25th Jan 2008
Personality matters in carrying a weight of national movement. Sixty (60) years of Naga resistance against the Mighty Armed Forces of India is a matter of national personality built over defending the national principle. For the charismatic leadership of Isak Chishi Swu, Khodao Yanthan and Th. Muivah the principle that guided the Naga movement survived and refused to be cowed down, much to the chagrin of the government of India. The question of how to bring all the different groups under one banner is a serious question. It is not as easy as some civil societies think. The recent experience of Western Sumi Hoho and Sumi Hoho is a pointer to the fact that Naga unification is a sensitive issue and when handled the wrong way they will face brickbat and thrown out of the scene with their finger burnt, because no one can make rough-shod of the national principle while initiating Naga unification. The history of the national movement cannot be cut short just to fulfill the interest of certain sectarian group.
As presented by the group behind the flopped unification effort, the unification initiative is not a new thing for the Nagas. It is not a matter of somebody in the person of NSCN General Secretary Th. Muivah standing as a stumbling block. The issue was honouring the national principle in order to pursue the unification agenda. The issue of sixty years standing to be discussed by sidelining the national principle is unthinkable. Unification at the cost of our avowed principle is totally incomprehensible. This is all about the reason why the past records show failure after failure. There are many among the Nagas who came with a serious meaning to face the reality of Naga unification. But when encountered on the crucial question of defending the principle they showed their true colour.
In defense of national principle, how many can be counted as worthy national worker willing to drop their allegiance to the Indian security forces for conducting covert operation against NSCN and how many are willing to work in the true spirit of Naga integration under Nagalim. How many are willing to stop spitting venom of tribal line. How many are willing to depart from their alliance with Meiteis and some Kuki groups who are deadly against Naga unity and Naga – Kuki unity. And most of all how many are willing to resist the persistent effort of the government of India to pressurize the Nagas to seek solution under the Indian constitution. The prize of sixty years resistant and a lost of over 2,50,000 (two lacs fifty thousand) persons cannot be compromised for a prize that does not match our historical value.