Naga peace talks heading towards uncertainty? PM monitoring scene
New Delhi: Amid reports that the Centre wants to resolve the decades-old Naga issue by October this year, surprising silence from both the parties -- the Union government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN)-IM -- following their crucial talks on Thursday has pushed the fate of the entire issue into uncertainty once again.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also keeping a close eye on the development as Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks and Nagaland governor RN Ravi apprised him about the development soon after the talks. Sources in the Union home ministry informed EastMojo that the Centre wants to complete the ongoing talks and reach a logical conclusion by the end of October this year. However, the talks remained inconclusive as differences over flag and constitution hogged limelight on Thursday. Both the sides remained firm on their respective stands on the demand for a separate flag and constitution.
During the talks, the Centre’s representatives categorically informed the NSCN (IM) leadership that they can’t accept demands of separate flag and constitution, besides unification of Naga-inhabited areas.
The meeting was chaired by Ravi, while the NSCN (IM) delegation was led by its general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah. Senior officials of the home ministry, intelligence bureau along with some of the senior cadres of the NSCN (IM) also attended the meeting, among others.
While speaking with EastMojo at Camp Hebron recently, Muivah had said, “There is no need to take permission from Indians as we are the master of ourselves; so, the problem is not with us but with them (Centre).”
When the BJP-led government at the Centre insists that there cannot be two flags and two constitutions in one country, the ‘ato kilonser’ (prime minister) of one of the largest separatist groups from the Northeast recently told EastMojo at Camp Hebron, almost 35 km from Dimapur: “We have every right of having our own constitution, we have the every right to have our own national flag, we cannot ask for permission from Indians as we are the master of ourselves.”