Post Mortem

Solution? Yes please

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/5/2019 11:53:15 AM IST

 The never-ending political dialogue between the Government of India and Nagaland has become like an old picture frame we get tired of looking at. Not bothering to look at it at times because we know it is the same picture, with the same faces, in the same background. Decades have gone by; many governments have come and gone. Yet we still stand on the same juncture we stood years ago. The Naga political problem still continues to be one of the oldest ongoing unresolved political issues of the world. When the new Modi government was formed in 2014, one could not help but feel hopeful, hopeful that maybe this generation would be the lucky ones to witness a solution and that the cries and the woes of our ancestors would not be in vain. Their term is almost over and reality convinces us otherwise.

Dialogues and negotiations are words Nagas have been hearing for decades. It is nothing new for us. Of course ceasefires, dialogues and negotiations are important. Its requisite presence is an understatement as we cannot have bullets hovering around our daily lives. However one needs to be reminded that mere talks do not hold the key to any kind of solution especially for a complex problem like ours. Unity and collaboration is pertinent for any kind of work to be successful.

In a small state like Nagaland, the number of associations and groups would probably outnumber the number of fans that come to watch the FIFA world cup in an enormous stadium someday. From Tribal associations to Church associations, and from Clan associations to professional associations, even Students associations and not forgetting to mention the mother of all associations, the various Political groups/factions of Nagaland. One stands in awe wondering who is representing whom? Of course you would think forming any kind of groups is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of India and it is rightly so. This is not targeted against any associations whatsoever because all these groups fulfil their own objectives for the betterment of the society. But the fundamental question is, do all these associations fulfil a greater purpose? Or has it become a source of disunity in our society today?  

The future of the Nagas stands uncertain till this day. The most relevant question to ask ourselves at this juncture is, do we as proud Nagas know what we want? Or are we just walking blindly towards somebody else’s aspirations. With a very rational perspective, it would be delusional for any one of us to think that our problem could be solved when we ourselves are so much scattered and disunited. The good news is, there is a solution. The solution is within us, in our unity. It always was. “WE” were the solution all along. We were just too blinded by our ego and pride. Elections will be over soon and a new government will form. Let us break this endless cycle of expectations, dialogues and act rationally as one united group with utmost responsibility. It is hopeful that reminding everyone we are the solution to our own problems instils a fresh perspective to this wearisome journey.

Kekhriengunuo Suokhrie, 



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