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NSCN (I-M) welcomes Core Committee set up by Nagaland government, but it has word of caution

File picture of NSCN I-M chief Th Muivah and collective leaders with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

However, ‘foot-in-mouth’ syndrome identified with the state BJP unit in Nagaland is already giving the Core Committee a bad picture before the work takes off, it said

TFM Desk

Taking note of the new development as reported in the media on the formation of a Core Committee by the Nagaland state government on Naga political issue, NSCN on Friday put on record that the much-talked-about Framework Agreement (FA) is not something that was signed in a hurry. “It was the result of the well thought out proposal from the Government of India (GoI) when the Indo-Naga political talk faced deadlock-like situation as the Indian and Naga leaders took their respective stands with no meeting point when the talk touched on the core issue of solution within Indian constitution (Indian stand) and outside the Indian constitution (Naga stand),” it said in a press release issued by outfit’s Ministry of Information and Publicity.

It was the result after going through a long series of talks, when the government of India finally proposed the Framework Agreement as a formula of win-win solution, it added.

Significantly, the outfit said, the talks had revolved around the FA with both the parties cautiously taking care not to allow either side to take strategic advantage or deviation from FA. NSCN would welcome the formation of the Core Committee as long as there is no attempt to dilute the spirit and substance of the Framework Agreement as mutually agreed upon by both the Government of India and National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) as the final basis for Naga political solution.

However, ‘foot-in-mouth’ syndrome identified with the state BJP unit in Nagaland is already giving the Core Committee a bad picture before the work takes off, it said. No such committee is expected to bear fruits if historical reality is not taken into account, it added.

NSCN(I-M) said, “If the BJP want to solve the Naga political issue within the Indian Constitution it is high time the BJP make its stand very clear if it takes cognizance of the Naga national movement with reference to the declaration of the Naga Independence on the 14th August, 1947 and the Naga Plebiscite on the 16th May, 1951.”

It claimed that these two events constitute the most important landmarks in the Naga national movement and it is with the UNO (United Nations Organization). The Naga people went through horrendous violations of human rights never seen anywhere in the world at the hands of the Indian security forces. More than two lakhs Nagas lost their lives, besides destruction of properties by the Indian security forces throughout Nagalim, it added.

NSCN(I-M) said the BJP should make its stand very clear, either to admit these factual accounts of history or deny it. Significantly, the sufferings of the Nagas at the hands of the Indian occupational forces are well documented for posterity to judge.

Ironically, the Indo-Naga political history is marked by bloody blunder for not consulting the main stakeholders (freedom fighters), said the outfit. This is to point out that Core Committee members should not overrate themselves or outdo its role at the cost of destroying the Naga political identity that NSCN has robustly protected throughout the two decades of talk with the Government of India. The mistakes of history should not be repeated at the hands of the Core Committee, it added.  

Further NSN(I-M) said, “Interestingly, we have come across some Naga intellectuals, political and public leaders while giving interviews in front of TV cameras or during live debates in Zoom going overboard by projecting Naga history incorrectly, adding confusion in the minds of the masses. We are compelled to caution them to exercise restraint lest Naga political history is distorted or cynically manipulated.”  

All said and done, NSCN would be watchful of any traitorous approach to the Naga political issue that has been painstakingly guarded and taken this far at the cost of blood, sweat and tears, it added. 

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