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Nagas cannot be frightened into submission: NSCN-IM to R N Ravi

KOHIMA: The Isaak-Muivah faction of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) has condemned Governor R N Ravi for stating that India should have one constitution and one national flag. The largest insurgent body in the state accused Ravi, who is also the Government’s interlocutor, of trying to hijack the peace talks and told him that the Nagas cannot be “frightened into submission.”

“Any person on Earth that runs the blood of the Nagas will certainly have been provoked by the irresponsible statement made by Mr. RN Ravi, the Governor of Nagaland state on the anniversary of Nagaland’s 58th Statehood Day,” the NSCN-IM wrote in its statement.

Recalling the initial years of the Nagas peoples’ struggle for independence, the NSCN-IM said, “His (Ravi’s) statement reminds the Naga people once again of how under the leadership of Mr. AZ Phizo the war of resistance of the Nagas against the Indian colonialists were manipulated by the IB (Intelligence Bureau) officials who roped in some of the treacherous Naga individuals, mostly Indian government employees that formed a superfluous body called the Naga People’s Convention (NPC).”

The NSCN-IM said that the “NPC came out of nowhere and signed the 16 Point Agreement where the Naga solution was hijacked and a state under the Indian Constitution was accepted giving a foothold to the Indian government to claim that from thence Nagas were a part of India.”

This was nothing less than a calculated plan of the Indian government and back stabbing the leadership of AZ Phizo and the Naga National Movement through NPC thus, the untold sufferings of the Nagas, loss of lives, properties and dignity have been reduced to nothingness. the NSCN-IM added.

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The NSCN-IM accused that Ravi clearly exposed that another NPC is in the making. His assertion that some of the civil societies under his payroll are the main stakeholders on the Indo-Naga Issue and therefore their decision must be supreme is farce.

“This is the same RN Ravi who was a signatory to the 2015 Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and the NSCN representing the Naga people and also signed with the 7 NNPGs in 2017 and while the Government of India and the Naga people are fully committed to resolve the issue through peaceful means which is at its concluding stage, once more the ex-IB official RN Ravi is planning to hijack the more than seven decades of war and 23 years of peace talks in the same style of the NPC,” it said.

The insurgent body, reiterating its demand for a separate flag and Constitution said, “Nagaland/Nagalim too must have sovereign territory, one constitution, and one national flag within which the two must share sovereign powers and coexist peacefully as two entities as agreed upon in the Framework Agreement where he himself is a signatory.”

“Will RN Ravi, the interlocutor of the GoI to the Naga Peace talks speaks in the same bipolar language as this RN Ravi the governor of Nagaland state does?,” the NSCN-IM questioned.

The NSCN-IM signed off with the following words: “On the 22nd November, 1948 Mr. AZ Phizo wrote to Shri C. Raja Gopalachari, the Governor General of India, “I am certain about one thing, my turbulent Naga people cannot be frightened into submission.” The same is gently reminded to Ravi today that we are undeterred by your threat.”

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