Imphal: At a time when there are reports that Indo-Naga peace talk could finally come to a conclusion, the NSCN/GPRN has expressed its concern over RN Ravi, the interlocutor, calling him a liability more than anything.
The NSCN (IM) also alleged that the interlocutor, in his report furnished to the Parliamentary Standing Committee, “manipulated in his own narrative that is far from the actual meaning as very unambiguously worded in layman’s language in the original copy of FA”.
Indo-Naga political talks which has come down in the modern history as the most high profile peace process in Southeast Asia is in a state of simmering tension and reaching the tipping point all because of Mr. RN Ravi’s vitriolic attack on Naga issue, the very issue he was assigned by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to negotiate on his behalf to bring solution that is honorable and acceptable, the NSCN/GPRN stated in press release through its Ministry of Information and Publicity (MIP). All the hard work of 23 years of Indo-Naga political talks having passed through six successive prime ministers is coming to nauseating end because of the mischief that keeps boiling in the hands of this interlocutor who has become more a liability than anything, it added.
Stating that the FrameWork Agreement was signed in 2015 to form the basis for final settlement of Naga issue, the NSCN/GPRN lamented that as catastrophic as it is, FA is now undergoing castration at the hands of the very person who co-author it with NSCN Chairman Mr. Isak Chishi Swu and NSCN General Secretary Mr. Th. Muivah. This is the crux of the Indo-Naga political talks now. The issue is now in the court of the Government of India that should come out with an undertaking that FA is still alive in its original form and to be handled by somebody other than RN Ravi, who is sensitive enough to understand and respect what has been achieved during the past 23 years, it stated.
The NSCN/GPRN stated that the sanctity of Naga political legitimacy, ironically, came under assault when Ravi made a tumultuous turn using slanderous terms like “armed gangs” & “underground groups” against the very groups he has been talking for years. The tipping point came when he ordered the Nagaland state government to issue office memorandum requiring all state government employees to self-declare their relations with the “Naga underground groups”. This is the bone of contention that has cropped up as Naga people cried foul over such outmoded policy that does no longer fit into the present scheme of things to end a century old Naga political issue, it stated.
The NSCN (IM) also stated that Ravi has been under their scanner for some time when he twisted the Framework Agreement and misled the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the steps taken to solve the Naga issue. The fact is that Framework Agreement is outside the purview of Indian Federation/Constitution. But in his report furnished to the Parliamentary Standing Committee he manipulated in his own narrative that is far from the actual meaning as very unambiguously worded in layman’s language in the original copy of FA, the NSCN(IM) alleged.
Producing a copy of the FA wherein the NSCN stated that Ravi deleted the word “New”, the group said that the interlocutor did it to justify his own narrative and circulated to the 14 tribe leaders, NNPGs, NTC and Nagaland GB Federation. These people are simply carried away by his manoeurable talkings and made to believe him and portrayed the NSCN on the wrong side. Today, this misplaced interpretation of “it will provide for an enduring inclusive new relationship of peaceful co-existence of the two entities” has become the point of conflict that delayed the process for solution, the NSCN pointed out.
Stating that the word ‘new’ is politically sensitive as it goes to define the meaning of peaceful co-existence of the two entities (two sovereign powers), the NSCN (IM) said that when “NEW” is removed there is room for misinterpreting it as under Indian Constitution.
The NSCN/GPRN also alleged the interlocutor of insulting the NSCN negotiating team using un-parliamentary language in the official talk stating “this can be understood even by Class VII students that it mean acceptance of the Indian Constitution” while adding that the worst official talk took place on 30th January, 2020 at Chumukedima, Nagaland.
“NSCN negotiating team cannot forget the unethical deadline given by Ravi to sign the Naga agreement on or before 31st October, 2019. Earlier to this in his diatribe against NSCN he said NSCN has ‘mischievously’ dragged the Framework Agreement and began imputing imaginary contents into it,” the NSCN said adding that in this context it put on record that it never adopted procrastinating attitude as repeatedly slandered by Ravi.
The NSCN/GPRN also said that Ravi is a person with divisive mentality and has applied it to the hilt among the Nagas. He took the unilateral decision to deviate from what was started by the pioneers of the 2nd Indo-Naga Ceasefire that has taken the peace process this far. From nowhere Ravi created NNPGs as third party/force against the bilateral talk of the GoI and the NSCN. Ravi used to harp on that issue is one, so there will be one solution. But he signed separate agreement with NNPGs and later used this group to counterweigh the NSCN, it stated.
“Ravi in more than one occasion proved himself as a man lacking principle that stands up to his stature as interlocutor to such high profile political dialogue as he committed breach of confidential documents by circulating the doctored Framework Agreement and Competencies to the Naga leaders that he favored after removing a word “NEW” that virtually changed the meaning of a sentence in the Framework Agreement. He hastens himself to misinform and mislead the GoI as well as Naga people in various platforms by twisting the Framework Agreement,” the NSCN/GPRN said.
Ravi also resorted to fear psychosis to pressurize the NSCN to submission. He organized military exercises over Naga areas using Indian Air force’s latest aircrafts, deployed heavy security forces with war tanks, directing all Nagaland state security forces to be in their respective stations with rations stock to last for at least two months and directing all state police Special Branch to identify and locate the NSCN members’ residents, the NSCN alleged.
Stating that the Naga civil organizations have played a crucial role in their respective capacities, the NSCN alleged Ravi of refusing to work with Naga apex civil societies like the Naga Hoho, NSF, NMA, NPMHR, etc.
What has driven Ravi to go for the unthinkable after more than 23 years of fruitful negotiations is now the focusing point of talk in every hearth and street corners. How could Ravi arrogated to himself the power to change the rules/contents of the agreement arbitrarily? Where is his credibility now? His domineering approach has come to destroy the spirit of gentlemen’s negotiation, the NSCN stated.
It was against this background that Ravi has set the bridge on fire and the meeting point is something unthinkable. He should have been more sober with the NSCN with whom he has shared the same table for years to find the honorable means to solve the Naga issue. It is comprehensible that person who want to turn the clock back the Naga issue by forcibly making it into “law and order issue” cannot be expected to recapture Naga people’s imagination to bring solution that is honorable and acceptable, the NSCN/GPRN said.
While expressing gratitude to PM Modi for guiding and supervising the signing of the historic FA, the NSCN said that the very doings of his representative Ravi has cast a huge trust deficit as his role has come to be seen as nothing short of disowning the Framework Agreement.