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Naga peace pact: PM Modi shares credit, says ‘past govts’ also contributed

PM Narendra Modi also said successive governments have made efforts to bring peace and stability in the region though these have seen various ups and downs in the past.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: August 25, 2015 12:39:42 am
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday sought to share credit with previous governments for the “successful talks” with NSCN (I-M) and hoped it would lead to development of not only Nagaland but the entire Northeast region.

“All past governments made efforts. There were ups and downs during the process but everybody has contributed and it would not be right for any one government to claim credit for its success,” Modi said at a function organised to celebrate the birth centenary of Naga spiritual leader and freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu, popularly known as “Rani Ma”.

“It is the result of these efforts that today in Nagaland there has been a successful dialogue with those people (NSCN leaders). The result is that now we have had successful talks with those people in Nagaland,” he said.

Referring to the peace accord as well as the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh, Modi said these moves would bring in peace and prosperity to not only Nagaland but to the entire Northeast.

“I am sure the journey that has begun of walking together will bear best of results and the country will achieve greater heights,” he said in an obvious reference to the Naga accord.

“It is sad that the people of the country have not been made more aware of great personalities like ‘Rani Ma’ from the Northeast. The contributions and teachings of several such greats have either been forgotten or have been deliberately ignored in India’s history,” he said.

Speaking of peace in Northeast, Modi said the commemoration of Gaidinliu’s birth centenary signals the government’s intentions as Gaidinliu stood for national integration with the rest of the country. “Through her struggles for independence, Rani Ma always preached the freedom of not just Nagaland but of India and she spread Gandhiji’s words across Northeast,” he said.

The culture ministry under Mahesh Sharma also released commemorative coins of Rs 100 and circulating coins of Rs 5 in memory of Gaidinliu, who passed away in 1993.

Modi said his government’s agenda on the Northeast has been clear from the very beginning. “Northeastern states are blessed with various gifts from nature. We are trying to address the connectivity issues. Once good connectivity is established, Northeast will attain its rightful place in the country’s development,” he said. He said efforts were on to provide railway connectivity to state capitals in the region.

Referring to pineapples grown in the region and chillies in Nagaland, he said the Northeast can become the “organic capital” of the country.

The function was also attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Nagaland Governor P B Acharya and CMs of Nagaland and Manipur T R Zeliang and Okram Ibobi Singh, respectively.

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