Naga Issue Political; No to Cultural Flag: NSCN-IM

Observing the nature of the Naga group’s rhetoric, it is obvious that the new Interlocutor AK Mishra has not offered any new formula for solution in the Naga political talk except the crumb of what was left behind by his predecessor RN Ravi to conclude the talk by offering a separate Naga flag that apparently has a cultural significance sans political value.

Dimapur, 25 October (TP): The much hyped-Naga talk seems to have reached another impasse on the issue of Naga flag. As per reports, the Indo-Naga talk had picked up momentum again after relationship between the Naga group and RN Ravi the Interlocutor was strained over the issue of flag and constitution. About two years of inaction gone, Government of India removed RN Ravi as Interlocutor as well as Governor of Nagaland after realizing the stalemate cropped up in the Naga talk. Since then, AK Mishra appeared as the new hope who was appointed as the successor of RN Ravi. With the talk across the table reignited, observers created so much hype on the possibility of arriving to an agreement between Naga group and Govt. of India.

However, recent press release of the MIP, GPRN (NSCN-IM), the talk doesn’t seem to be moving in the right direction. It says, “NSCN is not impressed when the offer was made to accept the Naga flag as a cultural symbol. The Naga issue is not a cultural issue that the Government of India should change the Naga flag as a cultural symbol and forgo the Naga political identity as symbolized by the Naga flag.” Standing firm on their stand, the Naga group questioned the Government of India by stating “where is the for the Indo-Naga ceasefire if Naga issue is a cultural problem and where is the need to drag on the Indo-Naga talk for more than two decades if the issue is something to do to solve cultural conflicts?”

The Naga group expresses their aspiration by reiterating “what is more important is how the Government of India comes to terms with the sentiment of the Naga people on the Naga flag and Yehzabo (Constitution).”

Observing the nature of the Naga group’s rhetoric, it is obvious that the new Interlocutor AK Mishra has not offered any new formula for solution in the Naga political talk except the crumb of what was left behind by his predecessor RN Ravi to conclude the talk by offering a separate Naga flag that apparently has a cultural significance sans political value. On the other hand, the Naga group especially the NSCN-IM is adamant about securing the Naga flag and Naga constitution as a separate political identity of the Nagas.

Also, the Naga group cautioned that “the Nagas cannot be carried away by the ‘post solution narrative’ which is just a well laid trap.” They affirm that “Christmas may come and go but the NSCN will not stop fighting to defend the Naga political identity.”

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