NTC urges GoI to have political will to ink final agreement before election
Mokokchung, January 11 (MTNews): The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has sought to draw the attention of the Government of India on its “silence to the inordinate delay of resolving the vexed Naga political issue.” This, the NTC said, was after more than three years of the political process of negotiations between the NSCN (IM) and the Working Committee (WC), NNPGs with the GoI though the dialogue was officially completed on 31st October, 2019.
In a press release on Wednesday, the NTC said it had recently submitted representations to the Prime Minister of India on February 16, 2022; April 30, 2022; and September 16, 2022 for early settlement of the Naga issue. It also said copies of the same were also submitted to JP Nadda, National President, BJP during his official visit to Nagaland on September 16, 2022.
It said all representations to the Prime Minister contained the assured resolution of the protracted Naga Political issue with the sweetest word of promises, “Solution within 18 months on 1st December 2015 at Kohima by the highest authority of the GoI” and “Election for Solution by no less respectable person than that of Shri Ram Madav, National General Secretary, BJP, In-charge North Eastern States during the General Election to the Nagaland Legislative 2018.”
The NTC cited how the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs of the GoI, in its report in both Houses of the Parliament on 19 July 2018, recommended that the government should conclude the peace talks, at the earliest, based on a broad understanding over the most contentious issues. The Committee also recommended that the government should tread carefully on the issues sensitive to the Nagas and not let vested interests hijack the peace narratives.
The NTC, at the same time highlighted the willingness of the State Legislators and the Members of Parliament with their eagerness to solve the protracted Naga political issue.
The NTC pointed out that the ball for settlement of the protracted Naga political issue before elections to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly 2023 is in the court of the Government of India now. This is the time to test the trustworthiness and sincerity of the GoI towards the people of Nagaland, it added.
The NTC further said it cannot tolerate to see that the hard earned works for resolution of the Naga political issue as has been done and submitted by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, GoI, vide Report No. 213, and that of the very recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee which is overdue are shelved.
“Reposing faith on the dynamic leadership of the Honourable Prime Minister, GoI for his sincere determination to resolve the decades old Naga Political issue,” the NTC urged the highest authority of the country to have “political will” and ink the agreement before the General Election to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly 2023. This, NTC said, was so as to strengthen the confidence between the people of Nagaland and the GoI, and usher in lasting peace and progress that will go a long way in building a permanent peace in the North Eastern Region of India.
ACAUT endorses call of 15 tribal bodies for early settlement of Naga issue
The Against Corruption And Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland said today that it fully endorses and hail the 15 Tribal Hohos of Nagaland for the timely message to the Government of India for early settlement to the Naga political issue, reiterating the August 31 2019 declaration of the six tribes of ENPO and 8 tribes of Nagaland.
“The 15 Tribal Hohos have rightly rebutted that the BJP slogan ‘Election for Solution’ was an inkling of deception and distrust and therefore should not hoodwink the Nagas with another sugar coated slogan or phrase,” ACAUT said in a press release.
The representation to the Prime Minister of Nagaland by the 15 Tribal Hohos of Nagaland for early acceptable solution as the outmost desire of the Naga people seems to have fallen on deaf ears, ACAUT observed. “Therefore, to express our loss of faith in fulfilling their poll promise the Naga public should now express our protest against the betrayal by coming out in the streets,” it said.
As one of the world’s oldest civilizations, India should not trample and throttle the rights of a young Naga society with their machiavellian politics, ACAUT also said.
ACAUT further said, “The projected strong central top leadership of BJP seems to be effeminate when it comes for a decisive verdict to conclude a ceasefire started 26 years ago.” It added, “To go ahead with the election just to fulfill the constitutional obligation and drive its citizens to another term of unabated taxation with exploding corruption will drive the state of Nagaland to a state of chaos and anarchy.”
It cautioned, “When hope is snuffed out from the students and youth, when development is compromised and investment opportunities are stalled due to the protracted political conflict without settlement, when unity has become a casualty in the social fabric of the Naga society due to fissures of divisions in all possible boundaries, where the agencies of the GoI are busy splitting Naga Political Groups into dozens and instantly signing ceasefire agreements; In the state of Nagaland, when the people living below the poverty line and unemployment statistics are among the highest in the country, in a state where the basic human dignity is petered away, it is only a matter of time that Nagaland will be tagged a failed state.”
It said, at a time when the Naga tribal apex hohos have taken the lead as endorsed and mandated by the Naga people, “ACAUT calls upon the citizens of Nagaland to rise to the occasion and be ready to carry out delegated responsibility when the call is made for our collective future.”