DIMAPUR, November 25 (NNN) : Amidst much media hype that talks between the government of India and NSCN-IM have begun, a source from the Naga outfit has confided today that `formal` talks are yet to start.
“Yes, informally there have been meetings between the NSCN-IM leadership and the government of India representatives since November 20 but the dialogue is yet to resume formally,” clarifies the NSCN-IM source, adding, “It is very difficult to say when the formal talks will begin.”
Meanwhile, a separate source informed NNN that this time round the angle of talks between the NSCN-IM and the government of India will be quite different from the past talks.
A 5-member committee of the government of India set up to see the `concrete` NSCN-IM proposals has been studying the proposals in the past one year and when the talks resume formally in the next few days, New Delhi will give its views regarding the proposals.
The source then disclosed that the `concrete` NSCN-IM proposals are the products of the 15 years talks. However, attempts to confirm about this NSCN-IM proposals by NNN from the NSCN-IM proved futile.
It can be mentioned here that NSCN-IM chairman Isak Chisi Swu, the outfit`s general secretary Th Muivah and 12 other NSCN-IM leaders had left Dimapur for New Delhi on November 19 to resume the peace parley.
It is also worthwhile to note here that the last time NSCN-IM leaders Isak Chisi Swu and Th Muivah had met the representatives of the government of India was the first week of December last year. Since then both of them chose to remain mute while the elusive Naga political solution keeps laymen as well as intellectuals busy in the world of speculations.
As reported earlier by Newmai News Network, election times are the period when colourful and unexpected promises are made by the government of India. This news agency had speculated that the `wintry feeling` is here and the Central government must be busy packing hollow “Christmas gift” for the Nagas, as were the `Supra-State` and `Bhutan-type` arrangement for the Nagas and what more.
Two years ago, Guwahati based newspaper Seven Sisters Post (SSP) had reported about the Nagas` Supra-State status which was reported to be a Christmas gift of that year. The report had swayed the social tidings in Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh opposing that purported arrangement. The hype got over with the withering of Christmas trees and the fading of colourful Christmas stars atop the Naga houses.
Again, the hype got climaxed last year`s Christmas time after Union Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde had assured that the Naga political issue will be settled by March 2013, the time the Nagaland assembly election process got over.That situation was even buttered it by the concerted show of the now-unheard Joint Legislature Forum (JLF) formed by the 60 MLAs of the Nagaland legislative assembly of the previous tenure to push for the early settlement of the Naga political problem.
Now, it has been over 11 months that the dialogue between the government of India and the NSCN-IM has not been resumed.
NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah had come to Nagaland on December 18 last year for the Christmas and ever since he was confining to the outfit`s base Hebron, off Dimapur.