Claiming that Nagas and Indians were “poles apart in terms of history, race, identity, culture, language, geography, political concept and faith”, NSCN (IM) chief T Muivah said there was a need to find a common meeting point so that the two could co-exist together as two entities.
Reiterating its position that there can be no “honourable solution” to the Naga Peace talks without a separate flag and a constitution, National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) chief T Muivah on Friday said Nagas will “not merge with India”.
In his annual ‘Naga Independence Day’ address, Muivah said, “Nagas will co-exist with India sharing sovereign powers as agreed in the Framework Agreement and defined in the competencies. But they will not merge with India.”
“The Naga people have neither accepted the Union of India nor her Constitution at any point of time. History will ever speak of that fact. We will not accept them today and even in days to come,” the NSCN(IM) chief added.
Muivah claimed that both flag and a constitution were symbols of Naga nationhood. “We are not asking for Naga national flag and constitution from the Government of India. Recognize them or not, we have our own flag and constitution. The Nagas must keep their flag and constitution,” he said.
Claiming that Nagas and Indians were “poles apart in terms of history, race, identity, culture, language, geography, political concept and faith”, Muivah said there was a need to find a common meeting point so that the two could co-exist together as two entities.
“No doubt, all the Indian interlocutors understood this reality and acknowledged the position of the Nagas,” he said.
Seeking a “political solution” to the age-old conflict, Nagas had agreed to the “framework agreement” signed with the Government of India in 2015 based on the principle of “co-existence and shared-sovereignty”, Muivah said.
The NSCN (IM) chief claimed that in the Framework Agreement the Government of India had recognised the sovereignty of the Nagas. The agreement, he claimed, mentions, “Inclusive peaceful co-existence of the two entities sharing sovereign power”.
“Nevertheless, we said we must work out a common ground for a meeting point so that we may co-exist together as two entities. No doubt, all Indian interlocutors understood this reality and acknowledged the position of the Nagas,” Muivah said.
The statement comes just days after NSCN (IM) sought removal of RN Ravi, the interlocutor appointed by Government of India for the peace talks, accusing him of twisting the framework agreement to push his own narrative.
“Ravi has proved himself as incompetently recklessHow could Ravi arrogated to himself the power to change the rules/contents of the agreement arbitrarily?” the group questioned through an official press statement released on August 11.
Source: India Today