September 26, 2021 - 9:45 am

NAGA ACCORD : A decisive attempt of resolving a protracted dispute

Decades-long issue of Nagaland with the Indian government has taken a different route as R N Ravi,the governor of Tamilnadu, has resigned as interlocutor for Naga peace talks. The Naga-inhabited areas of northeast never considered themselves part of India and on August 15 1947 the Naga National council(NNC) led by Angami Zapu Phizo declared independence for Nagaland. This in turn leads to tussle between the central government and the Naga which is still on dispute despite several attempts made to appease the matter.

               Many years later, the NNC was split into two groups namely National Socialist Council of Nagaland {(NSCM(IM)} led by Isaac-Muivah and another group NSCM(K) led by Khaplang. Apart from these two groups few more subgroups came into picture but the real stake is supposed to be claimed by NSCN(IM) while NSCN(K) was declared a militant group. There have been demands of separate state for Nagaland and its own flag but which is against the spirit of India. India has been persisting much enough to handle the situation delicately and succeeded to fetch them in the table. In 2015, the group signed a framework agreement with the Indian government for Naga peace Accord. Ravi was appointed as interlocutor but later he figured out that the group remained insistent and pushing for a greater Nagaland which stretches its boundary between the present state Nagaland touching Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

             The government appoints former IB officer Mishra as a new person for talks. A fresh round of talks are on and they need to be channelized with utmost care of diplomacy. The matter must be tackled in a matter that sovereignty of India shall remain intact and a few demands which do not harm India's interest must be dealt cautiously.