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What if we give an equal job opportunity to all the Nagas in Nagaland State? Will it bring unity and oneness among the Nagas? There are some attributes to bring unity and oneness among the Nagas and giving equal job opportunities in Nagaland state to all the Nagas inhabiting in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Myanmar (AAMM) can be one of the important factors for bringing unity and oneness among the Nagas.
Many Naga prominent leaders are trying to unify the whole Nagas to have One Administrative Unit (OAU). One of the important events that protest against the dissection of the Naga country was held in 1947-48. The Nagas’ country was demarcated into different states and country like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Myanmar on pretence of difficulty in administration. The Indian government had inherited the British’s “Divide and Rule Policy” as a good weapon and demarcated the Naga country to different states of India and Myanmar.
One of the British policies towards the Naga was to exterminate themselves through their own headhunting. Lord Dalhousie stated, “Allow the Nagas to exterminate themselves through their own headhunting business so as to create a buffer zone of no man’s land between British India and British Burma” (op.cit. White Paper on Integretion:8). This kind of similar policy is still with some people to disintegrate the Naga unity and oneness and the Naga people may need to be more circumspective with such kind of policy.
In Nagas history of National Movement, there were solidarity and disintegration among the National Leaders due to some unseen reasons but we have better relationship in this century. Let us anticipate that Nagas will continue to develop a better relationship through reconciliation.
What do we need to unite all the Nagas in our heart? It is not the Indian government or foreigners who can unite all the Nagas. But it is we the Nagas who can unite among ourselves through prayer and reconciliation. To have One Administrative Unit in all the Nagas inhabited areas need to have deliberation with Indian government since the earlier Naga country was demarcated to other states of India and Myanmar.
However to give equal job opportunity in Nagaland state to all the Nagas living in AAMM is in the hand of the Nagaland state government and the Naga leaders.
There is unity and oneness where there is equal opportunity for all the sections of people. I think giving equal job opportunity in Nagaland state to all the Nagas inhabiting outside Nagaland state will be one of the evidences to prove that Naga is coming under One Administrative Unit.
It would be easier for us to embrace or unite among ourselves than asking help from some one to unite us. If we are united under one local administrative unit giving equal job opportunity especially in NPSC to all the Nagas living in AAMM, it may enhance our unity and bring oneness among the younger generation. It may be difficult to give equal job opportunity for all the Nagas to get any kind of job in Nagaland but if the equal job opportunity is given in NPSC to all the Nagas in AAMM, it will be good for the Nagaland government and for the Naga people in general to come together as one Unit.
If equal job opportunity is given to all the Nagas, the Nagas from AAMM will get double chances to get job in their own state/country and in Nagaland state. But the Nagaland government and Naga Hoho leaders may consider giving job opportunity in NPSC. If giving job opportunity to all the Nagas and it will be benefiting the Nagaland State and the Naga people for more unity, the government of Nagaland and Naga leaders need to consider and give a trial.
If all the Nagas are eligible to write in NPSC exam, it will be helpful to the Naga people in two aspects. First, the Nagaland Govt. can have more competent candidates in the administration as there will more candidates and competition in NPSC exam. Secondly, it will be bringing more interaction and oneness among the Naga people through such kind of competitive examination.
As there will be Common Written Test (CWT) and Personal Interview (PI), the commission will scrutinize and select the most capable candidates. If CWT and PI are done very fairly to all the candidates, there is nothing wrong even if some one from AAMM get the prestigious post as the capable candidates can work better for the Nagaland state and for the Naga people. Selecting the most efficient and competent candidates will definitely improve the quality of administration and other economic developments in Nagaland State and in Naga-land (Nagalim).
Nagas are believed to be branched out from one family or clan but due to present political boundary demarcations, we have less interaction with each other and we become like an alien to each other. Our future Naga community leaders will be the present students studying in different fields of education and if we give an opportunity to them to work together through a competitive examination like NPSC, it will definitely help the Naga people to understand each other better.
(The views expressed above are personal and does not represent any organization or tribe)