Will the Naga Accord ever become a reality?

It was believed that the Naga Accord would be signed before the Monsoon Session of Parliament and would be tabled in the session, but to everybody’s dismay, nothing like this has happened.

On August 3, 2015, the BJP government signed an agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM), for a mutually agreed solution to the Naga issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hailed the framework agreement in a tweet, “not merely the end of a problem but the beginning of a new future.”

Well, even after three years, nor do we see any solution to end this problem nor do we see any signs of arrival of the new future.

The Naga accord includes a few things, which both the parties have seemed to agree upon. They include not changing the boundary of states, providing autonomous Naga territorial councils for Arunachal and Manipur, a common cultural body for Nagas across states, specific institutions for state’s development, integration and rehabilitation of non-state Naga militia and the removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

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The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, tabled a report in Parliament, in which it criticised the NDA government for delaying the finalisation of the Naga Accord.

“The committee apprehends that the Naga groups and tribal bodies are becoming restless due to the delay in concluding the talks,” the report by the Committee stated.

Centre’s interlocutor, R N Ravi, in August 2015, had said, “Yes, we are pretty close to finalising the (Naga Peace) accord”. But, we don’t see any signs of it happening any soon.

The list of Modi government’s unfulfilled promises is long, and seeing the kind of hollow promises and false claims the BJP government has been making for the past four years, it is very likely that the Naga Accord might also turn out to be another jumla of this government, talked about only to gain vote bank.

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