The government can accept the demand of the NAGA museum that shows 70 years of struggle
(This story originally appeared in November 4, 2019) Even as the Center prepares to hold broader consultations with Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam before finalizing the Naga peace agreement, it can accept the demand to establish 70 years of Naga struggle, ET has learned
Government officials familiar with the discussion said weapons and ammunition delivered by the rebels could be part of the existing state museum. In addition, the museum will also honor the Naga leaders who were part of the fight, an official confirmed, adding that a financial package is also being prepared for.
The final agreement, among other matters, will resolve the demand for a separate passport for Nagas. “Nagas will continue to use Indian passports with minor modifications. The two sides have also discussed the issue of the bicameral legislature, where the house of the elders will be chosen by the village chief and the tribes, while the elections will be held for the legislative assembly, ”said another official.
However, the Interior Ministry has said that before finalizing any agreement with the Naga groups, all interested parties, including Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, will be duly consulted.
Last week, the Center's interlocutor, RN Ravi, concluded the talks, with indications that the Nagaland National Socialist Council (Isak-Muivah) could have accepted the terms of the agreement, renouncing its demand for a separate flag and constitution . However, the two sides agreed on a symbolic flag of Naga, which will not be used in the institutions of the Indian government.
The working committee of the Naga national political groups in a statement issued after the conclusion of the talks said: “GoI had supported the use of the Naga emblem/flag specifically for cultural identity within the Naga homeland. The Naga flag is a political symbol and cannot be limited. Therefore, together in one voice, Nagas would pursue him politically and democratically. The flag, since the dawn of Naga political consciousness, has been an expression of our political identity and aspirations.