Nagalim: NSCN Leaders to Discuss Future of Nagalim
Chairman Isak Chisi Swu and General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah, informed sources said are meeting representatives of various Naga outfits individually in a bid to assess the feeling at the grassroots level on the Nagalim issue, which focusses on getting all Naga-speaking people, including those residing in Nagaland's neighboring states, under one territorial umbrella.
The leaders are also reportedly discussing ways to end insurgency and restore peace and stability to the remote northeastern state.
After a brain-storming session last week with the NSCN office bearers, both Isak and Muivah took stock of the organization's health followed by a service to Church-- Crusade programme.
According to earlier reports, the NSCN collective leadership meeting with the Naga society was originally scheduled for the first week of January first week, but the duo have now decided not to waste time, and have started their meetings with the crosssection of Naga society.
The meetings, starting from Monday, will go on till Christmas.
"Various intellectual groups are eager to hold discussions with the collective leadership...many have come form Manipur also," a top spokesperson of NSCN (I-M), Kraibo Chawang, disclosed to ANI.
"Monday and Tuesday have been fixed for Naga NGOs, Intellectual groups to share their views with the top leaders. Wednesday and Thursday...it's for the general public", Chawang added.
The itinerary of meeting with the leaders of political parties in the state has not yet been chalked out. There are reservations among the parties as they are still awaiting invitation form NSCN.
"Our leader, I. Imkong, has already met the NSCN collective leaders, chairman Isak Chisi Swu and general secretary Th. Muivah in New Delhi. As of now we have not received any invitation from NSCN (I-M) for holdings meetings in Nagaland," said a Congress party worker.
Chief Minister Neiphu Rio and Opposition Leader I. Imkong have already paid a courtesy visit to the collective leaders during their stay in New Delhi.
The gyst of the discussion was not disclosed to the media. The leaders only made it clear that the meeting was just a personal one.
It may be mentioned here that both Swu and Muivah had made it clear that they are visiting Nagaland to take the opinion of the Naga society before going for a fresh round of talks with New Delhi in January.
They had also clarified that they would like to hold talks with the cross section of society irrespective of whether they were living beyond the boundaries of present-day Nagaland.
Muivah in his speech during the reception accorded to them at the outfit's council headquarters, Camp Hebron, on December 14 had diplomatically said that the foundation stone of the Naga movement was led not by the NSCN but by the Naga National Council (NNC) led by late A. Z. Phizo.
This was interpreted by many analysts as the NSCN (I-M) is ready to hold discussions with the rival factions NNC and the NSCN (K) led by S. S. Khaplang.
When these rival factions join hands for peace in the state is yet to be seen. No doubt, with the onset of meeting session in Camp Hebron fresh wind of hope is blowing in the state and people expect to heave a sigh of relief in the form of peace soon.
Source: New Kerala