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Naga problem can be solved in two years: NSCN faction leader

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The Naga predicament that has claimed countless lives of civilians and security personnel for over five decades can be solved within two years with the will of the Indian government, said a leader of one of the factions of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) that supports the recently signed Naga Peace Accord.

“We have been fighting for Naga sovereignty for decades, demanding the carving of a Naga country from both Myanmar and India. But, we have found that it’s practically impossible. So the Nagas from the Indian side should seek a solution from India and those in Myanmar should seek solution from Myanmar,” said NSCN (Reformation) president Y. Wangtin Naga.

They were ready to struggle for another couple of decades in case the talks failed, he added.

Wangtin was in the capital with his NSCN (Reformation) delegation to meet Naga Peace Interlocutor RN Ravi. The group was the first among other NSCN factions to have come forward to support the Naga Peace Accord signed between the NSCN and the Indian government, which, as of now, is considered to be only a framework. However, talks are on for more transparency and suggestions from all stake-holders.

The role to be played by the NSCN (Reformation) in the peace talks was one of the major points of discussion between Ravi and the delegation.

Speaking on the issue, NSCN (Reformation) general secretary P Tikhak said: “We have worked for the Naga people. They have suffered a lot. It is appreciable that the government of India has understood that they are Indians and we are Nagas. Nagas are not Indians and they have distinct identities. These two things should not dilute.”

“We need to allow the Naga people to live and progress on their own. As far as the Indians and Nagas are concerned, they can always live together and help each other with their own sovereignty,” Tikhak said.

“As long as the Naga Peace Accord serves the cause of the Naga people, we have no objection. But the results of the accord should be in favour of the Nagas completely,” Tikhak added.

Wangtin, formerly a senior leader with NSCN (Khaplang), has said that the only reason SS Khaplang had abrogated a 14-year-old ceasefire with the Indian government earlier this year, was because he was being constantly misled by two of his deputies – Niki Sumi and Starson Lamkang.

 

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“The abrogation was the final blow to Khaplang. It was the biggest fault that he could commit. Khaplang once used to be the best leader, but over the years he has been constantly misguided by some of his deputies, precisely Starson and Sumi. Even the abrogation of the ceasefire was the result of it,” Wangtin maintained.

Apart from his own men, the octogenarian rebel leader was also misguided by other militant groups such as the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), against the Indian government, added Wangtin.

“It’s very unfortunate that before the abrogation of the ceasefire, Khaplang was told that the Indian Government will fear them if the ceasefire was violated. Tikhak and I tried to make him understand, but instead of listening, he expelled us,” stated Wangtin.

The NSCN (Reformation) was formed in April after Wangtin and Tikhak were expelled from the NSCN (Khaplang) due to differences with its leadership.

 

With inputs from IANS

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Naga delegation demands to be fulfilled

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: On Wednesday, a two-day meeting of the first ever tribal delegation from the Naga-dominated districts of Arunachal Pradesh between Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Naga peace interlocutor R.N. Ravi, concluded with the latter assuring them that their demands would be fulfilled.

Tirap, Changlang and Longding were the districts represented in the talks.

The delegation was assured that the next step to ensure the development in those areas would be the creation of Patkai Autonomous Council.

“We, at any cost want the formation of the Patkai Autonomous Council. We have been deprived of development for so long. It is possible only if the three districts get autonomy. The political organisations are least bothered about development there,” said Nokchai Boham, a member of the delegation, after the meeting.

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Boham said: “The government cannot openly speak about the step it is taking for the uplifting of the three districts as there are high chances that the issue might be politicised and be made a factor behind the disturbances in the state.

Earlier, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had met the home minister over similar demands but this is the first time that the tribal leaders from Tirap, Changlang and Longding are included in the committee.

Previously, a delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) had called on R.N. Ravi and urged him not to compromise on the territorial integrity of the state while executing the final draft of the Naga peace accord with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah).

NSCN (I-M) wants a greater homeland comprising of Nagaland and the Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and parts of Upper Myanmar.

Speaking about the AAPSU’s meet with the interlocutor, Boham said: “Tirap, Changlang and Longding are Naga tribe dominated areas and there is no point on raising the issue with non-Nagas as they won’t understand the real problem and rather politicise the developmental issues in the three districts.”

 

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He also alleged that the funds for development of the three districts have been misused and channelized for the development of other tribes and not Nagas, which has affected the development of these areas.

Confirming the development, Rijiju told IANS: “The government is well aware of the development required in Tirap, Changlang and Longding, and will take steps accordingly. The government will do everything possible.”

The districts are economically and socially deprived inspite of being rich in natural resources because of the lack of funds. They are also considered to have several camps of extremist groups such as National Socialist Council of Nagaland -Khaplang and United Liberation Front of Assam.

It was due to this reason that the Narendra Modi-led central government had extended the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the three districts a couple of months back without consulting CM Nabam Tuki, who leads the Congress government in the state.

 

(With inputs from IANS)

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Faction of Naga group on recruitment drive post peace accord, Govt. unsure

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By Rupesh Dutta

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New Delhi:  Even as the government is exploring every option to bring the various factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) within the recently inked Naga Peace Accord, the outfit’s strongest group NSCN (Isak-Muivah) is recruiting fresh cadre from parts of eastern Nagaland.

The recruitment drive was started immediately after the Naga accord was signed between the Narendra Modi government and NSCN(IM) on August 3, following nearly 20 years of intense negotiations.

NSCN(IM) secretary for ministry of information and publicity W. Zimik admitted that the recruitment was on, but said it was “completely on a voluntary basis” and that no one would be compelled to join.

“There is one specific place where the recruitment drive is being carried out. It’s completely depending on the areas from which the youth want to join. However, if the parents of the youth do not want them to join, then we are not compelling them,” Zimik told media over phone from Dimapur, in Nagaland.

Although the youth were free to join NSCN(IM), they will not undergo any arms training, Zimik added.

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The government, though, seems to be unaware of the move by the accord co-signatory. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said he did not have any information about this development.

“I will have to check if this is really happening. I will respond once I get the complete report,” Rijiju told media.

According to sources knowledgeable about the developments, NSCN(IM) was conducting its recruitment drive in its stronghold Tuensang district where the youth were being mobilized to join.

“The fresh recruits are being falsely told that the government has allowed them (NSCN-IM) to carry on the recruitment and that they will be paid salary,” a source told media.

The recruiters were apparently telling the youth that this would be the last batch of recruitment. Although some parents have accepted the faction’s claims, a majority of them were worried as the NSCN(IM) had also said during earlier recruitments that it was “their last recruitment drive”, the source said.

Usually, after a peace accord is inked, militant groups are not allowed to take in new cadres. Instead, the government generally aims to rehabilitate the existing ones. However, experts on the North-Eastern region have said that the situation on the Naga issue might be different as the NSCN(IM) claims itself to be a political group and not a military one.

A ministry of home affairs source had earlier said two army and four paramilitary battalions would be raised to accommodate the existing NSCN(IM) cadres, numbering around 5,000. That may possibly be one reason why the former militant group wants to take in more people.

NSCN(IM) is already supposed to have recruited over 1,000 new cadres from Dimapur, the commercial hub of the state. It has also verbally directed village councils to send youngsters for recruitment.

E.M. Rammohan, former director general of Border Security Force and an expert on the country’s North-Eastern region, said: “The actual devil is in the accord details. Calling the recruitment drive illegitimate as of now won’t be correct because we do not know what is there in the accord.”

He said if there was a clause in the accord that prevents the recruitment of cadre, then the NSCN(IM) “is infringing the norms and inviting trouble. However, in case there is any such clause that makes it possible, which actually should not be the condition, then nothing can be done”, Rammohan said.

He said the government should not have any problem with the recruitment drive, if it’s done as a political step;  but it has to ensure that the recruits are not given any arms training, he cautioned.

(IANS)

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Modi: Naga peace accord will help entire northeast

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New Delhi:  Acknowledging the role of previous governments in the peace process in Nagaland, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hoped that the successful talks with the (NSCN-IM)will pave the way for development in the entire northeast. “Every government tried doing something in this regard, some efforts succeeded, some did not. The process went on, and no government should take credit for it as every one of them contributed its bit and this resulted in successful talks with them (NSCN-IM),” he said while inaugurating the birth centenary celebrations of Naga leader Rani Gaidinliu. “I hope the journey (with NSCN-IM and others), which has started, would give good results,” he said. Modi also expressed regret that many freedom fighters and prominent personalities who contributed to the cause of the country were not “remembered adequately”. The prime minister said India must remember the glorious heritage of the freedom struggle and ensure that the legacy of the struggles and achievements of freedom fighters is passed on to succeeding generations.

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“It is our misfortune that people such as Rani Gaidinliu have either not been remembered adequately, or have been deliberately forgotten,” he said in his address. Gaidinliu, affectionately called Rani Maa, believed that her struggle for the Naga people against the British was also a struggle for India’s unity and integrity, he said. Modi also credited Gaidinliu with spreading the message of Mahatma Gandhi in the northeast region. Modi said Gaidinliu’s thoughts on living in harmony with nature could provide an answer to the problem of climate change being faced by the world today. The prime minister also spoke of his government’s initiatives for the development of the northeast. He reiterated that the progress of the northeast will provide a big boost to the development of the entire nation. “India will develop only if the northeast develops,” Modi said, adding that the central government was committed to overall development of the region. “We are putting in maximum efforts to build infrastructure in the northeast,” he said.

The prime minister also said that following the resolution of the border dispute with Bangladesh, connectivity with the northeast was set to become easier. “The northeast has now become closer to the rest of India.” Stating that the northeast was blessed with abundant natural bounty, he said the region has the potential to become the organic capital of the country. Coins of Rs.5 and Rs.100 were also released by the prime minister to mark the occasion. The Rs.5 coin will be circulated while the Rs.100 coin will be of commemorative nature. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minster Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh also spoke on the occasion. Rajnath Singh said as Durgawati and Rani Laxmi Bai were mentioned in the history of the freedom struggle, the name of Gaidinliu should have been given the same prominence. “Historians have failed to do justice with Rani Gaidinliu,” the home minister said, adding that the recent peace accord with the NSCN-IM takes forward her dream of securing peace and stability in the region.

Jaitley said that remembering Gaidinliu would help the northeast come closer to the mainstream. “It would go a long way in creating a sense of involvement (among the people there),” he said, addressing the function largely attended by school children. Jitendra Singh said Gaidinliu was a symbol of the legacy and heritage of the northeast. He also announced a fund of Rs.983.08 lakh for setting up a library-cum-museum at Kohima as a tribute to Gaidinliu. Born on January 26, 1915, Rani Gaidinliu joined her cousin Haipou Jadonang’s movement at the age of 13 to drive out the British from Manipur. In 1932, she was arrested at the age of 16 and sentenced to life in prison. She was released from Tura jail (now in Meghalaya) after having spent 14 years in various prisons. She died on February 17, 1993, at Longkao in Manipur. Nagaland Governor P.B. Acharya, Nagaland Chief minister T.R. Zeliang, Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh and Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma were also present on the occasion.

(IANS)