Post Mortem

Is history repeating itself with a difference?

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/17/2020 1:35:56 PM IST

 My generation also went through a period where each coming season brought promises and hope of fulfilling the Naga cause i.e. Naga Independence. What we saw back in the day was a repetitive cycle of assured hope, which perpetuated to the forthcoming season, wherein-

Summer came- “after the cultivation is over we will get our Independence...” Autumn came- “It will be before Christmas...” Winter came- “It will be after festivities...” Spring came- “It will be before cultivation starts...,” so on and so forth.
It went on like that for more than 2 (two) decade, during 1960s and 1970s, but our hope never ceased, every season with a renewed hope without any doubt, hopeful of sovereignty and sovereignty alone for the Nagas without boundaries, we waited.
Yes, history is repeating itself today but with a difference:- a) Final Settlement -Before 31st October 2019. b) Before Christmas/New Year- 2019/2020. c) Now, on 15th August 2020.
It is certain that the much anticipated settlement is without Sovereignty, shrouded with mystery and doubts since the contents of the Agreement has never been made public. Moreover, it is obvious that the Agreement is not for all the Nagas.
* It is nowhere near the Nine Points Agreement, 1947.
* Certainly short of the 16 Points Agreement, 1960. Definitely below the status of Article 371A.
* Maybe worse than that of infamous Shillong Accord 1975 because the Modi government considers the Naga cause as a law and order problem by branding the Naga outfits as ‘armed gangs’ and ‘armed miscreants’.
When the government of the day is in the mood of removing the special provisions viz. Articles 370 and 35A, it will be only wishful thinking on the part of the Nagas to expect the Government of India (GOI) to give more special provisions other than Article 371A. Rather Nagas should consider themselves fortunate if the status quo is maintained without the article being abrogated.
Imagine, the seven decade long struggle with ‘blood and tears’ to be bartered with only a few Assembly and Parliamentary seats. Coming down from full Independence to a few Assembly and Parliamentary seats after sacrificing tens of thousands of precious lives from both sides, the GOI may not find any difficulty to sign the ‘final’ settlement within the constitution of India, provided that the Nagas are united.
But here the question is, can Nagas be united? Maybe someday, yes. If so, how long will it take for the Nagas to be united? A year or two? A decade or more? A hundred years? Nobody knows. Presumably and politically speaking, until Nagas are united as one entity GOI may not ink the ‘final’ settlement.
The Nagas of present generation, particularly the civil societies should see the difference between ‘peaceful solution’ and ‘final settlement’ as they are altogether a different matter. The ‘Blood and Tears’ of the Nagas should not be exchanged with ‘peaceful solution’ alone. Because final settlement will come only after the inherent right of the Nagas i.e. Sovereignty and Integration are being attained.
Although, inking of the settlement is not expected any time soon, even if done so, it should never be and will never be made as FINAL because the destiny of the future generation must be left for them to decide.
K. Puroh.

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