Ravi’s Republic Day speech undermines the political struggle of the Naga people

The joint Naga organisations' statement read, “It is clear that the Governor is being used to create more problems than to resolve the Naga issue”.

The Naga Hoho had its coordination meeting with the United Naga Council (UNC), Arunachal Naga Students’ Federation (ANSF) and Zeliangrong & Rengma Council of Assam on January 28, 2021 at Guwahati and took “strong exception” on the recent Republic Day speech of RN Ravi, the Governor of Nagaland who is also the centre’s interlocutor to the Indo-Naga peace talks.

According to a joint press statement issued on Saturday, the Naga organisations said that the “speech undermines the political struggle of the Naga people”.

They then questioned the integrity of the interlocutor. “We understand that the speech is not independent from the larger political scheme of the Government of India and we assert that this must stop,” the joint statement demanded, adding, “It is clear that the Governor is being used to create more problems than to resolve the Naga issue”.

The joint statement of these Naga bodies then said that the “Government of India’s delaying tactics” will only backtrack what has been achieved this far.

The statement also said that they recalled the Framework Agreement and did not see any reason to drag on the talks for more than 24 years. It also said that the Government of India must take a clear stand on the long pending Indo Naga political issue with utmost and prove its commitment with utmost sincerity as the world’s largest democracy.

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