Northeast Diary: Can Centre sort out twin challenges of Naga talks and a separate state? | India News

Northeast Diary: Can Centre sort out twin challenges of Naga talks and a separate state? | India News
Northeast Diary: Can Centre sort out twin challenges of Naga talks and a separate state? | India News

Neglected by successive governments, jap Nagaland bordering Myanmar is likely one of the most backward areas of India. For greater than a decade now, the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) has led a motion demanding a separate state, which it believes would usher in growth and prosperity within the area.
With the state meeting polls across the nook, the ENPO has as soon as once more pressed for its demand for the creation of a separate ‘Frontier Nagaland’. It just lately staged a symbolic protest by boycotting the state’s flagship Hornbill Festival, which attracts each home and worldwide vacationers. Besides, the organisation has threatened to boycott the forthcoming meeting elections if its demand just isn’t met.
Eastern Nagaland comprising six districts — Mon, Kiphire, Longleng, Tuensang, Shamator and Noklak — is dwelling to seven tribes, together with the Konyaks, who take delight of their warrior custom. Some of those tribes share ethnic ties with the Nagas in Myanmar. The six districts collectively account for 45 per cent of Nagaland’s inhabitants, however have simply 20 members within the state legislative meeting. In comparability, tribes similar to Ao, Angami and Sema have higher voice and illustration within the political-bureaucratic area.
Now, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Centre has discovered itself in a bind within the face of mounting stress from ENPO, given it was then-BJP president Nitin Gadkari who had in 2012 promised to fulfil the demand if the celebration got here to energy in 2014. The subject figured prominently in all successive elections however the saffron celebration is but to determine on the matter, in all probability because of the complexity concerned within the Naga peace course of.

Earlier this week, a delegation of ENPO leaders, together with Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland, S Phangnon Konyak, met Union dwelling minister Amit Shah and mentioned the matter. Shah will reportedly go to the northeastern state subsequent month to determine the following plan of action.
Shah “appreciated the Eastern folks for being part of the nation constructing to this point, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi was additionally conscious of” and “he acknowledged that the grievances and request for separate entity is known”, the ENPO mentioned in a press release, cited by information company ANI.
“The Union dwelling minister highlighted a transparent street map for an amicable, legislative and sustainable resolution for jap Nagaland, which can embrace session with the native folks and the state authorities,” it added.
While the folks of jap Nagaland eagerly look ahead to an answer, it could be fascinating to see what sort of manoeuvring the Centre does at a time when it’s unable to take the bigger subject of Naga peace course of to a logical conclusion. If the federal government takes a choice on a separate state, that is more likely to upset the insurgent group, NSCN (Isak-Muivah), which insists on ‘Greater Nagalim’, or integration of all Naga-inhabited areas within the northeast.
The outfit has anyway expressed displeasure over what it calls “deliberate twists and turns of the plot”. “NSCN little doubt is cautious of the Government of India (GoI) getting delicate on core points that aren’t negotiable. Ironically, the overindulgence by Government of India in enjoying delaying sport is one thing that’s stepping into the nerves of NSCN Talk Team. Nevertheless, we will maintain the bottom although we discovered GoI’s cynicism sporting at instances,” the outfit mentioned within the November subject of its information bulletin, ‘Nagalim Voice’.
It is believed {that a} impasse in negotiations over two key calls for – a separate flag and a structure – has put a significant hurdle within the peace course of whilst chief minister Neiphiu Rio desires an early resolution to the vexed Naga subject. Earlier this week, Naga People’s Front (NPF) chief Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu urged the Centre to signal the ultimate settlement earlier than Christmas.
So, will Nagaland get a New Year reward from Delhi? Perhaps, the BJP wish to hold everybody guessing till the elections.

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