Kohima, August 16: 3 Months is long enough to conclude Naga Peace Process, Says Governor R.N Ravi the Civic Reception at NBCC Convention Center, Kohima today (16th August).
He pointed out that the dark shadow of the unresolved Naga political issue castes shadow on every aspect of nagas life, “this cloud must go because our people deserve sunshine.” He stated that there was sincere intention in every attempt but inclusivity was missing: all the Naga armed groups, Naga tribal bodies, Naga civil societies, grassroots leaders, Naga intellectuals, senior citizens, elders and Naga legislators should be included.
Governor said that in the last five years we have resolved all the substantive issues including powers that belong to the Naga people and they are the masters. On a few symbolic issues options were offered and interlocutors were urged to explore. He implored on the need to work out the best, most honourable and dignified solution.
Governor Ravi stated that before his appointment, the Prime Minister expressed the need to conclude the peace process within three months time, He added “that is a long enough time because we have been talking and negotiating for the last 22 years. In the last five years we have taken spontaneous steps by including all the stake holders, both sides trying their best, and there is no reason why we cannot conclude it.”
Governor expressed the need to do it because the status quo that remains today is unbearable for the Naga people: the status quo which means the nagas have to bear the burden of multiple taxations, fear of gun, dreams of Naga youths are choked and suffocated, “we are trying to do it and I am hopeful with your cooperation we will do it.” He also commented that the process is mature and delaying it is like delaying a ripe fruit.
He pointed out that some people have expressed apprehension that what happened in J&K may cast shadow in Nagaland, he assured nothing of that will happen because in article 370, right from the beginning it says temporary provision or administration of J&K and there is nothing permanency about it, infact under-sub clause 3 of article 370 it mentions under what circumstances the President can delete the provision. Article 371(A) is the result of over three years of negotiation between the people of Nagaland and the Government of India, it is an agreement derived at that’s why it is a solemn commitment, and secret to the people of Nagaland, it is not temporary or impermanent as Article 370 is, the Governor stated.