Kohima, March 15 (NEx): The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) in a press release clarifies its position once again on the Indo-Naga negotiation, and brought to light what has been transpiring across the desk between the Government of India (GoI) and the NSCN.
Recalling the signing of the Framework Agreement (FA) on 3rd August, 2015, five years ago, at the Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi witnessed by a host of ministers and topmost officials and in the presence of a score of NSCN delegation, the NSCN(IM) said that the FA acknowledges that the Indo-Naga conflict is Political and nothing else.
It said that the Framework Agreement is in public domain now as the world witnessed the live telecast of the historic moment with awe and jaw dropped as one saw one of the longest armed conflicts in South-East Asia being resolved across the table.
The NSCN also mentioned that both sides have agreed to put the violent conflict to an end once and for all by solving the problem on the basis of SHARED-SOVEREIGNTY (sharing of sovereign power) by respecting people’s sovereign right. By so doing, it is confident that India and Nagaland will enter into a new enduring and inclusive relationship of peaceful co-existence of the two entities (India and Nagaland), it said.
“Enduring and inclusive new relationship of peaceful co-existence of the two entities means relationship is extra- ordinarily strong, sustainable and durable through trials and pains and the two are to remain interlocked though each maintains one’s own identity. One is not
within the other; one is not completely away from the other either. Both shall remain together as two entities as agreed upon. As both sides are cognizant of the universal principle of democracy that in Democracy, sovereignty lies with the people, so with the Nagas!”-the NSCN stated.
Further, the release stated that, Nagas remain grateful to the Indian government under the statesmanship of the then PM Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee which recognized the Unique history and political situation of the Nagas in July 2002. Naga people’s resistance against the British colonial Rule from 1832
onward and the Indian government, as well for our love of our land, our unfettered right and our future have been given due recognition as quite a different one from the other component parts of India, it said.
The faction stated that historically, we have nothing in common. In politics, cultures, Social life and traditional ethos too there is nothing common. It alleged that some Indian leaders are unfortunately twisting and misinterpreting the unique history and situation and categorising the Nagas as one of the states and peoples with their own uniqueness in culture, language, traditional practices. Though many cultures and languages and social practices are there but politically all of them had joined the Independent union of India in the 1940s of their own choice. Before they signed the merger agreement, they had their own unique history but after merger they had lost their identity. They have now identified themselves with the union of India but the Nagas have not and so is this Uniqueness of our history, the NSCN stated.
The faction also said that some have deliberately misinterpreted the Naga political identity as cultural which is but a distortion of the agreed two entities and unacceptable to the Nagas, and it also clarified that the violent conflict was not initiated by the Nagas and that the Nagas are the aggrieved, not the aggressor.
The release further stated, inspite of the bloody past and bitterness, Nagas are realistic and pragmatic who agreed to resolve the problem and reconcile with the Government of India by sharing sovereign power and enter into a new relationship for peaceful co-existence of the two entities. As agreed, that within the Framework Agreement both the parties are required to work out the details and execution plans for early implementation, any formulation or proposal from any quarter which is outside the parameter of the Framework Agreement shall not be acceptable to the NSCN in particular and the Naga people in general, asserted the NSCN (IM).
While quoting the PM Mr. Narendra Modi, ‘We are for peace and progress’, the faction called upon the Government of India to be more positive and sincere as it believe there is no human problem which cannot be resolved with human wisdom with mutual respect and equality.