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Nagaland�s future is not for sale: NNPGs

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DIMAPUR, June 10 - Alleging that the people of Nagaland continue to be taken for a ride by NSCN-IM through its propaganda ministry, promising an imaginary political institution, Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) Working Group has asserted that �Nagaland�s future is not for sale.�

In a statement, the NNPGs Working Group said this while noting that �Government of India, time and again, has made it clear that breaking up neighbouring Indian States to integrate all Naga inhabited areas was out of question.�

The Working Group reaffirmed that the �aspiration of all Nagas to live under one political roof remains an undying desire.� The NNPGs wanted that if the question of integration issue be outside the purview of Government of India-NSCN-IM talks, separate acceptable solutions for Nagas living in various Indian administered territories must be pursued without ambiguity.

They urged Government of India to look into the grievances of Nagas living in other States and announce political steps for their progress and uplift. �Today, Nagas everywhere must understand that there has been a natural evolution of the Indo-Naga political issue, fuelled by external forces and internal strife,� it added.

The NNPGs Working Group further stated that Government of India requires political wisdom and decisiveness to understand the situation and address the political aspirations of the Nagas of Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The Working Group also alleged that the NSCN-IM leadership �continues to indulge in unrepentant theatrical politics in their nonexistent land called Nagalim.� �A single political group cannot decide the political future of all Nagas. The dangers of impractical political settlements cannot be overlooked. Consequences have been far reaching in the past. The Centre knows too well,� it said.

It further criticised the NSCN-IM for �churning out press releases inserting names of officials from proper Nagaland� as authors, worshipping the Framework Agreement.� �But it is practical politics which requires indigenous Nagas of Nagaland to determine their political future basing on historical facts, present status and desire for the future,� the Working Group said.

It further stated that �threats and intimidations against members of civil societies, tribal hoho leaders of Nagaland are unacceptable and best avoided in the interest of all concerned.�

�A humane approach could heal much wound,� the NNPGs opined while stating that the Working Group has in principle agreed to explore and exercise all political options in the interest of mainland Nagas in particular and all Nagas in general �until appropriate time in future when emotional integration will ultimately lead to physical integration of Nagas, fulfilling the vision of the forefathers.�

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Nagaland�s future is not for sale: NNPGs

DIMAPUR, June 10 - Alleging that the people of Nagaland continue to be taken for a ride by NSCN-IM through its propaganda ministry, promising an imaginary political institution, Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) Working Group has asserted that �Nagaland�s future is not for sale.�

In a statement, the NNPGs Working Group said this while noting that �Government of India, time and again, has made it clear that breaking up neighbouring Indian States to integrate all Naga inhabited areas was out of question.�

The Working Group reaffirmed that the �aspiration of all Nagas to live under one political roof remains an undying desire.� The NNPGs wanted that if the question of integration issue be outside the purview of Government of India-NSCN-IM talks, separate acceptable solutions for Nagas living in various Indian administered territories must be pursued without ambiguity.

They urged Government of India to look into the grievances of Nagas living in other States and announce political steps for their progress and uplift. �Today, Nagas everywhere must understand that there has been a natural evolution of the Indo-Naga political issue, fuelled by external forces and internal strife,� it added.

The NNPGs Working Group further stated that Government of India requires political wisdom and decisiveness to understand the situation and address the political aspirations of the Nagas of Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The Working Group also alleged that the NSCN-IM leadership �continues to indulge in unrepentant theatrical politics in their nonexistent land called Nagalim.� �A single political group cannot decide the political future of all Nagas. The dangers of impractical political settlements cannot be overlooked. Consequences have been far reaching in the past. The Centre knows too well,� it said.

It further criticised the NSCN-IM for �churning out press releases inserting names of officials from proper Nagaland� as authors, worshipping the Framework Agreement.� �But it is practical politics which requires indigenous Nagas of Nagaland to determine their political future basing on historical facts, present status and desire for the future,� the Working Group said.

It further stated that �threats and intimidations against members of civil societies, tribal hoho leaders of Nagaland are unacceptable and best avoided in the interest of all concerned.�

�A humane approach could heal much wound,� the NNPGs opined while stating that the Working Group has in principle agreed to explore and exercise all political options in the interest of mainland Nagas in particular and all Nagas in general �until appropriate time in future when emotional integration will ultimately lead to physical integration of Nagas, fulfilling the vision of the forefathers.�