Nagaland governor tries to criminalize Naga political movement: NSCN (IM)

A war of words erupted between the NSCN (IM) and RN Ravi after he was appointed governor of Nagaland. (To file)

The Nagaland National Socialist Council NSCN (IM) said on Wednesday that Nagaland Governor RN Ravi was desperate to criminalize the Naga political movement by challenging the NSCN’s right to tax.

Nagaland Governor RN Ravi said on Tuesday that the Indian government does not recognize the collection of taxes by any entity other than this or a state government.

A war of words took place between NSCN (IM) and RN Ravi after he was appointed governor of Nagaland. RN Ravi is the interlocutor between the Indian government and the NSCN.

“The NSCN collected taxes to support the political movement of the Naga people which began in 1929 even before India gained independence from the British. Opposing the Naga tax is nothing less than hampering the Naga political movement and letting the Naga people be enslaved by India, ”a statement from the NSCN (IM) said.

According to the statement, taxation was there at the time of the Naga National Council (NNC) and now under the Nagaland National Socialist Council (NSCN) which took over to lead the Naga political movement.

“NSCN is a real political group and a government of the people with full commitment to find an honorable political settlement and it should not be treated at the same level as other formations which have different objectives which will not benefit the Nagas at last. moment, but only for temporary services, ”the statement said.

Without citing a name, Ravi said that a Naga armed organization engaged in the peace process recently issued a statement, relayed by the media, that it has the right to collect “taxes” from the people and has added that their right was also recognized by the representative of the Government of India who spoke with them.

“Such an erroneous statement is likely to confuse the population. Taxation is a sovereign function that can be exercised either by the Indian government or by the state government, ”Ravi said in a statement.

“According to the framework agreement, the Nagas are masters of their own lands both below and above. So why should India interfere in the internal affairs of the sovereign Naga people? “

“The Indian government which opposes the taxes imposed by the NSCN instantly violates the FA in which the two entities have agreed to coexist peacefully as two different entities sharing sovereign power,” the NSCN (IM) said on Wednesday.

The statement further stated: “Moreover, taxation is the legitimate right of every government of a nation-state. The Nagas declared their independent status as a sovereign nation a day before India and have defended its sovereign right so far. The Naga Nation does not need permission from the Indian government for taxation. The matter remains clear and clear that at no time did the Nagas become Indians by conquest or by consent. Thus, it is too much of a stretch for the Governor of Nagaland State to issue such an outrageous statement on taxation. “

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