Post Mortem

Development through our own or through India’s terms?

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/4/2019 12:46:58 PM IST

 Had India not send an invading army into Nagaland in Oct. 1955 and established an Indian state in Nagaland in 1963, would Nagaland still be an undeveloped jungle even today? Many naive Nagas-including many educated Nagas, seems to think so. But in my opinion, if India had not interfered in our affairs, we would have developed ourselves a hundred times more than what India had developed us in 56 years of Indian statehood (1963-2019).

To substantiate my point, let us take the example of the recently established Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Tuensang. In the case of Tuensang, despite 55 years (or 20075 days) of Indian statehood, no ICU could be built in Tuensang town. Thousands of Tuensang citizens and neighbouring villagers must have died due to non accessibility to an ICU or even a decent hospital like the ones in Kohima or Dimapur. Then suddenly, within 120 days (or 4 months), an ICU with all the modern equipments was inaugurated on April 2, 2019 through local initiatives and contributions under the Tuensang Chamber of Commerce and Industries (The Assam Rifles contribution is also acknowledged). Now if a backward classified region of Nagaland like Tuensang can achieve such a feat in just one hundred twenty days- as compared to India’s inability even in spite of twenty thousand seventy five days, then what are Nagas incapable of achieving without India’s interference in our developmental activities? Another achievement worthy of note was when the Naginmorean denizens dismantled all the Indian state check gates, established their own check gates and then built their own town highway through local donations because their pleas to the state government for repair of their highway was ignored for 27 years. Kudos to both Tuensang and Naginimora citizens for the initiatives taken by them.

Going to a wider level, with our own economic mineral wealth and the assistance of our own neighbouring Mongolian nations like China, Japan, Korea or even friendly European nations, we could have been way ahead of Burma or even India in our economic development in per ca pita terms. Yes indeed, our own helicopters and fighter planes could have been patrolling our skies instead of Indian and Burmese planes intruding into our air spaces. Yes, our own heavy artillery guns and missiles could have been defending our own borders and mountains by now. With our mineral wealth, we could have purchased all these self defense weapons for an independent Nagaland. On top of all these things, our economic development could have become one of the best in South East Asia by now.

But what then is the way out from all these political and economic enslavement to India and Burma? One way of escape would be for all our Naga-Indian MLAs, Ministers and MPs to resign en-mass and all the Naga public to boycott all the Indian and Burmese elections in all Naga inhabited lands. Such an action would leave India and Burma totally irrelevant and ineffective in all Naga lands. Their presence in our lands would then become ludicrous and an embarrassment before the whole watching world.  In the state of Nagaland, It would also leave an Indian Governor sitting in the Raj Bhavan with no one to govern! The way to absolute freedom from political and economic enslavement is as simple as that so far as I am concerned.

Kaka D. Iralu

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