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NSCN (I-M) fears clandestine plot of ‘imposing’ another Naga pact

National Socialist Council of Nagalim’s Emergency National Assembly

The representatives of the government of India have started giving “wrong interpretation” in order to confuse the common people and the outfit feels apprehensive about the “clandestine plot of imposing another accord on the Nagas or hijacking the issue through their surrogates”, says Rh Raising, member of NSCN (I-M) collective leadership and caretaker Kilo Kilonser.

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Rh Raising, member of NSCN (I-M) collective leadership and caretaker kilo kilonser on Wednesday said that currently Nagas are in the process of entering into a final agreement with the government of India. However, the Naga group feels that it was apprehensive about a “clandestine plot” of imposing another accord on the Nagas.

In a statement issued by the ministry of kilo affairs, Rh Raising said that entering into a final agreement with the government of India will be a decisive battle for the Nagas.

“If we win, our national future is saved, but if we lose, everything of us will fall. We are looking for an amicable and honourable solution without betraying our principle. We are fully aware of the fact that any kind of agreement that betrays the principle is no solution. This is our repeated reminder to the Naga people and the government of India as well”, said Rh Raising. If the Naga national principle is “murdered”, Naga’s sovereign right, history, politics, culture, identity, territory, religion and future will “fall and nothing will stand to keep our national identity alive”, added the member of NSCN (I-M) collective leadership.

Pointing out that the Naga national principle is the foundation and centre of the resistance movement, the bases of political negotiation and solution, Rh Raising said that Nagas’ relations with others will also be founded on this solid ground. The Naga people are definitely for solution, a solution that can protect and safeguard their national future. Therefore, they condemned the past agreements that were made at the expense of the national principle, pointed out the member of NSCN (I-M) collective leadership.
“In the march for their final destination, the Nagas have faced a number of crucial moments where they took national decision and thereby saved their future. The free existence of the Nagas was threatened by the intrusion of the British colonial forces in 1832 where they occupied a part of Naga territory”, recalled Rh Raising.

He said that the rest of the territory remained as free as ever. On the eve of the British departure, the Naga people took a decisive decision and declared their independence on August 14, 1947. “It was the right decision taken in the right time”, added Rh Raising.In 1950, the Indian Constituent Assembly invited the Nagas to join Union of India, but the Naga people out rightly rejected the invitation. That historic decision saved the future of the Nagas, he said.

In 1960, a section of Nagas signed an agreement with the government of India called the 16-point agreement, “betraying the Naga national principle. But it was rejected and condemned by the Naga people”, said the member of NSCN (I-M) collective leadership. On November 11, 1975, another agreement called ‘the Shillong Accord’ was made to sign within the parameter of Indian constitution. At that crucial point of time, a national assembly was convened by Messrs Isak Chishi Swu and Th Muivah, the then NNC vice President and General Secretary on August 16, 1976. The National Assembly condemned the Shillong Accord as a “sell out and reaffirmed the national principle”, recalled Rh Raising.

He said, “Had it not been condemned by the national assembly and saved the nation, the history and the future of the Nagas would have been murdered by that very accord of treason. The future of the Nagas is threatened every now and then by the aggressors. History speaks of how a colonial power used the native people to fight against the native people. In the case of the Nagas, all of us have witnessed how the aggressors used the Nagas to fight against the Nagas. What a diabolic policy it was and it is still being seen today with more divisive venom”.

Finally, the government of India and NSCN had signed the historic ‘Framework Agreement’ on August 3, 2015, the content of which is self-explanatory, according to the caretaker kilo kilonser of NSCN (I-M). NSCN leaders have categorically stated time and again that they will uphold the Framework Agreement in letter and spirit. But the representatives of the government of India have started giving wrong interpretation in order to confuse the common people, alleged Rh Raising.

“The Nagas are again placed at a critical juncture where they have to make a decision to save their national future or perish. This is going to be the turning point of history. And now is the time to decide our destiny”, he added.

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