Post Mortem

Commemorating the balance of a bygone era

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/22/2019 12:38:00 PM IST

 Lately, the buzzes on ‘Factional reconciliation’ through some ‘timely-role’ involvement of FNR during the late-decade, rocketed my mind with nostalgia over the ‘defined resolution’ – “which doesn’t escape the eye for compression – the only precedence” – of experiential memory that is true in standing with the collective. I was in my mid-late teens when the factional crisis soon outburst into heinous fratricidal slaughtering-machine. The ‘ground reality’ was worsening up to the event one can never be sure where the gunfire would crop out on any instance. It was a rapid escalation of due political morbidity. It was in Dimapur where the ‘battle ground’ was central. The regular commuter and students alike were left petrified by ‘killing incidences’ that didn’t identify nor addressed the civility of status quo. I remember Dimapur in essence had been consumed at large by the canvas of fear and suspicion – like an artist stroking his brushes to leave impression without adhering to patterns in-order with underlying principles – such was the chaotic state – bounded by political disarray – eerie ambience reverberating still among all living and lost brethren – further fuelled by uncertainty of times. A friend narrated his ordeal: he had just entered a shop to get cigarettes close by Referral Hospital 4th mile, that near instant, a van screeched halted few yards from where he was ... from the van an armed assailant stormed out and unhesitatingly gunned down a customer next to him. His senses numbed downed left in complete “lock - shock” to the point, he felt like lucid dreaming, except it was real.

[I could only fathom the incident without chills not shiver through my spine, as the bullet ‘bang’ rip through the skull, and a consciousness disconnect from field of experiences, while the ‘young man’ on the other side flabbergasted and crystallized from the absolute horror of incomprehensible framing of times-events.] 

The fear, anxiety and asphyxiating conditioning that was engulfing in gush of torrential distress soon developed into loathing, naturally. It was a mechanism means of survival people had to opt out, initially without provoking any hostility towards ‘anti-agents’ of people’s happiness, serenity and commute. The members from factions in conflict took refuge into the homes of their ‘familiar ones’. This lead into the interfactional battle ground penetrating into the residency’s at the community. The commotion and stray bullets usually wounding pedestrians and people inside their ‘own homes’ had had the people up by the neck. Church bells rang to siren people, bull horns amplified– a candid incitation for residents to assemble driving the gangs out of the neighbourhood. The residents of ‘Diphubar B’ were among the early mob that regrouped and succeeded in besieging and driving the stationed gangs from their precincts of habitat. This trend soon caught the attention of people in general and it clamoured exponentially. It was akin to driving the ‘inter-dimensional’ demon overlord himself from the colonies that it had forced upon to reign horror and carnage – rhetorically speaking! – for the proof and ‘diaz’ of what we’re dealing against (before my narrative and rhetorical patterns entangles from quantum scale). 

I remember many civil and local bodies, tribal organizations and people in general publishing their opinions “in papers” of dissent towards the exasperating mode of events people had to suffer from. Not long after the people from almost every villages, corridors and blocks managed to revolt and contain the interfactional clashes in Dimapur, the intensity plummeted into conditions that were favourable for normalcy once again. This provided ample opportunity for an agent to hammer a peace deal within the factions for every party’s sake, now that people were core-aggravated and decisive on insubordination from the commotion. 

FNR stepped in by the grace of goodwill, the fading strain of support on the factions were rekindled by FNR’s persistent and relentless efforts which is conceptual exemplary of unrivaled gallantry – I wouldn’t reiterate FNR’s participation on how FNR unflinchingly despite looming threat over the lives of FNR’s own members, managed to strongly easy-rope their way into opposing groups’ lair, and FNR even at the face of adversity unperturbed with FNR’s goals – this has been highlighted enough by many authors. FNR deserves no less than a state ordained memento and commendation to commemorate FNR’s timely intrusion. Without assigning erratic premise or ‘replicate’ fraudulent and my own wishful deriving of narrative, I think this ‘content’–people had to be given in cognizance I presumed, objective wise. Treaties may not be complimentary from people’s plight but indeed, the obviousness for the hour is a feat displayed daringly by FNR for which FNR should be duly end credited with a souvenir commemorating ‘also’ FNR’s participation when times were intensely uncertain. 

Apang Konyak

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