ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Language Row- Tragic Farce

shall apply to the state of Nagaland unless the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland by a resolution so decides" (emphasis added). The whole provision is repeated verbatim in the Memorandum of Settlement with 'Mizoram" and 'Mizo' substituted for 'Nagaland" and 'Nagas,' except that the three words italicised have been omitted in the case of the proposed constitutional amendment setting out the special provisions for Mizoram. In Nagaland Central government agencies like ONGC have been seriously hampered in their exploration work because of the Nagaland government's and, even more importantly, the state student organisations 1 interpretation of this provision. The Government of India was particular that it would not allow itself to be constricted in this manner in Mizoram. The MNF has apparently accepted the government's point of view.

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