NSCN-IM accuses Centre of trying to divide Nagas
GHTI/DMPR, 17th Oct: The NSCN-IM on Thursday hit out at centre, accusing it of trying to divide the Nagas with “monetary baits” by promising an “economic package.”
The NSCN–IM hard hitting message has come hours before peace talks interlocutor and Nagaland governor RN Ravi’s scheduled “consultative meeting” with “primary stakeholders, Church leaders and Civil Societies” at Kohima on Friday in a bid to break the stalemate in its 22-year-old peace negotiation with centre over its firm demands of separate flag, constitution and integration of Naga inhabited areas beyond Nagaland.
The NSCN-IM said in a statement, “The Government of India and her agencies on the other hand are at work sleeplessly to exploit our vulnerabilities to pull away many Naga individuals or groups with monetary baits and other highly rated economic packages. These are short term gains that do not merit the blood of our martyrs.”
“Given the fact that Nagas are driven to the point where we have to decide which way to go – either we allow ourselves to be exploited because of our insanity or we decide ourselves by taking the right decision at the right time. Certainly, this is the reckoning time for the Nagas. But, this is the time the world is watching how we Nagas handle this defining moment. Above everything, God is also definitely keeping an eye to see how Nagas, irrespective of groups or factions, civil society organisations, churches and individuals take their ground to uphold the course of Naga history,” the statement added.
Another point of difference between NSCN-IM and centre is Ravi holding a parallel discussion with six other rival outfits, which are ready to sign the final deal sans the flag, constitution and integration. There are reports that centre has offered an economic package for the state.
“No doubt, these are the people with dubious standing, least bothered to defend the legitimate historical and political rights of the Nagas. Nevertheless, it is not too late to rethink over the steps they have taken lest the wrath of our own people comes in heaps because it matters Naga’s pride and identity. It matters Naga’s covenant with God when He gave the rainbow flag to the Nagas more than seven decades ago to bring us to this day,” the NSCN-IM statement said.
Conveying a strong and urgent message to the Nagas, the NSCN-IM said, "This is the reckoning time for the Nagas". It also called the present moment as "defining moment".
In this testing moment, said the NSCN-IM, no sacrifice is too big to save the Naga nation from drifting away into oblivion, and no individuals are untouchable to come to common ground to save the Naga nation. "And no leaders are too big before God to humble themselves to find the meeting point with other leaders to save the Naga nation".
"Many a times we talked of our martyrs of hundreds of thousands," it stated. "We never fail to mention on many official occasions that it is because of them that we have come this far to negotiate with the Government of India to present our historical and political rights in the manner that ultimately won the recognition of our unique history and situation to put us in the winning position". Certainly, said that the NSCN-IM, "our Naga history will not end here and the time will come in history when our children who will take over the rein to finish the unfinished task from us will question us for our failure to take the right decision at the right time". "Unfortunately", the NSCN-IM added, "We have seen the rise of many black sheeps who shamelessly exalt themselves in the media with their venomous write ups, and selected few civil society groups that are going extra vocal putting pressure upon the stakeholders to sign off the agreement within the time limit set by the Prime Minister of India notwithstanding whatever is to be lost".