DIMAPUR, Oct 13 - The Naga Hoho on Sunday said the three-month deadline to resolve the decades-old Naga issue was unacceptable to the people as all issues are yet to be resolved amicably.
In a release, Naga Hoho president HK Zhimomi and general secretary K Elu Ndang on Sunday said the “take it or leave it” or “carrot and stick policy” would vitiate the prevailing atmosphere in the quest for an honourable solution.
Nagaland Governor and the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi at a public meeting in Kohima in August said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants the Naga issue to be resolved in three months.
The Naga Hoho said any accord that does not honour the legitimate rights, including a separate flag and a constitution, was neither honourable nor acceptable to the Nagas, who have shed precious blood for a long-lasting solution.
It reminded the Centre not to divide the Nagas or come out with piecemeal solution in “tacit understanding” with the groups who have vested and parochial interests as this would result in further bloodshed among the Nagas.
It appealed to all Naga negotiating groups to look for common ground to find an inclusive and amicable solution.
The Hoho said that after airing of all views for Naga political solution to the Government of India, the latter must keep to its commitments as the people have waited 22 long years for an honourable settlement.
It said every Naga soul was awaiting a post-settlement era of peace and development and the people cannot succumb to the inducements of economic packages and the “divide and rule policy” of the Government of India.
The Hoho reiterated the call for unity among the Naga people and said that every individual and village has sacrificed a lot in the course of 70 years for the Naga political struggle, irrespective of artificial borders.
It said that since the beginning of the movement, the people were in unison for the right to self-determination and restoration of what rightly belong to the Naga people.
Despite the historic agreements or accords between the Naga people and the Government of India, the Nagas were never part of India either by conquest or consent. It was with strong conviction and determination that the pioneers among the Naga people had laid the strong foundation for the present generation to stand with vigour and perseverance, the Hoho said.
Quoting former MP and revolutionary leader R Suisa, it said: “The Nagas are politically obtuse; they do not understand the right thing at the right time. They are not united at the right time for the right cause. If such a situation prevails in Nagaland, the Nagas will fight among themselves to finish themselves.”