Naga Political Issue Takes Center Stage on Day 3 | MorungExpress

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Kohima | March 22

Signs of growing fatigue and frustration over the delay in finding a final solution to the protracted Naga political problem were palpable today in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly as members questioned the sincerity and seriousness of the parties to the negotiations.

As discussion of the “Naga Policy Question” began on the third day of the ongoing budget session of the 13th NLA, members participating in the discussion expressed strong opinions in a surprising turn from the usual diplomatic stance.

Invoking Article 356 of the Constitution of India

Initiating the discussion, MP Imkong L Imchen questioned whether invoking Article 356 of the Constitution of India, relating to the Rule of the President, would be the right way to go in order to bring about a final solution. .

Justifying his point, Imchen said that even 25 years after the start of political talks and the adoption of several unanimous resolutions; there has been no sign of progress and no semblance of recognition from any of the negotiating parties, including the Indian government.

He also referred to the 2018 general election, where the NLA raised the slogan of “Solution not election” which was changed to “Election for solution”, and remarked that: “I don’t don’t know what should be the slogan for the 2023 general election in Nagaland because so far there is no indication or signal from the negotiating parties.

The Naga Popular Front’s senior lawmaker went on to say that his proposal to invoke Article 356 was “out of sheer frustration with the conduct of political negotiations over the past 25 years”, while stressing that he was not not against democracy or parliamentary democracy, but is against the current prevailing Naga society marked by violence, intimidation, extortion, threat, etc.

Nagaland AFSPA Lift

At a time when the people of the state have expressed their desire for peace, declaring the entire state of Nagaland as a disturbed area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) vitiates the peaceful atmosphere necessary for a peaceful resolution of the Naga issue, NPF MP Chotisuh Sazo said.

He asserted that the AFSPA should be lifted in the interest of “building confidence” among the Naga people and to facilitate an inclusive, honorable and acceptable solution to the Naga political problem.

“It is high time that the Naga people were freed from this political entanglement and could move forward on the path of peace, development and prosperity,” Sazo added.

Take what is possible today

Participating in the discussion, NDPP legislator H Chuba Chang argued that “we must take what is possible today,” and the future generation can take on the remaining responsibilities.

Although many people still criticize the signing of the 16-point agreement, Chang pointed out that it is because of this that the Nagas are here today. “They did their share of everything they could do at that time,” he said.

What is more important, he stressed, is that “our duty of what we have to do today is what more we can do for the Naga people”, rather than criticizing what has was done earlier. Despite openly declaring the conclusion of the talks on October 31, 2019, Chang asked, “What is holding them back from signing to fulfill the desire of the Naga people?

Stating that the Nagas must take what is possible today, Chang added, “What’s the point of working and talking if we can’t make a decision? What legacy are we going to leave to our next generation? He feared that if the opportunity was missed this time, the future generation would face the same thing happening today.

Are they really working for the Nagas?

“Are they really working for the Nagas?” Are they really pursuing our legitimate rights? Or within the different factions and functionaries, do they have an agenda for their personal interest or for a small group of people within the faction? were some of the questions posed by NDPP lawmaker Zhaleo Rio.

Exasperated that the issue is dragging on, Rio further wondered, “If national workers are really working for the Nagas and for our future, what is stopping them from coming together?

He felt that they should listen to the voice of the people and be rational and pragmatic in asking “what can be available rather than what cannot.” He went on to say that “ongoing negotiations, agreements or agreed positions are all done within the framework of the Constitution of India. Beyond that, it would be foolish and incorrect to ask what is not part of the discussion or the agreed position. »

Deficit of justice in Naga society

A weakness of the Naga people, NPF MP Yitachu Pfithu pointed out, was the “justice deficit” in Naga society.
Calling it the “root cause of so much fragmentation”, the MLA said that Naga society, in order to survive, should restore justice to every section and member of society, lest society disintegrate even to the last. ‘extinction.

While the solution still eludes the Nagas, Yitachu remarked that “in the name of the political issue, the government, development agencies and departments remain powerless” and wondered how long this situation could last. He said now is the time for CSOs, tribal hohos and negotiating parties to seriously seize the opportunity to find the solution – “the only answer bringing peace and prosperity to the North East region and Southeast Asia”.

Stop the blame game

“We are all pragmatic and realistic people; stop the blame game. The slogan is something that will not bring us a solution,” BJP lawmaker Mmhonlumo Kikon said.

Stating that there is confusion and suspicion today over the role of the 60 legislators, Kikon said “we are a parliamentary central committee that is absolutely and distinctly different from the NPC of the past.”

“We know what our role is as facilitators. We are not going to sign the agreement. We are stakeholders in the whole question. You can’t delete the 60 of us,” he said, clarifying their role.

Stating that the political issue of Naga is a much bigger issue than differences between political parties, he said that “the political semantics we engage in should not hamper our desire for a permanent solution”. Kikon also suggested that as facilitators they should seek to strengthen and support the whole settlement process.

A real movement in digression

NDPP MP Medo Yhokha said a “genuine movement” which started in earnest with the unwavering, unwavering and undivided solidarity and support of all Nagas, “unfortunately turned out to be , over the years unprofessionally manipulated and digressed with myopic and narrow acquired interpretation and manifestation.

He observed that it has unfortunately brought overwhelming evils to the present day which he says have gone miserably awry, disintegrated entire systems and caused “many vices and divisions” that today’s society and rulers cannot comprehend.

Believing that the same problem should no longer persist, Yhokha said: “We have had enough. The Nagas should not allow themselves to miss the opportunity instead of having unwarranted apprehensions within ourselves.

He also felt that the credibility and sincere commitment of the house must “go beyond these walls” and that the question should not be left solely to the representatives of the parties to the negotiations and to their “whims and fancies”.

“We must follow the lead and answer the call for a better and brighter Naga tomorrow,” Yhokha added.

We won’t get the constitution and the flag

Meanwhile, BJP lawmaker Temjen Imna Along made it clear that since the Indian government is also governed by the Indian Constitution, “we know very well that we will not get the constitution and a flag.”

“They are not going to agree,” he said, mentioning that Union Home Secretary Amit Shah rightly told them that was not possible during a meeting.

“Do we keep waiting and waiting?” he asked, pointing out the need to be realistic and pragmatic. “We need to come to an agreement and take it to the next level in a democratic process,” he said.

“The criterion for solution is not on ‘solution not election’ and ‘election for solution’, but that this contentious political issue should be understood and culminated, so that our people can live in peace and prosperity and seeing good governance also enable our people to grow with the nations of the world,” Along said.

Meanwhile, EE Panteang also called on the Indian government to make it clear whether it will decide based on the desire of the majority of the people or whether it will go with a few groups of people. He also commented, “If the talks have concluded as announced, it should be made known to the people from where further progress is blocked.”

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