DIMAPUR, Oct 14 - Leaders of the working committee of Naga national political groups have presented themselves as a “confused bunch of people” by disconnecting themselves from the Naga political history during talks with the Government of India, the NSCN-IM has said.
In a release issued by its ‘ministry of information and publicity’, the NSCN-IM on Sunday alleged that the political groups were easily manipulated when sitting across the table negotiating in the name of Naga political solution and have become “yes men” for all practical purposes.
“This is the tragic fate of the working committee, today negotiating with the Government of India in the name of Naga political solution,” it said.
The outfit said that when the “painful reality” gets exposed, it became a matter of “shame” and “disgrace” for the Nagas because there were forces at work waiting to exploit this absurdity on the part of some so-called Naga leaders claiming to be talking with the Government of India on the Naga political solution. This is what is happening now at the hands of the confused lot of people who are heading the working committee, but speaking in contrasting tone, it added.
The NSCN-IM referred to a recent interview of Alezo Venuh, the emissary to the collective leadership of the Kitovi-Neokpao faction of the NSCN, with Al Jazeera news channel. It said that when asked about the Naga Constitution, Venuh came up with the most “abominable answer”, saying “Unless a country or nation is declared as a nation, how can you have a constitution”.
N Kitovi Zhimomi, the chairman of the Kitovi-Neokpao faction of the NSCN and convenor of the working committee, also rubbished the existence of a Naga Constitution and said it can be drafted after signing an agreement for a Naga solution, the NSCN-IM said.
It expressed surprise that these same leaders of the working committee were also telling the media that the flag and constitution were integral part of the negotiations.
The NSCN-IM said any layman would be able to know if the working committee has done any “hard negotiation” with Government of India representative and interlocutor RN Ravi other than being made to listen on the so-called “economic package” in the waiting in the name of a Naga political solution.
“Visibly, they have argued that it should be for the Nagas of Nagaland only. This is the picture today in the hands of the working committee, negotiating in the name of Naga political solution,” the release said.
The NSCN-IM said the working committee was in a hurry to sign the agreement anytime soon. “This is the manner of price they want to pay for the hundreds of thousands of Nagas who died in the name of Naga freedom,” it said.
However, the NSCN-IM said that true revolutionary patriots will continue to uphold the national trust and glorious history. “We will never walk down the path of capitulated peace,” it added.