The Discussion board for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), an assemblage of Naga folks from various backgrounds centered on reconciliation and peace constructing by means of dialogue, on Thursday urged Naga leaders and Authorities of India to keep away from politicking for short-term features amid an enormous row triggered by Nagaland governor RN Ravi.
Ravi, who can also be the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks, in a current message had hailed the controversial 16 Level Settlement signed between the Naga Individuals’s Conference (NPC) and the federal government of India which led to the formation of the state of Nagaland in 1963. H ealso unveiled a memorial to commemorate the contributions of the “founding fathers” of the state on the Raj Bhavan in Kohima on December 1.
Each his remarks and the memorial are being seen as makes an attempt to create fissures within the Naga society and proceed to attract flak.
The FNR in an announcement asserted that the 16 Level Settlement was one of many historic occasions seen to have decisively fragmented the Naga political motion and induced conditions for division and disunity.
“The failure of the 16 Level Settlement led the Authorities of India to signal the ‘Framework Settlement’ with NSCN (IM) in 2015 and the ‘Agreed Place’ with NNPGs in 2017. But, the current public show to idolize the 16 Level Settlement reveals the true hand behind the gestures of peace. If the intention was to win the hearts of the Nagas, this coverage and strategy demonstrates lack of acumen and prudence,” the FNR mentioned.
It identified that whereas nearly all of Naga folks throughout Nagaland rejected the 16 Level Settlement of 1960 and Shillong Accord of 1975 which have been signed with the federal government of India, the results of those occasions led to bitterness, lack of human life, suspicion, mistrust, fragmentation of Naga land and division.
The FNR mentioned that sincere dialogue, therapeutic, forgiveness and reconciliation are required round these historic occasions, however the trauma and wounds are nonetheless uncooked and delicate, frightening the worst out of each other.
“It, subsequently, isn’t a surprise that the Indian State and its businesses with guile and statecraft have actively steered the statehood narrative intensifying division and concurrently normalising complacency and conformity among the many Naga populace. However to what finish? A divided Naga home is in no person’s long run curiosity,” the FNR acknowledged.
Sustaining that Nagas are united of their historic and political rights even when their opinions and approaches have been divided, the discussion board mentioned Nagas are studying to make use of their variations to heal and it could be helpful for all, together with the federal government of India and Naga neighbours, to encourage and assist a “reconciled and healed Naga folks”.
“To fulfill the reworking wants of our up to date realities each Naga leaders and Authorities of India have to keep away from politicking for short-term features,” the FNR mentioned whereas calling for the must be political with statesman-like character and diplomatic qualities which might be primarily based on sincerity and respect.
Earlier, the Isak-Muivah faction of the Nationwide Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), the Naga College students’ Federation and apex tribal physique, the Naga Hoho, had condemned the governor’s assertion with comparable sentiments.