The Naga struggle for freedom has endured for more than half a century. The Nagas across the length and breadth without territorial demarcation or geographical distinction has concertedly been waving the liberation flag so far.
The unwavering commitment of the Nagas in pursuit of its national goal and the futility of India and Myanmar to militarily suppress the struggle has obliged even these two invading nation to acknowledge the issue as “Political” requiring political solution.
After the political fiasco of India orchestrated 1975 Accord with NNC/FGN, the national mantle passed on to NSCN.
The political process with the GOI thus was revived through the initiative of NSCN(s) in 1997 and 2001 respectively and was followed by another landmark political achievement under the aegis of SS. Khaplang- the establishment of political breakthrough with the most hostile Myanmar Junta.
Regardless of frustrated rhetoric targeting SS. Khaplang and NSCN as having connivance with Myanmar and giving up of Indo-Naga issue, the historic signing of ceasefire between Naga and Myanmar in the year 2012 without doubt scripted new chapter in the history of Naga political sojourn. This event do brings to the fore the international significance of Naga issue and in particular it’s crucial implication to regional peace and stability in South-East Asia.
The South Asian countries look East enthusiasm and the fact that Naga’s strategic geo-political location being inevitable for connectivity between these landmasses and the more significant relevance to Indo-Naga-Myanmar political situation is the undeniable truth that NSCN under SS.Khaplang practically holds sway over the entire stretch of unexplored virgin land-locked mineral rich area. Myanmar governance in this area is only symbolic in nature, else NSCN has been maintaining deep rooted de-facto rule for decades altogether.
The need for India and Myanmar to seriously engage the NSCN is not a mere political hypothesis but drawn from the factual political assessment lest the issue is exploded to international controversy. It may therefore be concluded that NSCN/GPRN under SS. Khaplang’s leadership holds key to India’s North-East political problem, India’s look East policy and her National Security as well.
Where as for the Nagas in India, though utopian in concept as it may appear now, a day would come when they would flock to the East (Myanmar occupied Nagaland) to grab a share of it’s natural resources dispensation as and when political stability and political solution is achieved. Visionless and materialistic Nagas may continue to decry SS.Khaplang’s pan-Naga political approach as of now in order to justify their eager preparedness to give up Naga’s birth right for a pittance from India, but time and history shall be the witness.
As for the NSCN/GPRN, the struggle shall continue no matter how illusive or distant the destination may appear, no matter the solution comes in our time or never, the legacy passed on to us shall be handed over to the posterity without blemish and betrayal.
The stand of NSCN on Naga struggle therefore should not be a cause of apprehension to any other Naga political group engaged in political process with India.
Any settlement that may arrive between India and other Naga political groups, the NSCN/GPRN would never stand in a way nor would be to deterred to give up the Naga cause.