Post Mortem

The tainted class of Naga national politics

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/9/2020 1:03:31 PM IST

 Whether it is the classes of a window or a spectacle, if the class is tainted, one cannot see or read clearly what is going on beyond the tainted class. Naga national politics after the 1960s became a very tainted class. From 1954 up to 1964, there was no tainted class image in our national politics. A small nation that had remained unconquered for over two thousand years had been invaded by India despite the Nagas having stated their sovereign position very cleanly to the departing British power and the incoming Indian power. And as the whole nation rose up to defend its sovereignty, amidst the burning of villages, rapes and tortures, the only colour that appeared untainted was red human blood shed for Naga rights.

But despite this horrendous sacrifice of blood and resilience, A.Z. Phizo had made it to London with his booklet “Fate of the Nagas: An appeal to the World”. This was an opportunity where even the UN could have been compelled to intervene into the Indo Naga war of Indian aggression. But even as Phizo was scheduled to address the world press on July 26, 1960, the Naga People’s Convention met Nehru on the same day and signed the 16 Point Agreement. This led to renewal of fierce fighting until the 1964 Ceasefire was signed. Then again amidst the ceasefire and peace talks the Revolutionary Government was formed and later surrendered to India en mass. Then as if this was not enough, while the true remnants of the Naga army desperately fought on, the signing of the Shillong Accord of 1975 was twisted beyond all its true implications and an internal so called socialist revolution was launched killing thousands of Nagas who had given their all and their best for the Naga national cause.

All these activities executed behind tainted classes have tainted the true Naga story of their heroic defense of their sovereignty. Now, under the present circumstances, most Nagas seem to be expecting a solution with India under a so called “Shared Sovereignty,” which by the way, has never existed in human political history and is simply incompatible. Under these circumstances, I for one am desperately trying to see through the tainted classes of the Indo-Naga political drama. I am not at all optimistic of a solution because of the simple reason that SOME Nagas among the present negotiators with India deserve nothing less than a Naga army firing squad. According to international law, they deserve such an end for all the internal fratricidal killings they have committed against their own fellow Nagas.

Kaka D. Iralu

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