Indo-Naga talks: Allow natural conception — NTC to RN Ravi
Says the major reason for those who may like to directly or indirectly obstruct in any fashion to the passage of solution is to let the status quo, the existing social and political mess, remain so that they continue to fish out of the troubled waters
Dimapur, Aug. 29 (EMN): Likening the process of Indo-Naga talks to the ‘conceiving of a child by a mother’, the Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has asserted that the natural result of the conception has ‘no two options’, except the delivery of the child.
“In the event of obstructing the delivery on time, not one but two human beings will perish. Also, to abort is inhuman and it will be very costly. Therefore, to save the lives of the mother and the child, all options have to be used to help the pregnant mother to deliver her baby on time,” the NTC stated in a representation to Governor RN Ravi, copies of which were made available to the local newspapers on Thursday.
The same is the case of the ongoing political negotiations, the process of which should be allowed to conclude ‘with suitable solution,’ it stated.
Continuing its use of the childbirth metaphor, the council maintained that ‘labour pain naturally precedes every childbirth and there is no such delivery without labour pain.’
“Similarly, the expected political solution out of the negotiations may have to pass through hassles. The major reason for those who may like to directly or indirectly obstruct in any fashion to the passage of solution is to let the status quo, the existing social and political mess, remain so that they continue to fish out of the troubled waters.
“Yet, the NTC is confident that such anti-people element, if any, is neither mandated nor never represents the people, nor commands the common desire of the people. Whoever tries to show as anti-solution is nobody but mere busybody,” the statement read.
According to the NTC, the people of Nagaland have been yearning for ‘practical peace’ as the people have failed to enjoy it under ‘the pseudo peace’; and the people know well that only political solution, not the status quo, can provide ‘that genuine peace’ in Nagaland.
“The expected solution is not going to confuse or surprise anyone. Besides, handling the post-solution situation, if any, is the collective responsibility of all the stakeholders,” it stated. The NTC urged the governor to proceed ‘with the process of ending the political negotiations with solution’ as scheduled.
It is time for the government of India and the Naga negotiators to stay focused and give all importance to the very logical conclusion rather than to those elements, if any, which are anti-talk and anti-solution, the NTC maintained.
The council also asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken the right decision in appointing Ravi as the governor of Nagaland ‘at the crucial juncture.’
“Besides assigning you with the gubernatorial post, retaining you to continue as the interlocutor and thus holding dual responsibilities by you are but precursor to the determination of the GOI to bring the political negotiations to its logical end as committed as to our belief,” it stated.
According to the NTC, its suggestions as well as assertions have been prompted by the governor’s recent public announcement that the prime minister had given him three months to resolve the Indo-Naga negotiations.
“You know how taxing and torturing the tasks are and yet you have been tackling the situations with perseverance, and you managed to nurture the negotiations to the present status. Having come thus far, the NTC implores upon your authority to ensure that the existing tempo be never hampered by any let up,” the statement read.