NNPGs mandated for solution: Isak
DIMAPUR, 14th Oct: Co-convener, Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) Isak Sumi asserted that WC, NNPGs was fully mandated by the Naga people to sign an amicable, honourable and enduring solution with government of India.
Isak said this in an exclusive interview to Nagaland Post, Sunday, on behalf of five other co-conveners of WC of NNPGs namely - Wangtin Naga, Zhopra Vero, Z Hozheto Chophy, Kiumukam Yimchunger and Toshi Walling.
Isak, who is also ato kilonser of NSCN/GPRN (K), said that there were certain “pseudo-nationalist left extremist forces” involved with Naga political talks but who, instead, desire to prolong the conflict and want to hold Nagas to ransom under the barrel of gun, political and economic hegemony.
He said these “pseudo-nationalist left extremist forces” also wanted to crush and suffocate the aspiration of the “younger future generation Nagas”. However, Isak said, NNPGs, which is mandated by the Nagas, would “fearlessly leave no stone unturned and bring about amicable, honourable and enduring solution” on the premise that government of India recognises the historical and political rights of the Nagas to self-determine their future in consonance with their distinct identity.
“The two entities have agreed to work out the details of a relationship that is honourable, enduring and an inclusive peaceful coexistence with due regard to contemporary political realities,” said Isak.
Isak maintained that NNPGs was prepared to conclude talks after a wide and thorough consultation on all status/position of the political talks between the WC of NNPGs and government of India with all Naga stakeholders.
He said the WC of NNPGs, “buoyed by the popular support and mandate of the Nagas, are fully prepared - spiritually, mentally, physically - to ink an enduring agreement with government of India anytime soon.”
He reminded that Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC), Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC), Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF), Nagaland Joint Christian Forum (NJCF), “14 aborigine Naga tribes of Nagaland”, non-Nagas indigenous of Nagaland etc. have fully endorsed the WC of NNPGs.
Isak described the present situation - BJP government at the Centre with the robust absolute majority and their leadership demonstrating “genuine” political will to resolve the Naga issue followed by the popular mandate of the WC of NNPGs - as an opportune moment to resolve the Naga issue.
He said “No opportune moment as such would arise again even in the decades or centuries to come.”
The co-convener further clarified that WC of NNPGs has not forfeited certain unresolved issues like - sovereignty, integration, constitution, flag etc. Rather he said these issues shall be “consistently, continuously and democratically pursued as soon as the solution arrives”.
Referring to the recent interview of WC of NNPGs convener, N. Kitovi Zhimomi to Nagaland Post on October 6, Isak said the six co-conveners stood in solidarity with the convener though certain section with a “pseudo-solutionist mindset” had taken offense to the statement. Justifying Kitovi’s statement, Isak said, “The convener had stated the reality confronting the Nagas - the need for the Nagas to be pragmatic in ushering a peaceful, workable, honourable and enduring solution to the almost a century Indo-Naga political conflict.”