Thursday, December 8, 2022

NNC clarifies on ACAUT’s statement

This is in reference to the headline “ACAUT plea to PM to fructify signed Agreements” which was published on Monday, 31st of October, 2022 in your esteemed daily, Nagaland Post. I am constrained to clarify on the last lines of the 9th paragraph which states “ACAUT also pointed there was no clause under the present ceasefire ground rules for providing allowances and rations to those under ceasefire, unlike those at Peace Camp at Kohima.”
While appreciating and acknowledging ACAUT for its immense contribution toward eradicating extortion from Naga society by the various unscrupulous political factions, it will be prudent and sensible not to misconstrue the statement, as stated above, due to the fact that the Transit Peace Camp neither receives allowances nor rations from the Government of India.
Many Nagas seem to have a penchant for consuming propaganda without searching for or reflecting on the truth and this has given way to the distortion of the truth and history of our national struggle. This has given rise to narratives without a foundational basis on truth, facts, evidences and legal perspective(s).
Hence, mere rhetoric has caused the Naga intellect to fatuous pursuits of self aggrandizement. I would, therefore, like to point out a few facts to reveal the truth about the Transit Peace Camp at Kohima.
Firstly, the Transit Peace Camp at Kohima was formerly occupied by the American missionaries who were then driven out by the government of India and in 1957; the occupational forces of India then occupied it.
However, after two decades the Indian army had to vacate the camp as demanded by the Nagaland Peace Council due to the fact that a Transit Peace Camp was to be established.
The Transit Peace Camp at Kohima was and is not part of the official Peace Camps set up following the Implementation of Clause-II signed on January 5, 1976 in accordance with the Shillong Accord of November 11, 1975. “It was set up for the convenience of everyone who came for consultations from all over Nagaland as the Chedema Peace Camp had no bus or taxi services at that time.” Peace Camps had been established since the 1964 Ceasefire between the Government of India and the Federal Government of Nagaland till 1976. Any Naga Army personnel and/or national worker who had surrendered or had accepted rehabilitation from the government of India were not allowed to stay in any of these Peace Camps.
Secondly, the Nagaland Peace Council (NPC), which was formed by the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), was given the responsibility of maintenance of Peace Camp inmates, especially the Transit Peace Camp at Kohima.
The NPC therefore, contributed Rs. 4500/- monthly. However, anti-national propaganda gave the illusion that the Peace Campers were receiving lakhs of rupees from the government of India.
Therefore, to allay any further misunderstanding even the meager sum given monthly by the Nagaland Peace Council was discontinued from May 1993 at the behest of the Federal Government of Nagaland.
Thirdly, the delusion of the propaganda that the Transit Peace Camp at Kohima receives lakhs of rupees stems from the funding that the Indian Government gives to the Nagaland Peace Centre (NPC), founded by the Sarvodaya Movement in 1964 under Jayaprakash Narayan who was a Gandhian.
The facsimile of acronyms of the two, i.e. the NPC of the Nagaland Peace Council and the NPC of the Nagaland Peace Centre, has fuelled the propagandists to level unfounded allegations on the Transit Peace Camp and the Federal Government of Nagaland. Such delusional propaganda has given the illusion that the Peace Camp at Kohima has been receiving funds from the Indian government.
This method of subterfuge has been used time and again to cause us to digress from the real issue of our national struggle all the while; and by using Aesopian language neither relevant nor important to the issue we face has caused more misunderstanding and confusion than amity.
Thus, this is to clarify that while the Nagaland Peace Council was given the task of maintenance of the Transit Peace Camp at Kohima; the Nagaland Peace Centre has been receiving some lakhs of rupees every year from the government of India. However, these two facsimile acronyms (NPCs) are not at all related, likewise the sanction of money to the Nagaland Peace Centre (NPC) by the government of India is not at all related to the Nagaland Peace Council (NPC) or the Transit Peace Camp at Kohima.
The monthly maintenance allowance given to the said Peace Camp at Kohima was by and through the Nagaland Peace Council which was funded by the Nagaland Baptist Church Council on the behalf of the Naga public and not by the government of India.
Finally, it is greatly appreciated of a civil society organization with a high social standing like the ACAUT for the opportunity to, once and for all, clarify our position on the issue of funding by the mentioning of it; hence, prompting us to clarify, lest we become mere stooges of propaganda spread by people with the proclivity to destroy our history and nation. God Bless!
Kolezo Chase, Spokesperson, Naga National Council.

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