RN Ravi planning to hijack decades old peace talks: NSCN (I-M)

The outfit was reacting to RN Ravi’s statement on the demand of Naga flag and constitution, which he made while speaking during 58th Statehood Day celebration of Nagaland. In his statement, Ravi stated that Government of India is absolutely clear that there shall be only one National Flag and Constitution in India.


RN Ravi (PHOTO: Twitter/@adeshguptabjp)

The NSCN (I-M) has contended that Nagaland Governor RN Ravi is planning to hijack the decades old Naga peace talks, which is at its concluding stage, while the Government of India and the Naga people are fully committed to resolve the issue through peaceful means.

The outfit was reacting to RN Ravi’s statement on the demand of Naga flag and constitution, which he made while speaking during 58th Statehood Day celebration of Nagaland. In his statement, Ravi stated that Government of India is absolutely clear that there shall be only one National Flag and Constitution in India.

“The ex-IB official RN Ravi is planning to hijack the more than seven decades of war and 23 years of peace talks in the same style of the Naga People’s Convention. He is attempting to murder the future of the Nagas and the vital national interest of India,” the Ministry of Information and Publicity of NSCN (I-M) said in a statement. 

It stated that the Nagas must wake up and should not allow to be fooled twice with the same trick.

 “The war of resistance of the Nagas under the leadership of AZ Phizo against the Indian colonialists were manipulated by the Intelligence Bureau officials who roped in some of the treacherous Naga individuals, mostly Indian government employees that formed a superfluous body called the Naga People's Convention (NPC),” it said. 

The NPC came out of nowhere and signed the 16 Point Agreement where the Naga solution was hijacked and a state under the Indian Constitution was accepted, it said adding that the statement of Ravi clearly exposed that another NPC is in the making. 

“His assertion that some of the civil societies under his payroll are the main stakeholders on the Indo-Naga Issue and therefore their decision must be supreme is farce,” it added.

Referring to Ravi's statement that India as a nation should have a sovereign territory, one constitution and one national flag, it also said that in the same breath Nagaland/Nagalim too must have sovereign territory, one constitution and one national flag within which the two must share sovereign powers and coexist peacefully as two entities as agreed upon in the Framework Agreement where he himself is a signatory. 

It further responded to Ravi not to bite off more than he can chew as far as the Naga issue is concerned. 

“Will RN Ravi, the interlocutor of the Gol to the Naga Peace talks speak in the same bipolar language as this RN Ravi, the governor of Nagaland state does,” it questioned. 

It also added that the Nagas are undeterred by Ravi’s threat just as AZ Phizo wrote to Indian Governor General C Raja Gopalachari on November 22, 1948 that "I am certain about one thing, my turbulent Naga people cannot be frightened into submission." 

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First Published:Dec. 1, 2020, 11:20 p.m.

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