DIMAPUR, Nov 10 - The Naga Hoho today said that it is perturbed over the rationale of unabated violent confrontations between the Government of India and National Socialist Council of Nagaland NSCN(K) after so many years of ceasefire agreement and peace talks.
�This negates the desire of the Naga people for a negotiated settlement of the Indo-Naga issue to usher in an era of lasting peace,� the Naga Hoho said in a statement today.
It added that the futility of war is manifested in the fact that Nagas continue to live under perpetual subjugation and oppression and India�s progression toward a deserving and respectable place amongst the nations is hindered, though it proclaims to be the largest democracy in the world.
�Practice of intolerance with no respect for human dignity and blatant disregard for innocent lives even supposedly of its own citizens has been the hallmark of India�s policy in dealing with any form of dissent,� the Naga Hoho said.
According to the Naga body�s statement, the recent random killing of innocent Nagas, including women and schoolchildren and NSCN(K) cadres following imposition/extension of Disturbed Area Act in Nagaland defies any logic and thus nullifies the aura associated with the August 3 Framework Agreement that seemingly recognised the established position and aspiration of the Nagas.
�Is this the dawn of another era wherein premeditated punitive violent adventure to uproot and obliterate the Naga people is repeated as in the past? Can the Nagas be expected to trust the Government of India. Is it seriously committed to pursue the path of peace?,� the Naga Hoho questioned.
The Naga people want the Government of India to shed its prejudice and demonstrate magnanimity and patience at this juncture of the peace process, it added.
�NSCN (K) as a responsible organisation must also abjure the path of violence and continue to search for peace through negotiation,� the statement said, while adding, �the Naga people have faith that the NSCN(K) understands the collective yearning to renew the process of dialogue to give peace a chance. A resistance movement rooted in the principle of democracy and humanity must listen to the voice of conscience of the people it represents and is expected to always prioritise to create space and atmosphere for peace building even in the face of unwarranted provocation and threat.�
According to the Naga Hoho, many precious lives have been lost and the current trend indicates the renewal of a protracted cycle of violence. It stated that this senseless violence has to stop as every Naga citizen�s blood is too precious to be wasted, when considering their sparse population.