New Delhi: In a historic move, once dreaded, NSCN leaders shook hands with PM Narendrabhai Damodardas Modi on Monday. The deal was signed at the Prime Minister’s residence at 7 Race Course Road in the presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and NSCN-IM General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah.
Addressing the gathering at the event, PM Modi asserted the need of the deal saying that the Naga political issue had lingered for six decades taking toll on the people of the country.
He added, “I have the deepest admiration for the Naga people." He further hailed the Naga group saying, "I am glad that NSCN kept the ceasefire agreement for two decades.”
In a statement released by the government, the agreement will end the oldest insurgency in the country. It will restore peace and pave the way for prosperity in the North East. It will advance a life of dignity, opportunity and equity for the Naga people, based on their genius and consistent with the uniqueness of the Naga people and their culture and traditions.
The sustained dialogue between the two sides, conducted in a spirit of equality, respect and trust, deepened their mutual understanding and confidence, and enabled the two sides to reach an equitable agreement. The Government of India recognized the unique history, culture and position of the Nagas and their sentiments and aspirations. The NSCN understood and appreciated the Indian political system and governance. The Government interlocutor also held frequent consultations with broad spectrum of Naga leaders, including those from the traditional tribal bodies, civil society, youth and students’ bodies, women’s groups, elected representatives and other stakeholders. These consultations helped in distilling the popular aspirations of the Naga people and in enhancing a healthy atmosphere of trust and understanding.
Though, Indian Administration had appeased this group several years ago and many Naga insurgents had come again in the mainstream. But, for the first time, Muivah has come to sign the formal peace accord on the Indian soil and was greeted by the Prime Minister. According to some observers, it is a personal achievement of Narendra Modi with his confidence building measures in the North-East India. May be, this meeting is the ultimate result of some efforts by the Minister of State in Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.