Post Mortem

Some thoughts on all the Indo Naga peace talks

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/30/2019 12:01:41 PM IST

 The first Indo Naga peace talks lasted for 8 years (1964-1972). The second peace talks lasted for hardly some months in between 1975 to 1976. The third peace talks have been going on for the past 22 years. But what has all these peace talks achieved? NOTHING AT ALL! And it simply has not achieved anything because it has not addressed the issue which is Naga sovereignty and independence. After all how can there be a solution to a problem if the problem is not addressed at all in the peace talks?

Tragically, on the part of most Nagas, almost all educated Nagas have for all these years, desperately tried to evade the issue. Instead of trying to solve the issue, there are those businessmen who want to go for a temporary respite so that they could once again invest in their business without extortion demands. Then there are those who want to pass on the problem to the future generations so that they can pursue their ambitious dreams in the present. 

There are also those educated Nagas who wants to go for a pragmatic alternative in the light of the present insurmountable realities. And are there also some, who are trying to take flight into a world of fantasy rather than face the harsh realities of the present?

 In my personal opinion, what all these evaders, ambitious businessmen, opportunist and pragmatist seem to have overlooked is the inescapable fact that without freedom and liberty, human dignity is reduced to an animal state of existence. 

After all, what is the point of displaying a signboard at your door stating “This house is protected under Article 371 (A)” when the Indian Army can walk right through that door and arrest you or even shoot you to death on suspicion! Also, when, in the world will our educated Nagas ever understand that all their dreams of business success or any other success will happen only after we have full freedom and liberty in our land? Such a fate for life is not a matter of choice but a pertinent decision that every individual Naga must make.

All other successes will be temporary and fleeting because the political problem will engulf us again and again until it is permanently solved.

Kaka D. Iralu


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