Take inclusive approach; ACAUT appeals to PM of India.

17th August, 2015

Naga people should be grateful that the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is keen to resolve the Naga political imbroglio. Where successive governments failed to muster the political spine, PM Modi did seize the initiative and actualized the "Framework Agreement" with the NSCN-IM on 3rd August, 2015, on account of which there is a deep sense of appreciation. However, there is much work to be done, including baring the contents of the framework by the NSCN-IM and the GoI for deliberation with stakeholdersbefore the final accord is signed and sealed as a "Naga Accord." The ACAUT memorandum to the Prime Minister Modi on 30th November 2014 addressed the very issue and pleaded with the PM “to take into confidence all the stake holders whose lives will invariably be affected by whatever settlement is arrived at…and the conclusion of any settlement does not spawn a post settlement conflict which can become a much graver issue destroying Naga society.” However, the ACAUT also held that "...the 67 years old Naga political issue should be resolved once and for all by the GoI under the strong leadership of Shri. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, by taking an inclusive approach."

One way of taking this inclusive approach is that the Covenant of Reconciliation (2009), the Naga Concordant (2011) and the Lenten Agreement (2014) sealed under the initiative of FNR should be upheld and adhered to at all times in letter and in spirit of which the NSCN-IM too is a signatory. While it is clear that Modi’s government is keen on a Naga settlement,it is also very obvious that unless simmering differences are uprooted in the true Christian spirit of forgiveness as befits the slogan "Nagaland for Christ", deep underlying suspicions, hurts, and discontentment may result in the to-be-Naga Accord birthingmore conflict.The Naga people are once again reminded of the lost opportunity of 1964-68, not the least due to petty politics, for which Nagas are still in mourning.If Modi is ready, Nagas should be ready too.

ACAUT Nagaland.

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