GUWAHATI: The NSCN (IM), which is currently holding talks with centre in New Delhi, on Tuesday said that the 23-year-old peace dialogue has “reached the tipping point.” It alleged that interlocutor and
Nagaland governor RN Ravi
has modified the earlier signed ‘
’ (FA) which apparently has put the Naga issue under the “purview of the Indian Constitution.”
“This is the crux of the Indo-Naga political talks now. The issue is now in the court of the Government of India that should come out with an undertaking that FA is still alive in its original form and to be handled by somebody other than RN Ravi, who is sensitive enough to understand and respect what has been achieved during the past 23 years,” the NSCN (IM) said.
The NSCN (IM) on Tuesday made public the “Framework Agreement”(FA) signed in August, 2015 to form the basis of the final agreement in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which has been under wraps, to point out how removal of one word, ‘new’ has changed the direction of the dialogue.
According to the FA, “Both sides (government and NSCN –IM) have understood each other’s respective positions and are cognizant of the universal principle that in a Democracy sovereignty lies with the people. Accordingly, the Govt. of India and the NSCN, respecting people’s wishes for sharing the sovereign power as defined in the competencies reached an agreement on the 3rd August, 2015 as an honorable solution. It is a matter of great satisfaction that dialogue between the Govt. of India and the NSCN has successfully concluded and we are confident it will provide for an enduring inclusive new relationship of peaceful co-existence of two entities.”
NSCN (IM) stated, “Ravi craftily deleted the word “new” (in last sentence—enduring inclusive new relationship of peaceful co-existence of two entities) from the original to justify his own narrative” and this modification of the FA “has become the point of conflict that delayed the process for solution.”
“Significantly, the word ‘new’ is politically sensitive as it goes to define the meaning of peaceful co-existence of the two entities (two sovereign powers). Further, “NEW relationship” strongly indicates outside the purview of Indian Constitution. When “NEW” is removed there is room for misinterpreting it as under Indian Constitution.”
The NSCN (IM) added that this misplaced interpretation of “it will provide for an enduring inclusive new relationship of peaceful co-existence of the two entities” has become the point of conflict that delayed the process for solution.
The NSCN (IM) added, “The tipping point comes when he ordered the Nagaland state government to issue office memorandum requiring all state government employees to self-declare their relations with the “Naga underground groups”. This is the bone of contention that has cropped up as Naga people cried foul over such outmoded policy that does no longer fit into the present scheme of things to end a century old Naga political issue.”
The NSCN (IM) clarified that the reason why it has refrained from publishing the FA was “respecting the tacit understanding reached between the two sides not to release to the public domain for security reasons of India. However, Ravi took undue advantage and started modifying and manipulating the FA in his own narratives which began to mislead the Nagas as well as the GoI,” it added.
It said that it was grateful to the Prime Minister who guided and supervised the signing of the historic Framework Agreement by giving the ceremony a high profile status.