Some of those who voted YES had this to say:
• Yes. The central government will always find one excuse or the other to justify the DAA and AFSPA in Nagaland. So there is no point harping about it. The best way is to find a political solution.
• Yes, because Nagas are divided and the government of India is exploiting this division.
• Yes. Not only the Central Govt. but the citizen of Nagaland should declare it as Disturbed area. It is disturbing to see the conditions of roads, disturbing to see the amount of corruptions, disturbing to see the how the churches are running, disturbing to see the moral degeneration prevailing among the people holding responsible post helping the youth of sexes to the pit of morality. The Godlessness in the society. The unemployed youths roaming aimlessly, the list go on. It is heartbreaking.
• Yes. Situation demands.
Some of those who voted NO had this to say:
• No. There is no justification for the extension of the Disturbed Areas Act in Nagaland. The legislators in Nagaland should resign on moral grounds.
• Big NO… and there’s no reason to declare or extend DAA in Nagaland.
• NO! When the GoI is harping about the early solution on the Naga political issues, why extend the DAA? Is the GoI intending to bring solution to the Naga political issues through the barrel of the gun? If not, why extend the DAA?
• Government of India can’t justify extending disturb areas act in Nagaland. It’s a game played by Delhi to install BJP Government in Nagaland with the help of… Like they played in 2003. But unfortunately, no opposition.
• No reason to extend DAA, considering the ground reality, Nagaland is a peaceful state. Instead this act should be enforced in other Indian States where rape, mob lynching, racial discrimination, communal tensions prevail.
• No. There is peace compared to many other states.
• NO. Peace is prevalent now in Nagaland. With the exception of the never-ending and childish tussle among our immature politicians the state is experiencing no other social turmoil or trouble from our NPGs. Therefore there is no ground for the damned Indian government to extend the damned Act.
• No. Central India is more disturbed then NE States. They keep it in place to terrorize and to stop development
• No. But let us not forget that the GOI introduced the AFSPA to silence the Naga movement in the 50s. Today they are also trying to silence the Nagas. And we like IDIOTS are dividing ourselves further and further apart.
Some of those who voted OTHERS had this to say:
• This is Imperialistic act. We should appeal in court of justice.
• Never know what will be the outcome if it is removed. Though by implementing it, there is no chaos bringing a halt of works of any as compared to others.
• People should take this issue up with the International Criminal Court. Lots of human rights violations are being committed and if the Indian courts are not willing to take it up, individual cases should be filed under the International Criminal Court.
• No state wants to be under the purview of AFSPA, and particularly Nagaland: given its history of struggle for sovereignty and consequential bloodshed and oppression meted out by the Indian armed forces. Although the reason behind the need for the implementation of the act may or may not justified, yet the blatant abuses of the act by the armed forces resulting human rights violations in the affected areas outweighed its intended consequences. AFSPA has become one of the most controversial acts, especially with regard to the human rights violation. Or as Human Rights Watch put down, “a tool of state abuse, oppression and discrimination.” Nevertheless, the act does serve its purposive assignments. And in so far the ground for the extension is concerned, the GOI may have a reason, and that being the NSCN (K) and other current state of affairs which are pathetic. The extension may surprisingly (and reluctantly) be practical. Further, the Supreme Court has recently repealed the immunity of the armed forces from inquiry and prosecution under the act. To sum up, the extension despite its notoriety might be proper so long the people of Nagaland are not affected by its implementation.