Naga House backs ‘Greater Nagaland

IANS 1 December 2009, 03:17am IST

KOHIMA: The Nagaland assembly’s decision to give legitimacy to the six-decade-long insurgency has been generally hailed by political observers in the state.

The resolution, moved by chief minister Neiphiu Rio, is significant as the entire 60-member house, including 19 opposition Congress legislators, endorsed the move.

Another significant resolution was to integrate all Naga-inhabited areas in the northeast, a demand that has for long been raised by the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM).

‘‘It is the desire of the Nagas to live together as one family and this house has rightly voiced the cry of the Naga people,’’ Rio said in the assembly.

The NSCN-IM, one of the oldest and most powerful of about 30 rebel groups in India’s northeast, was earlier fighting for an independent homeland for the Nagas but has scaled it down to a ‘‘Greater Nagaland’’, to be formed by slicing off parts of adjoining states that have Naga tribal populations.

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