Post Mortem

An honest reflection before New Year

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/27/2018 11:05:32 AM IST

 Every Government worth the name functions under a mandated legal Constitution which is expected to strictly be followed in letter and spirit. No individual, however powerful, has a vested authority to function above the enshrined Law. Interestingly, Part II Article 3 of the NSCN (IM)’s Yehzabo specifies that (Quote): “The Chairman, the Vice-Chairman and the General Secretary shall be impeached in a National Hoho (Assembly), moved by one-third of the Tatar Hoho and convicted by a majority of two-third of the house for violation of the line and the discipline of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland and the Yehzabo.” (Unquote). At ground zero, everyone knows that such a proceeding happening against the Head GBs of the organization is next to impossible.  It goes without saying, that the NSCN (IM) too claims legitimacy as a National Government with their own Constitution called the “Yehzabo”. But as things stand presently, they seem to have forgotten the “Yehza” part of their constitution and instead seem to be operating with a concentrated focus on the “abo” part. (In Sumi dialect ‘abo’ means ‘zero’). It does not take any brainstorming to qualify this statement. All we need to do is review the sequence of event that has taken place. According to Part III Article 4 of the Yehzabo of NSCN (IM) it says (Quote): “The Vice-President acts as the Yaruiwo in the absence of the latter. He automatically assumes the office in the events of resignation, impeachment or demise of the Yaruiwo and holds it till a new Yaruiwo is elected.” (Unquote).  Lt. Isak Chishi Swu, the Yaruiwo, breathed his last on the 28th June 2016...that was two and a half years ago...and still NSCN (IM) does not have their Yaruiwo in place because their Big Boss (henceforth referred to in short as BB) got up from the wrong side of the bed and is in no mood to allow the election of a new Yaruiwo. It’s like saying...Yehzabo or no Yehzabo, Tatar Hoho or no Tatar Hoho...Council of Kilonsers or no Council of Kiloncers...Collective Leadership or no Collective Leadership...the will of the BB be done! By any given standard of legal definition this is a clear case of a deliberate violation of the constitutional provision and therefore liable for prosecution in any civilised court of law, i.e if their Yezabo is to be taken seriously. But imagine, it is so obvious that there is not even a single soul within the rank and file of NSCN (IM) who would dare point out to their BB that their organization is seriously violating Part III, Article 4 of the Yehzabo. Does this not sound more like ‘abo’ performance than ‘Yehzabo’? For all practical purpose NSCN (IM) can at least eliminate hypocrisy if it drops the ‘Yehzabo’ nomenclature and instead adopt the name of their BB as their constitution...since their BB seems to be securely sitting on the Yezabo in his back pocket. 

One must be wondering why this unsavoury subject has been brought to light now after a lapse of over two years. Like everyone else, one would have remained silent perhaps had it not been for the shabby treatment recently meted out to Lt. Gen.(retd) Kholi Konyak, Vice President NSCN (IM) his death. This author would like to make it clear that he never had the privilege of meeting Lt. Vice President personally and has no reason to be defending the dear departed...but parts of the condolence message sent by General Secretary NSCN (IM) was downright insensitive: talking about mainstream or side-stream after the demise of a colleague. This was much too provocatively arrogant a display for any sensitive Naga to let it go unspoken for. NSCN (IM) may consider itself as the mainstream organization which may be considered debatable by many other Nagaland based Factions. That aside, no matter how many times Lt.Gen. (retd) Kholi Konyak may have crossed Factional bridges, it should have been kept in mind that he was a worthy son of the soil who maintained an unwavering principle of one simple truth: that the Nagas were free people and deserved to remain free. Whether Lt. Kholi believed in this truth from the left bank or the right bank or the mainstream of the river is irrelevant in death. 
(To be concluded)

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