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Assam’s CM to hold first peace meeting with Naga Militants

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Indian North-eastern state Assam’s Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma sat down for the first meeting with Naga militants. Nagaland Chief Minister N Rio was also present at the meeting. 

Speaking about the meeting, the Assam Chief Minister said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had given him the green signal to hold talks with militant groups like ULFA (Pareshpanthi).  Assam is a state in northeastern India, south of the eastern Himalayas along the Brahmaputra and Barak River valleys. It is a state known for its wildlife, archeological sites and tea plantations. 

In the west, Guwahati, Assam’s largest city, features silk bazaars and the hilltop Kamakhya Temple. The State of Nagaland was formally inaugurated on December 1st, 1963, as the 16th State of the Indian Union. It is bounded by Assam in the West, Myanmar (Burma) on the east, Arunachal Pradesh and part of Assam on the North and Manipur in the South. The State consists of seven Administrative Districts, inhabited by 16 major tribes along with other sub-tribes. Each tribe is distinct in character from the other in terms of customs, language and dress.

Speaking on the occasion, Himant said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are responsible for restoring lasting peace in Northeast India. And for that purpose we are in discussion with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland NSCN (IM) representatives in Dimapur. 

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The Chief Minister of Nagaland was also with us.”. The Nagaland Peace Accord is a peace treaty, signed, on 3 August 2015, between the Government of India, and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), to end the insurgency in the state of Nagaland in Northeast India. The National Socialist Council of Nagaland is a Naga nationalist separatist group operating mainly in Northeast India, with minor activities in northwest Myanmar, Barma. The demand of NSCN ( IM) is that it was against grouping of Assam in Bengal, and wanted the Naga Hills District to be included in an autonomous Assam in the independent India. It further emphasized local autonomy for the Naga Hills District, and a separate electorate for the Naga tribes.

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According to the Assam Chief Minister: We are all very optimistic that such peace talks will be fruitful,” he said. He also talked to the Nagaland Chief Minister N. Rio about the political situation in the state before the next Nagaland Assembly elections” It is learned that Himanta and N Rio had a closed-door meeting with NSCN (IM) chief Thuingaleng Muivar for about an hour.

It is to state that the Indian northeastern states like Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Assam and large areas of Myanmar ( Capital of Barma) have long been the call for “Land of Naga’s or ‘Nagalim’ by the NSCN. The Naga separatist organization NSCN has been fighting their militant movement for a long time and the main aim of the NSCM is to establish a sovereign Naga state, “Nagalim”, which would consist of all the areas inhabited by the Naga people in Northeast India and Northwest Myanmar. 

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The NSCN’s slogan is “Nagaland for Christ”. The group is currently fighting for the separation of Nagaland from India. Now to see whether this joint peace talk between Assam & Nagaland’s Chief Ministers and NSCM will stop the terrorism at Nagaland or not.

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