New Delhi, Oct 23 : Various Naga organisations including 'battalions and units' of National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM) and members of the churches are expected to observe a day of fasting and prayer on Wednesday across the state and other Naga inhabited areas for the 'success' of parleys on the peace process.
A crucial round of 'formal talks' are likely to be held between NSCN(IM) leadership and the Government of India on Thursday, sources said. In view of the ensuing talks - after centre's interlocutor and Nagaland Governor R N Ravi made it clear that "endless negotiation under the shadow of guns is not acceptable.” The Council of Nagalim Churches general secretary, Ikato Chishi Swu has called for a day of prayer and fasting on October 23 for a “positive outcome of the formal talk".
The peace talks had commenced way back in 1997 when I K Gujral was the Prime Minister. The October 24 (Thursday) talks are likely to be attended by NSCN (IM) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah also. The Nagaland government has already sounded an alert by instructing all the Deputy Commissioners of respective districts not to move out of their place of posting and the Director General of Police (DGP) has cancelled all leave of police personnel. There is already an apprehension that the Naga peace process may have its 'direct or indirect' impact in neighbouring Manipur as well.
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also visited the state capital on Monday and Tuesday and held discussions with BJP Chief Minister N Biren Singh. The saffron party shares power with the regional outfit NDPP in Nagaland as well. Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphio Rio (of NDPP) too has been shuttling between the national capital and the state during the last few days.
Social activists in Manipur have submitted a memorandum to Mr Reddy, which was originally submitted on December 10, 2017, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The memorandum makes an appeal to the central leadership that any agreement for peace with Naga groups should not 'disturb' the integrity and unity of Manipur state.
On August 3, 2015 a Framework Agreement was signed by peace interlocutor R N Ravi and NSCN (I-M) leadership while progress has been made in talks with the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) - an umbrella organisation of various other groups - on the political parameters of settlement as well.(UNI)