|5th Jan. 2008|
The on going unification move is the renewal and continuing process of series of such moves that were earlier stagnated for one reason or the other. The present Naga unification initiative is in line with earlier efforts and with mandated authority as endorsed by the Naga Hoho, ENPO, Churches (NBCC), respective Tribal Hohos, both the Chairman of NSCN and the Naga public in general.
In view of opposition to Naga unification from certain misguided section of the Nagas, it is felt necessary to dwell on events of evolution of Naga unification.
In the year 1999, the two NSCN’s agreed in principle to unify and the move was initiated by Tangkhul Long, Konyak Union and Sumi Hoho. Accordingly Mr. Muivah gave positive response saying, “We agree Naga unification move and we shall agree to the proposal of merger but no condition should be imposed.”
In the month of May and August 2000, Isak Swu deputed his emissaries and after joint consultations with their counterparts. Zunheboto town was declared ”peace zone” with the same effort to be pursued in all parts of the Naga country. The move gained significance and momentum with support from all sections of the Nagas including collective leaders from both the NSCN’s. The move was ripe with anticipation of peace and unity from all walks of lives. However for reason best known, Muivah unilaterally nullified the peace deal and demoted Q. Tuccu, the then Kilo Kilonser, who led IM’s delegation in the unification parleys. The hope of the Nagas for unity was dashed and blood began flowing in our land.
In the year 2004, Naga unification was jointly renewed by Konyak Union, Tangkhul Long and Sumi Hoho and while the effort was promising and on the verge of success, V. S. Atem on order of Muivah forged Isak Swu’s signature and dispatched letter to Gen. Kholi asking him to immediately desert NSCN (K) camp and join IM camp, the unification was thus scuttled on the way and Nagas continued fratricidal killings.
After an interval of nearly two years, peace deal was reached between the two NSCN on 29th of May 2006 at Zunheboto and like earlier agreement, Zunheboto was again declared “neutral zone” with approval from both Chairmen of NSCN. Quite appallingly, IM cadres attacked Naga Armies stationed at Sutemi village under Zunheboto, killed one, injured one. Muivah justified the attack stating that the agreement was without his consent and demoted Shikato Chishi the then Dy. Kilonser(Home) regardless of the fact Shikato Chishi was officially authorized by Isak Swu at Bangkok and further endorsed by the National Security Council to append the agreement. Thus far, despite numerous road blocks to Naga unification, the effort is still on for Unification, for Naga unification and political settlement are two inseparable components.
The immediate factor that accelerated the on going Naga unification is attributed to Isak Swu’s National proclamation for peace and reconciliation at Hebron. On 13th Jan.2007, followed by three days prayer fasting with Sumi churchs comprising of SBAK, WSBAK, SABAK on 21 st August 2007 where Isak Swu appealed to the Sumis to unify and pave for unification of all the Nagas at large. Following this clarion call of Isak Swu, joint session of Sumis national workers comprising of both the civil and military officials was held on 17th sep,2007 and the Sumis further reaffirmed to take forward the call of the Nagas for Unification.
It is thus clear that the current Naga Unification is being pursued with authorization and mandate of not only the Nagas at large but with the consent ofIsak Chishi Swu and SS khaplang.
Whereas, as usual, some anti-Naga activist is averse to Naga unification and thus resorting to every possible tirade of accusations against the GPRN/NSCN to confuse and mislead the Nagas.
It is thus assessed that the anti-Naga activists at Hebron are propagating contradictory rhetoric against the Isak Swu’s principle of reconciliation and unification. The Nagas do not devise any policy of segregation but the policy of isolation by Hebron campers and consequent dismissal of Kilo kilonser Azheto Chophi when the later is only trying to implement the proclamation for peace and unification issued by Isak Swu clearly defines the divisive principle of Hebron camp. What has Hebron camp got to lose if the Nagas unify? What authority do they possess to terminate the services of national workers who are tirelessly working to bring about unification of all the Nagas? Cannot the Nagas unite without the consent of such activists even if the whole of Nag as agree to unite? Be reminded that the Nagas are self-masters and would continue to strive for Naga unification and political settlement, the true National workers doesn’t give a second thought to five days notice to return to enslavement at Hebron. The Nagas are with us and we are for the Nagas.