Zhimomi shed light on the formation of the “negotiating table” and said, “Dialogue had to start at home, converging all demands and aspirations to put them under proper heads. It was a difficult task for us to dig up and dig some pearls”. “The Indian government has a good experience in negotiating on Naga issues, so the NNPG working committee had to deal with the hassles scattered by the long years of peace talks. The Indian government has also hardened its stance at times. a difficult task to bring things to a plane where both sides – the Nagas and the Indian government – have an equal footing and position, to start the dialogues on a clean slate,” he says.His group and a few others operating in Nagaland had feelers in 2016.
“For each objection raised by the Indian government, the NNPG working committee found appropriate legalities and provisions in the Indian constitution, which satisfied the Indian government. After the final solution, all these documents will be officially released at once by the government of India and the Tatar Hoho,” he says. Zhimomi recalls joining the Naga national movement in 1987, when he was just 29. He actually entered it by “succeeding to his father, at the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN). “The following year, 1988, the NSCN split in two and I joined the ranks and files led by the SS Khaplang”, In 1991, Kitovi Zhimomi was elevated to the rank of Deputy Kilonser in charge of Defense and in 1999, he became the Kilonser of NSCN(K) becoming the main leader of the group with the rank of ` ‘Prime Minister of the Naga Government’.
The Nagaland National Assembly elections to be held in early 2023 are also not far away. | Wikimedia Commons
Responding to a few questions, Kitovi Zhimomi points to the perils of the past — “We have seen the turmoil of five generations. What do we have for future generations? Are we going to leave them in a society with no space for growth and development? progress? A situation where they have to leave their country of origin knocking on the doors of everything, from higher education to employment? ” These words only underline the clamor for a final solution and an agreement This is something that was pointed out recently by the Naga Tribal Council (NTC).“The only task that remains at the moment is for the Government of India to respond to a call for the signing of the agreement…”, the NTC said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 16. Zhimomi knows some of the intricacies of the agreement, the peace talks are too good and, he says, issues relating to political conflicts within the Union of India, the conflict between the political system, intelligence ent and executive and conflicts between military interests and political interests were raised and all were resolved effectively.
The Zhimomi-led umbrella organization NNPG, made up of seven groups operating in Nagaland, had signed a preamble agreement with the government on November 17, 2017, and has been waiting for a final peace pact ever since. “The talks had given us a great responsibility. I had to sit for hours negotiating with Indian government officials and interlocutors. At first, some of them were experts. also learned some diplomatic stuff,” he says in a clearer vein. Peace is a state of mind; this is perhaps more true for the Nagas. Thus, the Nagas are crossing their fingers before the elections in Manipur; and also that the Nagaland State Assembly elections to be held in early 2023 are also not far away. (IANS/SP)
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