PAN calls for introspection of Naga political history

DIMAPUR, OCT 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/19/2020 12:24:52 PM IST

People’s Army of Nagaland (PAN) has called upon all Nagas to profoundly introspect and recollect their political history at this crucial juncture that could lead them to make better choices out of contemporary realities.

In a statement, PAN’s ‘lt. gen.’ Niki Sumi recollected that Nagas went to foreign lands united to help in the war efforts during World War I, which culminated in the formation of Naga Club and the subsequent submission of political memorandum to Simon commission as a single unified Naga nation.
Again, he said Nagas as a unified nation stood up to the tyranny of Nazis along with Allied forces in World War II that consequently led to the formation of NNC, which as a unified Naga political group with God’s endowment of wisdom and foresight declared Naga Independence a day before Indian Independence. 
But sadly with the emergence of Indian Union, Niki alleged that “neo colonialism reared its ugly perfected archaic policy of divide and rule and thus the Indian government sowed seeds of division among the Nagas, the very imperial British policy they so detested and vehemently protested against.”
He accused the Indian government of openly pitching one tribe against the other on numerous occasions at the most crucial moment of political talks, adding that the divisive ploy of propping up one tribe against the rest have always been a consistent Indian policy and cited the “16 Point Agreement with Ao leadership, 6 round of talks with Sema leadership and the Shillong Accord with Angami leadership.”
Niki regretted that Nagas have yet again “succumbed to the Indian government’s divide and rule policy by dancing to their tune by sidelining NSCN (I-M)’s demand for yehzabo and flag, which are worth more than the servile acceptance of other Naga political groups’ demand for a piecemeal monetary solution to a political issue.”
He lamented that the Nagas have consciously or unconsciously encouraged tribalism among themselves. 
“It’s a factual irony that despite our knowledge about all facts of history, yet we are so obstinate and complacent that we are trying to repeat the ills of our own history, rather than discernibly learning from it and progressing towards our sacred goal of a sovereign Nagaland for Christ. It’s high time for all Nagas to carefully tread these tumultuous political times and do right by sovereign political rights of all Naga inhabited areas,” he added.

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