Kohima, July 01: The Naga Students’ Federation denounced and condemned the disrespectful attitude of RN Ravi towards Naga freedom fighters, and reminded Governor RN Ravi to take his role as an Interlocutor seriously or call it quit altogether for even with or without him, the aspiration of the Naga people shall continue to thrive.
NSF in a press release on June 30, 2020, reminded RN Ravi that the GOI have officially recognized the Naga issue as a political issue and stated that his attempt to downgrade it to a State Law and Order problem will prove futile.
The usage of the terminologies like ‘Gangsters’, ‘extortionists’ etc. by the GOI appointed Interlocutor only seeks to undo whatever has been achieved through the blood, sweat and tears of his predecessors, it said.
Mentioning that the recent letter of RN Ravi, Hon’ble Governor of Nagaland and GOI appointed Interlocutor to the Indo-Naga Peace Process to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Nagaland, portrays the torchbearers of the Naga movement in bad light, the NSF said that it reveals the arrogant attitude and insincere approach of the GOI and their unwillingness to settle the issue. It also reeks of an attempt by the appointed symbolic head of the state to overthrow and overpower a democratically elected government, it said.
The Naga movement for self-determination is a mass based assertion for the Naga people’s legitimate rights to be respected by any forces that stands to oppose it. This century old people’s movement culminated in the Government of India officially recognising the unique history and situation of the Nagas. The ensuing political dialogue at the Prime Minister of India’s level to find a permanent solution to the vexed issue begun 23 years ago and have thus far seen 3 statesmen GOI appointed interlocutors prior to RN Ravi’s appointment to the role.
Much progress has been made on all fronts and we now stand at the threshold of a peaceful transition to a prosperous Nagalim after a solution that is honourable and acceptable to the Naga people is inked. However, there is absolutely no denying the fact that the adversaries of the legitimate people’s movement has been trying to derail everything that has been achieved thus far through prolonged political negotiations. It is a matter of great pride that the Naga people continues to stand their grounds and weathered every storms that comes our way with patience and dignity, said the press release.
The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) representing the aspirations of the Naga students’ and youths spread across four states and two countries, said that it will not remain blind and mute to attempts by individuals to belittle and disregard the internationally recognized movement.
The federation demanded RN Ravi to come out in the open and tell the Naga Public as to whom he is referring to as ‘gangsters’ and ‘extortionists’ in his letter to the Hon’ble Chief Minister and that it is a matter of shame for the mighty India has appointed retired top-cop to sit down on the same negotiating table with Gangsters and Extortionists.
The Federation said that it has lost all hopes in an honourable and acceptable solution to the vexed Naga issue for as long as someone with such minimal understanding of the issue and disrespectful attitude is at helm from the Indian side. The Federation shall not shy away from openly stating that RN Ravi himself has been responsible for the many hiccups in the peace-process in his attempts to earn some personal brownie points.