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From 50 Years Ago: Negotiations on Naga Issue.

Weekly Notes from Volume XII, No. 31, July 30, 1960.

Another, and seemingly a more promising, ef-fort is now being made in Delhi to settle the Naga problem. A delegation from the Naga People’s Convention, an organisation largely of moderate opinion, has been holding discus-sions with Ministers and senior officials on the 16 point representation made by the Conven-tion. The main point of the representation is that the Nagas must have an autonomous State of their own, to be called the Nagaland, with a legislative assembly and Council of Ministers. The State is to be a part of the Indian Union, functioning under the Republican Constitution. The extraneous forces, which found ready supporters among certain sections of the Nagas for their policies of disruption, have evidently lost much of their hold... That is all the more reason why the present opportunity should not be lost by the negoti-ating parties to come to an early settlement, at least in principle if not in the fulness of de-tail. The measures taken by the Government of India so far, though fairly successful in re-storing order and a measure of security in the Naga areas and also paving the way for rea-sonable progress, have not done much to give emotional satisfaction to the tribal people…

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