Updated on 13 Jan 2021, 4:54 am
NSCN-IM general secretary Th Muivah
The NSCN-IM said on Tuesday that every single word in the Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015 “was well crafted to reflect the historical and political rights of the Naga people”. The NSCN-IM also said that the “Indo-Naga political struggle that finally runs into the historic Framework Agreement (FA) signed on August 3, 2015 completed six decades”. The NSCN-IM also said the Framework Agreement was signed as both NSCN and the Government of India have agreed to end the violent confrontation once and for all and to usher in comprehensive progress in consonance with the genius of the Naga people.
Narrating how the Framework Agreement was signed, the NSCN-IM, in a press statement said that the Naga people’s political struggle against foreign occupation went through a very important phase in history. The statement also said it began with the resistance against the British led forces when they launched expedition into Naga territory in 1832 under the command of Captain Jenkins and Captain Pemberton. According to the NSCN-IM press statement, the Nagas resolutely defended and refused to submit to the British Empire. “This provoked the British to set off more British military expeditions against the Nagas”, the statement said. “The Nagas, however, continued to struggle against the British domination against all odds. Finally, on the 14th August 1947, the Nagas under the NNC (Naga National Council) led by Mr. AZ Phizo declared Naga Independence from the British Rule.” It added.
The NSCN-IM then said the real conflict with India started when Nagas refused to join the Indian Union when invited to do so in 1950. It further said the Nagas asserted their political determination when on January 24, 1950 the NNC informed the Indian Government, the United Nations (UN) and those countries that had their embassies in Delhi that the Nagas do not accept the Indian Constitution. “Going further, the NNC conducted Naga Voluntary Plebiscite on the 16th May, 1951 where 99.9% voted in favor of sovereign Naga state,” said the NSCN-IM press note. After this, NNC delegation met the Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru on March 11, 1952 to convey the will of the Naga people for an independent Naga state as expressed through the plebiscite, said the NSCN-IM statement. “The Government of India under Mr. Nehru was not ready to listen to accept Nagas’ point of assertion for their political rights. Henceforth, the struggle of Nagas against the British Rule became Indo-Naga political struggle as Nehru was determined to use military force to suppress Naga people’s resistance when he sent thousands of Indian troops to Nagalim beginning from 1954 onwards,” it added.
The NSCN-IM then said the Indo-Naga political struggle that finally runs into the historic Framework Agreement (FA) signed on August 3, 2015 completed six (6) decades. “The struggle that began with the British Rule is all a different matter,” it added.
The Framework Agreement was signed as both NSCN and the Government of India have agreed to end the violent confrontation once and for all and to usher in comprehensive progress in consonance with the genius of the Naga people. “Let there be no confusion as the Framework Agreement is talking about the Naga people’s resistance against the Government of India that lasted about 6 decades. “The genesis of the Nagas’s political assertion and resistance that began during the British Rule entered the second phase under the Government of India that continues for about six decades until Framework Agreement was signed,” it added.
The NSCN-IM said that this Framework Agreement became historic and crucially important as it was signed under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in the presence of top dignitaries of the Government of India. “It was live telecast and the world was made to witness. Every single word was well crafted to reflect the historical and political rights of the Naga people,” the NSCN-IM added.
Newmai News Network, Dimapur, Nagaland