NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who today announced a historic peace accord with militant group Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), said the Naga problem is a legacy of the British rule.
“The Naga problem has taken so long to resolve because we did not understand each other. It is a legacy of British rule. The colonial rulers had by design kept the Nagas isolated and insulated. They propagated terrible myths about the Nagas in the rest of the country,” said Prime Minister Modi.
“I have the deepest admiration for the great Naga people for their extraordinary support to the peace efforts. My relationship with the North-East has been deep. I have travelled to Nagaland on many occasions,” he added.
Prime Minister Modi pointed out that he had been left deeply impressed by the rich and diverse culture and the unique way of life of the Naga people.
“I have been deeply impressed by the rich and diverse culture and the unique way of life of the Naga people. The Naga courage and commitment are legendary. Equally, they represent the highest levels of humanism,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi also stressed that peace, security and economic transformation of North-East has been amongst his highest priorities since he assumed office last year.
“I asked my office to supervise these talks and I personally kept in touch with the progress. I want to especially thank my senior colleague Home Minister Rajnath Singh whose support and advice was invaluable,” he added.