What does it really mean when the NSCN (IM) says they have accepted the idea of shared sovereignty?
As the TV news flashed on 3 August with images of Naga Peace Interlocutor, R N Ravi and Thuingaleng Muivah, the leader of the NSCN (IM) inking the Naga Peace Accord, it took me back to my visit in 2007 to the Naga People's Consultative Meeting (PCM) organised by the NSCN (IM) in their Camp Hebron near Dimapur. It was in this meeting that I first heard Muivah and Isak Chisi Swu (the outfit's co-founder) speak on the Naga political cause.
It would be interesting to note that the NSCN(IM) held their first talks with Vajpayee and the talks found a resolution under another NDA regime of Modi, something that Modi didn't forget to claim. But does this translate into peace? Not necessarily. Yes reconciliation is the key to moving ahead but mere words may not be enough.
The Narendra Modi government today signed a historic peace accord with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN)'s Isak-Muivah faction, after six decades of conflict. "The Nagaland political...