Delhi Convention declares ‘Translate ceasefire into peace’

Dimapur, July 19 (MExN): The convention on Indo-Naga political dialogue which was held in Delhi July 19 has come out with three declarations where the imperative for translating the ‘relevance’ of the GoI-NSCN (IM) ceasefire into peace “strategies,” was highlighted.  

The declaration stressed that the ‘continuity and relevance of the Indo-Naga Ceasefire must be translated into peace strategies through political solutions and that the peace process must not only mean mere respite from hostilities. A decisive solution for the six-decade old Indo-Naga conflict would demonstrate the vibrancy of Indian democracy in negotiating with multiplicities. The declaration stated that the political talks between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM must be enhanced further, by upholding the three-point principles on which the Ceasefire was signed, and, the political dialogue must in all earnestness be pursued to resolve in mutually honorable and acceptable agreements outside the existing framework of the Indian Constitution. 

Delegates and representatives of the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights, Naga Mothers Association, Naga Students’ Federation and the Naga Hoho along with various representatives and leaders of Indian civil society, including students’ organizations, mass-based movements, academicians, concerned citizens, eminent personalities, political parties and Human Rights groups had a one-day convention on the Indo-Naga political dialogue at the Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi. The convention deliberated on the “uneventful progress” of the Indo-Naga ceasefire bilaterally declared on July 25, 1997 and political negotiations between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (IM). The cease fire period is also about to expire on the July31, 2007.  

The convention was organized by the NPMHR, NSF, NMA and the Naga Hoho. The convention comes in the background of the decade-long Indo-Naga ceasefire and political talks, which has been breeding only “negative peace.” An integrated approach – where the democratic spaces for peoples’ struggle need to encompass the civil societies of India and Nagas – in resolving protracted conflicts and political negotiations – were shared by various leaders, it was informed.

At the convention, Naga speakers highlighted the “Naga story,” the status and trends of the present negotiations. Some important messages of solidarity and sharing from the Indian and other nationality includes personalities like Surendra Mohan (Socialist leader and former MP), Sai Baba(Revolutionary Democratic Front), Tapan Bose (South Asia Forum for Human Rights, Nepal), Ravi Hemadri (The Other Media), John Pulamte (All Tribals’ Students Union of Manipur), Kumar Sanjay Singh (Delhi University), Radhika Menon (Forum for Democratic Initiative), Kumar Swapnil (Krantikari Yuva Sangathan), P.K Sahai (Trade Union Leader), Geelani (Kashmiri Leader), Ritupan (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Dr. Mrigank (Naujawan Bharat Sabha), Dr. Sivmagal Shishankar (Indian Council of Trade Union) etc.

The dialoguing members expressed their concerns and agreed to have a more sustainable and cohesive networking for enlarging a pressure group for enhancing the Indo-Naga peace talks.