Agree to disagree

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/2/2020 12:29:17 PM IST

 It took a little bit of nudging from union home minister Amit Shah to convince the opposition NPF legislators to exhibit reconciliation with the ruling Progressive Democratic Alliance(PDA) coalition after the Joint Legislators Forum(JLF) split when NPF legislators decided to form their own political platform- Political Affairs Mission(PAM). The NPF legislators resigned from the Joint Legislators Forum(constituted in 2012 and reconstituted on September 18,2018) over differences with the chief minister over alleged inaction over Naga political solution. NPF then formed the PAM on August 28,2020. Both JLF and PAM share the same goal-bringing all Naga political groups on the same page for the same political solution. The split or division among the legislators had only send confusing signals to the stakeholders since the existence of two fora only showed the dichotomy of approach to the same issue by legislators having the same objective but unable to share a common platform. The existence of JLF and PAM was indeed in itself a contradiction. The role of legislators as self-acclaimed ‘facilitators’ for Naga political solution is supplementary but still ,they play a role in holding consultations with various apex tribe organisations and NGOs. There has been many consultative meetings over the years since 2012 with various tribe hohos, NGOs and civil society organisations. Today the emergence of 14 Apex Tribe Hohos of Nagaland and the Nagaland GB Federation(NGBF) has taken centre stage unlike in the recent past. In addition to the split between the ruling and opposition legislators, the state is also witnessing a friction between the ruling PDA coalition government, notably the chief minister with the state governor. The fate of the much expected Naga political solution, earlier speculated after October 31,2019 and before Christmas, hasn’t happened. It is over a year and still there appears no hard evidence of early solution. The delay has been blamed on the issue of Naga flag and Naga constitution (Yehzabo) as demanded by the NSCN(I-M). On the other hand the group has laid the blame on the Interlocutor and Nagaland governor R.N. Ravi for allegedly going back over the demands in principle. As it may seem, the ruling PDA has left much unsaid about the governor after the “leak” of a letter written by the latter to the former, over concerns involving rampant extortion and other issues that continue to make news. Be that as it may, people understand these circumstances. Therefore, if there is an appeal on all to come together in the larger interest of peaceful solution and the union home minister’s advice to legislators to be on the same page; perhaps this should also be an occasion for both the state government and the governor to mend their fences at such a crucial time. Both offices of the chief minister and governor serve people and so they should realise that differences in perception over policing matters are not uncommon. Such differences matter as they help to see the other’s point of view and widen the perspective on what needs to be done. The chief minister is legislative head of the government while the governor is the executive head of the state and representative of the president of India. Without prejudice to any, the general feeling and expectation among people is for early solution so that they can focus on rebuilding and reshaping their future after decades of violence, loss of lives, instability and disturbances.


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