Is Delhi serious to resolve Naga issue ?

Oken Jeet Sandham *

Exactly after one month of the NDPP-BJP-led PDA Government in Nagaland, the Government of India has come out with a statement that the territorial integrity of the NE States would not be compromised while settling the longstanding Naga political issue. Addressing a press conference at Guwahati on April 7, Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju said NSCN (IM) had already dropped their demand of sovereignty and other serious issues from their charter of demands.

In fact, one of the contentious issues is the “Naga Integration” and for which the neighboring States have been vehemently opposing to. The neighboring States particularly Assam and Manipur had even passed resolutions in their respective Assemblies that they would oppose tooth and nail to the idea of “Naga Integration” for resolving the chronic Naga issue. They, however, appreciated a peaceful resolution to the issue. So they would surely welcome Rijiju’s statement.

He said, “We are progressing with the peace process with absolute clarity. The neighboring States need not have to worry as there would be no adverse impact. Not even an inch of territories in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be affected.” At the same time, these States are ruled by the BJP, besides they are second largest in the PDA Government in Nagaland. Present Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur had already visited Nagaland during the Hornbill Festival but also attended the historic installation of the NDPP-BJP-led PDA Government at the Kohima Local Ground on March 8, 2018.

If the BJP-led Government at the Center is serious about resolving the Naga issue, they can’t have more opportune time than now.

Rijiju also disclosed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement of resolving the Naga issue during his present tenure, and for which the Center would come out with the final version of the Naga Framework Agreement, signed between it and NSCN (IM) in August 2015, to solve the Naga imbroglio within the tenure of the Government.

Interlocutor RN Ravi is yet to state about the nature of resolving the issue, though he hinted early settlement of it on the eve of the last General Elections in Nagaland.

Before the General Elections in Nagaland, BJP National Secretary in-charge of NE and J&K, Ram Madhav at a “felicitation program” for the intending candidates at Dimapur, announced that there should be “Election for Solution” to the Naga issue.

His statement drew flaks from various quarters particularly the civil societies that had been fighting for the “Solution” before the Elections to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

With the slogan - “Solution before Election,” the civil societies under the banner of Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organizations (CCNTHCO) had been holding a series of meetings with the representatives of all political parties in the State. It culminated to the signing of a “Joint Declaration” on January 29 by the Representatives of eleven political parties in Nagaland agreeing to the call of civil societies that they would not issue party tickets to candidates and also would not file nomination papers for the General Elections to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

Surprisingly, the BJP representative who signed the “Joint Declaration” was suspended by the party saying that he was not assigned to sign any document except for attending the meeting called by the CCNTHCO.

As Prime Minister said he would resolve the Naga issue during his present tenure, the solution should come about before the elections to the 17th Lok Sabha due early 2019. At the same time, there cannot be two settlements or three settlements. It should be “one settlement” involving all the stakeholders.

The Government of India has already started political negotiations with six Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs). The only groups that are not part of the current peace process are NNC led by Adino Phizo and NSCN (K). The State Government and many civil societies have been urging the Government of India to bring the two groups to the peace process.

Of late, NSCN (K) has expressed positive sign that they were not adverse to the talks. In fact, they had walked away from the ceasefire with the Government of India in 2015 after maintaining it for 14 long years.

Interestingly, the Government of India failed to highlight the reason why the group had to walk away from the ceasefire after maintaining it for such a long period with them.

If one closely studies the way Delhi dealt with the group during their long ceasefire, it is nothing but a sort of humiliation for the fact that they had never tried to give them even a minimum opportunity for opening up dialogue, whereas they were fully engaged in dialogues with NSCN (IM). They (NSCN-K) became the butt of a joke in the eyes of the world, compelling them to leave the costly ceasefire.

However, sensing that there could never be a permanent solution to the longstanding Naga issue, the TR Zeliang Government had passed “Resolutions” requesting the leaderships of NSCN (K) to return to the ceasefire with the Government of India. They even sent leaders of Naga Hoho and Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) to Myanmar to meet the leaderships of the outfit to convey the resolutions of the State Government and the desire of the Naga people that they should come back to the ceasefire for resumption of peace process with the Government of India. All these measures are essential as no permanent solution to the Naga issue would come about by leaving other groups.

When all these measures and initiatives were taking place, NIA stepped up arresting so many officers in Nagaland and even summoning Zeliang to cooperate with the probe into alleged extortion activities of “banned NSCN (K).” He wondered whether all the initiatives taken by his Government would be misconstrued as “negative” by his political adversaries. He did not rule out his political adversaries’ nefarious games to weaken his political standing as could be seen from the series of summons issued to him and his previous CMO staffs by NIA for alleged payment to NSCN (K).

Ravi often announced stand of the Government of India that it would not attempt for a piecemeal solution to the issue as they had experienced from the past accords. He said any solution should be inclusive, and in that case, NSCN (K) and NNC (Adino) should be participants in the negotiation.

Although Rijiju disclosed Prime Minister’s commitment to settle the issue during his tenure, it is still not clear how many agreements needed to reach logical conclusion or in what modalities they are going to strike the final deal.

* Oken Jeet Sandham wrote this article for
The writer can be contacted at nepsonline(AT)yahoo(DOT)com
This article was webcasted on April 10, 2018.

* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.

  • Tikendrajit : The Lion of Manipur #1
  • Compressed Earth Blocks: Housing
  • Support breastfeeding among adolescent
  • Ithai: Development Decision Gone Awry
  • Who made the sports university ours?
  • An Unoccupied Forehead :: Poem
  • 'NRC should not be a political issue'
  • Independence Day : Govt needs trust
  • Apprehensions before final pact
  • NNC stand to protect Naga sovereignty
  • 'Delay in solution irks people'
  • Patriots' Day- Floral Tribute : Gallery
  • A shot at survival
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • RPL-PMKVY Certificate at Baishalgarh
  • E-Commerce to help access new markets
  • Manipur Heart Foundation Anniversary
  • Artist lineup for NH7 Weekender
  • Kakching World War-II Memorial Run
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • AMPWA observed Patriots' Day
  • Real homage or just showmanship
  • Drama of political clout at MU
  • Patriots' Day @ Kolkata : Gallery
  • Historical War fought by Manipur
  • Where are the nurses in HIV response?
  • Understanding false smut of rice
  • The love song of autumn :: Poem
  • Help Underprivileged Sports Youngsters
  • Police : List of Awardees on I-Day
  • NSCN-IM word on Naga unity
  • Scribes demand colleague's release
  • Jadugi Mingsel :: Folk Tale
  • Patriotism Redefined [On 13th Aug]
  • Karate Winners felicitated at Kumbi
  • Of Citizenship & Manipur People's Bill
  • Seminar : Path & Pattern in Northeast
  • 42nd Indian Social Science Congress
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Certificate Distribution at Tripura
  • Failure by WPS-IE to arrest rapist
  • Resolutions : People's Democratic Alliance
  • ..Will it burnt the state again
  • ..Now get the killers !
  • 'Homecoming', Painting Exhibition : Gallery
  • Legacy of Resistance in Cordillera Highland
  • Woke Up, But You're Nowhere :: Poem
  • Resurgence of Sanamahism
  • Nagas & Meiteis must live together
  • No change in 1951 as Base Year : JCILPS
  • B. Voc. at DM Community College
  • Young Scholars Conference 2018
  • ..legitimacy of remaining to power
  • The precursor of things to come
  • Khangkhui Cave , Ukhrul #4 : Gallery
  • Kanglen Kang Chingba #2 : Gallery
  • Reform Manipur's Education System
  • Friendship
  • Cry of a Dying River - 40
  • World's Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Chandigarh students' solidarity with MU
  • MU agitator should withdraw their agitation
  • Repercussion of a prejudice attitude
  • Regulate school vans/buses
  • Disputed Myanmar Border Pillar : Gallery
  • Ningshimyao, Meininglungliu :: eMing
  • Seven Breaths of Dragon :: Book Rvw
  • Chronological framework of NRC
  • Buttering Najmaji in public
  • JRF Post at Mizoram University
  • Manipur Tourism : Festival Promotion Award
  • The uneasy shift
  • Well co-ordinated rallies across dists
  • Chalwa Village, Kangpokpi #1 : Gallery
  • General strike on article 371 (A) #2 : Gallery
  • Up against the saffron brigade
  • My unsailed ship :: Poem
  • Mathematics and Science Competition
  • General Strike by ATSUM on August 10
  • Drawing Competition at Wapokpi, Bishnupur
  • ADBU delivers course to Indian Railways
  • One man that put Manipur in frying pan
  • Relax MU shut down !
  • Khumang Pokpa Haraoba #2: Gallery
  • Robert Naorem @Blr Fashion Week : Gallery
  • Territorial integrity of Manipur
  • The string :: Poem
  • General Strike by KIM on August 8
  • Robert Naorem at Bangalore Fashion Week
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Dr. Monisha Behal's work in North East
  • Registrations for IIT Techniche workshop
  • PDA on situation in Nagaland
  • The politics of divide: MU
  • Significance of August
  • Mukna Khong Kangjei #3 : Gallery
  • Greater Nagaland or Mini Nagaland? #2
  • Paint Your City : Campaign at Kakching
  • Pemberton line in Kabaw is our boundary
  • Awakening :: Poem
  • Coffee Plantation : In-lieu of Poppy
  • Recalling of AK Pandey by HRD Ministry
  • TSA's reply to KNO/KNA's allegations
  • 21st Manipur Integrity Day : Gallery
  • Konung Kang Chingba #3 : Gallery
  • Ecological, social impact of Ithai Barrage #3
  • Swindling Manipuris in solving Naga issue
  • The Last of the Romantics :: Poem
  • 'Thoughts on MU strategies'
  • Concerned about continued closure of MU
  • Fear factor
  • No takers for 1 month leave
  • View from Shirui Hills #1 : Gallery
  • Manipur as seen by Meiteis, Nagas, & Zo
  • Certificate Distribution at Nirjuli, ArP
  • Contract Jobs available at NIELIT HQs
  • Cry of a Dying River - 39 :: Poem
  • Banana flower vada
  • Entrance for Free Residential IAS Coaching
  • Resolution of NPF Consultative Meeting
  • Concerned about militants' interference
  • Issues : From ILP, MU to FA
  • Emergence Nongda Lairen Pakhangba #2
  • MU Rally at Canchipur : Gallery
  • News Analysis 0f Akashvani Imphal
  • ILP: A Genuine Idea Lost in Translation
  • Tryst with an Alzheimer's patient #2
  • Letter to Prime Minister of India
  • Female DTP faculty reqd at Protocol
  • In between :: Poem
  • Sowing the seeds of Greater Lim
  • General strike on article 371 (A) #1 : Gallery
  • Student is important or AP Pandey
  • Article 371A is sui generis
  • Protection on Land, Environment at TML
  • Press Conference on MU Crisis at Delhi
  • Oppose extension of Article 371(A)
  • DTP-Desktop Publishing course at Nambol
  • Certificate Distribution at Namsai, ArP
  • Rejoinder to KNO/KNA on Moreh attack
  • Issues which burn Manipur State Assembly
  • The brand of politics in MU crisis
  • Central team @ BP 81 , Kwatha #3 : Gallery
  • August Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • Protest against MHRD @Delhi : Gallery
  • People's Strike greets this August
  • Slump in fight against #AIDS
  • What does moonlight want ? :: Poem
  • MU students protest against MHRD
  • An Unknown killer - "E-Waste"
  • Talking peace and threatening others
  • Singcha Wuya Won @Kamjong #1 : Gallery
  • Dismal Politics in Universities
  • Kanglen Kang Chingba #1 : Gallery
  • Engulfing Uncertainties
  • Ecological, social impact of Ithai Barrage #2
  • Certificate Distribution at Dibang, ArP
  • EEVFAM case: Report for 30 July
  • Pertaining to statement of T. R. Zeliang
  • Issues plaguing the state
  • What is the stand of BJP Govt ?
  • Monsoon Assembly Session : Gallery
  • Election 2019: end of road for Modi
  • The absurd baby talk :: Poem
  • Assam University BTech, MTech Admission
  • Saving the Rhinos - Campaign
  • Arrest perpetrators of Moreh attack
  • Training programmes of NCC
  • Central team @ BP 81 , Kwatha #2 : Gallery
  • MU: Students clash with Police #2: Gallery
  • Prospects of coffee in Manipur
  • Why ILP should not be implemented
  • Hill students get alert on Trafficking
  • IBSD Meghalaya inaugurated
  • Conference on India-Vietnam
  • Govt's strategically pre planned conflict
  • Heart ruptured but life saved
  • Pseudo intellectuals should stop thinking
  • Mass sit-in protest : How about Nagaland?
  • Folklore genres of Meetei community
  • Kang Khichri chaba : Gallery
  • Binalakshmi Nepram at United Nations, NY
  • Certificate Distribution at Changlang, ArP
  • Out to clear her name
  • CBI failed to comply to SC orders
  • Condemned as a cry in wilderness
  • Security meeting conducted
  • Ripe opportunity for awareness & action
  • Is the NRC of 1951 available ?
  • Central team @ BP 81 , Kwatha #1 : Gallery
  • Our Common Crisis: What are We to Do #3
  • ..Take a break from the common road
  • Skin problems that arise during monsoon
  • Cry of a Dying River - 38 : Poem
  • Meghalaya edition of NH7 Weekender
  • 'Special status' under which provisions ?
  • Issues which need minute deliberations
  • Pay Nareckpi : Funga Wari
  • Kayada Ningthijaba Lambino : Story telling
  • Yumkhaibam Nanao: Walking from Delhi..
  • Ningol Pali at Kang Festival : Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Naga American conference at California
  • MU: Students clash with Police #1: Gallery
  • Kanglen Kang Chingba : Gallery
  • ISKCON Kang Chingba festival : Gallery
  • Meira Rally protest of MU VC : Gallery
  • Bandh demanding VC removal #2 : Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #3: Gallery
  • Art Exhibit @Imphal Art College #1 : Gallery
  • Kang Khichri chaba @Kwakeithel : Gallery
  • Dzuko valley #4 :: 360 Panorama View
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • HSLC 208 Exam Toppers : Gallery
  • Class XII Exam Toppers : Gallery
  • Temples of Manipur : Gallery
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic