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When we seek votes in 2024, the Northeast will be free of militancy: Shri Amit Shah

(Union Home Minister Amit Shah at Itanagar during the 34th Arunachal Pradesh Statehood Day celebration | Photo: Twitter)

Dimapur, February 23 (NE): The Naga peace process – twenty three years long negotiation between the Naga political groups and Government of India is one of the long pending unresolved issues. Ever since the Government of India interlocutor for Naga Peace talk, Shri R.N Ravi was appointed as the Governor of Nagaland – the importance of the Naga peace talk conclusion took the center stage. It was a planned move by the present central government to conclude ongoing talks and put the militancy away from this entire region before the next general Lok Sabha election 2024.

Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday, February 20, 2020 for the celebration of the 34th Statehood Day once again gave a clear hint – as he said, “When we seek votes in 2024, the Northeast will have been free from all problems” a reaffirmation of the well laid up plan by the Central government to conclude all the issues including the 23 years long Naga peace talk.

“The Modi government wants the entire Northeast to be free of militancy, inter-State boundary conflicts, law and order, drug menace and other problems. When we seek votes in 2024, the Northeast will have been free from all problems,” Union Minister Shri Amit Shah added.

But, the recent developments in Senapati district of Manipur after the arrest of NSCN-IM Cadre have given a lesson even for the central government not to take things lightly. Without public support it will be very difficult for the government to carry forward anything in this region. This also gives a clear picture that Naga political groups are favorable among the public and even the women folks are ready to stand up for them even if it is against the might of heavily armed Indian Army/Assam Rifles.

Though many times, Nagaland Chief Minister, Shri Neiphiu Rio and Governor, Shri R.N Ravi said the peace talk between the Government of India and Naga political groups have concluded, but on the other hand standoff between the Government of India and NSCN group continues.

National Investigation Agency in its report terming NSCN-IM carrying terrorist activities did not go well among the Naga groups, this is just one among the many issues that came up after Governor, Shri R.N Ravi told that the negotiation talks concluded. Perhaps this even makes the people confused: Is India negotiating with a terror group? This was the kind of reaction that came from the people after the NIA report was surfaced.

The Joint War Memorial by Indian Army & Assam Rifles at Mokokchung, detention of Secretary General of Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) are few other standoff issues among the recent Senapati episode of arresting and releasing, which even makes one think that if anything really concluded for good.

Ever since the deadline of October 31, 2019 set by the Governor, Shri R.N Ravi also the interlocutor for Naga peace talk, there is no official report from the government of India, apart from a notification from the Home Ministry which said, before any settlement is arrived with Naga groups, all stakeholders, including the states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, will be duly consulted, and their concerns will be taken into consideration.

If the recent Senapati, Manipur incident is to be considered, then it will have a long way to go before coming into final solution in taking all the stakeholders concerned which also includes Manipur. As Amit Shah once again told on the goal set by Government of India that the entire Northeast is to be free of militancy before 2024 general election, which is a good sign for Nagas as well for something good to happen in all of North East India.