Editorial Note

Congratulations to Mr. Narendra Modi, the new Prime Minister of India on his successful election to the 16th India Lok Sabha election held recently. We wish him a successful tenure in Parliament while serving the people of the largest democracy in the world. We hope that Mr. Narendra Modi will be able to sail smoothly through the rough political water of India as he enjoys majority in Parliament. We can’t help but bid adieu to Dr. Manmohan Singh, the former Prime Minister of India who tried his best to resolve/ transform the Indo-Naga issue. While congratulating the new Prime Minister of India, it is also imperative to inform him of his moral and political responsibility towards finding a solution to the protracted Indo-Naga political conflict. The new Prime Minister of India is well aware of the fact that Government of India (GoI) and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) have been having political level negotiations since 1st August 1997. He may also be aware that Congress-led UPA Government has deliberately failed to implement the recognition of the “Unique History and Situation of the Nagas” by GoI during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Prime Ministerial-ship on 11 July, 2002 in Amsterdam. This official recognition of the Unique History and Situation of the Nagas by the GoI is very important as far as the political issue between the two entities is concerned. The recognition simply means India recognises the historical and political rights of the Nagas. It also means a solution will be based on the basis of the historical and political rights of the Nagas. It is, thus, very important for the new Prime Minister of India to be very serious in translating what was recognised in 2002 into a reality in the interest of the people of India and Nagalim. It is hoped that Mr. Modi will take personal interest in implementing the official recognition which was signed during Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government. In doing so, Mr. Modi should have the courage to exercise political wisdom in trans- forming one of the longest running conflicts in the world. It is also equally important that Na- gas do their parts in areas such as diplomacy, dialogues with cross sections of the people who matters to the issue, political activism at all levels from top to grassroots levels and establishing networking and relations with all neighbouring communities informing them of the importance of re- solving the Indo-Naga political issue. The basic point to drive home is that this hard- earned Peace Process should not be wasted at any cost. So many challenges are ahead of us, but still then the word, “Impossible” is found only in dictionary. Nothing is impossible with a man guided by the teachings of the Prince of Peace and the correct political ideas and wisdom. We, Nagas, must rise up to the occasion. Time has come for the Nagas to capitalise on the prevailing circumstances we are in. It’d be better if Nagas pull up their socks and work in unison. We must not allow anyone to spoil the game at this crucial juncture of our history. The present time calls for serious intervention and involvement of the mass, civil societies, intellectuals, media and personalities of various fields in putting pressure to the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre to give the ongoing Indo-Naga political negotiations a priority.  We wish  good health and political wisdom to our Collective Leadership- Isak Chishi Swu and Th. Muivah and the rest while negotiating with the new Government in New Delhi. The Collective Leadership’s Political Vision, astuteness, Sacrifices; Achievements and Challenges shall surely bear much fruits now and for generations to come. Kuknalim.

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