The National Socialist Council of Nagaland-IM published for the first time the details of the 2015 framework agreement, blaming interlocutor R.N. Ravi for removing a keyword from the original document and sharing the modified version with other Naga groups. Five years ago, the framework agreement between the Indian government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isaac-Muivah) was signed under a great outcry. This was done in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NSCN (I-M) Secretary General Thuingaleng Muivah with R N Ravi, the interlocutor who signed the agreement on behalf of the Union Government. It was hailed as a “historic” agreement to use an era of peace and tranquility in a region rocked by violence for nearly five decades. The agreement signed by Isak Chishi Swu, then chairman of the NSCN (IM), General Secretary Th Muivah and the Center`s representative, R N Ravi, also said the two sides agreed that the details and implementation plan would be developed and implemented shortly under the framework agreement, he said. Swu died in June 2016. The deal, described as “historic” by Prime Minister Modi, was signed after more than 80 roundtables between the government and different interest groups, but the exact details of the deal were not disclosed. In a statement after the agreement was signed, the government said it had “recognized the unique history, culture and position of the Nagas and their feelings and aspirations. The NSCN understood and appreciated India`s political system and governance. “The sore point is that Ravi, in total contradiction with the framework agreement, presented a misleading report to the Parliament`s standing committee,” the group said. She felt that such reports, which are not linked to an agreement with the NSCN negotiating team, have now become the source of pain in the political discussions between Indo and Naga.
The framework agreement, shared Tuesday as part of a detailed NSCN-IM press release, said: “Both sides have understood the respective positions of the other and are aware of the universal principle that in a democracy, sovereignty belongs to the people. As a result, the Government of India and the NSCN, taking into account the wishes of the people to share sovereign power, as defined in the competences, adopted, on the 3rd an agreement as an honorable solution was reached on August 1, 2015. “In 2015, when the Narendra Modi government was firmly in power and Prime Minister Modi proposed a quick solution to the dispute, a framework agreement was signed that prepared the terms for the ongoing peace talks. The competences of the agreement are about to be finalised. While the NSCN appreciated the Naga`s sincere concern to know the details of the skills, it said some of the skills are still being frantically negotiated.