NPF quoting 16-point agreement to defend wrong action: NPCC

The NPF’s attempt to justify the DAN government’s wrong political decision in giving free hands to a private agency to handle law and order in the State capital in the name of community policing was uncalled for. What was the need for the discourse and interpretation, at length, of the content of 16-point agreement as enshrined in Article 371 (A) and British era history that have no relation with the incidents of 31st August and 1st September? The hypocrisy of the NPF was exposed once again from the statement of its Press & Media Bureau. The NPF’s senior leaders have the habit of taking pot-shots at 16-point agreement in the first given opportunity; Shri. T. R. Zeliang Planning Minister’s statement that 16-point agreement is redundant being the latest salvo. Now, they are quoting 16 point agreement to defend their wrong action.

The people of Nagaland, particularly the readers who are the elite group of the society, know very well that the focus and objective of the NPCC’s charges against the DAN government was its wrong political decision to allow a private agency to run the affairs of the State on trial basis. The issue was all about governance and administration in urban area and that too in the State capital, where all people that matters are available. The Nagaland Village and Tribal Council Act, 1978 as amended has nothing to do with urban administration. Contrary to the understanding of the NPF Press & Media Bureau, it was wrong to bring the administration and governance of the State capital under one village jurisdiction because the State capital belongs to the entire Nagas. The NPF Press & Media Bureau should not forget that; while the traditional village administration and customary laws are age-old, the civil societies/NGOs are of recent concept and origin to the Nagas. No doubt, the village and tribal councils are elected legal bodies empowered to exercise their authorities. Yet, however powerful and autonomous in outlook the Act may be, it is not outside the Constitution of India. 

What happened on 31st August 2013 was illegal and the DAN government was directly responsible for it. Crime was committed and the culprit was caught. However, the Constitution guarantees that even the hard core criminal gets a fair trial. The DAN government had failed to uphold that guarantee. Even when the Indian armies conduct search operations in extra-ordinary situations of law and order problem, the legal sanction for handing over the accused to the local police within 24 hours is very clear. The DAN government in the given situation is even worst than a military regime. Vandalism and rampage had no justification whatsoever. The DAN government failed to sense the situation that clearly proved its failure in intelligence gathering. The general contention was that, the incidents of 31st August and 1st September were totally preventable had the DAN government handled the law and order situation on its own as empowered.

The involvement of the civil societies in government’s decision makings are limited given the fact that the roles played by these organizations as the watch-dogs of the government are more effective. The present incidents proved that the motive behind the inclusion of civil societies in decision making bodies is to let the so-called stake-holders share the DAN government’s sins of omission and commission. Every time the NPCC demands for dismissal of the DAN government, they are in the habit of talking about the peoples’ mandate. The mandate was to effectively govern within the parameters of the Constitution without fear or favour. The party that boasts of peoples’ mandate doesn’t even know how to make use of it. The best the NPF-led DAN government had done was to cry for help from civil societies and NGOs whenever any law and order problem arises.

The NPF Press & Media Bureau should stop its childish statements accusing the NPCC of trying to suppress the peoples’ traditional rights to please their masters in Delhi because the fact remains that Delhi is the master for all. The attempt of the NPF to project the Congress as anti-Naga or pro-India party will have no takers. If the NPF says Congressmen and women are Indians; so be it. But will the NPF have the courage to make public that they are not Indians? Can the NPF fool the public when it too is a recognized political party in India? Where does the NPF Press & Media Bureau think the NPF party was registered? Was it not registered with the Election Commission of India? Stop living in fools’ paradise. The NPF is making wanton anti-India statements. It is left to the wisdom of the Governor of Nagaland to decide. 

The NPF is trying to divert the attention of the people and play sacrosanct. The core issue was the wrong political decision that had bred the unfortunate incidents. Lives were lost and properties were destroyed. The NPF’s attempt to cover the sins of its government and its leader will only add more fuel to the fire. The DAN government can’t come clean without admission and public apology. The ground on which the NPCC had demanded for dismissal of DAN government was legitimate and the NPCC reiterates on it.