Post Mortem

Consensual or imposed solution – 2

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/30/2019 1:24:39 PM IST

 The earlier write up under the above mentioned heading was the outcome of the consultative interaction of some like-minded Sumi. The members present in the interaction was more than the names that appeared. The members expressed diverse opinion, but majority opined that the statement was reasonably moderate to accommodate different views. But it is pertinent to come up with a blunt and direct statement which makes it imperative to recall the past faux pas of India’s role in the Nagas struggle for freedom.                              

Before we delve into details we must be very clear that there is nothing wrong with the Nagas for aspiring freedom and self determination.  Demanding others to “leave us alone” is a legitimate demand. The strong foundation of history laid down by our elders cannot be wished away by a stroke of a pen. Before India attained her independence we the Nagas have pledged ourself to stand united and have our own nation under the banner of Naga National Council (NNC) in 1946, took necessary steps at the appropriate time, declared nationhood and independence. But the nascent India refused to recognise our nationhood and forcibly invaded our land with military might and suppressed our right. India was fully aware that NNC was the legitimate body representing every Naga irrespective of geographical location. In its sinister design to infuse discord among the Nagas India managed to organise a group of people who were mostly government employees inherited from British and formed Naga People Convention NPC to counter NNC and scripted the contentious 16 point agreement. Considering the ground reality of that time and situation where the Nagas were thoroughly harassed by the burning of houses, barns and massacre of livestock, grouping of people in concentration camps, tortured, raped and killed by guns, starvation and diseases.
The agreement was orchestrated and imposed by India yet they could not be honest enough to even implement the clauses envisaged in the agreement. After the 6th September 1964 cease fire agreement between the Government of India and NNC. The talk began with the Federal government of Nagaland at the Prime Minister level. But after 1967 the talk was relegated to intelligence branch not with NNC or FGN but with the Revolutionary Government of Nagaland RGN (RGN the handiwork of military intelligence).  Initially the talk with RGN was of political settlement but the talk dragged on facilitating the GoI through its agencies to charm many leaders in the RGN with position and material gains, although some leaders who did not subscribe to the impending outcome chose to remain silent for obvious reasons of security and sense of comradeship. The otherwise innocent majority of the patriots were kept in the dark to realise they have surrendered only when the ritual of laying down arms at the feet of the Governor in 1973. At that point of time the public was neither as informed nor knowledgeable like today and to the consternation of posterity they had sold out the cause. This time the civil societies and tribal organizations must view the opportunity with serious countenance and participate constructively and with patience tolerating and ignoring the constraints forced upon us by the few unscrupulous individuals masquerading as national workers. This is a crucial time to stand united and uphold the dreams and vision of our forebears. The people of Nagaland are thoroughly exhausted and have seemingly forsaken their hearts desire to live as free people and are crying for solution at the earliest without considering the consequences. The responsibility of civil societies and tribal organizations at this juncture is not only to represent the demands of the masses but to properly study the situation and circumstances compelling the masses to react in such manner, shoulder the responsibility of leadership, infuse confidence among the masses and guide people to a pragmatic and well thought course of action. Our leaders must realise they are the beacon light of our society and not the mouthpiece. They must also realise the ramification their wrong step or inaction is going to entail. Instead of succumbing to the pressure of the masses’ frustration they should translate it into a positive force and direct its impact on the perpetrator.
Sheri Sumi, Khushiabill and Hukavi T Yeputhomi, Dimapur

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