Post Mortem

Does it really matter?

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/11/2018 12:02:36 PM IST

 While searching for the topic ‘Nagaland State: the product of security consequences’ I happen to visit an academician. In the meeting, no discussion was carried out related to creation of Nagaland state or anything related to security issue. Rather the academician was kind enough to make some tea and discuss on how to carry out a book on anthology, and at some point, he makes some humorous statement. In the course of our conversation, my companion shared the progress of few people in the department and acclaimed his significant role in creating space to understand the subject in which he is expert at. His response was little harsh or hilarious (whatever one takes in).According to him, many have created so many things so he need not be praised or get much attention for whatever creation he or someone has done. To him many people have created so many things and will still create many more. He often replied ‘what does that really matter to you’ and ‘what does that really matter to me’ whenever he was appreciated. And then he goes on to explained that we ‘matter’ because we are either jealous, or zealous, or we are conscious. 

On retrieving the topic after the meeting, the search was mostly on India, China and part of Myanmar. And the argument was based on the concept that ‘the creation of Nagaland state was not mystery nor accidental one but rather that Delhi necessitated to consolidate Nagas for security reasons’. To understand the ‘logic’ used in ‘consolidation’ for security reasons one must understand the complexity in it- for example ‘divide and rule’ is one commonly used to solved complex security issues.

China invaded India in 1962 anda huge region in the northern Assam was occupied. India was panic, for India still believed that India can win war through the means of non-violence and was still chanting ‘Hindi-Chinibhai bhai’. Defence expenditure was ignored, for such miscalculation even after the so-called ‘black November’ have passed, India are haunted for huge security lapses against the Chinese. The 1962 war has taught India a new lesson on security and defence expenditure. Nehru addressed to the nation on the Chinese invasion and send his message to the people living in the state of Assam (Nagaland was still part of Assam) that ‘his (their) heart goes to the people of Assam’. Such message carries emotional one but I wonder how many people living in Assam would expect to hear ‘sorry’ from him when there isirretrievable loss of many Indian souls. Nonetheless, Nehru’s comment on the loss of Aksai Chin to China was even hilarious or harsh,when he is reported to have said in Parliament that “not a single blade of grass grows there”. Whatever Nehru’s message or comment intended be, under his leadership India couldn’t resist Chinese invasion. Aftermath of 1962 war, the following year Nagaland state was created. Or was it created for better administrative purpose? What does that really matter, as there are many states in the region created aftermath.

A decade ago Nehru decisively gave away ‘Kabaw Valley’ of Manipur to Burma (Myanmar), in 1952.During this period,many poor Bengalis are hastily shifting to new Islands situated in the Indian Ocean for settlement. Initially the joy of ‘new’ must have beenborn in the heart of those poor Bengalis, may be many Nagas must have experienced such joy when Nagaland state was newly created. And even the Chinese hastily introduced policies during this period for reforms and campaigned toelevate the living standardof the Chinese. But virtuous policy doesn’t go well with hasty action. For example, for such action ‘the great leap year’ has struck China a huge loss in terms of reputation, population and leadership’s trust from the people; for such failure the Chinese leaders who were responsible for the grievousmistakes are looking for retribution in the form of a gift- a gift wrapped in different form.

China exploit its mixed feeling towards India. Butthis time India refused to give away another land in the eastern regionto her neighbour for two reasons-as ‘not only grass but tree grows in the state of Assam’, and moreover Chinese will never remain contented like the Burmesedoes even if India has to sacrifice some of her eastern region.Therefore, it would appear thatNagaland state was created to maintain thegrowing interferences of the Chineseand also to secure the region prudently. But what does that really matter today?

Understanding the issue of the Nagas is somewhat complex, due to the dissemination of the Nagas into different places or say, ‘assimilation of Nagas’ to some others. But nothing is new when we discuss about dissemination and assimilation of certain groups of people. One who are not very familiar with the Bengalis people could asked;Why there is only West Bengal, where is East Bengal gone? If one is not familiar with the Punjab of Pakistan, one would alsobe surprisedto learned that the bigger Punjab is in Pakistan but not in India. But what does that really matter to the Nagas? People move in and out, migrated from one places to another for survival, that’s human nature. 

What will India, or for that matter Nagas (living in India), matter with the Tamilian in Sri Lanka, Nepalese in Nepal, Bengalis in Bangladesh, Punjabis and Kashmiris in Pakistan, and Nagas in Myanmar. Was this division of ethnic groups arise from the security logic (was it political logic?) ‘divide and rule’ or was it meant to be as mean to be?Today, though the geopolitical map appears to be very fragile, interestingly India is unified even with such adversaries.And as far as dissemination and assimilation of people are concern, even the developed countries faced severe crisis too.So, should India really matter having seen the revolutionary banner taking to streets in those countries? What does that really matter to India, when Myanmar are driving out its (or illegal) population to other part of the world; Bangladeshi pilgriming to northeast region as the sea level rises; Nepalese seeking for political stability in the forest and villages in many states of the northeast region.

In conclusion, what does really ‘matter’ to the Nagas.Jealous of the progress of someone, so as to create competition (a positive vibe?)? The Chinese? The gifts? Or the politician who always charm “Naga’s solution” in every election? Today, Nagas need peace (that’s for sure) but only when there is conflict, peace brings meaning to it. Thus, who need conflict to exist? Those politicians who in pretext of finding ‘Naga’s solution’? By the way, what exactly is ‘solution’ refers to, solution through security mean? Or solution through political means? Or solution through economic means? The word ‘solution’ has bewildered the Nagas? But, again, what does that really matter to the mystifying person?To close with the last ‘matter’, many Naga’s opportunist will requireto bring out the conflict such as- Framework Agreement or Blackmail it; Naga’s integration or Welfare of the Nagaland state; Naga’s reconciliationor tribe’s identity. Hence, “Solution may Matter”. 

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