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NNC outcry over parleys

Kohima, Oct. 17: The Naga National Council (NNC) today said the Naga political issue was a “common property” and not a “monopoly game”.

In a statement, the NNC, which was formed in 1946, said recognising the Naga issue as a national problem was a time-tested struggle and that collective wisdom and deliberation was a must at this crucial juncture. The statement comes as Delhi and NSCN (Isak-Muivah) head towards a solution to the Naga issue.

The outfit said the Naga issue could not be overruled by the rhetoric of some people. A concerted wisdom should be sought and the people’s voice heard, it added.

“We cannot talk of an honourable solution when we do not honour our own commitment,” the statement said.

The NNC said it would not stoop below the line set by their pioneers who had declared Naga independence on August 14, 1947 and later conducted a plebiscite in 1951 for sovereign Nagaland. The Centre rejected the plebiscite and military operation began. The outfit said no force within or without could dictate the Naga national cause for their personal whims and benefits.

It said the Naga political issue was not only unique, it was historically rooted in the existence as a people and a nation. “We reaffirm that our rights are embedded and enshrined as a divine gift and, hence, are inalienable.”

The group said Naga political movement was one of self-assertion. “It is about finding our rightful place in the history of political movement towards something that is obscure and undefined. We simply follow the path of history carved by the vision and aspiration of our forefathers.”

It said it would not surrender their rights to the language of convenience and accommodation. “Therefore, at this juncture, we commit ourselves to the task of safeguarding the truth and historical rights of the Nagas, to be alert at every turn of Naga political chapter.” The NSCN (K) also said it would not be part of the solution between the Centre and the NSCN (I-M).