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Naga Body Warns of Short-Term Gains After Governor’s Controversial Comments

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The Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), an assembly of Naga people of diverse origins focused on reconciliation and peace-building through dialogue, on Thursday urged Naga leaders and the government of India to avoid politicking. for short-term profit amid a massive dispute sparked by Nagaland. Governor RN Ravi.

Ravi, who is also the interlocutor of the Center for Naga Peace Talks, in a recent message praised the controversial 16-Point Agreement signed between the Naga People’s Convention (NPC) and the government of India, which led to the formation of the Nagaland state in 1963. He also unveiled a monument to commemorate the contributions of the state’s “founding fathers” at the Raj Bhavan in Kohima on December 1.

Both his comments and the memorial are being viewed as attempts to create rifts in Naga society and continue to draw criticism.

The FNR in a statement stated that the 16-Point Agreement was one of the historical events that decisively fragmented the Naga political movement and led to situations of division and disunity.

“The failure of the 16-point Agreement led the Government of India to sign the ‘Framework Agreement’ with NSCN (IM) in 2015 and the ‘Agreed Position’ with the NNPG in 2017. However, the recent public display to idolize the 16 point agreement reveals the true hand behind the peace gestures. If the intention was to win the hearts of the Naga, this policy and approach shows a lack of insight and prudence, ”said the FNR.

He noted that while the majority of the Naga across Nagaland rejected the 1960 16-Point Agreement and the 1975 Shillong Agreement that were signed with the government of India, the consequences of these events led to bitterness, loss of human life. , suspicion, distrust. , Naga land fragmentation and division.

The FNR said that an honest discussion, healing, forgiveness and reconciliation is required around those historical events, but the trauma and injuries remain raw and sensitive, bringing the worst in each.

“Therefore, it is not surprising that the Indian state and its cunning and state-of-the-art agencies have actively directed the statehood narrative by intensifying division and at the same time normalizing complacency and conformity among the Naga population. But to what end? A divided Naga house does not benefit anyone in the long run, ”stated the FNR.

Holding that the Nagas are united in their historical and political rights even if their opinions and approaches are divided, the forum said that the Nagas are learning to use their differences to heal and that it would be beneficial to all, including the Indian government and the Naga neighbors, encourage and support a “reconciled and healed Naga people”.

“To meet the transformative needs of our contemporary realities, both Naga leaders and the Government of India must avoid politicking for short-term gains,” the FNR said, calling for the need to be a statesman and politician. diplomatic qualities that are based on sincerity and respect.

Previously, the Isak-Muivah faction of the Nagaland National Socialist Council (NSCN-IM), the Naga Student Federation and the supreme tribal body, the Naga Hoho, had condemned the governor’s statement with similar sentiments.

Hindustan Times

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