Post Mortem

To sustain the Naga Saga

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/19/2020 1:41:15 PM IST

 (From previous issue)

As regards Nagaland, the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) and the Legislative Assembly had earlier resolved to facilitate for an early solution. As it is, the Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) has very recently withdrawn from the JLF. Nevertheless, it insists that it is committed as a facilitator and through its Political Affairs Mission has met with concerned civil society organisations.

The NSCN (I-M)’s demand for exclusive rights over Intangki reserved forest compounded by the Nagaland Government’s inaction in dealing with this is subject to debate and unacceptable to majority of the Nagas particularly the Zeliangrongs. It can establish its HQ elsewhere as suggested by Khekiye Sema (Retd IAS). 

Moreover, NSCN (I-M) needs to sort out its differences with the Meiteis, Kukis and Zeliangrongs in Manipur and Assam. These need to be ironed out by the powers that be for positive outcome. Both the States are ruled in alliance as in the Centre and are therefore, in a strong position to convince the NSCN (I-M) to extend and also receive the olive branch from the three communities. For that matter, Nagaland’s ruling PDA Government is also an allied one.

IMPERATIVE

It is high time that all Nagas of whichever political ideology MUST avoid being rigid and come together as one united body and one voice for whatever political settlement GoI is willing to dispense and which is acceptable to the majority of Naga people. While not compromising on our ultimate objectives, we need also to realize the ground realities and the ever changing political situation the world over. 

In this connection, both NSCN (I-M) and NNPGs which have unceasingly struggled for the Naga cause should also come to terms with each other in the overall interest of the Naga people. The Appeal of Kilo Kilonser of GPRN David Mero: “Today, I pray for all Nagas to collectively work to heal the badly wounded nation. We need to shed our personal differences and come together.” 

We need not follow any other model in other parts of the world except our very own. Better to give and take as well as accept something without loss of face. Other relevant issues may be kept in abeyance for the time being till it is harvest time, hopefully, in the not too distant future.

Both the ruling PDA Government and Opposition should also come together and jointly put forth their stand because they are the elected Legislators and so have to contribute a vital role in the Naga dimension. To facilitate in the ongoing negotiations is one thing but the Legislators must also ensure a smooth transition to the new but expected dispensation.  

Thus, NSCN (I-M), NNPGs, ruling PDA Government and Opposition NPF together in unity would be the formidable voice of the Naga people. This is most imperative since there should be only one solution and GoI “will not wait for anyone anymore.” We can hope that the good times are coming provided we ensure they don’t take their own good time in coming. 

LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST

All   things considered, since the final solution will have to be within the ambit of the Constitution of India, the concept of a status higher than the special one which culminated in Nagaland’s Statehood should be on the cards and included in the final solution.

Right now, India is dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and economic slowdown along with the expansionist designs of Communist China vis-à-vis the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and Dokhlam on the tri-junction of Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet, as well as terrorist activities perpetrated from Pakistan. Even Nepal has claimed parts of Uttarakhand. GoI is resolute in dealing with them.

The North-East Region is the scenic gateway to trade, commerce and cultural ties in South-East Asia and beyond through Nagaland and Manipur. It is also rich in tea, oil, forest, minerals and other natural resources and hence vital for India’s geo-political strategy and commercial development including tourism. Hence there is emphasis on “Look East” policy.

It is to be fervently hoped that GoI headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose 70th birthday on September 17 coincided with Vishwakarma Puja, is poised on the threshold of international history, will be blessed with Solomon-like wisdom complemented by relevant maxims in the treatise on statecraft Arthasastra by Kautilya (aka Chanakya). Thus GoI can at last resolve the decades-old Naga issue.

Then only, we can fully devote our energies and talents for peace, development and progress. And thus sustain the Naga Saga. 

(Concluded)

Jack T. Chakhesang

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