Imphal: The civil societies of the Nagas on Friday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his intervention on the misplaced conduct of the ongoing Naga political talk and settlement for lasting peace.
The memorandum which was jointly submitted by the United Naga Council (UNC), All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM), Naga Women Union (NWU) and Naga People Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR)-south, urged PM Modi’s personal intervention to put the peace process on the right track and solving one of the longest political issues in the Indian sub-continent.
The CSOs of the Nagas opined that five years have passed after the historic Framework Agreement (FA) was signed in 2015 and it is in peril of being reduced to a mere document.
“We feel the letter and spirit of historic FA and your vision for a peaceful and honourable political settlement with the Nagas is not visible in the government of India’s representative at the negotiation table,” said the statement.
This impression has led the Nagas to doubt the sincerity of the government of India, it said.
The signing of the historic Framework Agreement between the Centre and National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) is set to observe its 5th anniversary on August 3.
When the FA was signed in 2015, it gave the Nagas a high hope and we believed that GoI under your able leadership was ushering on a new paradigm shift and historic changes towards a logical roadmap for the final settlement of the Indo-Naga issue, said the Naga civil societies in the memorandum.
The Nagas also stated that after the FA was signed, interlocutor RN Ravi had the best of the opportunity of winning the hearts and minds of Naga people.
With good faith and hearts, Nagas believed him and appreciated his accessibility and pragmatic approach, however, going by the present trend of talk, it seems to be going out of the track, it said.
The recent letter to the Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio by governor Ravi and termed as ‘armed gangs’ the age-old Naga National Organisation of which he has signed the FA with the NSCN and has also been dialoguing on behalf of the GoI.
The Nagas also accused the interlocutor Ravi of ostentatiously begun to bulldoze the Indo-Naga political issues as a mere law and order problem.
The trust and confidence built up over the course of the dialogue process have now been decimated, it said.
Moreover, the Nagas civil societies pointed out that there have been rampant raids, arrest and seizures by Indian army and remand to NIA custody of public leaders, businessmen and members of Naga National Organisation.
Despite the fact that there are clearly laid out ground rules and ceasefire monitoring mechanism in place to address cases of ceasefire violations, the recent gunning down of the six NSCN-IM cadres mercilessly in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh is again a clear proof of blatant provocation by the Indian security forces, it said.
While putting through their concerns over the prevailing situation, the Nagas requested the prime minister to personally intervene immediately to prevent further escalation of unwanted situations. Also, to bring the Indo-Naga political talk to its logical conclusion at the earliest based on the unique history and situation of the Nagas.
With courage and decisive action of PM Modi and under his stewardship, they hope that Nagas and India will end the era of conflict and march on together to a new future of hope and possibilities.