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Naga Peace Talks: More of the Same

It is high time flexibility and creativity are shown by both sides in finding a just solution for the Nagas.

The government of India and the leadership of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim-Isak Muivah (NSCN[IM]) have recently met for yet another round of peace talks. This is part of the continuous process of peace talks and negotiations which were initiated in 1997 and it is to the credit of both sides that despite some ups and downs and the change of government in Delhi, the talks have continued and the ceasefire has not only held but has also been extended to cover other groups and neighbouring regions.

The Naga campaign for independence has been the oldest secessionist movement of post-colonial India. In fact, the original Naga demand for separation was made at the moment of India’s own independence from Britain and since then the basic positions seem unchanged. The Naga secessionists want a sovereign state, while the government has always maintained that sovereignty is non-negotiable and maximum autonomy with protection of special rights could be negotiated. In fact, Nagaland itself was carved out as the 16th state of the Indian union as an effort towards reaching peace on this vexed issue.

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