May 13, 2017
*81 senior NSCN (IM) members from Nagaland State issue statement supporting Framework Agreement
DIMAPUR, MAY 12 (MExN): Eighty one senior members of the NSCN (IM) from Nagaland State today issued a joint statement assuring that the Framework Agreement “does not betray the principle of the Nagas;” and “it will protect the right of the Nagas and guarantee the security of India as well.”
The statement, appended by 24 Steering Executive Members and 57 Kilonsers, said that the agreement will promote and strengthen harmonious interdependent relationship of the two nations. “We are confident that it will open a great opportunity for the Nagas to develop themselves into their fullest size – materially, intellectually, spiritually and socially,” it added.
The Framework Agreement, it said, “has turned the politics of confrontation and opposition into the politics of dialogue and cooperation; it has turned our enemies into our friends; it has turned repressing of our right into respect of our right; it has turned suppression of our right into recognition of our right; it has turned the threat of our future into protection of our future.”
This agreement, the statement claimed, would “heal the scars of war and the wounds of oppression and persecution imprinted in the body and mind of the Nagas.” “It will rebuild the damaged psychology and broken relationship of the two people. It will be a strong bridge between the Nagas and the Indians for generations. It will provide an ample opportunity to the two peoples to building a highway of peace and progress in the region in particular and South East Asia in general.”
The joint statement however also pointed out that “communal and factional cards” are being played by the “agencies of GoI, which cannot be justified at all when both the parties are looking for genuine solution at the highest level.”
“Entertaining the ill-opinions of anti-peace process elements is another sign of insincerity or double-standard. However, the Naga people hope and trust that GoI and NSCN will overcome all these hurdles and come to a smooth landing,” it added.
It meanwhile lamented that “there are some people from some quarters who are out there talking of other option.” Reminding that the Nagas have had “bitter experiences of Indian duplicity and imposition of their will upon them in past negotiations,” the statement termed it a “futile exercise for any actors if the propagated option is to be a kind of political arrangement within the parameter of the Indian constitution.”
“Repeated shouting for principle is not enough, it must accompany with the survival strategy and policy for solution,” it said.
There are also other people who are trying to interpret the issue in terms of number, not truth, the statement claimed. “It is a dangerous political hypothesis if the claimed number does not represent the issue. We view the Naga national issue as sacrosanct because everything of the Nagas is in there. It must be defended at all costs and fought out even to the last man,” it asserted.
Meanwhile, the 81 senior NSCN (IM) members reassured neighboring peoples and nations that the “Nagas bear no ill-will towards any of them.” “The Nagas are for a harmonious interdependent relationship with them but on equal footing. Framework Agreement is about the Indo-Naga political issue. It is about the issue of the Nagas and their territories,” they said
The Naga people, it said, are not opposed to their issues. “They are for a peaceful and harmonious relationship with them on the basis of mutual respect and recognition of their respective rights.”