Post Mortem

Solution with Honour

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/23/2019 12:08:55 PM IST

 The Nagas are in a very critical juncture at the moment to decide our political fate as we are on the threshold of signing the Naga-India political settlement. We are placed at a crucial historical point of time to seriously consider for what we had been struggling for. After all, this opportunity has come after the determined struggle and sacrifices made through the decades. The decision we make today will certainly define the political identity of the Nagas and its relations with India for decades to come. This is a great challenge to both the Naga people and the Government of India (GoI) to demonstrate political maturity and acumen towards finding an honourable settlement of the protracted conflict. The conflicting and disturbing views on the nature and the status of the political settlement are of great concern to the collective mind of the scholars which necessitates to be communicated to whosoever is concerned. We strongly believe that any signing of the current political agreement should have the consent of the Naga people, particularly with the concerted effort of the nationalist groups; failure of which would result in division and conflict in the Naga family.  It is also a pre-requisite to consider the scope and status of the agreement. The Agreement should be able to incorporate the core elements that the Nagas have been struggling for decades. Among these core elements, the right to own the Naga National Flag and the Naga Constitution are crucial. 

These two elements are certainly the important components towards building a Naga nation. The duo are not only symbolic, but the defining frame of the political character, identity and status of a nation. This calls for a critical thinking and consideration on the part of the negotiators. 

While, the hard-earned current opportunity for Naga political settlement must not be missed, it is equally important that the agreement is not limited to the packages that addresses the immediate needs of the Nagas but also must be congruent to the political nature of our struggle which will have long-lasting implications on our historical claim, geo-political position, dignity and identity. In view of the magnanimity of the issue before us, the Naga negotiators must take the right decision today.  Towards honourable Naga-India political settlement, the GoI must demonstrate utmost sincerity and responsibility for honourable settlement. While acknowledging the desire of the GoI for settlement on urgent basis, it must consider the way for a durable settlement, rather than take the approach of piece-meal settlement. Therefore, it is a great opportunity and responsibility of the negotiators of the Nagas and the GoI to strive for an honourable solution which will pave way for durable peace and progress. The kind of settlement shall manifest the maturity of statesmanship of the negotiators. Can the settlement be a model of conflict transformation for the world? 

Naga Scholars Association (NSA) Delhi, president

Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan 

and general secretary, 

Dr. Lungthuiyang Riamei.

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