Kohima: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), on Wednesday appealed to the interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi to “rise up from his self-induced slumber” and “hold his tongue and action in the interest of peaceful co-existence” between the Nagas and its neighbours.
The student body said that it is distressed at the shallow attempt made by Ravi, who is also the Governor of Nagaland, to distort historical truth, quoting him as saying ‘In the autumn of their rule, when the British conspired to partition India and give away northeast India to Pakistan, the leaders of Naga Hills stood in solidarity with the rest of the country and thwarted the diabolical colonial conspiracy. Naga leaders played significant roles in the constitutional evolution of India.”
NSF said that the continued glorification of the long-disowned Naga People’s Convention (NPC) and the 16 point charter of demands made by Ravi through various acts of patronising its founders and leaders is another matter of great concern to the Naga youth and the students.
“The Naga youths and students are fed up of his rhetoric with the intent to divide the Naga people. The Governor’s claims and successive misadventures only reveals his shallow understanding of the Naga history and also the narrow walls within which he has been trying to solve the vexed Indo-Naga Political issue,” the group said.
It said that such an act by Ravi “undermines and belittles” the people with who he has been assigned to have a political dialogue with, in order to pave the way for lasting peace and tranquillity all over the “Naga homeland.”
The federation reiterated that with the divisive mind at the helm of affairs from the Indian side in the political negotiation, the current peace process becomes doubtful to be enduring.
The NSF expressed its desire to set a record straight that “Naga people declared their Independence on 14th August 1947 and the same was ratified through a Naga National plebiscite in 1951” and that it is historically clear that the Naga homeland came to be a part of India, neither by “consent nor by conquest.”
“The Naga people’s assertion for self-determination is in line with the inherent ethos, values and customary systems of the Naga society and not otherwise. More so, it is the policies of the GOI and their attempts to muzzle the voices of Naga people through militarization that is causing much harm to the Naga society,” it said.
Further, the NSF warned Ravi to “refrain from furthering the old carrot and stick policy and adopt a more pragmatic approach in order to ensure that the interests of the two entities are upheld through the political solution.”
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