New Delhi, February 23, 2019
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets here on February 23rd, 2019 and staged a ‘Global Naga Mass Rally’ demanding the Government of India for a political solution to the decade long Indo-Naga conflict.
The protesters gathered at the Jantar Mantar and marched towards Parliament Street to call upon the Centre as well as the global communities to lend their support in finding a solution to the protracted Indo-Naga conflict which began more than 90 years ago when Nagas submitted a memorandum to the Simon Commission in 1929.
The protesters raised slogans like ‘India must give rights to Nagas’, ‘Victory to Nagalim’, ‘Where is the promised solution’ rocked the streets of the capital. The group further threatened to boycott the forthcoming general election if the government fails to meet their demands.
The protesters further blamed BJP general secretary and the party’s in-charge of Northeast region Ram Madhav and RN Ravi, the deputy national security advisor (NSA) for overlooking the matter. The Naga peace process started in 1997 when the NSCN-IM had signed the ceasefire agreement with Central government.
It may be mentioned that Ravi is scheduled to visit to Nagaland to brief the stakeholders on the status of Naga peace process on February 26th, 2019. Nagaland’s apex tribal organisation, Naga Hoho, said it had no expectation from Ravi’s visit.