Integration not a choice, asserts NSCN-IM

Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR, Jun 17: Member of 'Collective Leadership' cum care-taker of 'Ministry of Kilo (Home) Affairs' of the NSCN-IM, Rh Raising has on Friday said that integration of all Naga ancestral domains under one political roof is a must and not a choice
Rh Raising said that Nagas are made to live with shame and humiliation in their divided land.
 “We must work together for our common cause. And therefore, integration of all Naga ancestral domains under one political roof is a must, not a choice,” he stated.
The NSCN-IM leader then said, “It is said that the flag and constitution are ingredients of the recognized sovereignty and unique history of the Nagas”. He added that the flag and constitution cannot exist apart from the Naga people, saying that they are symbols of “our identity and hallmarks of our Nationhood”.
In an apparent effort to justify the position and stand of the NSCN-IM, Rh Raising said that there is no early solution or delayed solution.
“All solutions are naturally principle-based. The past agreements or accords could not bring solutions in our land because they were not principle-based. Nagas should not repeat the past mistakes,” the NSCN-IM leader added.
He asserted that the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) has  to state its position loud and clear to the people.
The NSCN-IM leader added that every sensible Naga, even friends and foes, understands that the case of the Nagas is a National resistance movement against the aggressor-States. He also claimed that it is neither a secessionist movement nor a domestic problem of India “as wantonly propagated by the aggressors”.
According to him, a wrong view comes from a wrong perspective. Seeking political solution from the Indian Constitutional perspective is tantamount to giving a wrong treatment to a patient, he opined.
 “Solution of the problem will come only when it is viewed from the correct perspective” Rh Raising added.
The statement went on to add that as people and their land are inseparable from each other, so people and their rights, their identity, their culture, their history, politics and religion are also inseparably interwoven.
Stating that principle is seed, he further said, "as all trees come from the seeds, so all Nation-States come from their National principles. This takes us to the point that Naga state should come from the Naga principle,”.
He added that NSCN-IM are for development but "we are for power to develop our land by ourselves. NSCN focuses on power to make money for development. Politics makes development; politics makes money”.
 According to him, there are also people who are fond of talking high of colonial power who they call high command.
 “But politics of the NSCN is to decide the future of the Nagas by the Nagas themselves. Nagas are the master of their world,” he stated.
For NSCN, any agreement small or big is considerable if it is transitional to the final goal, otherwise no accord or agreement is far better than any accord of treason, Rh Raising asserted.
On the question of sovereignty, he said that sovereignty exists within the people, it is the soul of "our Nationhood". It is one of the main agreed points of the Framework Agreement, he added.
According to the NSCN-IM leader, Nagas are the worst victims of ‘divide and rule policy' and ‘define and rule policy’ of the aggressors.
 “We are divided and placed in different administrative units so that we are reduced to a negligible minority and colonized. We have suffered ruthless oppressions in the hands of the colonial power and their agents for decades. We Nagas fight back the aggressors because we don’t want to die. We must live and are determined to live to fulfill our mission on earth,” he stated.
He also called for integration of all Naga ancestral domains under one political roof.
The NSCN-IM leader then stated that a political organization or a political party or a political leadership may be mandated by people to fight for their cause or advocate for their cause.
 “But no organization or party or leadership in history is ever mandated by the people to sell out the rights of the people,” he added.
 Rh Raising stated that treason is the work of traitors and traitors don’t represent the people and issue of the people. “Traitor and collaborator are two faces of the same coin,” he maintained.