May 02, 2012

Nagalim: Naga Express Concern Regarding Proposed Dialogue

The NSCN (IM) outlined their concern about the proposed talks with the Khaplang group and the Burmese military junta. 

Below is an article published by Kangla Online:

The Isak-Muivah group of the NSCN has expressed deep concern on the reported proposed dialogue with the government of Myanmar.

On Friday [27 April 2012], the Qhevihe Chsi Swu, convenor of the NSCN-IM`s `steering committee` and T.T Among, the outfit`s home minister in a joint communique made available to Newmai News Network in Dimapur asks, “Under what agenda are they (Khaplang group) to talk about and under what framework?”

`Steering committee` is the NSCN`s highest decision making body.

The NSCN-IM`s breaking of silence came even as the Khaplang group has reportedly signed a truce with the Myanmar government on April 12 [2012]. Top leaders of the NSCN-Khaplang had left Nagaland for Yangon few days before the signing of the truce, according to a report.

Reacting to this development, the Isak-Muivah group said the Naga people are concerned on the proposed talks between Khaplang and the Burmese military junta as all Nagas are inseparable parts of the whole and `Nagalim` embraces all their ancestral domains. “The question is under what agenda are they to talk about and under what framework. In this connection, it is pertinent to recall that NSCN under the legitimate leadership of Isak and Muivah had declared unilateral ceasefire with the Burmese government years ago,” said Qhevihe Chisu Swu and T.T Among.

People from all quarters query whether Khaplang is mandated by the people, whether he really represents the issue/future of the Nagas, stated the NSCN-IM leaders. “When the administrative units of the Sagaing Division were arbitrarily redrawn by the Burmese government six townships namely, Tamu, Molaik, Phouwnpin, Homalin, Khamti, and Tanai were lost to Sagaing Division and Kachin state. Only the remaining three rocky townships – Layshi, Lahe and Namyung were left to the Nagas to form the so-called Autonomous District Council. Khaplang did not say anything against the move which took place right under his nose. Rather he had given his backing to that kind of colonial policy much to the chagrin of the Naga people. This is undeniable fact and he can never dispose it off as he wishes,” added Swu and Among.

The NSCN-IM leaders then alleged that it was known to one and all that Khaplang and the Burmese army have been working together hand in glove even before declaration of the ceasefire. It is highly questionable if Khaplang has seriously considered the rights and history of the Naga people when entering into a ceasefire agreement with the Burmese military junta. “The Nagas are watching closely the new development taking place in the eastern part of Nagalim. Khaplang must keep it in mind that the Naga people will never accept any agreement that betrays their right over their territory. We are also strongly opposed to the kind of ceasefire that escalates factional fighting on the one hand and makes haven for those organizations that are hostile to the Naga people on the other. Khaplang must understand that Nagas are no longer in the days of yore. They are highly political people now,” said the Qhevihe Chsi Swu and T.T Among.

Meanwhile, the ministry of information and publicity (MIP) of the NSCN-IM accused the government of India of the Government of India created actual warlike situations in all the Naga inhabited areas through the “ever notorious Assam Rifles”.

“This incident did not only disturb and harass the NSCN cadres but created serious tensions in the minds of all the Naga people. The impasse however partially, so to say, resolved through the efforts of many NSCN leaders as well as the leaders of Naga social workers including the Naga Women Organizations. This could be done through the unfailing love of Jehovah towards the Nagas. The NSCN highly appreciates the Naga womenfolk near and around the Hebron Camp. Their courage and patriotism will be remembered for all time to come. The NSCN appreciates the efforts of Naga Hoho and its frontal Organizations, the NSF and its frontal organizations, the Naga women Organizations at all level and also those individuals and groups, which cannot be named one by one, for rendering their services to defuse the tensions and resolved the crisis. God will certainly bless all those peacemakers,” the outfit`s MIP added.

On the allegation that the China is funding Maoists in the states of North East India including Nagaland, the NSCN-IM refuted the report and said that the outfit has no idea about other states “but in Nagaland, if there be any activities or presence as alleged it is certainly the creation of Assam Government and India”. The Assam Government brought the refugees from every corner and kept them through force and as well as help in the plains sector of Nagaland bordering Assam in order to make buffer zone between Assam and Nagaland,” the Naga outfit alleged.

“But this objective of the Assam Government turned out to be counter-productive and negative impact on the Government of India. Recently, there was a hue and cry about presence of Maoists Camps and their cadres along the Nagaland Assam Disputed Area Belt, which were destroyed and the cadres expelled by the Nagaland state Government authorities in collaboration with the public of the area.

“Therefore, if there are any moaists or their camps in Nagaland border then these are the creations of the Assam and the Government of India. They should not blame others for their wrong doings,” the NSCN-IM asserted.