“There is no alternative but sovereignty even if it be in God’s own good time”
DIMAPUR, JUNE 6 (MExN): The NSCN (Khaplang) has stated its position that “there is no alternative but sovereignty even if it be in God’s own good time,” clarifying on claims that it was “already inclined to political arrangement with Myanmar.”
“Exception of ceasefire/peace agreements with India and Myanmar, the NSCN/GPRN is yet to initiate any formal political processes; therefore, the detractors’ eagerness to brand NSCN/GPRN as having already inclined to political arrangement with Myanmar is nothing but anti-Naga psychological campaign to demoralize the NSCN/GPRN and the Nagas in general,” stated a press note issued by Lt. Gen. Niki Sumi of the People’s Army of Nagaland NSCN (K).
While stating that “the Indo-Naga-Myanmar political issue basically is none but “Sovereignty” of the Nagas,” it affirmed that “NSCN/GPRN’s commitment on the issue remains clear and undiluted.” The NSCN (K) has taken exception to how the group had been “unnecessarily dragged in by few high profile individuals either out of their ignorance or with ulterior motives” while “speculating on possible settlement between GOI and IM.”
Clarifying its position on Naga sovereignty, it informed of a number of facts, namely when Myanmar held its first democratic election (since 1951) on 7th November 2010, SS Khaplang led NSCN/GPRN boycotted the process in the entire Naga inhabited area, as a result, balloting could be held in only two military stations.
Furthermore, that the few educated Naga elites representing the Nagas in Myanmar Union are “mostly nominal (nominees) in nature (not mass-based elected) and purely for the purpose of improving wretched economic and developmental aspects and in no manner infringe upon the sovereign status of the Nagas being championing by NSCN/GPRN hitherto”.
It was pointed out that in recent years the conflicting states in Myanmar had invited Nagas to join the “Union of States as member so as to pursue negotiated political status within Myanmar Union.” The NSCN (K), however, declined the offer, “keeping in view the inherent pan-Naga sovereign standing encompassing ancestral Naga home land spread over Myanmar and India.”
As recently as in 2014, the Myanmar Government had invited NSCN (K) along with the rest of “conflicting states for joint political consultation and resolution within Union of Myanmar,” The NSCN (K) maintained that “sovereignty being the sole objective of the Nagas, we are in no position to equate ourselves with other states and therefore refused to be a part of joint initiative.” The political convention in question, it was informed, had been “privileged to have had numerous international observers which included European and American countries.”
The NSCN (K) also stated that while the Nagas in Myanmar are yet to see the light of modernity “rather than alleged acceptance of political settlement- in staunch defence of Naga Sovereignty,” it was for the “Nagas of India to ponder over accord after accord starting from Hydari agreement, 16 point agreement to NNC/FGN’s Shillong Accord, by which successive acts of treasons the Nagas have been arbitrarily divided and are still languishing in political slavery under Myanmar and India.”