In its latest issue, The Week (http://www.theweek.in) has done a cover story on the Indo-Naga Peace Deal—this includes interviews with the a few top leaders of the NSCN IM and Naga Hoho, exclusive details of the framework agreement and op-ed pieces on the road ahead for the governments of India and Nagalim.
PCRM has collected the links for reference and would like to share here. First, the interviews.
(i) Alezo Venuh, envoy of the collective leadership of NSCN/GPRN
On the demand of the NSCN IM
Our activities are restricted to state of Nagaland. We don’t poke our nose where it is does not benefit us. We have said that the accord between the government of India and the NSCN(IM) is only with IM and not the Nagas as a whole. This framework agreement, signed in 2015, has not been made known to Nagas. No one consulted us when it was signed. Later through some channel they reached out. We said, ‘How can we be part of it unless it is made known to us? It will be suicide for us.’
(ii) Phungting Shimrang, commander-in-chief, NSCN(IM) army
On being called secessionists
If you tell a thousand lies, it becomes the truth. Tell me, where and when did the Nagas say they were part of India? And, after becoming Indian, did I say I am not Indian? We cannot go to the mainland and explain this to the people. So they [the Indian government] have told the international community that the Naga problem is an internal one.
(iii) R.H. Raising, home minister, People’s Republic of Nagalim
On the governance and administration of NSCN IM
Nagalim is divided into 26 regions and each region has a number of districts. These are governed by administrative units and each unit has a Central Administrative Officer. They are autonomous bodies and function under the powers granted to them. Hebron is their civilian and military headquarters.
(iv) R. Chuba Ozukum, president, Naga Hoho
On Nagas and the framework agreement
People have started getting impatient. They are saying Nagaland should seek a separate solution. But, to my understanding, we cannot have separate solutions for separate areas. Some of the Nagas are also telling the NSCN(IM) leaders that if a political settlement is beyond their capacity, they should break the ceasefire and allow other groups to take up the negotiations. It is high time we decided. Nagaland cannot remain like this forever.
Read the exclusive details of the framework agreement with the Nagas published by The Week
The Secret Deal
by Namrata Biji Ahuja
The Union government aims to offer an accord and give Muivah time, maybe six months, to build consensus among the Nagas. The hope is that Muivah, 83, wants to ink the deal in his lifetime. With elections due in Nagaland early next year, the process is likely to gain pace by the end of this year.
Bullets & the Bible
by Namrata Biji Ahuja
With secrecy and uncertainty surrounding the Naga accord, THE WEEK takes you inside Hebron, a small region dominated by Baptist Christians, where the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) is running a parallel government, complete with ministries and a 15,000-strong army