PRESS STATEMENT, the 24th July, 2022 (On Who is Delaying the Indo-Naga Peace Talk?)


Ministry of Information and Publicity



 CHq Hebron, the 24th July, 2022                                                                                                                                                   


Today the Nagas are reeling with utter confusion about the Indo-Naga Peace Talk and subsequently started expressing their total discontentment pointing accusing fingers on the very people who brought the ceasefire and the peace process.

Some people misconstrued that the peace talk is delaying because of the flag and constitution issues. Whereas it is not the case because the flag and the constitution are the component ingredients embraced in the Framework Agreement (FA). The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) would on record to clarify what is all about and how:

(1) It is on record of the Government of India (GoI) having recognized the uniqueness of the Naga history and its position that the Nagas were never part of Indian Union either by conquest or consent. Naturally, how can a Naga national movement be without a flag and a constitution?

(2) Having granted cognizance of the universal principle that in democracy the sovereignty lies with the people, it should be noted that the Framework Agreement acknowledged and accepted the declaration of the Naga Independence Day on the 14th August, 1947 and the Plebiscite of 1951. Henceforth, the flag and the constitution are the embodiment of the FA.

(3) “Sharing of sovereign powers” as mentioned in the FA is a recognition and acceptance of the Naga sovereignty. It is not the case of the Indian constitutional provision granting power division. Then, how can one say there is no flag or constitution. Every sovereign nation has its own flag and constitution.

(4) “New relationship” is the declaration of a new arrangement which meant that there cannot be a settlement within the existing Indian constitution. Therefore, “new relationship” is agreed upon.

(5) “Coexistence” defined two people to coexist with understanding and conditional arrangement.

(6) “Two entities” defined two separate entities or as two separate people. How can one say that there is no flag and constitution in the Framework Agreement?

The irony is that this matter was already resolved long back but the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) factor came in between questioning how there can be two flags and two constitutions. The manifesto of the RSS/Hindutva sharply contradicted the principle agreement of the FA. The actual point of delay started from here.

In the official talks, neither Mr. RN Ravi nor Mr. AK Mishra ever says that there is no flag and constitution in the Framework Agreement. Ironically, the twists and turns of the flip-flopping habitual betraying character of the Government of India (GoI) comes up to take the center stage and sown the seeds of confusion in order to disown the FA. Certainly, GoI is entirely responsible for the delay. The Nagas have had enough of the GoI’s overly pretentious appearance on the Indo-Naga peace talk. It is high time for the GoI to come clean.

The Government of India signed two agreements with the Nagas, i.e. the Framework Agreement and the Agreed Position. These two agreements have divided the Naga people. If the GoI is genuinely sincere to go for an early solution why is it pursuing two agreements for one people and one common issue?

These two agreements are parallel in nature, one is within Indian constitution and the other is outside the purview of the Indian constitution. With this unwarranted policy the Government of India is testing the nerve of the Nagas and delaying the whole process.

It is time for the Government of India to make her stand very clear on these two agreements and which one is to be used for the final agreement. Simply inviting the NSCN to New Delhi for peace talk without going through the detoxification process will not help expedite the Naga political solution.

Should the legitimacy of the FA as proclaimed before the world by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi be put in the bargaining level with another agreement which was signed surreptitiously?


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