Agreed Position only document under UN Charter: NNPGs
DIMAPUR, Feb 9
The Working Committee (WC) of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) has claimed that among all signed political accords, agreements and understandings between Nagas and the Union of India during the last eight decades, the Agreed Position signed on November 17, 2017 was the only political document of Naga people that had the United Nations Charter 1(2) pertaining to “Right To Self Determination” of people.
Stressing that the UN Charter emphasised that the principle of equal rights and people’s self determination should lead to appropriate measures “strengthen universal peace,” WC, NNPGs through its media cell, urged the Government of India to “respect UN Charter 1(2)”, by recognising the Agreed Position and subsequent negotiated status paper between the Centre and WC, NNPGs was very explicit and did not create confusion or diversion, and nor did it “insert mischievous non-political words or deficient historical chronology”.
WC, NNPGs stated that with the Centre having recognised the political and historical right of Nagas to self-determine their future, in consonance with their distinct identity, the Agreed Position was clear and unambiguous as could be, in black and white, for a thousand years.
WC, NNPGs pointed out that contemporary political realities denoted a factual position that the “Indo-Naga conflict” was unresolved and that it was also a reality that the Central Government had “installed a puppet State Government at Kohima” through periodic elections to enforce Indian political and administrative occupation of Naga homeland.
WC however asserted that elections could not finish the spirit of Naga Nationalism and never destroyed nor dampened Naga political rights and aspirations. It stressed that every forced election in Nagaland would strengthen Nagas to stand firm for their right.
Further, WC said the Central Government leadership ran the risk of becoming world’s largest democracy failing in its commitment to end the “Indo-Naga political conflict” through peaceful means. It also regretted that the culture of identifying the most crooked and corrupt regional politicians and enticing them to either join or ally with ruling BJP was on a steep rise.
WC, NNPGs said Naga people trusted Prime Minister Narendra Modi when, he announced in 2015, to a packed stadium in Dubai, UAE that the Naga problem had been solved. It therefore asked -where is the solution ?
WC said that in 2018, though Nagas were sceptical yet they embraced the idea “Election for Solution”. However, five years today and although the negotiations had concluded, the Centre and State Government continue to play with the sentiments of Naga people.
Noting that the Assembly election would be held soon in Nagaland, it wondered whether Naga people would allow themselves to be fooled again.
WC also recalled the declaration by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio that forming an Opposition-less Government was solely to facilitate and hasten the “Indo-Naga political solution.” Further, WC claimed that Rio had “boldly claimed” in 2021 that removal of then Governor RN Ravi was a big achievement for the UDA coalition in order to “expedite the ongoing Naga political problem.”
Instead of Naga solution, WC said “a blatant deceitful game is being played out, offering crores (of rupees) in cash, SUVs such as Fortuners, Scorpios, Boleros to “Central messengers, political agents and prominent leaders of Civil Society to sow more division and kill the people’s consensus(unity)”
WC warned that Naga history will remember all the active participants and their accomplices who are playing the role of saboteurs to perfection.
The Committee said that the Naga issue was older than independent India and that Nagas had only been partly under British control. It pointed out that the United Nations Charter 1(2) was precisely to remind Nations like India to respect the political and historical rights of suppressed Nations like the Nagas.
WC therefore assured that it would continue to pursue what was historically and politically correct for Naga people and that State elections would not weaken or blot out Naga people’s quest for a just future.
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