Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Naga insurgency problem

There are two militant outfits responsible for the insurgency problem. They are NSCN (I-M) and NSCN (Khaplang). NSCN stands for National Socialist Council of Nagalim. They have been conducting talks with the Centre for the last 9 years. The latest round of talks with them in Amsterdam failed to yield any result.

Their demand is for unification of Naga-inhabited areas and for a “special federal relationship” which is nothing but a cloak for the longstanding ‘sovereignty’ demand.

The time may have come for the Government of India to segregate the feasible from the infeasible demands on their list of over 30 demands, give priority to demands relating to development, and try and achieve some measurable progress within the framework of India’s unity, sovereignty and democratic structure.

1 Comment:

Ramakrishna said...

The talks held recently in Amsterdam appear to have made some progress and both the sides have agreed to resume negotiations again early next year.

NSCN(IM) faction is headed by Isaac Chisi Swu. Its general secretary is Thuingaleng Muivah. This faction’s vision is an integrated Naga homeland tat includes parts of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. It had proposed a federal relationship with the Indian union. Its charter of demands includes unification of all the Naga inhabited areas of the Northeast, separate representation at the UN and greater rights over natural resources, finance, defence and policing.

The talks were started in 1997. A character of these talks is that they are held in a neutral territory – Amsterdam. They keep happening with some regularity and usually at the end of every round of talks there will be a joint communiqué informing of the progress. Whenever there is no joint communiqué issued, the perception is that the talks have failed to achieve any progress.