Post Mortem

Slaughter at Nginu

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/16/2020 1:24:43 PM IST

 Has the Government of India, GoI, taken a leaf out of Duterte’s book, if not Kim’s, and a little inspired by Goebbles ? Six heavily armed, well-trained and obviously alert Nagas entrenched in their base camp brutally shot dead in an ‘encounter’ with a combined force of Assam Rifles and Arunachal Pradesh Police in which an AR personnel was claimed to have been injured!

The NSCN (IM) is in a ceasefire and political negotiation with the GoI and, by implication, an independent and  politically equal entity with virtual recognition by the GoI. Its leaders, cadres and activists come from all  over the contiguous Naga areas and hence, they have the right to be anywhere within their own lands. The IM has neither attacked nor killed any member of the Indian entity anywhere in the world after the declaration of Ceasefire followed by political negotiations (without pre-conditions !) more than two decades back. However, the Indian armed forces is apparently vested with the power to slaughter Nagas as if they (we) are rabid, stray dogs to be cut down at sight (allusion to the Hema Choudhary episode not unintended !).
In a period spanning seventy odd years and particularly during the fifties and early sixties of the preceding century, the avowed policy of successive Indian governments had (has) been ‘extermination of the Nagas’. The Naga movement of fighting for restoration of its political independence was started by genuine, self-denying and universally respected Naga patriots and even today, the members of the Naga Underground, UG (literally all over but figuratively still underground !) are our own blood and we cannot disown them notwithstanding two issues that has created bad blood i.e, extortion under various  guises  and self-annihilation (internecine warfare and fratricide ), hoping that they will come round sooner or later and rectify things if they need the trust and confidence of the ordinary Nagas as in the days of yore. 
The then Naga Hills and present Nagaland has been the killing field and an earmarked area for Indian military exercises. Yet the spirit of nationalism refuses to yield and today’s Naga UG leaders and cadres, inspite of instances of omissions and commissions that burdens and angers the public, nurture and share with all Nagas the vision of being worthy Nagas in a worthwhile  Naga country to live with honour some day. Thus, GoI may know that an atrocity committed against any member of the Naga UG, irrespective of factions, is deemed as atrocity against the Nagas in general which aggravates the Naga alienation from India. The machiavellian policy of restricted and partial ceasefire (!) has perfectly served GoI’s purpose of leashing the equal entity within the confines of Nagaland state and unleashing its armed forces to hunt them  (UG)  for slaughter elsewhere. Conceded that the mighty Indian armed forces with attack or defence capabilities that is second to none and which even China is wary  of, can crush the Naga UG  physically in a wink, but nothing can extinguish the fire of Naga nationalism and even a tiny left-over ember  surely will ignite  an amazonian wildfire later causing immense casualty on both sides. It is a fact that the Nagas in general has a warm feeling of fraternity with the fellow citizens of Mahatma Gandhi’s India and even the Naga UG factions have been saying time and again that they are ready not to be rigid  but amenable to settle for a give-and-take solution. Why can’t the GoI make it easier for the Nagas to fit in without us having to further contend with humiliation and atrocity and with our self-respect intact?
K. T Imchen
Merhulietsa, Kohima

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