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Naga Hoho: Any accord that does not honour Nagas' rights is not acceptable

The statement stated that at this defining moment of history, Government of India leaders are also reminded not to divide Nagas further with a piecemeal settlement in tacit understanding.

, ET Bureau|
Oct 14, 2019, 10.03 AM IST
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GUWAHATI: Naga Hoho, the apex tribal body of Nagas in Nagaland, stated that any accord that does not honour the Nagas' legitimate rights for integration, a separate Naga flag as well as a constitution is neither honourable nor acceptable to the Nagas.

In a statement, General Secretary of Naga Hoho E Elu Ndang and President H K Zhimomi stated that in the course of more than 70 years of the Naga political struggle, every individual and Naga village- irrespective of artificial borders- has sacrificed for the Naga freedom movement.

“Since the beginning of the movement, the Naga people in unison had asserted their position for right to self-determination and restoration of what rightly belongs to the Naga people. The various historic agreements/accords between the Naga people and the Government of India is the evidence that Nagas were never a part of India, either by conquest or consent, and the same shall remain even in future”.

The statement added, “envisioning the Naga political solution at the door step, all concerned individuals and groups of people have aired their views and opinions to the negotiating parties and the government of India. While appreciating the negotiators and the Government of India, for the commitment to hammer out honourable settlement, the Naga Hoho wishes to remind the Government of India to keep its commitments and that the Naga people have waited with patience for the last 22 years which is long enough; and every Naga soul is longing to witness the post settlement era of peace and development, yet then, we cannot afford to succumb to inducements of economic packages and 'divide and rule' policy of Government of India.”

The body further said, “The Government of India’s three month deadline to solve the vexed Indo-Naga Political imbroglio in the form of an imposed settlement is unacceptable to the Nagas when the core issues which have landed the decades old political peace process into a deadlock are yet to be resolved amicably. If Government of India decides to impose its 'take it or leave it' or 'carrot and stick' policies on the Nagas, the approach will only vitiate the existing peaceful environment and negate all the sincere efforts put in by both Indian and Naga leaders during the last many years in the quest for a lasting honourable solution.”

The statement stated that at this defining moment of history, Government of India leaders are also reminded not to divide Nagas further with a piecemeal settlement in tacit understanding and collusion with a few groups backed by some public leaders with vested, parochial interests as it will only result in more conflicts and bloodshed among the Nagas.

NSCN-IM (National Socialist Council of Nagaland) has hit out at the Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs). The outfit in a statement said, “Any layman on the street would be able to know if WC, NNPGs have done anything of hard negotiation with Government of India Representative and Interlocutor R.N. Ravi other than being made to listen attentively on the so-called “Economic Package” in the waiting in the name of Naga political solution. Visibly, they have argued that it should be for the Nagas of Nagaland only. This is the picture today in the hands of WC, NNPGs negotiating in the name of Naga political solution: a milestone for them, as they are in damning hurry to sign the agreement anytime soon. This is the manner of price they want to pay for the hundreds of thousands of Nagas who died in the name of Naga freedom. However, the true revolutionary patriots will continue to uphold the national trust and our glorious history. We will never walk down the path of capitulated peace.”

In 2017 after almost three decades, Interlocutor of Naga peace talks R.N. Ravi brought talks to Nagaland. Ravi held talks with the Working Committee of the NNPGs and civil society organisations on the Naga peace process.

Till then, Government of India has been holding talks with NSCN-IM and mostly in New Delhi. There was a demand from several quarters to make the talks inclusive.

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