File Image of Nagaland governor and Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi Credit: EastMojo image

Kohima: The NSCN-IM on Tuesday evening responded to Nagaland governor and interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi’s message on the occasion of the 58th statehood day. The NSCN-IM said that “any person on Earth that runs the blood of the Nagas will certainly have been provoked by the irresponsible statement.”

The group said that Ravi’s statement reminds the Nagas of how under the leadership of AZ Phizo, “the war of resistance of the Nagas against the Indian colonialists were manipulated by the IB (Intelligence Bureau) officials who roped in some of the treacherous Naga individuals, mostly Indian government employees that formed a superfluous body called the Naga People’s Convention (NPC).”

NSCN-IM through its ministry of information and publicity said that the NPC came out of nowhere and signed the 16th Point Agreement where the Naga solution was hijacked and a state under the Indian Constitution was accepted giving a foothold to the Indian government to claim that Nagas were a part of India.

The group said that this was nothing less than a calculated plan of the Indian government to backstab the leadership of AZ Phizo and the Naga National Movement through NPC. AZ Phizo and the Naga nationalists and the entire Naga people instantly condemned and rejected NPC and the 16 Point Agreement, said NSCN-IM.

According to NSCN-IM, Ravi’s statement clearly exposed the fact that “another NPC is in the making.” “His assertion that some of the civil societies under his payroll are the main stakeholders on the Indo-Naga Issue and therefore their decision must be supreme is farce,” it added.

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RN Ravi who was a signatory to the 2015 Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and the NSCN representing the Naga people also signed with the seven NNPGs in 2017. It said that while the Government of India and the Naga people are fully committed in resolving the issue through peaceful means which is at its concluding stage, the “ex-IB official RN Ravi is planning to hijack the more than seven decades of war and 23 years of peace talks in the same style of the NPC.”

“He is attempting to murder the future of the Nagas and the vital national interest of India. Nagas must wake up and should not allow us to be fooled twice with the same trick,” it said.

The NSCN-IM also said that it agrees with RN Ravi who said that India as a nation should have a sovereign territory, one constitution, and one national flag. “Indeed in the same breath Nagaland/Nagalim too must have sovereign territory, one constitution and one national flag within which the two must share sovereign powers and coexist peacefully as two entities as agreed upon in the Framework Agreement where he himself is a signatory,” the group said.

The group said that as governor of Nagaland, “Ravi is advised not to bite off more than he can chew as far as the Indo Naga Issue is concerned.” It questioned if RN Ravi as the interlocutor for Naga Peace talks will speak in the “same bipolar language” as governor of Nagaland.

Further, the NSCN-IM reminded Ravi that it is “undeterred” by his threat.

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