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NSCN widows’ body seeks settlement for lasting peace

The tripartite Bodo accord signed on Monday has stimulated the demand for a solution to the protracted Naga political issue.

Hours after the signing of the accord among the Union government, the Assam government and the Assam-based factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) and the All Bodo Students’ Union, the Widows’ Federation of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a settlement for lasting peace.

“The Nagas in general and the widows of war, in particular, are in a positive frame of mind as we closely study the unfolding development with regard to the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks that are being guided and monitored by you,” the federation said in the letter.

“Our hearts have cried for the final solution because we have seen enough of fighting and killings” in the last 72 years of the Naga political struggle and 23 years of the talks with the NSCN-IM, it said.

“It is time to say enough is enough. No more fighting, no more killing and let there be no more widows and fatherless children... Let us admit ourselves that there is time for everything. There is time for war and there is time for peace and understanding,” the letter said.

The federation said that its members “would like to place ourselves in the comfort zone and look towards the days when we shall no more see the horror of war”. It also advised the government to arrive at a peaceful, acceptable solution to avoid “another conflict between the Nagas and India”.

Governor flayed

The Naga Intellectual Forum (NIF) has condemned Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi’s statement on the eve of Republic Day. The speech, it said, was more of a threat to the Naga people than an appeal.

In his speech, Mr Ravi said two evils — gun and corruption – have taken an unacceptable toll on the people and assured to eliminate it to build a new Nagaland. He also reminded “some people”, who try to undermine the historical reality of the State and its unique constitutional status by using guns, that violence has never succeeded and shall never succeed, and the people are supreme in democratic India.

“We resolve our differences through peaceful dialogue, not under the shadow of guns. I remind those with guns that any attempt to subdue the people with fear is doomed to fail and bound to recoil. I urge them to read the bold writings on the wall – and reformat themselves in tune with the reality before it is too late,” he said.

The NIF said, “The incoherence is profound and therefore quite perplexing whether he is speaking as the Governor of Nagaland or as the Indian Interlocutor to the Indo-Naga peace talks even as it is unbecoming of any position either way. It is rather reflective of a diabolical modus operandi likely in the offing.”

The forum asserted that the “Nagas were never a part of India either by consent or by conquest and that Nagaland is just a part of its history created in 1963”. It also advised the Governor to ensure that the elected government of Nagaland acts constitutionally in the interest of people.

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