Dimapur | February 26 : In the backdrop of the impending talks between the Government of India and the NSCN/GPRN scheduled in first week of March, the GPRN/NSCN today maintained that any settlement without the consent of the Nagas as a whole would be another futile exercise.
Addressing a meeting of the GPRN/NSCN with western Sumi NGOs at Kohuxu village near Niuland, GPRN/NSCN leaders including special envoy to the collective leadership of the group, Kughalu Mulatonu, kilo kilonser Hothrong Yimchungrü and ‘chaplee’ kilonser C Singson said that political solution to the Naga problem belongs to the “Naga people.”
Mulatonu said that the rival NSCN can talk about “integration” with India as long as they wanted that the issue of integration is simply a “domestic” problem of India that can be solved within the Constitution of India. He said the GPRN/NSCN has no objection to such talks. On the other hand, the envoy said that solution to the Naga political problem belongs to the “Naga people” and that it would be solved at an appropriate time “by” the Naga people. He also said that Naga history and the political struggle are two different things and one has to know the distinction between the two. Dwelling on the contribution of Sumis to the Naga national cause since 1918-19, Mulatonu said that Sumis have been the pillars of the Naga movement.
Hothrong in his address also said that political solution should precede integration and claimed that the talks between the “NSCN (IM) and GoI” were deadlocked due to the integration issue. “Let political solution come first, after that integration will come about slowly in a phased manner,” he said. Stating that the main reason behind the rise in Naga political groups or factions was due to the Shillong Accord, the kilo kilonser said that Nagas have been shouting for unification since then. He however said that after the ‘Unification’ move began two years back, majority of the tribes remained silent except for the Sumis and ENPO, which backed the move.
Referring to the move for reconciliation and unity among Nagas, kilonser Singson said, “you (public) all are the best judge of yesterday’s politics and you all are the best witness of today’s situation.” He also said that Nagas cannot proceed for talks at the present juncture because Nagas are a divided house and that any group that goes for talks would return empty-handed. Expressing regret that the Naga political movement has degenerated into a “blame game”, Singson said, “If we say that Nagas are one, then we must also prove to the world that Nagas are one.”
On the “Naga reconciliation: A journey of common hope” undertaken by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation along with the joint working group of the Naga political groups, he said that reconciliation as a process had come a long way. “Today, I can call Hebron people my friends. Earlier, I treated them as my enemies,” he admitted. Both Hothrong and Singson also acknowledged the role played by Sumi frontal organizations in their effort to bring about reconciliation and unity among the Nagas. Later in the second session, the GPRN/NSCN members had an interactive session with leaders of various western Sumi frontal organizations.