Post Mortem

Full and final peaceful and lasting solution

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/30/2019 1:09:09 PM IST

 R. N. Ravi, the gentleman Interlocutor, has been a man of infinite patience and has gained immense respect among the Nagas since his appointment in 2014. He has travelled a long road with the Nagas and has had enjoyed their whole hearted trust and faith they have put in him.

Now the same N. Ravi, also playing a new role as the Governor of Nagaland since August this year, appears to have morphed into an authoritarian figure determined to push a settlement through at any cost.  Anybody following N. Ravi’s rhetoric since donning the mantle of Governor will notice that the veneer of objectivity and neutrality that had existed before has dwindled. An interlocutor does not necessarily have to be neutral. However, nowhere does it state that the interlocutor can adopt an authoritarian attitude and start acting more as an agent of the Indian Government to enforce a settlement at any cost without engaging in due and democratic process. 

This new authoritarian attitude is damaging the settlement process and the rhetoric has been incendiary and divisive. Together, it has created an atmosphere of great insecurity and unease amidst the people. Newspapers are widely reporting of panic and fear in Dimapur and the whole state. This type of activity is far removed from actions that a Governor of any State can engage in.  In light of this, it appears that N. Ravi may have lost some of the credibility that he had so meticulously built over the years.  Some thought N. Ravi’s appointment as Governor of Nagaland would bolster the Indo-Naga peace talks. Many did not know what to make of it. 

However, many have placed their faith in him and he can surely rise to the occasion and put the matter to rest by placing the content of the agreements in the public domain. This will dispel the doubts that have started to plague the minds of people. Suggestions and reports of switching sides for various reasons are creating a divisive and tense environment in the entire region. Things are escalating rapidly along with increased military activity in most areas. There is no need to work under such duress where the general public is kept in the dark about what is being agreed to. Sidelining the people is no longer a good strategy. It must be inclusive of all the political parties, including the Naga public if we truly want to draw final curtain on this matter.  Naga public deserves to be given a reasonable time to understand and discuss the details to decide on a due course of action and consensus with our leaders. 

The Government of India must take into cognizance of this matter base on our historical foundation and political rights.  Being a border state and with an eye to India’s Look East policy, every effort should be made to agree to a full and final peaceful and lasting solution. One that is achieved via an honest, transparent and democratic method. This is in everyone’s best interest for the present and the long term. It will finally allow this region to blossom once more and create a land of opportunity for our people. 

Let us not forget something that we all learn in kindergarten that “Haste makes waste.”  Let us also take a leaf from Emperor Augustus’s motto: Festina Lente - Make Haste Slowly.

Concerned Nagas: Akum Jamir, AvibuTerhuja, Awa Jamir, Dr. Yan Murry, Toshi Longkumer, Yanbemo Ovung, Imti Jamir, Jwenga Seb, Amos Humtsoe, Toshinaro Longchar

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