NSF, Naga mothers mount pressure on Govt

NSF, Naga mothers mount pressure on Govt

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New Delhi, Oct 24: Amid intense efforts being made by the centre to resolve the Naga political problem, the apex social organisations including the influential Naga Students' Federation (NSF) have mounted pressure on the government to stay away from 'imposing' any solution.

"Solution to the protracted Indo-Naga political issue should be inclusive, honourable and acceptable based on the uniqueness of Naga history. The Government of India should focus on ‘mutually negotiated solution’ instead of ‘imposed solution’," the NSF said in a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

It said the centre should 'desist from provoking' the situation by sending armed forces to Naga homeland and issuing statement of threat. Sharing similar sentiments, the Naga Mothers' Association (NMA) said - “We place on record our objection at this critical juncture on the policy of exclusion of civil society like the Naga Hoho (NH), the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA), the Naga Students Federation (NSF) and the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR)".

It also said: "As women and mothers who have suffered as victims of the conflict.....we appeal to our leaders and brothers from different Naga Political groups to come together in peace and speak for a solution that brings sustainable peace to the Nagas and our children". These public statements have their own significance as the centre's interlocutor and Nagaland Governor R N Ravi will be holding a crucial round of talks with NSCN (IM) on Thursday.

The government has put the Naga process on fast track and is keen to ink peace pact by October 31. The potent militant group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) is in negotiation with the Centre since 1997 when I K Gujral was the Prime Minister. In August this year, the Centre appointed R N Ravi, an experienced hand in Nagaland matters and negotiator at the parleys, as the state Governor, and reportedly gave him a deadline of three months to works towards an earlier solution.

The three month deadline ends by October 31. (UNI)