Post Mortem

Replying to Naga Hoho

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/7/2020 12:37:32 PM IST

 (From previous issue)

If Naga Hoho can manage to convince the GoI to upgrade the status of the agreement better than what the Naga negotiators have already done, every Naga will remain grateful to them. If Naga Hoho can have such solution outside the ambit of Indian Constitution and by which solution if the Naga inhabited areas are amalgamated, who will not appreciate Naga Hoho? Go ahead, but discontinue propagating falsehoods and confusions. Talking beyond the parameters of one’s ability and feasibility makes one farcical.  

I do not oppose Naga Sovereignty or Naga Integration, and yet when it is not feasible today, then what is the best for me. The best is what is real is best. By sheer grace of God, the 16-Point Agreement delivered the Nagas of Nagaland from the status of a District in Assam at that time, some 57 years ago. The 16-Point Agreement beget the 16th State of Nagaland. Nagaland became a beautiful tree and I live by the fruits of this tree for which I am grateful to God. The Naga Hoho and those who talks ill of the 16-Point Agreement too are fond of the fruit but hate the tree. The Naga Hoho has the habit of cursing the mother of the tree but usually fights to get maximum share of its fruit. Whoever hates the tree, he is supposed to hate its fruit too. Have sense of shame. 

It is good that the Naga Hoho has finally admitted that it has no more legal foothold in Nagaland. As the wearer of the shoes knows better how it pinches the foot, the Hoho leaders know how it decimated it into a controversial organization by nobody else by itself. In fact, the legitimacy question arises as and when the Naga Hoho tries to impose its authority on Nagaland. I am therefore raising the issue of legitimacy as regard to Naga Hoho doing or speaking anything on behalf of Nagaland. Nevertheless, wherever the Nagas are, we will remain as Nagas and therefore having a proper common platform in future is imperative. This issue may be propped up at appropriate time.  

The Hoho is accusing me that I “have been painting the activities of the Naga Hoho in a very bad taste misinterpreting the activities and intentions of Naga Hoho”. Well, my latest two articles on Naga Hoho published by local papers on 5.8.2020 & 26.8.2020 respectively were exactly within the parameters of your published statements and neither duplication of the painting nor wrong interpretation of the activities never arises since no unrelated ingredient was added to it. You, the Hoho, painted yourself and without an iota of alteration I exhibited your exact picture in the public domain which may not be to your taste and yet I did it for the common interest. Can the Hoho be specific about my misinterpretations of your activities and intentions? My reactions were specifically confined to the issues raised by the Hoho through press media. I simply reminded you of what you have done to our people.

The Nagas of Nagaland have been very magnanimous. For decades together, the Nagas of Nagaland have been feeding and caring for the Nagas as a whole. Whereas, in lieu of being grateful andappreciative, we are being blamed as parochial, regional and selfish. The Nagas of Nagaland do not grudge for not having a regional platform like UNC in Manipur but remained the biggest contributor to Naga Hoho till it pulled out from the present team. Having never raised the issue of NTC’s legitimacy by Naga Hoho is not the qualification of the Hoho. What locus standi Naga Hoho has to raise this question against the NTC? The Hoho when formed did not do so badly and the Hoho is the right platform to unify all the fragments of NNPGs in particular and all the Civil Social Organizations (CSOs) in general. Unfortunately, as the years rolled by, it wasted its valuable decades in its sycophantic realm as it became puppetish by which it lost its mantle and its present status is the result of its sycophancy. Yet, the Hoho is trained to brag about Naga unity and integration though it could not unite even two NNPGs all through these years as compared to NTC which, by God’s grace, unified 7 NNPGs. The concluding sentence of the Communication Cell, Naga Hoho states “Hence any misadventure in the process of lasting solution should be own moral responsibility by those who works to divide the Naga family”. Whether Naga Hoho considers exclusive political negotiation to be the better option to avert ‘misadventure’? Whether Naga Hoho is apprehensive of such ‘misadventure’ in the peace process because of the ongoing inclusive political negotiations? Who plays the divisive role whether the one who fights for exclusiveness or the other who works for inclusiveness? All these maneuverings and cunning manipulations are alien to the bona fide Naga culture. 

(Concluded)

Z. Lohe

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