The NSCN(IM) on Wednesday said that Nagaland Governor RN Ravi is desperately trying to criminalize the Naga political movement by questioning the taxation rights of the NSCN.
On Tuesday, Nagaland Governor RN Ravi said that the government of India does not recognize the collection of tax by any other entity other than by it or a state government.
“The NSCN collected taxes to support the Naga people’s political movement which started in 1929 even before India got independence from the British. Opposing the Naga tax is nothing short of obstructing the Naga political movement and to let the Naga people to be enslaved by India,” a NSCN(IM) statement stated.
According to the statement, taxation was there during the Naga National Council (NNC) time and now under National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) which has taken over to spearhead the Naga political movement.
“NSCN is a genuine political group and a government of the people with total commitment to find an honorable political settlement and it should not be treated at par with other outfits that have different objectives that are not going to benefit the Nagas in the final moment but only for temporary benefits,” the statement read.
It may be noted that NSCN is not working for packages from the Government of India but for an honorable and acceptable political
settlement with India and the nominal taxations will continue as it is.
“As per the Framework Agreement, the Nagas are the masters of their own lands both below and above. So, why should India interfere in the internal matters of the sovereign Naga people?
The Government of India opposing taxations by the NSCN instantly violates the FA wherein the two entities have agreed to coexist peacefully as two different entities sharing sovereign
power,” the NSCN(IM) stated.
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 one day ahead of India and defended its sovereign right thus far. The Naga nation does not require permission from the Government of India for taxation. The matter remains loud and clear that at no point of time the Nagas became Indians either by conquest or consent. Thus, it is too farfetched for the Governor of Nagaland state to issue such an outrageous statement on taxation.”