Nagaland is likely to get a separate official flag under the final accord which is expected to be signed soon by the Union government and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah).
‘A separate flag is one of 33 demands made by the NSCN-IM, which has been engaged in talks with the central government since a truce was finalised in 1997,’ said the source, adding, ‘However, the demand of NSCN-IM for a separate currency has been ruled out.’
The NSCN-IM’s VS Atem, an emissary of the NSCN-IM’s central leadership, while interacting with the media, said, ‘If Kashmiris can have a separate flag, why not the Nagas? China also has separate flags for Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan.’
The other demands of NSCN-IM include a separate constitution, dual citizenship and the creation of ‘Nagalim’ by integrating all Naga-inhabited areas of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland, but the last demand is expected to be put on the ‘backburner for now’ because of opposition from the other states.