Search panel seeks support to save NH

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/15/2019 12:26:02 PM IST

Search Committee for new team of Naga Hoho (NH) has appealed to all “fair-minded” Nagas, who were concerned about the common welfare, to support and cooperate with its effort to save and strengthen NH in order to pursue the “unfinished task of making Nagas as one Naga for a higher goal.”

In a statement, search committee convener TN Mannen, member Niketu Iralu, member Dr P Ngully, member Kho John and member secretary Inavi Swu said they accepted the assignment to try searching for a new team not as the representative of their respective tribe but as an individual member of the Naga community.
The committee said members of the new NH team would not be only knowledgeable but among the Naga best mind to lead the hoho’s destiny keeping the delicate balancing of different interest groups.
They said the new team should be one that think, believe and act beyond the prejudices of individual tribal interest for the benefit of larger common welfare and goal. “We intend to suggest the new team after wider consultation with the stakeholders mainly the tribal HoHos,” the committee members said and called upon all the Nagas to “climb down from the mountain of pride to lift up the broken lives of those in the valley of despair.”
Expressing concern that Nagas today appeared to be undergoing a crisis of identity, the committee said for whatever reason today the nationalistic impulses and feeling of oneness and goodwill toward each other, which was strong in the past, was now waning giving way to tribalism, short-sighted conflict of interest and personal rivalries. They asserted that the Naga leaders began to identify more on the diversities and distinctive characteristic of each tribe rather than developing a common road map for all the Nagas to journey together toward a common future with understanding as visualised by pioneering leaders.
The committee members said it appeared that today the fatigue syndrome was setting in and the divisive tendency and intolerance towards each other has percolated into the entire fabric of Naga society. 
Further, they said the Nagas were so divided in all spheres of life, whether in politics, in religion or in civil society.  They said Nagas were drawing apart in the line of individual tribal hohos, regional grouping e.g. (ENPO, CNTC, TPO, UNC, Nagas of Nagaland and Outside etc).
They said that unfortunately the Naga HoHo, which represents the pinnacle of the Naga social unity, was no exception since it has also been affected badly by the virus of disunity, divisiveness and intolerance. 
The committee said Hoho has been facing a series of controversies not allowing functioning normally especially the last tenure that was on extended term. 
Also, they said factionalism in both overground and underground organisations has been the order of the day, which they termed as “most unfortunate” because it was the biggest obstacle that impedes all efforts of the Naga.
Further, asserting that the Hoho has been over politicised, the committee said the Hoho has not been able to maintain political neutrality for quite a while thereby becoming more and more controversial. 
Stating that organisation can “certainly” play a positive role in politics on merit as a collective watch dog, the committee, however, opined that the organisation should not play a subservient role to any party government of the day for the sake of survival of the HoHo. For all those reasons, the committee said the very survival of the Naga HoHo has now become a serious concern of all. 
The voice of the Hoho, which was once considered as all the Naga collective legitimate voice and was widely respected not only in the national level but also at the global fora as well, was losing that recognition due to Naga people’s own folly, they said, adding that it was the duty of every Naga to redeem that status.

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