Nagaland: No compromise, says NSCN (IM)
Dimapur, Oct. 22 (EMN): The NSCN (IM) has ruled out dropping the ‘agreed principle of honourable and acceptable solution’ for the sake of comprising with contemporary reality, even as its negotiators are set to meet with interlocutor RN Ravi for yet another round of Indo-Naga talks on October 24.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Naga group maintained that ‘political decency and Naga sentiment’ cannot be simply discarded ‘in the name of going along with contemporary reality’.
“Unfortunately, the government of India’s insincere approach has brought down the Indo-Naga political talks to this level. Going further to push the Machiavellian handling of Naga political issue, the government of India machinated the use of primary stakeholders by adopting ‘yes men groups’ and ignoring the others,” it alleged.
However, it claimed, in the ‘absence of majority Naga tribal groups, these so-called primary stakeholders’ is not only a misnomer but also against the Naga’s democratic practice.
“This is simply sowing the seed of division in the name of pushing Naga solution without getting the mandated blessing. Strange is the way government of India represented by Ravi handled the Naga political issue by blaming the NSCN negotiators for practicing procrastinate (sic) negotiation.
“It matters Naga’s pride and identity. It matters Naga’s future and security. It matters Naga’s covenant with God. And, this is the reason why Nagas are sentimentally attached with flag and constitution,” it stated.
Be sincere to agreed principles — JD (U)
The Nagaland unit of Janata Dal (United) has asked all the negotiators involved in the Indo-Naga talks to be ‘sincere to the synopsis’ agreed upon as a prelude to full peace negotiations.
A statement from the party on Tuesday reminded that Nagas living in different administrative units have long desired for peaceful solution based on the principle of the uniqueness of the Naga history.
“Honourable and acceptable solution can be only achieved in an atmosphere which is not vitiated by coerciveness and mistrusts…There should be no room for threats and intimidation based on might and advantages which will only result in an unwelcomed decision. Moreover, all parties must also keep in mind that the mandate of the people should be the primary concern while safeguarding each other’s ideologies and positions,” read the statement.
It also reminded that the founder of the party, Jaya Prakash Narayan, was one of the pioneers and member of the first ‘peace mission’; he had sincerely worked towards bringing an honourable solution for the Nagas.
“In its follow up to the footsteps of JP Narayan, the JD (U) Nagaland earnestly appeals to (the) government of India and all the Naga political groups to avoid confrontational and accusatory statements in the public domains but take time to give each other enough opportunities to overcome the difficulties that are seemingly obstructing the road to honourable solution,” it stated.