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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.


SS Khaplang source: rediff
SS Khaplang
source: rediff

“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


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.


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)