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NSCN-IM questions the sincerity of the India government in solving the vex Naga Issue

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Imphal, Dec 23,

NSCN –(IM)in a statement hinted apprehensive attitude towards the sincerity of the Indian government in solving the vex Naga issue following the report of one Pradip Deka.

The reportage of Pradip Deka (December 19,2018) titled, “no lateral talks with militants, Die fighting or surrender, says Deputy Security Advisor R.N. Ravi” gives an impression that the Indo-Naga political dialogue, as seeking solution within the framework of the Indian Constitution or Union of India. It is an intended negotiation for the political talks and between the GOI and the NSCN, says the  MIP of the NSCN-IM.

The statement said that the Indo-Naga peace talks have, after years of deliberation following the cease fire declaration in July 1997, made considerable progress: the government of India officially acknowledged and recognized the ‘unique history and situations’. The subsequent Framework Agreement signed and declared on 3rd of August, 2015 is also fundamentally based on the unique history of the Naga people and co-existence through shared sovereignty between the two entities. These are the core principles for bringing about final and lasting solution acceptable to both the parties.

It added that the Naga people have suffered long enough, have shed enough blood and lost many precious lives. No part of Naga history at any given point of time has ever been more serious as today or propitious political climate such as today is likely to repeat more often. History reminds mankind; how many lives is a man’s worth that one should gamble over the rights of a nation?

Deviating from the honorable “Out of the box” approach towards a hard line position is clearly a deviation from the framework agreement, which is based on the mutual respect and recognition of the two entities as mentioned.

Nagas have accepted the honorable way for the concerned parties, but the GOI obviously is treading the path of ‘MACHIAVELLIANISM’. It will be a conscious and deliberate betrayal of the GOI’s position to seek solution without precondition at the highest political level, outside India in a third country and based on the officially recognized unique history and situation of the Nagas.

GOI should have the courage and the boldness at this juncture for her larger security interest. If lasting and honorable peace is what she desires she should not drive away the Nagas or those who seek peace.

Military solution will surely lead to a fresh epidemic conflict that will cost dearly the lives of both. There is no foundational logic or basis in that approach after 20 plus years of political negotiation. Rhetoric’s, might have their own historical roots. But both the parties have now left behind their classical position and have sought an honorable way out of the conflict. If this environment is not exploited by the GOI then it amounts to deliberate departure from seeking peaceful solution through political negotiation.

Political negotiation must not be reduced to seeking political gain of any parties. It amounts to betrayal of the basic principles of the political negotiation and of the 3rd August Framework Agreement, 2015. Wisdom will prevent heartache and bring about honorable solution and permanent peace for both. It is required for both, to honor the moral principles already agreed by both the parties.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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