- It will be idle to think that whoever succeeds Khaplang will seek peace
Jun 16, 2017-SS Khaplang, who headed a faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, and whose death was announced on 10 June, was a man of principle. For one, he never changed his stand that unless New Delhi discussed sovereignty he would never come to the negotiating table.
A close associate of Isak Swu and Th Muivah, they broke away in 1980 from the Naga National Council headed by Angami Zapu Phizo. A split in 1988 saw Khaplang leading his own faction as he was against suing for peace. Khaplang feared that being from Myanmar, he would be left in the lurch once Swu and Muivah came to terms with New Delhi. The BJP government at the Centre signed a ceasefire accord with Khaplang in 2001, three years after Swu and Muivah did. But the Centre did not invite him for formal talks. In March 2015 Khaplang unilaterally abrogated the truce and formed the United Liberation Front of Western, South-east Asia.
All this came about after signing a unilateral ceasefire with Myanmar in 2012. It will be idle to think that whoever succeeds Khaplang will seek peace. This calls for stricter
vigilance along the Indo-Myanmar border.
Published: 16-06-2017 08:23