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Indo-Naga political struggle is about 6 decades, says NSCN (IM)

By EMN Updated: Jun 28, 2021 10:09 pm

Dimapur, June 28 (EMN): The NSCN (IM) on Monday stated that the Indo-Naga political struggle is about six decades, saying that the Naga’s resistance movement began with the British in 1832 but “the British are not Indians and the Indians were nowhere yet in the scene”.

The group issued a press statement a couple of days after the Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups (WC-NNPG) claimed that the Framework Agreement (FA) signed between the government of India and the NSCN (IM) in 2015 was historically inaccurate as its opening line said “the Indo-Naga political struggle is about six decades” when it is more than a century old.

“Our political conflict with India began only in 1947 when Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru refused to honour the Nagas’ Declaration of Independence on the 14th August, 1947, just a day ahead of India’s declaration of independence from the British,” read the press statement from the NSCN (IM), clarifying the chronology of Indo-Naga political issue mentioned in the FA.

It said the Naga political struggle, since its early stage, is not confined to the geographical area of Nagaland state and thus “the solution will also encompass all the Naga areas”. “This geographical coverage of Naga political solution is being seriously discussed in the Indo-Naga political talks pending final decision,” it added.

The group also accused ‘the then India’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi’ of hijacking “a few important points of the Indo-Naga political negotiations”. It said what had failed in the past wouldn’t stand the test of time, citing the failure of “Indian constitutional process to solve the Naga political issue under the 9 Points Agreement, 16 Points agreement and Shillong Accord”.

“NSCN shall stand the ground come what may,” read the statement.

“NSCN have learnt the bitter way not to be flattered by post solution formulae as propagated by the GoI. What are not included in the present scheme of solution will never see the light in the future. Once cheated, we are being cautious not to be cheated and flattered again,” it added.

“Accepting economic package as a part of the Naga solution is something NSCN abhorred. We are not gullible enough to take the bait,” it continued while quoting AZ Phizo’s words that “The Nagas will never surrender in the battlefield but many Nagas will fall when Indian money is shot through the gun barrel”.

“Significantly, the political wisdom invested by both the GoI and NSCN in signing the Framework Agreement should be pushed forward to take the Naga political issue to conclusive settlement. There is no other way forward,” it added.

By EMN Updated: Jun 28, 2021 10:09:45 pm
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