Kohima: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio will soon be heading to Delhi to discuss the much-awaited Naga Political issue with Union Home Home Minister Amit Shah.
The Nagaland Chief Minister on Tuesday said that he would be leaving for Delhi in a few days. During his visit to Delhi, he will be discussing the Naga political issue as well as matters about the opposition-less United Democratic Alliance (UDA) in the state. Rio had a telephonic conversation with the Union Home Minister and then he was asked to come to Delhi.
He will be visiting Delhi in the first week of December.
It may be mentioned that the Naga Political issues includes the Peace Talk process as well.
The Naga peace talks refer to talks undertaken between the Indian government and the various stakeholders in Nagaland to resolve decades-old disputes. Some of these issues date back to the colonial era. According to reports, the demand for a Greater Nagaland, or Nagalim— covering Nagaland, its neighboring states, and even parts of Myanmar— has been an important part of Naga nationalism. It’s a demand being made for decades and was first crystallized via the formation of a Naga Club in 1918. The Naga Club had reportedly told the Simon Commission that the Nagas should be left alone “to determine for ourselves as in ancient times”.
On August 14, 1947, the Naga National Council (NNC) led by Angami Zapu Phizo declared Nagaland an independent state. Phizo also formed an underground Naga Federal Government (NFG) and a Naga Federal Army (NFA) in 1952, which the Indian government sought to crush by sending in the Army in Nagaland and enacting the Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act, or AFSPA.