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GOI agrees Pan-Naga cultural body and an autonomous council for the Nagas, one each in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh
Source: IT News / Sh Ajit

Imphal, October 20 2019: The Government of India has agreed formation of a Pan-Naga cultural body and an autonomous council for the Nagas, one eac h in Manipur and Aruna chal Pradesh.

This was officially anno unced by the interlocutor RN Ravi, the prese nt govern or of Nagala nd state du ring a consultative meeting with leaders of Naga community staksholders.

RN Ravi also stated that the frame work agre ement signed be tween the government of India and the NSCN -IM also consist of creating upper house of the state legislative council of the Nagaland st ate Asse mbly bes ides increasing the number of seats in the state legislative Assembly to accommodate and facilita te polit ical representation of all Naga tribal groups, sources said that consens us has also been created on forming a "pan-Naga cultural body" which will deal in all culture, language an d tradition rela ted issu es of N agas living all over the world.

Pointing out that consensus has also been created on formin g an auton omous council for the Nagas, one each in Manipu r and Arunachal Pradesh, sources said that t he working committee of the NNPGs and N SCN (I-M) have agreed on these issues.

The Government of India has set October 31 as the deadline for all Naga rebel groups, including the NSCN (I-M), for final consent to signing the peace accord and suggesting a conven ient date for the surrender of arms.

Disclosing that the ministry of home affairs has sent a very strong message to all Naga rebel groups through the Nagaland governor and interlocutor R.N.Ravi, authoritative security sources in the ministry of home affairs, told this newspaper that the central government has outright rejected the demand for a separate flag and constitution for Nagaland.

Asserting that the central government has made it clear that talks at gunpoint are no longer acceptable, the security sources said that the NSCN (IM) and NNPGs (Naga National Political Groups) have also been asked to suggest a convenient date for the surrender of arms.

However, the ongoing peace talks have reached an advanced stage with the NSCN (I-M) and the working committee of NNPGs, succeeding in creating consensus on a majority of issues On the other hand Nagaland Tribes Council Advisor Z,Lohe's appealing to the Government of India and the negotiating parties including NSCN-IM to resolve all issues within the stipulated time.

In what is an indicator of a division between the Nagas from within and outside Nagaland, the NNPGs convenor, N.Kitovi Zhimomi said that there may be some problem between the Government of India and the NSCN (I-M) but it must not hamper the Nagas of Nagaland.

The people of Manipur, for that matter of India too, have to discuss on how India deals with another State.

Will Framework Agreement or any agreement deduced from it bring any change in Nagaland? Is it a move to save its face, NSCN (IM) tries to gain a state within State of Manipur by defining ancestral land of the Nagas? Will Naga poor families gain anything out of the agreement? Many questions are before us.

All the demands from the side of NSCN (IM) are antihistory, anti-humanistic (remember the ethnic cleansing of 1990s in Manipur, killing of opposition leaders in both Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh).

The wrong projection of being dangerous and strongest groups in North East India, the NSCN (IM) has a longer rope so it does not feel its own limitation so far.

But, the peace talk may not bring anything to NSCN (IM) as such.

But, one should accept the fact that Muivah is a good negotiator in a tricky path, walking with Government of India , led by Modi.

Anybody believes that Modi who took away Special Status of Kashmir will give a Nagaland of the magnitude as embodied in Muivah's dream.

But, Modi may give away stronger Naga Territorial Council or Pan Naga body.

Then, why do not the Manipuri leaders express what they do not like strongly and loudly with or without showing modesty? India will not give for sure Naga Flag or separate Constitution.

Modesty and letting ropes loosely for long will bring nothing but harms to our hard earned pride and dignity.

However, NSCN IM supremo Muivah's fight its last battle for a Naga Flag or separate Constitution for Naga, whatsoever it is far away from present day reality.


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