Nagaland: Unity and Resolution or only Unity?
New developments are anticipated on the Nagaland front. Firstly a unifying meeting was held on 18 September at Ikishe village, Dimapur which was described by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) as a “priceless gift” to the Naga people from the highest level leaders of the NSCN (I-M), GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN.
Those who attended the meeting included NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th Muivah, NNC/FGN kedaghe (president) Brig (Retd) S Singnya and GPRN/NSCN general secretary, N. Kitovi Zhimomi accompanied by senior leaders of their groups. The unity meet which was initially being scuttled with the NSCN K having expressed reservations has forged an understanding which would have to be tested on the ground for Naga militant groups who are in cease fire mode are highly suspect to fratricide and maintaining harmony is difficult. So skeptics are hopeful that the familiar story will not be repeated.
Another development is visit of NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu to Delhi for the next round of talks. This has raised a hope of resolution of the long standing conflict though NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th Muivah ruled out giving up sovereignty and greater Nagaland. Muivah stated, ‘we are not going to accept Indian Constitution. We have made it time and again clear’. Though he has expressed hopes of an early solution.