Dimapur: The NSCN-IM said today that the root of the sorry state of affairs of the Naga political issue lies in the 16-Point Agreement. It then said that SC Jamir as the only living person today who is still kicking around being one of the architects of the 16-Point Agreement.
In a statement, the NSCN-IM said that the Indo-Naga history remains alive to testify who is who, and who has played a destructive role that led to this sorry state of affairs “as we find today”. “The root of the never ending Naga political problem lies in the 16-Point Agreement and the only living person who is still kicking around being one of the architects of the 16-Point Agreement is none other than Dr. SC Jamir”. The NSCN-IM also said that the Nagas have suffered much because of the depths of cruelty and treachery in the hands of SC Jamir. “Tragically, the Government of India is turning to this same destructive person seeking his guidance. Significantly, nothing is more annoying for the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) when the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India, is hobnobbing with SC Jamir,” the NSCN-IM statement added.
As uttered by SC Jamir, according to NSCN-IM, the former is scheming with the Centre to destroy the very foundation of the Naga political identity that the Naga people have shed blood, sweat and tears over the decades. Needless to say, according to the NSCN-IM, Jamir has a penchant for creating bloodshed as testified by the pages of the Indo-Naga history. “Naturally, the peace process under ceasefire is something anathema to him,” it also stated.
The NSCN-IM statement then said that the Indo-Naga political history is alive to the fact that when the 16 Point Agreement was signed and the state of Nagaland was created, the first Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru sensed something missing and made a statement in the Lok Sabha to express his desire to meet AZ Phizo in London. The NSCN-IM further stated that there was immediate panic reaction from SC Jamir, the then Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and “wrote to Shilu Ao, the first Nagaland State Chief Minister, dated March 22, 1963: ‘Uncle Shilu, what is that the Prime Minister is talking about of meeting Phizo, a terrorist? If his meeting with Phizo becomes a reality then I will come back home packing my bedding'”. According to the NSCN-IM, Jamir also mentioned that he is capable of more troubles than the hostiles could do. The NSCN-IM statement further added that Jamir was so determined that the 16-Point Agreement should not be touched.
Ultimately, according to the NSCN-IM, Shilu Ao and colleagues in Nagaland fell in line with Jamir’s threatening letter as they rose against the proposal of Nehru’s meeting with Phizo. “What followed was that peace could not prevail in Nagaland and many precious lives were lost,” the NSCN-IM added.
The press statement of the NSCN-IM then said, “This same man (SC Jamir) is still alive repeating the same thing he loved most, to defend the 16-Point Agreement”. The NSCN-IM asked, “Why is the Government of India not willing to learn from history and why is the Government of India giving space to Jamir to block a genuine, honorable and lasting solution to the Indo-Naga political issue?” The statement of the NSCN-IM then stated that the 16-Point Agreement “which was rejected and condemned by the Naga people years ago can never be brought back as the basis for the Naga political solution”.