KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 18 (MExN): A five member team of the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today met the Nagaland state Governor, PB Acharya and expressed disappointment at the Government of India’s decision to ban the NSCN (K) for five years and put up bounties on the group’s leaders.
A press note from the NSF informed that it also submitted a memorandum to the Governor. The memo termed the recent actions of the GoI as a “direct challenge to the Nagas’ aspiration to live as a people.”
The GoI, it stated cannot and should not impose such decisions against the people fighting for self-determination, if India is sincere towards the peace and prosperity of the country. The imposition of ban and the declaration of “such heinous policy,” it said, are against the wishes and desire of the Naga people in general and the humanity at large. The NSF further questioned the logic of the Government of India’s decisions “when all the mass based civil organisation have been trying hard to impress for resumption of ceasefire.”
“The Nagas have been yearning for peace and when a temporary peace is brought about through the collective efforts of the Naga people and the civil societies, the recent decision of Government of India will shatter the peaceful atmosphere and could breed more mistrust between India and the NSCN (K) in particular and the Nagas in general,” the NSF cautioned.
It sought answers as to why the GoI took these “drastic steps” when the Nagas are anticipating for a lasting settlement through the ‘Framework Agreement’ signed on the August 3, 2015 at 7 RCR, New Delhi.
It urged the Nagaland state Governor to impress upon the Government of India for withdraw of the ban on the NSCN (K) and the bounties on NSCN (K) leaders “as it could escalate further bloodshed.” It asked the Governor to intervene immediately in this regard.
The NSF further reminded the Governor on another memorandum submitted on July 23 regarding the Wuzu killings. The NSF expressed displeasure at not receiving any response from the Governor’s office even after two months.
It cautioned that failure to listen to the democratic approaches of the federation would compel the NSF to take up the next phase of agitation. The Governor meanwhile reportedly expressed regret for not having responded on time and assured the NSF that “steps taken thus far from his office will be officially intimidated at the earliest.”