Post Mortem

Envisioning United States of India

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/12/2018 11:50:57 AM IST

 The declaration of the American right to Independence in 1776 by the Americans from the control of the British was a stepping stones manifesting the supreme power of the people and consequently in 1789 by the French revolution and thereby leading to declaring the Rights of men and Citizen on 26 August 1789 sow the seeds firmly that the power and mandate of the people is final authoritative in deciding the future for the people as the desired it to be, the will of the people is the final and nothing could come before it or after. 

In the words of Ronen, minority should not be forced to live under any sovereignty under which it does not wish to live but rather to give them a fair chance to decide whether to inhibit in the existing sovereign state or independent themselves and thus in the case of Nagaland, the Naga people have clearly gave an answer that they do not wish to continue to live under the existing sovereign state of India ever since the inception of the Naga Club and it is not a sudden state of word developed but an answer which they have already given to British leading to the submission of memorandum to the British Simon Commission delegates in 1929, in 1946 NCC through Sakhrie despatched a letter to Jawaharla Nehru, to the cabinet mission and lord Mount Batten in 1946 and loudly in 1951 plebiscite under A.Z Phizo, then again taking the aspiration for independence to Gandhiji at his residence on july 1947 where he gave a firm promised for self determination and goes on to say; Nagas has every time to be independent and said, he wlll get the bullet first before any Nagas is shot for the cause of Naga independence, alas ! Nagas didn’t fortunate enough to saw these miraculous words transforming into action when the Hinduva RSS Communalist assassinate the father of the Nation. The desperation of Nagas for self determination to an evaporating point when all moderate talks, appeals, petition were all ignored and denied and the patience of the Nagas were tested beyond tolerance, thus were forced to chose an alternative path of rebellion finally took up arms to battle in 1956 at NEFA against the forced occupation by India.

Nagaland in neither a secession from the existing state nor the demand of the self determination sudden a make up hypothesis. It is a voice of the people from the decades to determine their own way of life, to live as a freeman with a basic human dignity as compatible creatures among the nations of the world. The formation of the Nagaland state was a mistake, a political betrayal, not a choice of will but a conditional compulsion of time, a forced acceptance thrust upon the people. It is like a lion is forced to be silent before the legion of the wolves in a cage. 

(To be concluded)

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