Village custodians rally for early ‘Naga political solution’

Village custodians rally for early ‘Naga political solution’
Goan Buras (GBs) attending the ‘peace rally’ organised by Mon District GB Association at NST Station, Mon on December 12. Rallies were across Nagaland under the aegis of the Nagaland GB Federation calling for an early Naga political solution. (Morung Photo)


Morung Express News
Dimapur | December 12

Pushing for an “early Naga political solution,” the village custodian of Nagas, the Gaon Buras (GBs) with the support of other organizations hold ‘peaceful rally’ across the state on December 12.


Organised under the aegis of the Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF), the rallies were held in 11 districts and two sub-divisions in the state.


In commercial capital Dimapur, various organisations under the aegis of the Dimapur District GB’s Association submitted the NGPF’s representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi through Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dimapur with a “fervent appeal” for on early conclusion of the ongoing Indo-Naga political dialogue.


The representation was appended by Tokuho Suhoi Neho, President, Dimapur District GB Association and Kenneth Tsopoe, DDGBA General Secretary; Vihuto Yeptho, President, Western Sumi Kukami Hoho; T Bangerloba, President, Naga Council Dimapur; and K Ghokheto Chophy, Vice President (Admn.), Naga Council Dimapur.


In the land of Nagas, the people’s anticipation and desire for an honourable and acceptable political solution through political dialogue is very high from the government, it stated.


The Government of India (GoI) is currently holding concurrent dialogues with NSCN (IM) as well as the Working Committee (WC) of six Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs).


“It is the talk in every Naga kitchen and hearth across the length and breadth of our land,” it added.


The NGBF, in the reperesentation, also reminded the Prime Minister about his “televised pronouncement to international audience on the occasion of hostility between GOI and Nagas and the fresh prospectus for peaceful consistence.”


The Home Minister Rajnath Singh on many occasions has also assured that the lndo-Naga political issue is nearing solution, it noted.


In this regard, NGBF said it is constrained to submit the representation once again “in view of our observation that the progress of negotiation seems to have slowed down without obvious major hitch.”


“The seeming hiatus is indeed a matter of our serious concern.”


It therefore besieged the Prime Minister to “help create an honorable and acceptable future for Naga people, allowing us to prosper through peaceful coexistence, defending the democratic principles that we all strongly believe in.”


The representation also appreciated the GOI in choosing RN Ravi, Deputy National Security Adviser, as an interlocutor in the Indo-Naga political negotiations.


The signing of the ‘Framework Agreement’ with NSCN (IM) on August 3, 2015 and “Agreed Position” or “Preamble” on November 17, 2017, between GOI interlocutor and WC-NNPGs also raised the Naga People’s “hope and expectation for political solution” and it became much “more vocal and practical,” it added.


However, the NGBF pointed out that while festive December has arrived, the people are wondering whether the Prime Minister and his colleagues “care to take a decisive step” promised to Naga people.


It also reminded the Prime Minister of his assurance to the NGBF delegation on August 3, 2017 which it said “gave us much courage.”


The NGBF, a traditional and customary institution representing every village in Nagaland “feels that the Prime Minister is at epoch making juncture of both Indian and Naga history,” it added.


The Federation also said that it was briefed regarding the ongoing political negotiation that it “touched all important matters and both entities” and “in principle, have agreed to work out the tails foe peaceful coexistence considering contemporary political reality.”


“It is reported that only symbolic issues require further understanding,” it added.


In this connection, NGBF in the representation asserted that it is time for GOI, with the Prime Minister at the helm, to take the final step.


“Nagas have had bitter past experiences and it would not be in the interest of GOI to leave issue unattended beyond your trusted leadership,” the Federation stated in the representation.


Similar memos were also submitted to respective district administrations and sub-division administrators across the state.


Meanwhile, the Mon District GB Association also organised a rally on ‘Early Solution of the Protracted Naga Political Issue’ at NST station, Mon Hq. GBs from all the 14 units headed by their presidents took part at the rally. All the presidents of KU, KNSK, KSU and KVCU also expressed their support towards the rally and voved to walk together in “one spirit and in one mind.” The presidents of all the 14 GBs units also expressed their support towards the demand and urged for unity at this crucial juncture. The rally attended by hundreds of GBs later submitted memorandum the GOI through DC Mon.


In Phek, the District GBs Association held a peace rally at Phek headquarters voicing out the need to have anticipation and desire to hold acceptable political solution. The rally also proceeded to DC chamber and where he assured them to do the needful, a DIPR report said.


With the slogan “We Want Solution,” the Tuensang District GBs Association and its office bearers also hold a rally in the town’s Clock Tower. They later submitted a memorandum to the DC Tuensang. They also lamented over the slow process of the negotiations and urged the GOI for peaceful and rapid political solution.


In Wokha, the District GB’s Association after the ‘Peace Rally’ submitted the memo to DC Wokha “for early Naga Political Settlement.” Similar rallies were held in Tseminyu, Kiphire and other districts.