Kohima, February 11 (NEx): The Global Naga Forum submitted a representation to the Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio on February 09, 2021, in reference to the recent order by the Governor RN Ravi against government employees which violate their right to personal privacy and freedom of speech, stating that the Indo- Naga relationship has reached a dangerously volatile point specifically because of Governor R. N. Ravi’s extremely divisive and provocative manner of running the office of the Governor of Nagaland State.
Referring to Governor Ravi’s recent orders against Naga Govt. employees, the forum calls for attention of the CM for a remedy of his employees and appealed the CM to put an end to the governor’s undemocratic, extremely authoritarian orders against Naga employees who are not committing any punishable crime for exercising their right to speak truth to power, without advocating any violence, by asserting the Naga people’s basic right of political self-determination.
Narrating the present scenario of the Indo-Naga relations and Governor Ravi’s autocratic role, the GNF stated, ‘A country takes over control of a free people, and having created a political system where the people have hardly any other way to make a living except by working for the government, turns around to punish and prosecute its employees for “sedition” against the Indian government for saying that Nagas have a right to self-determination, while the same government imposes military laws on the people with whom it engages in peace negotiations’.
The GNF added that the Interlocutor between the government and the Nagas, who is also the Governor of Nagaland State, orders the prosecution of the employees for sedition against India, and has made dividing the Nagas his main role as governor, because he is a functionary of the Government of India.
The forum expressed concern about the fate of the ongoing peace negotiation between the GoI and NPGs and said that it is equally concerned that while the peace negotiations have been in progress for more than two decades, one of the parties of the negotiations, Naga people, have lived and are still living under Indian military law (AFSPA) since 1958. No government or people on earth in the 21st century can make light of this strange fact, it said.
Pointing out the Indo-Naga relationship from their perspective, the GNF said that it has reached a dangerously volatile point specifically because of Governor R. N. Ravi’s extremely divisive and provocative manner of running the office of the Governor of Nagaland State, not to talk of his role as Interlocutor of the peace talks.
Questioning on who should run the state government, the GNF challenged that if the Governor goes steroid on Art 371 (A), as he clearly has, cannot the same Article be used to remedy the problem, since Nagas too can invoke it in favor of customary laws? It should be possible for the local tribe on which the governor’s residence stands to enforce its traditional customs on the offending governor, it stated.
GNF also reminded the governor that the Indo-Naga political problem is yet to be resolved to the satisfaction of both sides, and that he, is still the interlocutor and therefore the facilitator of the negotiations. In this context, for the Interlocutor and Governor to charge state employees with sedition for expressing their views in democratic avenues, peacefully, is a public provocation on his part. He is adding insult to injury, and thereby inciting discord and societal breakdown in the state, it added.
Also, mentioning Dr Inato Jimomi case, the GNF appealed CM Rio and the state cabinet not to initiate disciplinary actions on Govt employees on the basis of Governor’s version of sedition, at this crucial stage of finding a final solution for peace.