The NSCN IM on Monday, in the run up to the Nagaland state’s commemoration program to be held on Tuesday lashed out against Naga People’s Convention (NPC) calling the Convention the “brainchild of a few treacherous Nagas” who hijacked the Naga political issue and conceded to the 16 Points Agreement and the creation of Nagaland state “without the concern of the bona fide freedom fighters”, the group said.
NSCN IM pointed out that the IB (Intelligence Bureau) while playing its “divisive game after getting hold of a few Nagas, especially government employees to join the bandwagon”, calling it the “Naga People’s Convention,” the NSCN IM added.
The group further stated that “the Convention without the consent, support and participation of the Naga people arrived at an agreement responsible for the creation of Nagaland as the 16th state of the Indian Union”. This, the NSCN IM said, “fragmented the Indian-occupied Naga territories by placing them into different administrative units of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.”
According to NSCN IM, the decisive fragmentation of Naga territories, “failed to stop the political aspirations of the Naga people,” on the contrary, further cementing the fact that the “Nagas set off the political struggle with greater passion and determination as testified by the ongoing struggle”.
The NSCN IM in a strong tone said that “for the Nagas the creation of Nagaland state” was a result of “manipulation and treachery” and as such the creation of Nagaland state, the group said, was an act of insult to the freedom fighters in particular and to the Naga people in general. Adding that “for such a treacherous act being brought to live in the name of commemorating the formation of Nagaland state we condemn such an act of defiance”, the NSCN IM added.
The group also mentioned that the role of NPC in the creation of Nagaland state was also “rejected and condemned by the Naga freedom fighters including uncle AZ Phizo”, further substantiating that NPC’s 16 Points Agreement saw the seeds of colonialism and
division”. Hence, it said in the press statement that, “the Naga people shall take the stand never to allow another political hijack to take place when the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks have already signed the Framework Agreement to nullify any agreements of the past”.
The statement concluded with a strong remark that “NSCN and Naga people are fully aware of the divisive extraordinary involvement of Nagaland state Governor Mr. RN Ravi behind this commemoration program in order to justify his all out efforts to protect the 16 Points Agreement at all costs. Thus, Ravi’s stand is condemned by NSCN and Naga people.”