Imphal March 21
The Naga StudentFederation this year is celebrating its republic day in a curtailed yet symbolic manner, due to the covid 19 pandemic.
The students; body pay homage to all who had laid down their lives in the service of the nation.
The Federation, in a statement expressed serious concern to the ever widening divide in our Naga society today.
“We can ill afford this during this critical juncture of our long political journey which has been sustained with blood, sweat and tears beyond borders by all Nagas.
At this critical phase, the NSF appreciates the NSCN -IM and the NNPG and all political groups’ dynamic leadership for all the contributions they have made towards furthering the Naga cause.” the statement said.
That said, the palpable differences in ideology and approach between the groups have been doing the Naga society much harm than good despite all that they’ve achieved on different negotiating tables. It is the collective aspiration of the Naga youth and student community, for both the negotiating groups to shed their differences and come on a common platform, to find the best possible path and solution for the Nagas in the present political circumstances, with out losing the unique political history of the Nagas for a lasting peace in the region. We sincerely appeal the political groups to forge a unified front in the interest of those who will inherit the out come of the political negotiation.
The future of the Naga society cannot be subjected to the nefarious whims of those seeking to divide and fragment us, but focus on confidence building measures to enhance brotherhood and camaraderie.
The NSF appeals the leaders of all the Naga political groups to shed aside their ego, mistrust and everything that is preventing them from coming together as one entity. The time has come for both the negotiating teams to bring whatever has been agreed upon and mutually accepted in one table, carry out deep dive study, compare and contrast to deliberate the ones which will best serve the interest of the Naga people. They should be ably assisted by panel of Naga experts who have proven track record in the field of Politics, Administration, Finance, Education, Constitutional, Developmental etc. In order to ensure and cater to the socio-economic imbalances in all Naga inhabited areas, as non inclusive policy adopted would only make the entire process shallow.
It is our genuine belief that unless this process is initiated and carried out in the true spirit of Naga unity and Naga public aspiration for permanent peace in all Naga inhabited areas, the solution to the Naga issue will aloof us .The guiding principle should uncompromisingly remain ‘ one issue , one solution’, and it is possible only if there is clear political clarity on post accord arrangements and deep political understanding of the subject and not flimsy assumptions.
The NSF, further, appeals the Government of India under the able and dynamic leadership of Shri. Narendra Modi for the political Will to conclude the vexed Naga political issue. The GoI should now refrain from any divide and rule policy, instead change its approach based on its true merit and create a bonhomie environment to facilitate the process for early solution based on what ever has been agreed, as any reversion would only delay the process. The Naga people bank on the sincerity of GOI to bring forth a solution that is inclusive, honourable and acceptable as per the legitimate right of the Nagas.
In conclusion the NSF reiterates its earlier message to the Naga masses to remain united, show unconditional love towards each other, respect each others differences and limitations with humility and together with Christ, forge towards our ultimate goal till its logical conclusion.
Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]