Don’t expect 100% consensus on Naga talks: Jamir advises PM, Shah
Even as the Naga peace talks have entered a final but crucial stage, with the central government categorically stating that it can “never reconsider” demands related to a separate flag and constitution, state’s veteran politician SC Jamir Has advised both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Sangh. Home Minister Amit Shah said one should not expect “100 per cent consensus”.
“There should not be any further delay in talks,” Jamir, former chief minister of Nagaland and former governor of Maharashtra and Gujarat, told IANS in an interview.
He said, “I told the Indian government and our two leaders (Modi and Shah) don’t expect a consensus… you don’t get consensus even in Parliament, even in a family. Democracy means no one will agree. This is right.” ,
To specific questions on issues of a separate flag and constitution raised by the NSCN-IM, he told IANS: “I speak frankly and many Naga leaders do not like me. I have always been speaking the truth.”
There is no mention about the two points in both the Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015 between the interlocutor RN Ravi and the NSCN-IM and the agreed position signed by the NNPG in 2017.
“It is very clear from the two agreements, the Framework Agreement and the agreed position, that neither of them mentioned these two demands. There is also no mention of the sovereignty and integration of the Naga inhabited areas… if any efficiency. has to be included in the Constitution of India, it has to come through the Parliament of India,” the former chief minister said.
Jamir explained that it should be properly understood that all “agreements” made by the Center with both NSCN-IM and NNPG have to be “incorporated into the Constitution of India”.
“While things are so clear, my point is in the Naga spirit, I think they (Naga underground leaders) should follow the signature which they have voluntarily and deliberately added to the agreement,” he told IANS.
Jamir, who enjoys a good working relationship with the prime minister since his days in Gujarat, said: “I have told both our leaders (Modi and Shah) that you first sort out the issue and work on a solution.” We can help with subsequent issues and challenges to resolve.
“Churches and NGOs will have a major role to play in rehabilitating and settling underground workers and leaders.”
There should be “no more delay” in finalizing the final peace deal, the veteran politician insisted.
Jamir had survived more than one attempt on his life, including one at the Nagaland House in New Delhi in 1992.
He said, “There will be some issues after they are resolved. It happens everywhere when you have some people in the field and walk around with guns everywhere. When American soldiers return from Afghanistan or Iraq, they face it.” “He said that the central government also understood this very well.
“We have to be kind in rehabilitating the underground. Some of them may even feel that a peace settlement is like a death warrant. So the challenges after the resolution will be many, security is just one dimension.
“Some of the challenges will be psychological as well as economic and social,” he said.
Jamir was in the national capital at the invitation of the Union Home Minister.
Importantly, his meeting with Shah on Friday was on the instructions of Prime Minister Modi, whom Jamir met last month and had detailed discussions on peace talks and the political situation in the state.
Assembly elections are due in Nagaland early next year along with Tripura and Meghalaya.
Hinting like a true statesman, the veteran politician suggested that there should be a “compassionate effort” to rehabilitate all Naga underground workers and leaders and also that they should emerge as “heroes”.
“I think we should take a very compassionate approach to the rehabilitation of all underground workers and leaders. Secondly, they should come across as heroes and not as defeated individuals.”
He said this “critical environment” can be created “not only by the Indian government, but also by Nagaland’s churches, NGOs and political parties”.
, Don’t expect 100% consensus on Naga talks: Jamir advises PM, Shah