Nagalim: Best Time for Indo-Naga Solution - Muivah
"Time has come after so many years, time has come after 50 years to work out the solution that is best for Nagas", said Muivah is his own cultivated style. "Nagas are proud people and I am also proud because you are behind us."
Muivah was addressing the huge gathering at the afternoon session (first day) of the 4th Naga People's Consultative Meeting at the organizations Council Headquarters (CHQ) 'Camp Hebron' in Munglamukh, some 40 kms from Dimapur town. The Consultative Meeting, organised to strengthen the ongoing Indo-Naga political peace talks, was the first of it's kind since the NSCN (I-M) collective leadership, chairman Isak Chisi Swu and general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah landed on Naga soil.
The general secretary reiterated, "We belong to people, we will never let you down, we know that your advise, your decision are so precious". "It is your time now, we are asking your views, your advise, don't fail. We will negotiate with India but not at the cost of Nagas", he added.
Muivah appealed to Nagas to realize the importance of time and also realize the mistakes, sins that have been committed. He called Nagas to be serious, if they want to save Nagaland. "It is time now to prove ourselves, but the fact is that let us not quarrel among ourselves."
He also thanked people: "Today you have come realizing the biggest responsibility towards nation".
Making his firm claim towards the issue of integration and sovereignty he said, "Government of India recognizes the unique history and situation of Nagas. Unique history because Nagaland was never part of India either by consent or conquest." The NSCN general secretary said the solution of the ongoing Indo-Naga political dialogue has to be honourable, recognizing each other's history and through peaceful means. Both the rights of Nagas and Indian have to be taken care of, he added.
Referring to the groups, in the neighbouring states of Manipur, Assam and Arnachal Pradesh, opposed to the integration of Naga dominated areas, Muivah said, "We are all brothers and sisters. We want to live in peace, if they so desire, there will be no discrimination, we will not force them to become Nagas." He made a call to all such groups to live in harmony and cooperate with NSCN (I-M) for the success of the ongoing peace parlays.
The six thousand chairs put up to accommodate the delegates were fully seated and the ground was jam-packed like a watertight compartment.
The meeting organised to strengthen the ongoing Indo-Naga political peace talks was attended by intellectuals from all across Naga dominated areas including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Myanmar (Burma / eastern Nagalim). Representatives from Meghalaya, Naga NGOs, tribal organisations, student bodies and village heads from all across Nagaland were present. All the NSCN office bearers including steering committee members, council of ministers, military commanders were also present in the meeting. OTS Choir, musical group, also presented mesmerizing patriotic song during the meeting.
Source: New Kerala