Common Platform Objectives
9th September, 2015
Why Common Platform on the theme "Nagas&quo; opinion on peaceful settlement"
The ACAUT Nagaland would like to clarify its objective for calling a Common Platform meeting on the theme “Nagas’ opinion on peaceful settlement”, in Dimapur on September 12, 2015. This has become necessary after allegations from certain quarters that the organization is overstepping its mandate in raising the above theme for public debate.
ACAUT would like to remind Nagas that on October 31 st, 2013, following the ACAUT Naga Public Rally in Dimapur where more than 40,000 of the people participated, three resolutions were adopted, of which two were purely political resolutions. One was the adoption of "One Government One Tax" where tax is inextricably linked to the larger Naga political issue. The other was "the Naga public re-affirms its support for the Naga movement and strongly urges the Government of India to settle the Indo-Naga imbroglio at the earliest". Accordingly a memorandum was submitted to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on November 30 th , 2014 during his visit to the state to inaugurate the Hornbill Festival, 2014. In this way ACAUT Nagaland has always being facilitating settlement of the Indo-Naga political issue.
Contrary to some perceptions, the intent of the Common Platform is not to undermine or go against the on-going negotiations. For instance, history is clear that Nagas derived their moral strength through the enactment of the 1951 Plebiscite and this was achieved with the active participation of existing NGO’s such as the Naga Youth Movement and the Naga Women Society, who played an active role in reaching the message of freedom to the grassroots levels under the dynamic guidance of AZ Phizo. It was a stupendous task at that time without any communication or conveniences as we know it today that resulted in 99.9% of the Nagas opting for Independence. Such an exercise of garnering mandate from grass-root level is the epitome of legitimacy.
Therefore, in order to facilitate a clearer vision based on an inclusive approach, ACAUT is empanelling personalities to deliberate on the theme in an effort to help us understand our immediate circumstances and raise concerns of the common man.