Press Statement, 8 January, 2020 (Rejoinder to Convener, WC of NNPGs)

                                                    GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

                                                                            Ministry of Information and Publicity

                                                                                             PRESS STATEMENT      

                                                                                  Hebron, 8th January, 2020

Rejoinder to the statement – ‘A word of caution’ of Mr. N. Kitovi Zhimomi, Convener, Working Committee, NNPGs

In his statement, Mr. N. Kitovi Zhimomi said, “Working Committee of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) strongly opposes any move to change the political map of Nagaland. Any solution that will abrogate Article 371 A (of the Indian Constitution) is not acceptable to NNPGs.”

From day one, the Naga people have rejected outright the invitation of the Constituent Assembly of India to join the Union of India and its constitution. But, against this historic Naga national decision, the 16-point agreement was signed between the GoI and a few Naga traitors in the stolen name of the Naga people on the basis of the Article 371 A of the Indian Constitution. The so-called Nagaland state is but the child of Indian constitution. This take us to wonder why a tall leader like N. Kitovi Zhimomi is advocating for the cause of 16-point agreement even when the Indian leaders too have admitted the fact that the 16-point agreement does not solve the Indo-Naga political problem. This never augurs well for his standing with so many years of sacrifice for the Naga national cause.

The present Nagaland state covers only 16,579 square kilometer whereas Nagaland has 120,000 square kilometer. Who changes the map?  Out of 50 tribes, Nagaland state embraces only 16 tribes. Who divides the Nagas?

He also says, “Integration through constitutional and administrative measure… The administrative system of the Naga tribes in other states shall be worked out as per the constitutional scheme without any interference or infringement on the Provisions of the Article 371 A.”

When we say ‘Nagas’, all Nagas are one. And that there is no white Nagas or black Nagas. The Nagas were forcibly divided by the colonial power and placed them in different administrative units for political reason known to all. The terms – the Indian Nagas, Burmese Nagas, Manipur Nagas, Assam Nagas, Arunachal Nagas and Nagas of Nagaland state are derogatory language used by the colonialists.

Integration of the divided Naga ancestral domains is the inherent right of the Nagas, and that the Government of India has officially recognized the legitimate right of the Nagas to integration of all Naga areas.  By integration, it means – geo-political integration based on sovereign right of the Nagas, not that of the Indian or Burmese constitution.

Indeed, we are for a territorial integration under one political roof. We don’t see any meaningful solution without integration. However, political settlement with the Government of India cannot cover Nagas in Burmese occupied areas. That will be the second phase to be settled with the Burmese Government.

PAN Naga Hoho will be a common platform for the Nagas to inculcate and foster the spirit of oneness and unity of all Nagas who are arbitrarily divided by the enemies’ artificial ‘Berlin wall.’ Common culture, common history, common root of language, common identity, common social values, common religion, common territory and common political concept are materials for integration. It is more than cultural body.

The Naga Regional Territorial Councils (NRTC) to be created on the basis of Framework Agreement in Naga Areas in the so-called Manipur state, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam are transitional. The present Nagaland state and the NRTC governments will be equipped with sovereign powers as envisioned in the Framework Agreement. Power to decide our future by ourselves is epicentral to our politics.

He also said, “Abrogation of Article 371 A will lead to total collapse of the sovereign rights of the Nagas.”

The sovereign right of a people is inherent. It cannot be given or taken away by any power. Based on the universal principle of democracy, the Government of India (GoI) has recognized the sovereignty of the Nagas. Our national politics, our national resistance movement and our negotiations with the GoI are centered on sovereignty. And that the Article 371 A of the Indian constitution is the anti-thesis of the Naga sovereignty, the epicenter of Naga politics.

All Nagas are indigenous in Naga country. Indigenousness of a Naga is to be traced from common history, common culture, common identity, common DNA, common territory, common social practices, common religion and common political concept. But granting residential permit or citizenship to the immigrants, refugees or foreigners is a legal matter to be dealt with.

The Scripture says, “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.”

We believe all Naga leaders are advocates of the Naga National cause, not that of the Indian constitution.

                                                                                                                                                                              Issued by MIP