Kohima: Titled as “Letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi”, the NSCN-IM Widows’ Federation has appealed the PM of forbidding any “bloody conflicts between the Nagas and India”.
The widows federation, through a letter, said that it is closely studying the unfolding development of the ongoing Indo-Naga political and that the women body believes in his “visionary leadership”.
“During the last seventy two (72) years of Naga political struggle and twenty three (23) years of Indo-Naga political talks, our hearts have cried for the final solution because we have seen enough of fighting and killings. But, you will agree with us that it is time to say ‘enough is enough.’ No more fighting, no more killing and let there be no more widows and fatherless children,” said the Widows’ Federation.
It requested PM Modi to “make violence a thing of the past” as it has gone through “Blood, sweat and tears” for more than seven decades and that it is “more than enough for any suppressed people to endure.”
“Ever since the first Naga was shot dead in Kohima by one Assam Rifles Captain Virk in 1954 during the time of Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and the bloody fighting that followed, we have lost counts, but lakhs of graveyards that abounds in different corners of Naga inhabited areas stands to haunts us every moment. Let us admit ourselves that there is time for everything. There is time for war and there is time for peace and understanding,” the statement said.
It quoted PM Modi at the time of signing the historic Framework Agreement, in New Delhi on 3rd August, 2015: “The Naga problem took long to resolve because we did not understand each other”, and said that the NSCN chief negotiator Th Muivah also acknowledged the sincerity to solve the Indo-Naga political issue.
Placing their confidence on Modi, it said that it look towards the days when “the horror of war” will be no more. “Let God forbid another bloody conflicts between the Nagas and India. Let divine wisdom be upon you as you shoulder the responsibility to solve the Indo-Naga political issue in peaceful manner,” it said.
It concluded saying, “For your unfailing commitment, Indo-Naga history is in the making where your name would be recorded as a man who solve the longest revolutionary political struggle in Southeast Asia. For your unrelenting effort, our prayer shall go on unceasing.”