Nagaland governor RN Ravi Credit: File Image

Kohima: Terming it as “the battle over the Framework Agreement (FA)”, the NSCN-IM has once again lashed out at Nagaland governor and interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi for “manipulating” the signed Framework Agreement.

The NSCN-IM, through an official update, said that there is “no running away” and that both sides must set the “record straight in order to reset the Indo-Naga political talk in correct perspective”.

While it accused Ravi of manipulating the signed agreement, it also released copies of the agreement to prove its point.

“It is a matter of restoring the credibility of the Government of India (GoI) that was badly damaged in the hands of its representative Mr. RN Ravi. The issue is of serious nature as the very essence of FA had been found missing or manipulated in the copy circulated by Ravi to his favored Naga civil society organizations, including NNPGs to give different narratives,” said the NSCN-IM.

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Sharing two files, the NSCN-IM claimed that an agreement which was signed by Ravi, NSCN chairman Isak Chishi Swu and general secretary Th Muivah is the original copy of the agreement. The other copy, it alleged, is “Ravi’s manipulated copy of the Framework Agreement”.

The NSCN-IM claimed this copy as the original agreement
The NSCN-IM claimed that Ravi manipulted the FA by omitting the word ‘new’

The NSCN-IM said that the Indo-Naga political issue is for all the Nagas and it covers all Naga areas.

“But surprisingly Mr. Ravi reduces the talk to the state of Nagaland only. This is not only a mockery of the Framework Agreement co-authored by him representing the Prime Minister of India but insult to the Nagas as a whole,” the rebel group said.

The group said that Ravi’s off-repeated catchphrase is “one issue one solution” but has signed two agreements- Framework Agreement with NSCN and Agreed Position with NNPGs.

Accusing Ravi of wanting to divide the Nagas, the group questioned where is he trying to take the Nagas to. “He simply wants to keep the Naga people divided by signing a parallel agreement,” it said.

After manipulating the contents of the FA he tutored his favored Naga groups on how to look at FA, that FA is simply the recognition of Naga past history and nothing beyond that. The same way he misled the Parliamentary Standing Committee, it added.

To the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Naga Peace Accord, Ravi stated that the “contours of the agreement had not been spelt out in the agreement” and that the Framework Agreement was just about the recognition of the uniqueness of the Naga history by the Government of India and an understanding that inclusive settlement will be within the Indian federation with due regards to the uniqueness of the Naga history.

According to the NSCN-IM, Ravi implied that some special arrangement will have to be made for the Nagas, which is “simply Ravi’s twisted interpretation of FA”.

NSCN-IM alleged that Ravi had got himself a good partner in ex-chief minister of Nagaland and ex-governor SC Jamir who is “tooth and nail against Naga solution defending the 16 Point Agreement”. It accused them for holding the NNPGs in the grip and misleading the GoI, particularly the Prime Minister.

For all purpose Ravi stood firm behind NNPGs to wreck the FA, maneuvered the NNPGs to do his bidding and has achieved in creating confusion among the Nagas, the group said.

The NSCN-IM also claimed that with “overbearing attitude and hidden agenda”, Ravi went against the successive Prime Ministers of India and the Chief of Indian Army’s “will” who declared on more than one occasion that the Naga problem is “political issue” and not “law and order.”

“As a result of his newly founded stratagem we have seen the killings of NSCN members, house raids, arrest and manhunt by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) under his supervision. The ubiquitous Assam Rifles (AR) has gone hyper active since Ravi became the governor of Nagaland,” it said.

It accused Ravi of using the print media to “write tormenting articles on Naga issue” prior to becoming the interlocutor. It said that Ravi’s 2012 article “Chasing a chimeric peace” stated that Nagas” know that peace is a distant dream….not inherently distant because Delhi, by design & default makes it so”.

Ravi’s 2014 article “Nagaland decent into chaos”, according to the NSCN-IM is “exactly what he did to Nagaland today as there is chaos of his making”. It accused Ravi of coining divisive phrase to categorize the Naga society into “primary” and “secondary” stakeholders at Hotel Japfu in Kohima on October 18 last year, which depicts 2 deceitful plan to destroy the Naga society”.

It added, “On the current status of the talk NSCN put on record that PM level talk has not gone down to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) level talk. Interlocutor carries the mandate of the PM. NSCN has been talking to Ravi as Interlocutor and not as Governor. But since Ravi created imbroglio in the talk process, the PM give mandate to continue the talk to a team of IB as a Fast Track Channel for communication and clear the pending points in the competency. Once everything is clear the agreement will be at political level of the Prime Minister.”

Officially agreed set up dismantled:

The NSCN-IM said that there are officially agreed and set up mechanisms between the GoI and NSCN for the political talk and ceasefire which include talk at the highest level that is the Prime Minister or Group of Ministers or interlocutor that carries the mandate of the Prime Minister.

The Ceasefire Ground Rules (CFGR) review committee headed by Special Secretary, Internal Security of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), GoI can amend or change the agreed ground rules. The GoI usually represented by Special Secretary, DGMO, DGMI, IB, Chief Secretary of Nagaland or Home Secretary, IGAR and NSCN team led by self styled Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Vs. Atem.

The set up also includes the Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG) headed by chairman who is appointed by the GoI. The NSCN appoints its Convener and whenever there is violation of ceasefire from either side, the Chairman intervenes and control the situation as per ground rules.

It said that the ground rules are made because Indian constitution and its laws are not applicable to NSCN and the agreed ground rules are outside the purview of the Indian constitution.

“However, there is some high-handedness emanating from the hands of Ravi. How come Ravi who represents the Prime Minister has made the Ceasefire Review Committee (CFRC) and CFMG to nothingness as he has dismantled the officially set up mechanism. This is a serious matter as it constitutes a part of the Indo-Naga ceasefire that was set up in order to streamline the smooth functioning of ceasefire ground rules from both the parties,” said NSCN-IM.

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