The working committee of six Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) on Friday claimed continuity, clarity and progress in negotiations with the Centre.
The working committee, in a release, also clarified that there was no stalemate or deadlock in the peace talks and that it was not indulging in a “political monologue”.
“A clear approach was laid on the ground allowing collective wisdom to seep through in consonance with our history, supported by logic, reasoning and practical reality of the day,” the release said.
It said every issue was processed jointly and added that transparency, proactive argument and healthy debate preceded each round of negotiations, marking a “tectonic shift” from the usual Indo-Naga political dialogue.
The working committee hoped that political and historical rights and aspiration of Nagas residing in Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam would be “honoured and fulfilled”. In this regard, it solicited prayer support from all Nagas, irrespective of domicile status or political, religious and tribal affiliations.
The release said the working committee of NNPGs was a child of Naga reconciliation process and it owed its existence to peace-loving Naga people for believing in and endorsing various Naga national political groups into initiating a common platform.
“Naga political leaders having different ideologies and backgrounds, for the sake of future generations, answered the call of Nagas. The endeavour is to salvage our historical and political rights through peaceful, honourable and acceptable solution,” the release said.
Stressing that reconciliation within the Church and Naga civil societies is urgent, it said reconciliation among Naga tribes and communities, clans and within families was an essential component towards creating a “peaceful interdependent Naga homeland”.
“The process becomes narrow and one-dimensional, if it caters only to stop hostility among armed Naga groups. Naga history is profoundly glorious yet intensely turbulent and violent. It teaches us to be fiercely patriotic yet not to be self-indulgent and remorseless,” the committee added.
The committee further said reconciliation process must identify and correct the basic flaws pertaining to social, religious and political discourse.
“It would naturally lose its shine if informed opinions and pragmatic challenges were muffled by opinionated and impractical narratives. The truth would then be suppressed and propaganda upheld. The process must, therefore, rid itself of procrastination and avoid biased presumptions and unfounded characterisation of leaders or followers,” the committee highlighted.