary and intemperate language”, NSCN (I-M) on Friday stated “nobody wants to prolong” the Naga issue including the NSCN.
“Irrespective of who we are as individuals or party, we have to admit that Naga political issue is getting more sensitive by days and for many it is an extremely emotive experience to say the least. This demands careful handling without resorting to derogatory outburst with rhetorical embellishments”, said a statement issued by NSCN (I-M)’s MIP.
Pointing out that the more than six decades old Naga struggle had claimed “hundreds of thousand lives and loss of properties”, NSCN (I-M) stated that many of the Nagaland state BJP ministers and other party leaders are not able to fully appreciate its complexities and intricacies involved and simply allowing themselves to be carried away by their election syndrome.
“Nagas have tasted the bitter fruits of the past accord/agreements and there is no way that we should make another blunder to allow ourselves to be flattered again”, said NSCN (I-M). The outfit explained why Naga issue is a sensitive issue as it encompassed the historical and political rights to exist as a free people. This demands that the Naga solution should be issue based solution guided by the principle based movement that has lasted for over six decades, said the statement issued by MIP.
“While we appreciates the enthusiasm shown by the state elected political leaders it would be tantamount to over stepping their role as facilitators when they started jumping beyond their assigned role, making bewildering statement on Naga solution. This will in no way help build the desire atmosphere as expected from them. They should resist the temptation to go overboard and throw further confusion in this sensitive juncture”, NSCN (I-M) observed.
The outfit said it did not sign the Framework Agreement without applying political insight. “We have been guided by our intuition to safeguard our sovereign rights and dignity as a people and as a nation. This is the reason why we have stood our ground and never for other vested interests as wrongly perceived and projected recklessly to jeopardize the sanctity of Naga issue”, said the statement.
NSCN (I-M) also found it “amusing” why Nagaland BJP Ministers and other party leaders are “spiting venom” against the outfit as it signed the 1997 ceasefire to have meaningful political dialogue with the government of India in order to establish lasting solution that is “honourable and acceptable to the Naga people”.
Despite the “deadlock like situation”, NSCN (I-M) said it stood for exploring every available means to find the meeting point towards Naga solution. No amount of efforts will go wasted if the negotiating parties are equally determined to find the elusive solution, stated the outfit. “Mutual understanding and respect should be the driving force to take the stakeholders to the common ground”, the MIP statement added.
NSCN (I-M) also further observed, “What is of interest to the NSCN is if the loud rumble of the state BJP and NPF leaders is done with the blessing of their High Command or the rumble is a mere reflection of an unstoppable juggernaut. NSCN, however, will not be cowed down into submission under the relentless campaigns to come to term with the centre when it is way too short of coming up to the common target of “honourable and acceptable settlement to both the parties.”