Naga Peace Process, CAB..! a spicy Christmas & New Year awaits Nagaland

(Jharnapani Village under Dimapur district decorated for Christmas and New Year | Photo: NagalandExpress)

Our Bureau:

Kohima, December 11 (NE): The month of December is said to be the best time for Naga people, not only because of Christmas and year end, but this is the time the whole family come together because of Schools and government holidays to have the best time of the year and carry forward the memories for the days to come till they meet up again.

But this time of the year, many sensitive issues are looming around in Nagaland along with other Northeast states. Among that Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), Naga peace talk, implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Dimapur – stands out to be very sensitive.

The ongoing Naga peace process, which was started in 1997, has turned 22 this year. Talk of Final solution has been around for a very long time. Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio in his 57th Nagaland Statehood Day speech on December 1, 2019, said, negotiations between the government of India and the various Naga Political Groups had concluded. We are poised on the verge of history being made as we could be “very close to the final solution”. But people of the state are still waiting to know, how close is this “very close to the final solution”?

Central government had assured to keep Nagaland state out of the CAB purview. Nagaland Lok Sabha MP, Tokheho Yepthomi in his recent tweet on Tuesday, December 10, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for understanding the issues of Nagaland and upholding the assurance of keeping Nagaland out of CAB purview. Speaking to NagalandExpress, one said, it’s just an assurance, but we are yet to see what could be the impact of the CAB in the state of Nagaland along with other Northeast states.

While the reports are coming from Tripura, that the Internet and SMS services are cut- off amidst anti-CAB protest which adds concern on the hard measures the government is taking to handle the protests. Also, the government has deployed Indian Army in Tripura and Assam as Anti-CAB protests intensified, it reminds the people on how the central government had handled the Kashmir issue.

It is pertinent to note that the parts of Assam has also partially ban using internet in selected districts from today; even Manipur has been strictly ordered by the Government against holding of any anti-CAB programs.

Recently, Government of Nagaland through a notification from Home Department on December 9, 2019 had informed on extension of ILP in Dimapur district with immediate effect. Now people are very curious and watching very closely on the implementation of ILP in Dimapur district and the seriousness of the present state government on this very issue.

With all these things looming around, people of Nagaland are preparing to celebrate the Christmas and New Year 2020. One thing is very clear, it’s not going to be easy for the state especially with all this sensitive issues around, people are well aware that these issues can change their future, for good or bad only time will answer.