Kohima: National Socialist Council for Nagalim—Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM) chair Q Tuccu, on the occasion of its 42nd Raising Day told its members to be on “guard” as the Government of India (GoI) is “yet to get serious and honest with the Nagas” regarding the ongoing Naga peace talk.
“Nagas are being taken as if they are purchasable commercial commodities. But God forbid that things should go wrong in the peace process,” the chairman said on Sunday.
He expressed hope that the Centre will honour the lofty commitments made by former Prime Ministers.
Tuccu said, “Reinforcing trust and confidence are the keywords to crack the nut today”, adding that Nagas have never, and would never, try to cause or help cause disintegration of India. “We wish a prosperous and strong India, but Nagas have no hesitation to say that 16-point agreement was and is never the solution to the Indo-Naga problem,” he said.
He added that the 24 year-long peace talks “should not be denigrated at the whims of certain small fries”. Tuccu said that in the past, the political stand of the Nagas vis-à-vis India was “nothing to do with India”. However, with the signing of the Framework Agreement, a new relationship for peaceful co-existence of the two entities based on shared sovereignty, Nagas abide by the principles of it-nothing above and nothing below the Framework Agreement.
“Only the principle of the Framework Agreement is the key to an honourable and acceptable solution for durable peace. Neither economic packages nor imposed political packages will bring about a lasting solution,” he said.
He went on to say that the NSCN-IM’s mission is to build a society of peace and justice and egalitarian prosperity. “When NSCN fails to represent the will and aspiration of the people that will be the dead-end of the organization. The day we fail to give vision to the people, there will be no more mission with us,” he said further warning that the NSCN cadres should not be caught unprepared and must be prepared to face any eventuality.
The message of the NSCN-IM’s Chairman was pronounced by the Convener of the Steering Committee.