Post Mortem

Tenyimi identity not a faction’s tool: WC, NNPGs

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/11/2021 12:17:33 PM IST

 There are hundreds of Tenyimi national workers in the seven Naga National political Groups under WC, NNPGs, currently engaged with the GOI to honourably resolve the Indo-Naga political issue.  

The Tenyimi National Workers Forum of NSCN (IM) is a tiny fraction within larger Tenyimi Community. Targeting individuals and dehumanising leaders is not a part of Tenyimi culture. 

WC, NNPGs believes that TPO, the umbrella organisation of the Tenyimi People stands for correct political and historical vision and to protect and defend Tenyimi culture while promoting social harmony among communities. 

As such, brazen accusations and divisive statement at this crucial moment of Naga history is unfortunate. The fact is, a politician like Dr. S.C Jamir, good or evil, is a child of history. He and other contemporary leaders witnessed utter chaos and destruction of our social and political structure, closely observed Naga history at its worst turbulent hour. 

If he is the mastermind and guilty of all the crimes, starting from attainment of statehood, what of the other elected legislators and leaders in the last sixty years who flocked together, all sworn in under oath to protect and defend the Indian constitution? It is not wrong to say that NSCN (IM) leadership, for decades, have been great beneficiaries of Nagaland statehood. 

It is also not wrong to say that they are enjoying the fruits of Dr. Jamir and his peers’ labour to the hilt.  The sixteen point agreement of 1960 failed to satisfy the aspiration of the Naga people. 

The Shillong Accord of 1975 did not meet the expectation of the Naga people either. Past failures are stirring lessons to all Nagas today; that negotiating political leaders must be transparent on political matters lest the Naga people reject secretive political documents. Free, frank and open discussion on negotiated matters and post-solution political arrangements must be laid bare before the Naga people. 

The ongoing political talks between GOI and two Naga entities i,e NSCN (IM) and WC, NNPGs is an opportunity for Naga tribes, GBs, the Church, intellectuals, students, elected representatives and concerned citizens to come to the fore and ensure practical, honorable and acceptable political settlement is inked at the earliest. 

It is time for Naga people to address reality and not play sentimental second fiddle to any political group. 

The impending Political settlement is to correct the mistakes of the past and all must exercise restraint. It is unwise on the part of TNWF to curse the tree whose fruits the leadership gleefully pounces on. 

The statement of TNWF in the local dailies on 7th January 2021 is unfortunate. To quote here, “...

Is 1947 Naga flag hoisting ignored by Jamir?

Is the 14th August, 1947 Naga Independence declaration by Phizo without flag and constitution? Is 1951 plebiscite without flag and constitution?...”

WC, NNPGs would clarify to the TNWF that these historical events and milestones, so precious and dear to all Nagas, have been ignored and excluded deliberately by the signatories of Framework Agreement on 3rd Aug. 2015. 

The very first line in FA says, “Indo-Naga political conflict is about six decades old...” Inexplicably it imply Indo-Naga political conflict started after 1955, cutting off all major historical milestones in the process. Unless NSCN (IM) leadership explain to the Naga people why Indo-Naga political conflict had to be counted from 1955 or about six decades before 2015, and unless there is rectification by signatories on this historical blunder in the opening line of FA, the claim of TNWF or any NSCN(IM) affiliate on Naga history serves no purpose.



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