For unity’s sake

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/23/2021 2:34:34 PM IST

 Two points are highlighted after the ruling Progressive Democratic Alliance(PDA); notably Nationalist Democratic Progressive Alliance(NDPP) and the opposition Naga People’s Front(NPF) having evinced keen interest in forging an alliance of both ruling and opposition or the opposition joining the government. The resultant combination will be an all-party government and an opposition-less assembly. Can such be good in a democracy which requires check and balance? Both parties were formed through the inspiring leadership of fourth-time and current chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who left Congress for greener pastures and transformed NPC into NPF in 2002. Now, the coming together of ruling NDPP and opposition NPF has an element of political justice. Both the NPF and now NDPP respectively, have given the BJP opportunities to gain a foothold in a state where it was once considered impossible because the party was dubbed as communal and against Christianity in the Hindi(or Hindu) heartland states. Both chief minister Neiphiu Rio and former chief minister T.R.Zeliang have few things in common probably due to fate or circumstance. Both served as ministers under then chief minister Dr.S.C.Jamir. Both left Congress at different periods. Neiphiu Rio joined with former chief minister late Vizol of the Nagaland People’s Council(NPC) in 2002 and formed the Nagaland People’s Front, which was renamed as Naga People’s Front(NPF). T.R.Zeliang joined his old Congress colleague in 2008 through a split to be made minister under the Neiphiu Rio cabinet. Both again parted ways due to leadership issue when Rio was to relinquish the post after being elected to the Lok Sabha in 2014. T.R.Zeliang became chief minister after days of suspense when NPF legislators were separated in two camps. Rivalry between two former colleagues also gave birth to ‘Resort Politics’ in Nagaland. The acrimony between the two former Congress and NPF leaders dominated state politics. Both have been espousing unity among all Naga groups under DAN-I,DAN-II and DAN-III governments but their perception of unity could not withstand political ambitions. Both played their self-acclaimed role as “facilitators” as part of the Joint Legislature Forum(JLF) headed by the state assembly speaker. However, NPF walked out of the JLF in 2020 to form its own Political Affairs Mission(PAM) on August 28,2020 with the same objective as JLF. Presently, both have somewhat reconciled after the formation of the Core Committee on Naga Political Issue brought them back together as desired by the union home minister, for Naga political solution. Today all politicians in Nagaland are united( at least among the elected ) for a certain issue and period. In Naga lexicon ‘unity’ sounds politically correct. This word occupies the political space for over decades without fructification. Unity cannot be forced nor coerced. Neither should difference mean division or enmity. Accepting differences over issues yet respecting the other’s right to differ enables a space for a feeling of oneness. Anyway, Nagaland’s political problem can only get worse if its many social and economic problems are neglected. This is where unity is needed, when legislators put their heads together to do what they have been elected for. Even if politics is said to be the refuge of a certain breed of people; yet in other north eastern states, they deliver on good governance. 

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