October 2009 News
SPEECH OF THE PRESIDENT D. R. NABLA,
ON THE OCCASION OF 23RD FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF NDFB
OCTOBER 3, 2009
My beloved freedom fighters and fellow freedom loving countrymen! On this very auspicious day, the 23rd Founding Anniversary of National Democratic Front of Boroland I extend my warm wishes and hearty revolutionary greetings to all my beloved revolutionary friends and the freedom loving people. I also pay my deep homage to those who have sacrificed their precious blood and lives and henceforth those who are embracing martyrdom for the liberation of Boroland and Boro people. Also I extend my best wishes and revolutionary greetings to all the freedom loving people of the Region and all the revolutionary organizations in particular.
23 years before, on this very day, NDFB was formed to liberate the lawful land of the Boro people from centuries of foreign exploitation, suppression and occupation. On the solemn night of 2nd October 1986, 77 Boro youths congregated and discussed all the movements of the Boro people and its failure and the necessity of an armed struggle to liberate Boroland and in the early morning of 3rd October, NDFB was formed with all vigor and commitment. On this day, the dream, zeal and sacrifice of those 77 Boro youths gave birth to NDFB. NDFB was born at a time when time had stood still for the subjugated Boro people as a nation. Therefore, the Foundation Day of NDFB is observed and celebrated by recalling the night and the morning of 3rd October, 1986. The history of Boro people that was stagnant for centuries has started moving after the formation of NDFB and there is a ray of hope among the Boro people. So it is not only a historic day for the Boro people but also it is a day of jubilation.
No self respecting nation or community will continue to get exploited and dominated by the outsiders for ever without fighting or registering protest. No self respecting nation or community will continue to remain subjugated under alien powers, be it politically, economically and culturally. The self respecting nation or community fights back to be free from political, economical and cultural exploitation and domination. Therefore, on this auspicious day, as a self respecting nation, we have formed the NDFB to fight back against all forms of exploitation, domination and occupation. But we know that it is not easy to regain our rights and freedom. Justice and freedom are not like cakes that we can order and get them. That is why we are fighting and prepare to fight to the end. If we have the will and aspiration to live in this world as a nation by upholding our heads high, we have to fight back for our legitimate rights and freedom however it may be difficult.. It is still fresh in our memory, how last year on this day, the Boro people were attacked by immigrants in Odalguri and Rowta area where many were brutally killed and thousands had to flee and take shelter in relief camps while NDFB was celebrating its 22nd anniversary. If we fail to fight back for our historical rights and free ourselves from foreign domination and occupation, we shall have to face more hardship and the very existence as people is threatened. Therefore, I appeal one and all to prepare for difficult and bigger war for freedom.
My beloved revolutionary friends and fellow freedom loving countrymen! For the first time in 23 years, we have failed to celebrate the founding anniversary of NDFB together with all our revolutionary friends. Since we could not deviate and betray the founding and guiding principles and ideology of our party before political parleys with India, the real revolutionaries of the NDFB had to make a decision to fight back. But it was unfortunate that others had defied the dreams of our martyrs and discarded the founding principles and ideology clearly enshrined in the constitution of NDFB. But we have stood up and fought back by upholding the principle of our party and the dream of our martyrs.
In order to resolve Indo-Boro political problems peacefully and democratically, NDFB had declared unilateral ceasefire on the 4th October, 2004 and to further the peace initiative, NDFB also submitted the Proposed Agenda to the Prime Minister of India on the 1st May 2008 to begin political dialogue. But surprisingly on the 9th May 2008, after the meeting of the Ceasefire Ground Rules Monitoring Committee, held at Guwahati, Mr Naveen Vurma, Joint secretary (NE), Ministry of Home Affairs made mockery of the Proposed Agenda by telling the representatives of NDFB that it had “foreign language” in it and India would never talk to NDFB unless it was revised and amended. Mockery, intimidation and lack of sincerity and honesty on the part of Indian government to initiate political talks compelled us to take up arms again for our historical rights. However, we are not against talks. We are still ready for talks. If India prepares for peace talks with us based on the dream of our martyrs and founding principles of our party, we are prepared for talks.
My dear comrades and fellow countrymen! All the arms and ammunition and other properties of our party and nation remained in possession of those who have betrayed the sacrifices and dreams of the martyrs and the guiding principles and ideology of NDFB. So, once again, we are starting our national liberation movement empty handed as we did 23 years ago.. They have not only betrayed the national cause but also in tandem with Indian security forces have been brutally killing the real revolutionaries of NDFB. They have been harassing and intimidating innocent villagers for sheltering us. After fighting united for the last 22 years as the NDFB, how they dare to torture and kill their own brothers? It is true that they have failed to continue to fight respecting the sacrifices and ideas of the martyrs and the principle of the party, but one fails to understand why they stand as an obstacle in our struggle. We fail to understand why they are harassing and torturing the freedom loving people. Can’t they fight us ideologically? The principle and ideology of the NDFB cannot be won by torturing and killing. No forces could defeat the NDFB for the last 23 years and I firmly believe that no force can defeat NDFB.
NDFB is now not only a body organization, but in fact, after fighting against the mighty India for the last 23 years it has become an idea and ideology itself. It is rather the spirit of the Boro nation than a mere physical organization. So, no one can defeat NDFB by killing its cadres and members. No one can defeat national liberation movement of NDFB by harassing and torturing the freedom loving people. Those who are killing us must know that victory is not in killings but in fearlessness of death for the right cause. Despite torture and killings the NDFB will stand tall and firm among the Boro people. On our death many will be born and the NDFB will continue to live on. If one thinks that he can eliminate NDFB by killing its members and cadres, he is living in fool’s paradise. On the fearlessness of death and sacrifices of our martyrs NDFB will always stand tall and firm.
Before leaving for talks with Indian government in Delhi on 22 September, Gobinda Basumatary had claimed himself to be the true NDFB and termed us to be wrong. But it is not for Gobinda Basumatary to decide who the true NDFB is. Only the Boro people, time and history will decide and judge who the true NDFB is. History will also tell who was responsible for the serial bomb blasts across Assam on 30th October, 2008, whether it was Mr Naveen Vurma or the Indian government or was it Gobinda Basumatary who has betrayed NDFB and the Boro people at the hands of Indian government.. So, instead of indulging in mudslinging, let us work and serve the Boro nation.
While East Pakistan struggled for freedom against West Pakistan in 1971, I was a boy of 12. I had only heard of ‘Mukti Bahini and Bangladesh’ from my parents and my brothers. I came to know about millions people escaping from the war zone and taking shelter in our Region. I had seen and I still remember how our people had collected cloths and food, especially rice for the people taking refuge in our land. I still remember when eyes became red, dry and itchy; it was called as “Bangladeshi disease”. Even my parents adopted a destitute and hapless young Bangladeshi boy in 1972. His name was Quiddos Mia, but he was renamed Philimon after he became a Christian. Not only had the innocent civilians taken shelter but the Mukti Bahini, the force behind the liberation of Bangladesh also got training and formed the government of free Bangladesh in our land. It was not the people from Delhi who gave shelter and shared the pain and hardship Bangladeshis went through at that time of crisis. It was our people and our land at their neighbor that harbored them and supported them and shared their difficulties and sorrows more than the people from Delhi did from more than 1000 miles away. If our people have helped Bangladeshis on all counts for freedom from Pakistan without questioning their legitimacy or whatsoever, it becomes an obligation for the people and the government of Bangladesh to help us in our freedom struggle against India. So, I would like to request the people and the government of Bangladesh to extend helping hands in our struggle for freedom. Particularly, I would like to request the security forces of Bangladesh not to harass or arrest our cadres and members when they sometimes cross to Bangladesh for their safety and security.
It is a fact that so called Indian nation never existed in the history before 1947. It was the East India Company under the British crown who brought the subcontinent under a single umbrella for their administrative conveniences. When British left the region in 1947 more than 700 legitimate and small independent states existed and they had every right to be free after British dominion was withdrawn. It was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the then Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of India, who by force and might brought all of these independent states under the single Indian Federation. Boroland and the present North Eastern region of India was not ever conquered by India or people of the Region joined India by referendum. The Naga people had even declared their independence from the British on 14th August 1947, a day ahead of India’s declaration of independence. People of this region have a strong genetic, social, and cultural affinity with the people of East Asia and South East Asia. The indigenous people of this region are originally of Mongoloid and physically, culturally and linguistically they are different from the people of mainland India. Therefore, in order to claim and project this region to be a part of India, it has been pushing millions of immigrants from its mainland threatening the very existence of indigenous peoples on their own land. Therefore, I on behalf of the Boro people and the Region, appeal to the Chinese government to consider and take immediate action on the recommendations of Zhan Lue of the China International Institute of Strategic Studies (CIISS) who has suggested that India as a whole should be divided into 20 – 30 nation states on ethnic lines for rapid development and modernization of the region. On this 23rd Anniversary of NDFB, also I would like to appeal the International Community to help and recognize the lawful, democratic and historical movements of the peoples of the north east Region, Punjab and Kashmir.
My beloved freedom fighters and fellow freedom loving countrymen! King Martin Luther had a dream that one day liberty and equality would be established between the sons of black slaves and sons of white slaves’ owners. He also dreamt that one day a black American would be the President of United States of America. The dream of King Martin Luther, of liberty and equality among the black and white people and a dream of a black man becoming the President of America came true albeit a long waiting. Like the dream of King Martin Luther, our dream of free Boroland will also come true one day. Therefore, dream, we must have, a dream to liberate our land. Thank you.
Victory to the Boro people
Long Live National Liberation Movement
Long Live NDFB
D. R. Nabla
Myanmar needs peace, stability for democracy
YANGON, October 4 (Xinhua):
Myanmar official media said on Sunday that the country needs peace and stability for a successful holding of the upcoming multi-party general election next year, the 5th step of its democratization process under a seven-step roadmap. “Myanmar is now in democratic transition. The new constitution has been approved. Multi-party general election will be held next year and a new government will be formed by a Hluttaw (parliament) in accord with the constitution,” said the New Light of Myanmar in its editorial.
Holding that sanctions pose a barrier to the economic and social development of the people of developing countries, the editorial said some powerful nations have been resorting to economic sanctions to influence the political and economic systems of those countries. “They can not only adversely affect people from different backgrounds but also make a form of violence,” the editorial commented. The editorial complained that sanctions are being employed to pressure Myanmar politically.
For over a decade, the United States and some European Union countries have imposed various sanctions including economic sanction on Myanmar out of political reasons. Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein demanded at the recent U.N. General Assembly in New York an end to economic sanctions, saying that sanctions are being employed as a political tool against Myanmar and such acts must be stopped.
Meanwhile, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under 18-month house confinement, proposed in a letter dated Sept. 25 to Senior-General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), to cooperate with the government in seeking ways of removing Western sanctions on Myanmar and also asking in her letter to meet and discuss with U.S. and European Union countries’ diplomats as well as Australian’s on the issue.
In response to Aung San Suu Kyi’s letter, the government arranged a meeting between Liaison Minister U Aung Kyi and her on Saturday for further talks
CLARIFICATION ON THE COLD BLOODED MURDER OF 5 COMRADES IN BANGLADESH
This statement has been necessitated to clarify on the shocking incident in Bangladesh Border that had cost the lives of 5 precious comrades of ours. According to a verified report reached here today, a section under the command of Captain Kapangmi Keishing was temporarily stationed at Syllhet, a Khasi Village near Bangladesh border. On that fateful day, the 3rd October 2009, at around 1: 30 pm four of the cadres from the party, out of sheer madness, gunned down the five seniors, leaving another three critically injured and fled along with
six arms. The unfortunate victims killed on the spot are:
1. Capt. Kapangmi ,WTR
2. Sgt. Maj. Ashikho, SPMTH
3. Sgt. Maj. Babylon, Khurmi
4. Sgt. Abner, WTR
5. Corpl. Vihokhe, Sumi.
The injured cadres are:
1. 2nd Lieut. Ashon Chiru, ZLR
2. 2nd Lieut. Boaz Raman, WTR
3. Corpl. Mayarshang, WTR
The deceitful murderers are:
1. Lance Corporal Lanting Kumar, Komrem Region
2. Lance Corporal Shonboy, Komrem Region
3. Lance Corporal Nzanchumo Lotha
4. Private Amang, ZLR
As against the news item that appeared in some local papers, the issue was neither shortage of food nor was there any encounter. It was purely a cold blooded slaying of the unsuspecting comrades by the traitors. Moreover, the deserters were not arrested but they surrendered along with the arms to the security force. It obviously was a premeditated plot of the unfaithful fellows in collusion with the adversary for their own selfish end. What prompted the supposedly disoriented cadres to take such an extreme step of eliminating their own brothers in cold blood and leave their base could not be ascertained. Whatsoever their justification may be, they cannot escape
the wrath of the nation for the most heinous crime they had committed.
Under any circumstances, even at the cost of one’s life, one has to stand firm to safeguard the integrity and security of the nation. This is the very essence of a true patriot. Contrarily, the unscrupulous fellows had not only violated the oath of allegiance sworn on the day of passing out, they had committed a gruesome act on their own volition upon their own brothers and against the nation which deserves condemnation in the strongest term.
Naga Army pays homage to the comrades who had suffered till death at the altar of Naga Nation. We express deep regret for our inability to bring home their bodies under the unfavorable condition. We share the pain and sorrow being endured by the families of the deceased. May Almighty God give strength and comfort to all concerned?
Col. Levi Zimik
GHQ, Naga Army
GoI considering broad based political proposal
Kohima | October 13 :
Union Home Secretary GK Pillai, who arrived Kohima today on a two-day visit to the state, has revealed that the Centre was contemplating offering a “broad-based political package” to the Nagas for which he said the Centre is seeking views and opinions from a cross section of the Nagas before finalizing “counter proposals” to the charter of demands submitted by the NSCN (IM).
The Union Home secretary held series of discussions today with Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and government officials and would be holding further discussions with mass-based Naga civil organizations tomorrow. According to sources quoting the Home secretary, the Centre was contemplating offering a mass-based “political package” to the Nagas for finding an acceptable and honorable settlement to the decades-old political conflict but wanted to know the views and opinions of cross section of Naga society. Their suggestions would then be incorporated into the ‘package’ to be submitted to the Union Cabinet for approval.
The Home Secretary explained that neither the counter proposals nor the political package is “conditional” and that the Centre is open to hold negotiations on it with the underground groups and Naga civil societies to arrive at a consensus. He also made it clear that the package would be political owing to the fact that the problem is political in nature and needs consensus.
“The contemplated package is not something about dolling out some funds from the Centre for certain development and economic activities in Naga inhabited areas. It must be a comprehensive and broad based proposal acceptable to the Naga people considering the present political realities,” a source quoted the Home Secretary.
Meanwhile, appreciating the positive roles played by Naga civil society groups and Churches containing violence in Nagaland, Pillai clarified that under the present political circumstances in the region, the physical integration of Naga inhabited areas was not possible but “we can explore possibility of integration of Naga people in the areas of culture, social practices, customary laws etc through some mechanism.
Besides the Chief Minister and his senior colleagues, the Home Secretary, accompanied by Director, MHA (East) M C Mahanathan, also attended a meeting of the state level strategic group on security headed by chief secretary Lalthara and reviewed the latest law and order situation in the state. He held separate discussions with leaders of Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), Nagaland Christian Forum (NCF), apex tribal council Naga Hoho, Eastern Naga People’s Organization (ENPO), Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) and Eastern Naga Women’s Organization (ENWO).
Tomorrow, the Home secretary will hold meetings with the senior government officials and leaders of Naga civil societies including the Forum for Naga Reconciliation, Naga Students’ Federation and Eastern Naga Students’ Federation.
Pillai clarifies on ‘peace package’
Dimapur, October 13 (MExN):
Union Home Secretary GK Pillai today said to have explained that the “Naga peace package” reported in September to have been devised by the Government of India for the Naga armed groups is not a “package” but just proposals. The Union Home secretary is said to have told a delegation of the Naga Hoho and the Eastern Naga People’s Organization, today, that the reported “package” is not so, either economic or political but just a set of proposals. In September first week, reports had surfaced that New Delhi had put together an economic and political package to be placed before the Naga groups. The “package” had irked Naga organizations, including the two NSCNs. According to reports, the “package” was said to be made ready by November this year. The national media had reported that the “package” reportedly contained greater political and financial autonomy for the Nagas, socio-cultural safeguards and greater control over land and their resources.
The Union Home secretary met with a delegation of the Naga Hoho and the ENPO in Kohima where Pillai explained the issue of the reported “package” of the Government of India. President of the Naga Hoho Keviletuo Kiewhuo said the hoho and the ENPO went to meet the Union official on invitation. The Naga Hoho chief said Pillai had told the delegation that the so-stated “package” was a ‘counter-proposal’ to what the NSCN (IM) had set before the Indian government. It is not a conditional proposal either, Pillai had reportedly said.
Still, package or not, the Naga Hoho has amply made clear that any offer should be ‘given’ to the negotiating table and the negotiators can bring it to the people. Only then, Kiewhuo said, ‘we can discuss on it.’ The Naga Hoho leader added that he has not seen the ‘proposals’ as yet. Kiewhuo also mentioned the current reconciliation drive and said it is a domestic issue and the Indian government should not stick its finger into it. It is a spiritual, ‘family’ issue and not political, the Naga Hoho chief said referring to the ongoing reconciliation efforts.
The general secretary of the ENPO Toshi Wungtung also confirmed that Pillai had explained “it was the media” that gave rise to the concept of “package.” It is not a package but proposals and that ‘there is no such thing as a final package,’ the ENPO leader said referring to what Pillai had told the Naga apexes today. Pillai is also understood to have had separate meetings with the Nagaland Baptist Church Council and civil organizations such as the Naga Mothers’ Association.
GoI hints at unique deal for Nagas
Kohima | October 14 :
Union Home Secretary GK Pillai, who today held discussions with cross sections of the Naga civil society, clarified that the offer of a “broad-based” political package would be a substantial one that is acceptable to all the various groups and not merely as per the NSCN (IM)’s charter of demands. He said the offer in question would be something unique for the Nagas.
Addressing newspersons immediately after his discussions with apex Naga NGOs at Hotel Japfu here, the Home secretary explained that the offer of a political package should not be confused with that of an economic package and that the package in question is not conditional but merely an offer in an effort to bring a political settlement to the decades-old Naga problem. The issue of whether to accept or not, however, is open for discussion, he said. He pointed out that the Government of India would take up the package for approval of the Union Cabinet only after all parties involved accept the offer.
“We will be guided by consensus view, we will be very careful in drafting the package. India cannot offer a political package to just one group, every group will be involved. Consensus should be evolved,” Pillai said. He pointed out that the question of whether such an offer would materialize depends on whether the various groups would arrive at a consensus and accept the offer. Such a package may be drafted and sent to the Union Cabinet for approval, he said.
On the Centre’s earlier statement that any kind of solution should be within the framework of the Indian Constitution, he sought to assure that the Constitution is amendable.
Referring to his series of lengthy discussions since his arrival in the state capital here, Pillai expressed hope that such discussions would continue to finding ways of “how best we can take up the issues.”
Later, on the sidelines of a reception programme held in honour of the new governor of Nagaland, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio also agreed that since the Government of India has recognised and acknowledged that the Naga problem is a political problem, any package offered should also be political in nature and not financial
HM for solution through ‘quiet dialogue’
New Delhi, October 14 (PTI):
Making a fresh bid to reach out to separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said Government will hold talks with every section of political opinion in the state through “quiet dialogue, quiet diplomacy” to find a political solution to the Kashmir problem that may be “unique“.
“We are not shying away from talks with anyone,” Chidambaram said while interacting with journalists at the All India Editors Conference on Social and Infrastrastructure issues here. “Let me assure you it will be quiet dialogue, quiet diplomacy until we find the contours of a political solution. Once the broad contours of a political solution are arrived at, it will be made public at an appropriate time”, he said while refusing to elaborate on it. “We cannot hold the dialogue in the glare of the media“.
“We will hold dialogue with every shade of political opinion in Jammu and Kashmir to find a solution in a civilised way,” he said. Chidambaram said political parties like National Conference, PDP and Congress have a point of view and the effort would be to hold talks with all shades of political opinion, including some political groups advocating separatism, to arrive at the contours of a political solution which may be unique. Such a solution, he said, should be “honourable and acceptable” to the vast majority of the people in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Jammu and Kashmir has a unique geographical location and a unique history. We have to find a solution that may turn out to be unique. “There is nothing wrong with a unique solution but we must find a solution that is honourable, equitable and acceptable to the vast majority, overwhelming majority of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Chidambaram said. To a question if India considered Kashmir as its integral part, he refused to get into “verbal gymnastics” on the issue, saying he would not like to get into “these kind of traps“. He acknowledged that there is a “problem” in J&K and efforts will be made to find a political solution.
On the security scenario in the border state, he said infiltration from Pakistani territory and PoK was “solely” responsible for violence in the state adding that it was difficult to completely control it because of long border and Line of Control with the neighbouring country. He said the Jammu and Kashmir police, backed by paramilitary forces, was now being made responsible for maintenance of peace. Army’s role, he said, is to defend the borders — international border as also the LoC. The Home Minister said there has been significant successes on the part of the security forces in the last few months in stopping infiltration from across the border.
The security forces were doing “better and better” to contain the influx of terrorists into the country though groups across the border were recruiting young men and brainwashing them to pursue Jehad and create mayhem in India. According to statistics, so-called militant commanders were being neutralised in six months to a year’s time by the security forces who were all out to reduce infiltration to the barest minimum, he said.
Observing that there was desperation on the part of Pakistan to push in infiltrators, Chidambaram said the strength of para—military forces deployed in the state will depend on the operational situation. Para-military forces will not be withdrawn from the state and would be available to help the state police in maintenance of peace and tranquility.
The Home Minister said there has been a marked improvement in the security situation of Jammu and Kashmir and the number of incidents of violence in the first six months of the year was lowest in the last eight or nine years. Disagreeing with a questioner that the recommendations of the working groups on Kashmir, set up after a visit of the Prime Minister, were not being implemented, he said the suggestions made by them were being “absorbed and incorporated” in the Kashmir plan.
He said a mechanism was being put in place for close monitoring and speeding up of various projects under the economic reconstruction plan for the state. Describing the circulation of fake currency as “not such a big threat”, the Home Minister said according to RBI one note in one lakh was fake and its dimension was not so big as to destablise the Indian economy. Noting that fake currency was being smuggled from across the LoC and the Nepal border, he said strong action would be taken to check the menace.
On the issue of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which was in operation in J&K and parts of the north east, he said amendments to it were awaiting Cabinet’s nod and once given legislative approval, it would be applicable throughout the country.
Holding that there was no place for violence in J&K or anywhere, Chidambaram said, “There will be political differences. There will be different political parties, there will be even different shades of opinion which could be described as extremist views. “There would be some voices who are pleading for a separate nation — secession…. That is a reality but whatever shade of opinion one has there is no place for violence.”
On rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants, Chidambaram said houses were being built under a state government plan and an advisory committee has been set up under the state Revenue Minister to speed up the process. He said rehabilitation plan could not be worked out without housing arrangements. Replying to a question, he said that the government was not in the business of funding any newspaper or individuals in the state.
Asked if the government was considering bringing in an international agency for the upkeep of the Dal lake, he said the lake had shrunk due to encroachment by the people. “We can’t use brute force (against people). We can only persuade them to vacate the encroachments,” he said while maintaining there was no need for a world body to brought in.
On the issue of providing national identity cards to the people, he said while work was on this year to give such cards to towns and villages in the coastal areas including Andaman and Nicobar Islands, people in other places will be included in the National Population Register next year. To a question on insurgency in the north east, he said the government was will to hold dialogue with any militant group if it gave up violence and laid down arms.
Physical Naga integration not possible : Pillai
Kohima, Oct 14:
Union Home Secretary GK Pillai said that in the present circumstances in the North East the ‘physical integration of Naga inhabited areas’ is not possible. He, however, said the centre can explore possibility of Nagas in the areas of culture, social practices, and customary laws through some mechanism. He also said that the Centre will try to be accommodative as much as possible in terms of the proposed package which will be open for negotiation and discussion as the Constitution of India is amendable.
Union Home Secretary GK Pillai arrived in Kohima on Tuesday and left the Nagaland capital on Wednesday.
G.K. Pillai stated today that the primary issue of his visit to Nagaland was to get the views from all sections of Naga society with regard to the political proposal, which is under preparation by the Government of India to bring about an honourable political settlement, acceptable to the Naga people and Government of India.
Addressing a press conference at Hotel Japfu in Kohima today, the Union Home Secretary stated that the political package would be the basis on which further negotiations could take place to arrive at an hono-rable settlement, adding that it would be a substantive political package.
He said Amendment of the Constitution of India is definitely a part of the package the centre will make in the offer. He said centre will try to be accommodative as much as possible in terms of the proposed package which will be open for negotiation and discussion. He said the proposed peace package by the centre to the Naga people was an offer and not a conditional package.
He expressed optimism that the political package would be ready before the year ends. He also stated that the presentation of the package would not harm any unity process and it would be one, which is unique to Nagas.
On the issue of integration of Naga inhabited areas he said in the present circumstances in the North east the physical integration of Naga inhabited areas was not possible. He, however, said the centre can explore possibility of Nagas in the areas of culture, social practices, and customary laws through some mechanism.
He also said that the Centre will try to be accommo- dative as much as possible in terms of the proposed package which will be open for negotiation and discussion as the Constitution of India is amendable.
He disclosed that various development issues such as health and roads were discussed in his meeting with the state govern- ment officials. He said that setting up a Medical College in the state, roads and their maintenance, expediting the revival of Tuli Paper Mill, issue of unemployed youth were some of the issues that were discussed.
He said that with regard to relaxation on restrictions on foreigners visiting Nagaland, the state government would be submitting proposals. He also disclosed that the state has the lowest number of trained teachers and seven districts in the state still do not have any Teachers Training Institutes, for which the state government has sought his help. He said that the ideas and suggestions that came up during the two day extensive consultations would be communicated back to the Union Home Minister and the Prime Minister.
Tea hurdles of Assam (Guwahati): The state of Assam is acclaimed the contribution of huge quantity of tea to the world. However, there are various shortcomings in the tea industry and adopting steps to boost the tea industry is utmost important for the improvement of the economy of the state. Assam has over 800 tea plantations and contributed about one-sixth of the world’s entire tea production and 55 percent of the contribution of tea is from Assam alone. Assam produces a hefty 480 to 490 million kilograms of tea annually.
Besides, it also produces one of the finest and most expensive teas in the world. The state has varieties of tea and also has the Chinese tea variety known as ‘Camellia Sinensis’.
Interestingly, the state is the only region in the world that has its own variety of tea called ‘Camellia Assam-ica’. The other categories of tea are available in the state are said to be Darjeeling and Taiwanese teas.
Assam is undoubtedly famous for the tea and contributes the substantial tea in the global market. However, there are several sick tea gardens in the state that have remained unused and need revival for making them economical. Therefore, adequate funds and financial assistance are required for utilizing such sick tea gardens.
China arms for Naga rebels
Kohima, Oct. 14:
The Centre today said the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) has been procuring arms from China. At the same time, it disclosed that the Constitution could be amended as a part of the “political package” to be offered to the outfit by November.
Union home secretary G.K. Pillai, who is on a two-day visit to Nagaland, said the government had information that some top NSCN (I-M) leaders “have gone to China” and that the neighbouring country had been supplying sophisticated arms to the Naga militants.
The senior bureaucrat was speaking to reporters here after holding consultative meetings with top government officials and leaders of various civil organisations.
Replying to a query, he, however, said there was no concrete report of any camp being set up by the outfit in that country.
The home secretary was quick to add that India was not worried about China. “We don’t have to worry about China. We will handle China,” he asserted.
Pillai was here to seek the opinions and views of all sections of Naga people and incorporate the same in the “political package” before finalising it. He said the Centre’s cabinet committee on political affairs would review the package before it was placed before the NSCN (I-M).
The home secretary said the government was working out a mechanism to hammer out a solution that would be “honourable and acceptable to both the Centre and the Naga people” through negotiation. “We are not offering any conditional package to the NSCN (I-M). It is upto them to accept it or not,” he added.
He said Naga group had not asked for an economic package in its proposals submitted to the Centre and that monetary aspect would not be included in the “political package.”
Pillai said the “political package” would be offered to the NSCN (I-M) and ruled out talks with any other Naga outfit in the immediate future.
He said to evolve a consensus on the “political package,” the Centre was holding broad-based discussions with all Naga civil societies, tribal hohos and other principal organisations from Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Pillai skirted the contentious issue of integration of all Naga-inhabited contiguous areas under one administrative umbrella, saying the “political leadership” in New Delhi would take a call on it.
He said once the “political package” was placed before the NSCN (I-M), all substantive issues would be discussed and that the Centre was prepared for an open discussion on all aspects of the Naga problem. He said there had been a decline in violence in Nagaland but the state government had failed to curb extortion. The Centre has discussed the matter with the Neiphiu Rio government.
“The state government should have the will to act against anti-social activities,” he said.
During his stay here, Pillai met Rio and his cabinet colleagues, top security officials, civil officials, the Naga Hoho, the Naga Mothers’ Association, the Naga Students’ Federation, the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation, the Eastern Nagaland Students’ Federation and other leading Naga organisations.
In the evening, he met the army top brass at 3 Corps headquarters at Rangapahar in Dimapur
15TH Oct. 2009
In the wake of the high-sounding much talk about chalking out a solution in the year end in the form of political or economic package within the constitution of India towards the more than 60 years old Naga political struggle, the NSCN termed it as nothing more than another political gimmick to deceive and confuse the Naga general public dishonoring the accepted historical facts and betrayal of promises and commitment made at the highest level resurfacing total incredibility and insincerity on the part of the Indian government. The travails of Indo-Naga political struggle crossing six decades is a living testimony of all Nagas that the future of the Nagas lies with unification and integration to live as a family as our inalienable aspiration which is nothing but restoration of status quo to live as a nation with honor and dignity. The destiny of the Nagas has to be decided by the Nagas alone without any omission or commission. The NSCN stands for the unquestionable sovereign right of the Naga people over every inch of Nagalim whatever it may be and admit of no other existence whatever. It also stands for the rights of all Naga people’s supremacy to decide their own future. The NSCN would never talk with anyone at the expense of the Naga people. For Nagas, to have sovereignty, it is essential that our aspiration for all Naga areas be unified is fully realized. It is unthinkable for Nagas to be sovereign without unification of all Naga areas. Nagas live on our own land that belongs to us. Nothing less than that nothing more than that. We have been living in these territories from time immemorial. The aspiration of the Nagas to live together is but a natural desire and we will not take anything that belongs to others. And more importantly, Nagas are not going to disturb the right of our neighbors who wants to determine their own destiny. The Nagas will surely respect those that are prepared to respect the Nagas. The recognition of unique history and situation of Nagas means that Nagas never accepted Indian constitution and were not a part of the Union of Indian. Nagas are an independent and sovereign people from time immemorial and that, it is up to the Nagas, either to live with India, Burma or China as the union of India was a voluntary union formed by formerly colonized peoples and states, territories and princely states as an expression of their free will and inherent sovereign rights to decide their own destiny. The concept that sovereignty is vested in the people is the cornerstone of Naga political struggle that should form the basis of mutually acceptable agreement between both the parties without which any proposal for settlement of Naga political issue would be a futile exercise. Further, the NSCN would adhere to the mutually agreed upon three political principles: 1. That the political talks would be unconditional; 2. That the talks would be held at the highest level (Prime Minister’s level) and 3. That the talks would be conducted in third neutral countries.
This clarification is made for all concerned that one Mr. Letlam Dongel is in the custody of our Special Ops party. He was arrested on Sunday, 18th Oct. 2009 for his alleged involvement in extortion threats. On receiving reports of rampant extortion being carried out in Ghaspani area by certain individuals/anti social elements, our cadres on duty, after careful observation caught the culprit red handed. On further interrogation, Mr. Letlam confessed that he is a Khapur of Khaplang group.
All concerned can be rest assured that the apprehended person will be released save and sound very soon after undergoing necessary procedures. However, it is reminded that no one should take advantage of the prevailing atmosphere of peace for self interest.
Col. Levi Zimik
GHQ, Naga Army
Nikhil for peace talks
Nikhil Kumar, the newly appointed governor of Nagaland, has said that insurgents should come to the negotiation table and this alone would clear the decks for ushering in an era of peace in the trouble- torn state.
“I have been given a specific job and it will be my bounden duty to help peace return to the state. But for all this to happen, the ultras will have to engage themselves in peace talks. The government is prepared to hold peace talks but within the framework of the Indian Constitution,” Mr Kumar said here on Tuesday.
Emphasising that Nagaland is an integral part of India and the government has conveyed this in no uncertain terms, Mr Kumar said the peace talks will also help accelerate the pace of development in the state, reported The Economic Times.
Mr Kumar, a former IPS official and son of former chief minister of Bihar Late Satyendra Narain Sinha, was till recently into active politics until he was drafted by the Centre for the gubernatorial posting.
Interestingly, Mr Kumar’s trip to Patna became a talking point in political circles when he attended a tea party hosted in his honour by Congress Legislature Party leader in the Vidhan Parishad Mahachander Prasad Singh. All Congress dissidents, who are gunning for the removal of state Congress chief Anil Sharma, turned up in full strength at the party of Mr Singh, who has himself raised the banner of revolt against state Congress leaders.
All this led to speculation as to whether Mr Kumar’s presence at the party was meant to convey his support for the dissidents. Mahachander Singh, however, sought to deny that the tea party had to do anything with the dissident activities.