Modi’s 18 months to resolve Naga issue, yet completing his tenure without disclosing ‘Contents’ of ‘Framework Agreement’
By Oken Jeet Sandham
It all started with Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing soon after assuming his office to resolve the Naga political issue within 18 months. But he surprised the world when he did not touch the Naga political issue while addressing the inaugural function of the Hornbill Festival on December 1, 2014 at Kisama, some few kilometers away from Kohima. His silence on the Naga issue left the Nagas and the world stunned.
Modi made another surprise by entering ‘Framework Agreement’ with NSCN (IM) on August 3, 2015. This happened almost within a year of his taking over as Prime Minister.
Although Modi could not utter a single word on the Naga issue while addressing the inaugural function of the Hornbill Festival on December 1, 2014 at Kisama, President Ramnath Kovind, while addressing the inaugural function of the Hornbill Festival on December 1, 2017 at Kisama, proudly said, “I am confident that a final agreement – one that is fair to all and meets the expectations and aspirations of all – will be reached soon.”
As the Naga people started losing their hope and confidence in the leaderships of the Government of India and NPGs towards finding solution to the issue, tribal hohos, civil societies and all the political parties came together under the slogan ‘Solution before Election’ and started demanding the Center to resolve the issue before the State Assembly elections to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly. All the political parties had even declared ‘Joint Declaration’ on January 29, 2018 at Kohima not to file nomination papers for the elections to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, demanding ‘Solution before Election.’
But within hours, BJP backed out from the ‘Joint Declaration’ opening floodgates to other political parties rushing to file nomination papers for the elections to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
But the U-turn of BJP was not unexpected because a week ahead of it on January 22, 2018, their National Secretary in-charge of Northeast and Jammu & Kashmir, Ram Madhav at Dimapur announced ‘Election for Solution.’
Interestingly, after one-and-half months, Governor PB Acharya while talking to the Press on March 6, 2018 at the Raj Bhavan, Kohima disclosed that that the Naga political issue would be resolved within six months.
One would definitely study the mind of Modi when he suddenly sprang up in the poll campaign in Nagaland’s Tuensang District in February 2018 announcing that the Naga political issue may be resolved in the next few months.
Even though he came to Nagaland on two occasions, Modi never addressed the Press in Nagaland. But Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee while visiting Nagaland on October 28, 2003 addressed a Press Conference at Kohima and explained about the position of the Naga peace process at that time. That is the difference between them.
Regrettably, Modi cannot disclose the ‘Contents’ of the ‘Framework Agreement’ till today and the growing suspicion on his delaying tactics in resolving the issue is now complete.
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