Editorial

It doesn’t come easy

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/16/2020 12:44:42 PM IST

 After the consultative meeting with various apex Naga tribe hohos, CSOs and public leaders at Kohima on October 15, the state government has done what it was supposed to have done long back. Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio in his keynote address, has confirmed what had been spoken of weeks earlier- that the government of India had made it clear that it was time to have the voice of Naga people and their various tribal bodies, CSOs and public leaders heard. The government of India has made it clear even in July 2019 through the newly appointed Governor R.N.Ravi that negotiations cannot go on forever and a clear conclusion was long overdue. This also meant that there will be only one solution with Nagas. Much has been witnessed in Nagaland during the past decades over the protracted Naga political issue or, as many would prefer to use the term, ‘Naga political problem’. Thus, it may be said that the problem is the issue. And what should be the solution over the issue remains the problem. Endless negotiations have truly flummoxed the people who have been praying and fasting for decades for a peaceful and honorable solution acceptable to the people. The outcome of the meeting was to reaffirm the desire of the Naga people for a peaceful , acceptable and early solution after more than 23 years of endless negotiations. There is much that could be written about how this had been handled but suffice to say whatever happened was not entirely unexpected; no matter from which angle one looked at the entire issue. These are issues that have elicited different opinions through minds that see them with a some degree of enabling analytical concept which comes from a growing awareness about the world around them. In the past decades, political ideology was entrenched as inalienable and therefore un-debatable; there was no second opinion. It was either one either agreed with the common belief and if not, then a disagreement with the concept can only mean opposition. And disagreeing that meant opposing the political concept was considered as nothing but treachery and betrayal. Political ideology over the decades amid the disturbances, evolved into various descriptions which seem to suggest that it was relative to the changing times. Past and present politicians have spoken to assert their stand-many choosing only to sound politically correct but devoid of any new insight and direction but the oft beaten path of rhetoric. A few, on the other hand, suggest that too much time has been spent and lost and that it was time to move ahead together out of the shadows of political conflicts. If the need is an emerging realisation to move on, the question that arises is- whether the evolution of the thesis of the political ideology that leads to meeting aspirations on their own, could find overwhelming acceptance? The anti-thesis could prove difficult but in the long run, the synthesis of all could emerge only if voices of reason can penetrate the dogma that is resistive to new concepts. Today knowledge and analytical ability is no longer the preserve of a few but a generation of people who are prepared to take Naga society to higher levels if only wisdom dawns that it is time to come to senses and a time for a progressive and purposeful change. 

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