Mobile Office, February 13 2008
A smear campaign for a reason?
As stated before the Naga International Support Center in the interest of Human Rights favors unification of all Nagas. However when one overlooks the dynamics of the initiatives taken, one cannot but conclude that lack of sincerity oozes out of the pores of the unifiers. They claim any party not readily in agreement with their unification probe does so out of Naga interest. Yet, anyone who cares to remember the history of separation understands that unification is virtually impossible sans admitting and repenting committed wrongs. But, does the unification team really want to bring repenting parties together, or are they engaged in a smear campaign to cover up what they did in the past?
The cause of the split
Let’s examine the cause of the split which led Khaplang, the accountable leader and Vice-Chairman of the NSCN, till then united, to launch a brutal assault on the NSCN members. They had come for a high level meeting with him to straighten out their differences. But instead Khaplang, from then on the K, launched an attack which left some 100 NSCN members dead, more while on the run for their lives, but miraculously NSCN leader Th. Muivah escaped.
Khaplang instead of attending the meeting accused the top NSCN leaders, who had traveled to Eastern Nagaland (Burma) of one major issue, later more but minor point when the first but decisive one was withdrawn. Here are the main two:
‘Th. Muivah, secretary general, and Isak Chishi Swu, Chairman, had made a deal with the Government of India to accept the Suisa proposal but under the constitution of India. And second: the NSCN was preparing an attack on the Konyak and Pangmi to kill them all.”
The differences between Vice-Chairman Khaplang and the other leaders of the NSCN entailed things like: abusing of funds, setting bad examples for the cadres by womanizing and not willing to follow the rules of abstinence of alcohol, smoking and drugs among the soldiers of the Naga Army. Khaplang’s answer came out of the blue as soldiers loyal to him were ordered to attack the NSCN camp to kill all present there.
Much water has passed under the bridge since then and most likely the from then Khaplang held on to the name NSCN-Khaplang like he represented the people; the Indian press obeying him by calling the others NSCN-IM. As they targeted each other for defense and revenge both committed crimes. A sinister detail is that the K-group was financially and militarily aided by the Indian Armed Forces. Since this bloody split up developments have been erratic, but on different occasions efforts to reconcile were initiated. Usually the initiatives came from the NSCN but with the condition that the wrongs could be redeemed when they were admitted and when forgiveness asked from the Naga people. Of course the Naga people yearn for peace between the two groups, engaged in this bitter and feudal fight, killing anyone ‘ on the other side’, sometimes just under mere suspicion.
Out loud NISC states that this killing has to stop: it is inhumane, it is unjustified, it is against all laws and it defies the true Naga nature of living in peace as family of tribes.
But it must be said too that the same group which shouts unification unilaterally does not address the root causes of this problem brutally initiated by the self imposed Khaplang group. It also goes without saying that the heading uttered by the Hokato Vusshe, spokesman, of the Unified NSCN is out of order on its own premise; ‘Muivah’s politics not in the interest of the Nagas’ as per the Nagaland Post of 10 February 2008
First of all this is not a personal thing
Secondly: calling itself Unified NSCN is premature for all are to be together in agreement.
Thirdly: in contrast to Khaplang the NSCN under the leadership of Isak Chishi Swu, Khodao and Th, Muivah have always stated that sovereignty is the goal, this in contrast to the collaborating with the Indian Armed Forces K-group.
Fourthly: the NSCN does not demand anything. That is not what the negotiations between India and Nagaland/lim (not the state so lim) are about. They are between two nations and the Nagas do not demand sovereignty because they are entitled to have it, it is their right, they have the right to self determination which was taken away by India, hence the NSCN fights to regain it. The NSCN negotiates on in what way a sovereign Nagalim could be operating cooperating with India. Never has the issue of sovereignty been dropped. And this is not limited to Nagaland State only, like some Nagas including K like to settle for, but for all Nagas. So, all those in Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and last but not least in the Sagaing Division of what is now called Myanmar.
Hokato? There is no factional politics but to come together but to keep the treacherous followers of Khaplang with his guns and goons and money, who has too much blood on his hands, out of the way of the people. And, Hokato, you actually think Chairman Isak Swu can be overruled just like that, or is it that implicitly you play Khaplang’s ‘quit notice’ on the Tangkhuls again?
The Naga International Support Center would like to see these allegations properly investigated. All this hearsay whipped up by emotions without support and factual basis leads only to more diversion and consequently to bloodshed. Hokato, if you really want unity then call for an investigation to get the truth out, the culprits charged and the found guilty punished? Hokato, the Naga International Support Center is fully with you in your drive for unity on behalf of what you call the Unified NSCN, but calls on you to be consistent and so to take it seriously. Be brave and address the root cause of the problem. We use the word brave here because when you act wisely, honor the dead by showing respect to the bereaved families you will surely trample on some long toes, toes with vested interests and so toes which will try to stop you?
Consequently: The Naga International Support Center calls on the ‘Unified NSCN’ to act wisely, to avoid the suspicion of creating a new faction which, in the light of President’s Rule in Nagaland State carries the double suspicion of being encouraged, financially, by the Indian stand-ins. However NISC does encourage you to be genuine in your efforts, for indeed the Naga People are yearning for peace amongst themselves.
‘Muivah’s politics not in the interest of the Nagas’- Nagaland Post
Sensing frustration from being alienated by the Nagas, Th. Muivah has started playing factional politics by involving “ism” into Naga National movement. By terming NSCN leader Azheto Chophy and other leaders who were joint signatories for unification as habitual defectors, it is clear that Muivah is dead against Naga unification. After all the efforts made by the different factions and Naga civil society and frontal organizations to end bloodshed and killings among the Nagas, Th. Muivah has gifted the families of 6 (six), the dead bodies of their loved ones in Mokukchung, Dimapur and Phek. Muivah boasts of taking the Naga issue to the International level as well, but instead of playing factional politics, he should instead talk of Naga sovereignty. The Nagas made him a leader to speak for the Nagas, but even after several rounds of talks he has had with India, he still fails to spell out the Charter of Demands to the Nagas.
If Th. Muivah is at all, a true Naga leader, why would he involve in the Indian-sponsored elections as he has been doing in the past? The NSCN, GPRN has enough proof and evidence that he and his gang is actively supporting a political party in the coming elections in order to gain his interests. Muivah and his gang is blaming the unification group for being involved in kidnapping, extortion and illegal collections in order to cover up his anti-Naga activities through the media. But instead, he should pinpoint the actual facts, the involvement of his own erring cadres before throwing allegations on others.
Muivah should know that the Nagas’ desire for unity is being realized and the GBs, DBs forum, tribal frontal organizations are working earnestly towards achieving this long felt need of the Nagas. But why is he violating his own Chairman, Isak Chishi Swu’s desire for unity and reconciliation among the Nagas. Every Naga knows that Isak Chishi Swu’s proclamations and declarations are being overruled and played down by Th. Muivah and that Muivah’s politics is purely not in the interest of the Nagas. It should be the endeavour of all Nagas, irrespective of tribes, community or social organizations to support the unification process and as leaders of the Naga Nation, people like Th. Muivah should not defile the aspirations of the Nagas.
Hokato Vusshe, spokesman, Unified NSCN.
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