Naga Intellectual Forum

Kohima, January 28, 2020:

A Naga organization based at New Delhi, Naga Intellectual Forum (NIF), in a notification on January 27 has condemned Governor R N Ravi for his speech on Republic Day.

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The organization has stated that the incoherence in Ravi’s speech is “profound and therefore quite perplexing whether he is speaking as the Governor of Nagaland or as the Indian Interlocutor to the Indo-Naga Peace Talk”.

It is unbecoming of any position either way – during the most crucial hour in the current junction”, the NIF slammed.

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The NIF further added that Nagas were never a part of India either by consent or by conquest and that Nagaland is just a part of its history created in 1963. As the Governor of Nagaland, he may kindly see to it that the elected Government of Nagaland acts constitutionally in the interest of Naga people.”

Elaborating further, the NIF continued: “Development, Law and order and public welfare are not his lookouts though a general appeal would have sounded a little better. If democracy is to be taken into account as he stressed, democracy without sincerity is just conspiracy. His statement sounds more like a threat than an appeal. No doubt, the rising increase of warlike situations, violation of ceasefire ground rules multiple times, nefarious undercover activities by Indian military forces and Intelligence and all his statements may have greater links than meets an eye.”

The intellectual forum also chided Ravi for his statement in the Nagaland state Assembly in which he had stated that the peace talks have been successfully concluded and he urged all political groups to unite or else the Nagas might miss a golden opportunity. “If the Peace Talk is successfully concluded, there is nothing we can miss”, the NIF added, stating that the most certain outcome is uncertainty unless both the negotiating entities come to the senses of respecting each other’s rights rather than believing in each one’s might.

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