Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim
Ministry of Information and Publicity
This is with reference to the write up of Y. Wangting Naga, Kilonser, Khaplang faction on what he called “real reconciliation” and the “mistakes”. As a matter of fact it may not be something wise to react to Wangting at this juncture when meaningful steps have already been taken under the good offices of FNR. But to save the people from being misled by such unfounded historical reference we have these answers to Wangting.
The whole world knows that the Shillong Accord was a “sell out”. Since NNC/FGN names are attached to the Accord the Naga national struggle could not be carried forward under its banner, and thus such a historical necessity led to the formation of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) in 1980. And the unfolding events justified why the birth of NSCN became a must, because the future of Nagas could no longer be placed in the hands of NNC/FGN.
Why the second Indo-Naga ceasefire agreement arrived at between Government of India and NSCN in August 1997? After decades of confrontation with NSCN the government of India finally realized the futility of seeking military solution to the political problem. And therefore the government of India changed its policy from military to political option. This is an irrefutable historical fact.
It is undeniable fact that S. S. Khaplang staged an abortive coup attempt in 1988 in collaboration with the enemy and he has been fighting against NSCN with the help of the enemies of the Naga people till date. He can never run away from this hard fact.
NSCN solemnly declared in 2007 that it will reconcile and unite with other groups through forgiveness in the name of Christ. It gives its fullest support to the FNR when it initiated the Reconciliation process in 2008. NSCN is never the road block. But we were informed that FNR talked to Khaplang for 47 times to be a part of the reconciliation process by presenting himself to lead his group. But he obstinately ignored the calls to have his own way.
Mr. Isak Chishi Swu and Mr. Th. Muivah Chairman and General Secretary of NSCN arrived in Dimapur on invitation by the FNR for reconciliation meeting. Surprisingly, Khaplang made a press statement stating that he would not attend the reconciliation meeting anymore as NSCN leadership has diverted their stands from the Naga history. Such unbecoming exercise of inflated ego of Khaplang continues to play the spoil game, and NSCN is not to be blamed.
It is the wish and longing of the Naga people and the world that there should be peace and unity among the Naga warring groups. But at the same time no individual or a group can be forced by the other to join it. It is also ethically and politically wrong to criticize the reconciliation process and deliberately staying away from it. One has to be magnanimous and forgiving when the situation demands instead of digging out the rubbish of the past because reconciliation looks forward.
It is ignorance of Mr. Wangting who compares the so-called peace campers at Kohima with the national workers at the designated camps. We are for peace for solution, not capitulation. We do not know whether Mr. Wangting is a member of NNC or Khaplang group. His statement clearly states that he advocates for both. He must be a man of confusion. Traitors, collaborators of the enemies and freedom fighters cannot be treated on equal footing.
Surprisingly, Wangting have the temerity to mention of his presence in the Chiangmai Reconciliation meeting in 2008. Then why he betrayed himself today by deliberately staying away from his commitment? Why creates pretext on the issue of such magnitude that concern the interest and issue of the whole Nagas?
Quoting sweet Biblical texts is one thing and putting our spirit in tune with the need of the situation is another thing. Where is Wangting in this context?
From all realistic point it may be pointed out that Wangting is a boy of yesterday in the Naga political struggle. He was no where when the major historical incidents took place in Nagalim. But he has put himself in a place where his power of judgment is highly misplaced.
We have said and say it again that we are for reconciliation with those who too are for it.