Nagas do not accept Indian constitution — NSCN (IM)
“It will be a horrible loss for both the Nagas and the Indians if they miss this second bus”
Dimapur, Sep. 11 (EMN): The NSCN (IM) on Wednesday made a clarion call to all the Nagas to unite and seize the opportunity ‘when God has opened the doors for them,’ a clear reference to the reports that the government of India wants to solve the Naga political issue within three months. The group also stated that “Nagas do not accept Indian constitution.”
This was stated in a press release made available to the media by the MIP of the group. The group also said the “NSCN represents the Naga people and the national issue” and that it will proof costly for both India and Nagas if the peace talks don’t come to a logical conclusion.
“It will be a horrible loss for both the Nagas and the Indians if they miss this second bus. No one should doubt that Framework Agreement is the meeting point for the Nagas and the Indians. The Nagas and the Indians are inseparably inter-related in many fields,” read the statement.
“We must learn to co-exist for mutual benefits. The Nagas will not merge into the Union of India, but they will co-exist with the Union of India as two entities. Nagas are a recognised entity. Nagas do not accept Indian constitution, but Nagas and Indians will share sovereign powers based on competencies,” it added.
In response to the Governor of Nagaland RN Ravi’s alleged statement that “there will be only one talk and one solution, but the other groups should also be accommodated in the Framework Agreement”, the NSCN (IM) recalled the words of its General Secretary Th Muivah: “They are welcome if they want to be part of the ‘Framework Agreement.’”
It also recalled late Isak Chishi Swu’s statement: “We have forgiven the past mistakes of our brothers in different camps. They should also forgive our past mistakes and unite in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
The Framework Agreement is the meeting point for Indians and Nagas as well as uniting point for the divided Nagas, it said.
The group also took a postshot at those who are claiming to be “stakeholders in the peace process,” stating that “opportunists, deserters, opponents and detractors who have never fought for the cause have now started claiming their shares when solution is around” and that “they are claiming the harvest they have not laboured for.”