Flashback 2019: Naga political problem resolved, AFSPA continues

Flashback 2019: Naga political problem resolved, AFSPA continues

Agency News

Kohima, Jan 2 : The vexed Naga political problem between the Government of India, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM) and the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) was resolved through long negotiations and discussions, however, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act continued in the state.

People of Nagaland were waiting for a solution since 1997, when one of the insurgent groups NSCN-IM entered into a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India and the people were aspired, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured them that the solution of the Naga political problem would be within this year. With this intention, the Union Government has appointed its Interlocutor R N Ravi as the Governor of Nagaland, who initiated the Naga political talks and came to a solution, which is yet to be signed.

Nagaland Assembly Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshu breathed his last at a hospital in Mumbai on December 30, after battling lung cancer for several months. The 67-year-old Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and had been undergoing treatment in Mumbai since then. He is survived by wife and 10 children.

Another significant event was the Lok Sabha election 2019, where National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) candidate Tokheho Yepthomi was elected, defeating his nearest rival Congress candidate K L Chishi. This year, Dimapur district was also brought under the ambit of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and in order to complement it, the state government constituted a three-member panel for compiling the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN).

The RIIN has become Nagaland's version of the National Register of Citizen (NRC) for Assam and is as contentious. The issue of NRC was also felt in the state as NGOs and student bodies backed the North East Students Organisation (NESO) in opposing the NRC and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), which was later passed in Parliament as the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The subordinate body of NESO, the Naga Students' Federation (NSF), also called for a protest rally against the CAB. While some of the North East Chief Ministers had demanded the scrapping of CAB, the ruling People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) Cabinet adopted an ambivalent stand that Article 371A and ILP protected citizens from CAB. (UNI)