Post Mortem

What we did not know then but know now

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/22/2018 12:00:52 PM IST

 Nobody in this world is born into the world with the knowledge of what will happen tomorrow or ten or fifty years from the time of their birth. But everyone can look back at the past and know what had happened between the past and the now. 

 In the Naga political journey too, we did not know in the 1950s what would be happening in the 1960s or the 1970s. In the 1950s- when we were all collectively fighting against India’s invasion of our lands-we did not know that 19 of our own people would betray us into the Constitution of India by asking for a state within the Indian union. In the mid 1960s, when we were having peace talks with the Indian government, we did not know that by 1967 some of our own people would form their own Government and surrender most of our arms and some personnel to the Indian government. From Naga national workers, these Nagas became Indian national workers. Again, in the later 1970s we did not know that by 1980 some of our own people would form their own government and turn their own guns against their own fellow Nagas.

Yesterday, in the 1950s, we did not know that these events would be taking place. But today in 2018, we can all look back at all these events and know what we have then not known. Now with the knowledge of all these events of yesterday, what do we see today? Is it one of a vibrant Naga nation standing on its own feet? Or is the picture one of a hopelessly divided Naga nation splintered into different factions with a wide gap of economic disparities within? Yes, like in the past, we are still hearing the optimistic utterances of our leaders that much better things are coming our way just round the corners. But I hope all sane Nagas are fed up of such promises of lies and solutions. I hope Nagas will refuse to be taken again for another ride into the fantasy world of fairy tales and their mirages. 

I personally request every Naga to find out what political and economic benefits these so called Naga leaders have acquired for themselves at the expense of Naga blood shed for Naga rights over the past seventy years. In conclusion, the Naga national movement was started with a nationally mandated political institution and executive government. This Institution and government have never surrendered nor have been removed by any national mandate. Hence any valid solution to the Naga independence issue will come only through this institution and government of the Naga people. No other splintered faction or groups will ever bring a final solution to the Naga issue. Though none of us can see into future history, let us at least learn from the lessons of past history. 

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