Resentment of the Rengmas Nagas

K.Solomon Himbü, Secretary, Rengma Naga Peoples Council.:    8 Jan. 2014

Immediate announcement of 6 lakhs ex-gratia by Assam government to the death of nine Karbis in Pachaspura near Chumukedima, Dimapur was a clear picture of partiality, injustice and inhuman treatment to the Rengma Nagas. When an innocent Rengma was kidnapped by KPLT and killed in the month of November, 2013 and his dead body is still untraceable, but the K/A  and Assam Government was silent and mute about this incident. Again the carnage incident occurred at Khowani and Chogilashong villages on 26th December, 2013 where five women and one man were brutally killed and burnt down the dead bodies, houses, granaries, standing crops; cutting down of plantations like betel-nuts, orange trees etc. and killing all the cattles, fowls, pigs and dogs by Karbi mobs and militants. Again on the following days, the Karbi mobs and KPLT militants randomly burnt down all the houses, plantations and domestic animals in all the Rengma Naga villages. In the month of August, 2013,the KPLT attacked the Ridongünyu village with automatic weapons.
They indiscriminately fire at the village, damaging houses and school buildings. But the Government of Assam and Karbi Anglong government remain silent to the woes and cries of the Rengmas. Till today, the Government of Assam and Karbi  Anglong government neither announces ex-gratia to the deceased nor compensate the irreparable losses to the properties of the Rengma Nagas.

The victims of the Rengmas should equally get ex-gratia from the government of Assam at par with the Karbis. The government of Assam should immediately rebuild the burnt down villages and compensate the entire lost paddy, cattle, domestic animals and other household goods. Immediate demands and appeal of the Rengma Nagas to the government of Assam are:

1. To pay ex-gratia of Rs.6 lakhs to all the deceased family in the Karbis attacked.
2. To pay Rs.2 lakhs to serious injuries during the carnage.
3. To rebuild the villages which were burnt down by Karbi mobs.
4. To compensate all the granaries and crops burnt down to ashes.
5. To send back all the relief campers to their respective villages with full security.
6. To set up permanent police outpost or security camps in the Rengma areas.
7. To construct roads connecting all the Rengma villages.
8. To construct medical sub-centres in Rengma areas.
9. To connect electricity to all the Rengma villages.

Is not the Rengmas, the citizens of India? Is it only the Karbis has the human rights? Why the Rengmas are neglected and ignored by the government of Assam and Karbi Anglong government for long years since the Independence of india? Why the Rengmas are treated as beast by the Assam government? All these catastrophes happened today are held responsible by the government of Assam and Karbi Anglong.  In relief camps too, the Karbi Anglong government and Assam government did not come forward to supply the basic needs and requirement of the victims. Whatever the relief materials we received are mostly provided by the Nagas.

This is a clear indication of gross violation of human rights and step-motherly treatment to the Rengma Nagas. The Rengma Nagas had been suffering for a long time in all spheres under the Government of Assam and Karbi Anglong from political, social and economic strata. The Rengma Nagas were ill treated on the level of animal. No human treatments were given by the government of Assam and Karbi Anglong. There is no tangible development in the Rengma inhabited areas.

There is no road, electricity, dispensary and other basic amenities given to the Rengmas. The entire episodes of the Assam and Karbi Anglong government meted step-motherly treatment to the Rengmas is the clean policy and agenda of both the government to wipe out the entire population of the Rengma Nagas into the soil of the Rengma Hills, the sons of the soil.  NPN

Chairman Isak Swu message to the Sumis

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
My dear Sumi brothers and sisters I am writing this message to you in view of the untoward situation prevailing in our homeland today. We believe that human beings are not perfect but we also know that human conditions can be corrected. Right and wrong will occur not only today amongst us but in the midst of this, although it may take time, the correct assessment of all issues is a must. Justice is essential and required by the human society at all times.

The recent incident at Aghuyito village near Zunheboto town on December 21, 2013 was very unfortunate. We are for justice. We are serious and so a Kilonser Team’s Mission was dispatched but to our utter surprise, they were coerced to sign a paper under duress. We respect and welcome our people to understand together on any issues. But we cannot accept any forced imposition upon us and this is the only difference in our approach to a solution. We never blame the public but frenzy whipped up and fishing in the troubled water is what we cannot tolerate at any cost. We have never said the actions of our three errant cadres were right; neither denied nor justified it and accordingly after conducting thorough investigation punishment was meted out to them as per the Ahza of the Government.

Indeed it has taken a reasonable time to process the case in order to give a fair punishment. But notwithstandingall these efforts, the aftermath stand-off with our Sumi public and our cadres leading to abandonment of the designated Mukalimi Camp and the death of innocent public is regrettable. We are all the more trying to reason with our people on any issues at any time. What is there that the NSCN did not do to the three errant cadres? We have done the right thing because justice is given and so it is my earnest appeal to the Sumi brothers and sisters to exercise restraint so as to prevent any further unwanted situation. We will not remain a silent spectator when some leaders with vested interest, traitors and adversaries challenge the Nation. It is our bounden duty to defend the nation and our people from the enemies within and without.

Are the Nagas becoming stronger from this state of affairs? Never! Rather it has become a blessing for our enemy. What a folly! Therefore every sensible person must guard himself from being fooled or misguided by these treacherous elements and become a contributing factor to disgrace our sacred cause. We must be wise enough to see that we are not being trapped in the schemes of the enemy.

After the historical failure of the Naga National Council (NNC) to condemn the Shillong Accord of 1975, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) was formed in 1980 having committed ourselves to protect our nation’s existence and to uphold this righteous cause. We are faithful to carry forward the pledge taken by the Naga people in the year 1951. Based on this we are negotiating with the Government of India (GoI) at the highest level, without pre-condition and in a third country. During the course of the negotiation the GoI officially recognized our “Unique history and situation” and agreed that the solution to the Naga issue would be based on that recognition. We have not committed any political mistakes thus far by the grace of God.

Our political struggle is steadfast journey towards its destination through the continuous support of the Naga people. History has not forgotten the sacrifices and contributions made by the Sumi people. The Sumi people are very much part of this proud history that has helped in shaping the destiny of the Nagas. There is no other honorable path apart from this. Let us see to it that no divisive elements disturb us from within. We are for the people and by the will of God we shall negotiate and bring about an honorable negotiated political settlement for the Nagas.

My dear Sumi brothers and sisters, we cannot falter during this decisive moment for the task entrusted upon us by the Naga people. Together we must defend the Naga nation from the enemy of different shades.

I am sending you this message on behalf of the Collective Leadership. May the good Lord bless and give all the wisdom and vision at this critical juncture of our history. -NPN

Kuknalim.
Isak Chishi Swu
Chairman
National Socialist
Council of Nagalim

 

Sumis snap links with NSCN (I-M)

Dimapur, Jan 7 (NPN) :Sumi Baghi Hoho (Sumi general public meeting) on January 7 at the Town Hall Zunheboto, under the aegis of the Sumi Hoho passed four resolutions among which was to delink all ties with NSCN (I-M) with immediate effect and therefore, all forms of taxations from Sumis to the NSCN (I-M) shall cease to exist.
According to a joint statement issued by president Sumi Hoho Hovishe Arkha, president Sumi Kukami Hoho Ghovito Zhimomi, president Sumi Totimi Hoho Kitoli Naje and president Sumi Kiphimi Kuqhakulu Holuvi Chophy,the January 7 meting came against the backdrop of the December 21 incident where three NSCN (I-M) cadres “inflicted severe injury, committed sexual harassment, attempted rape and murder on innocent Sumis”.

As a consequence of the failure of NSCN (I-M) to hand over the culprits to the district administration, the Sumi public pursued Resolution No.1 of December 26,2013, to flush out NSCN (I-M) cadres from their designated camp at Mukalimi, the signatories said.

Sumi Baghi Hoho also resolved to declare December 28 as ‘Sumi Martyrs Day’ to be observed annually in memory of late Paketo Assumi and late Ghukiye Zhimomi who laid down their lives for the cause and destiny of the Sumi people.

The burial place for the ‘Sumi Martyrs’ was donated by sons of late Kuhozu of Sukhalu village and the place henceforth called ‘Sumi Martyrs Park’.

Further Sumi Baghi Hoho resolved that in the event any faction/factions or group of people, intimidating or committing excesses on either Sumi individual or community in the coming days, “the Sumi public will rise up against that particular faction/factions or group/groups of people”.

Also as per the Sumi Public Rally resolution No.2 of December 26,2013, it was resolved that NSCN (I-M) “shall not be permitted to establish its designated camp within Sumi inhabited areas, which shall be intimated to the concerned authority for necessary action.”

Sumi Baghi Hoho (Sumi general public meeting) on January 7 at the Town Hall Zunheboto, under the aegis of the Sumi Hoho passed four resolutions among which was to delink all ties with NSCN (I-M) with immediate effect and therefore, all forms of taxations from Sumis to the NSCN (I-M) shall cease to exist.

According to a joint statement issued by president Sumi Hoho Hovishe Arkha, president Sumi Kukami Hoho Ghovito Zhimomi, president Sumi Totimi Hoho Kitoli Naje and president Sumi Kiphimi Kuqhakulu Holuvi Chophy,the January 7 meting came against the backdrop of the December 21 incident where three NSCN (I-M) cadres “inflicted severe injury, committed sexual harassment, attempted rape and murder on innocent Sumis”.

As a consequence of the failure of NSCN (I-M) to hand over the culprits to the district administration, the Sumi public pursued Resolution No.1 of December 26,2013, to flush out NSCN (I-M) cadres from their designated camp at Mukalimi, the signatories said.

Sumi Baghi Hoho also resolved to declare December 28 as ‘Sumi Martyrs Day’ to be observed annually in memory of late Paketo Assumi and late Ghukiye Zhimomi who laid down their lives for the cause and destiny of the Sumi people.

The burial place for the ‘Sumi Martyrs’ was donated by sons of late Kuhozu of Sukhalu village and the place henceforth called ‘Sumi Martyrs Park’.

Further Sumi Baghi Hoho resolved that in the event any faction/factions or group of people, intimidating or committing excesses on either Sumi individual or community in the coming days, “the Sumi public will rise up against that particular faction/factions or group/groups of people”.

Also as per the Sumi Public Rally resolution No.2 of December 26,2013, it was resolved that NSCN (I-M) “shall not be permitted to establish its designated camp within Sumi inhabited areas, which shall be intimated to the concerned authority for necessary action.”

Nagas at crossroads

By: Pamreihor Khashimwo, Doctoral Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

At the first glance, what does Nagas think about Naga? might seem a strange question. However, it is the one that many population of Naga as well as the Indian are increasingly asking themselves and understandably so. After so many years of the Indo-Naga political negotiation, India seems to have lost interest in it. The primacy that Naga issue once assumed in Indian domestic issues and foreign policy has gone. What do the Naga wants? What does Indian think about Indo-Naga peace negotiation? Is there any vision left?
From start, the ceasefire has rested on gamble. When Naga leaders opted for ceasefire with the government of India in 1997, they wagered that Naga’s could converge toward one another: Naga would adopt better social standards, social coherence, political consolidation, economical interdependent with all the different tribes demographically living in different states, would have become a little more like one, by accepting each other to form a consolidated Nagalim as a one common body. This did not occur. Now, with the Naga’s, politically, socially, economically in a mess, the true implications of this gamble are becoming clear. The struggle continues with no sign of political pact after more than a decade of negotiations and which led to vulnerability instead of freedom, indebtedness instead of autonomy, poverty instead of prosperity and a deep political, economic and spiritual crisis instead of hope, optimism and fraternity. And yet desired for freedom lived on.

James A. Barker III former US secretary of State once observed, “Almost every achievement contains within its success the seeds of a future problem.” The political and social mess of Naga provides a trenchant example of this phenomenon. When the long sought but uncertain implementation of cease-fire finally began, as a part of bundle of deals that produce Naga under one umbrella, it represents a significant accomplishment. The implementation of cease fire provided the necessary catalyst for all the success of that achievement, however is left behind fateful seeds which is sprouting. The mess resulted not only from the Government of India insincerity, lack of political vision and divide and rule policy but also from flaws in our leaders approach and long term decrease in interest in true Naga issues which the focused now on material accumulation for their selfish attainment of social status in the society. We are in muddling through period.

Over the past 16 years, the Naga leaders have done a remarkable job managing the short-term symptoms of the chaos, although the costs have been great and tragic. Yet the long-term challenge remains. For this to happen, Naga must align their trends in public political, social and economic discourse and other areas. Aligning the political and social behaviors will first require Naga to reject the common misdiagnoses of current mess. The problem is not primarily one of the profligate political arenas in the peripherals society. It is rather the result of a fundamental disequilibrium within the single political zone, which the current leaders applies a single political policy and single social discourse or formation to a diverse tribal group of the Naga society. Thus, presence leaders should trust in the essentially democratic nature of the Naga society, which will encourage them to distribute the cost of convergence more fairly within and among the tribes. The burden must be shifted from top down public policy to periphery social and economic activities of respective tribes who involves in the main stream of the Naga society. If this does not occur, then survival of the so called Nagalim will call into question and Naga will face a long-term social, economic and political catastrophic that could drain its political strength and social coherence for the rest of this decade and beyond.
The way forward

If Naga wants to continue to function, some damage limitation is needed. Our leaders must show constructive leadership which includes greater willingness to discuss people contribution to strengthening the nation formation as Nagalim demanded, as well as presentation of a vigorous case to the people, that saving the political aspiration and achievement the political aspiration lie at the heart of Naga national interest. Our current leaders have thus far reacted to this stunning loss of momentum by entering a holding pattern. The hope is to buy enough time for new leaders to emerge who will reclaim the Naga project. However, buying time may not be the best the leaders can do for now. The Naga needs a new generation of leaders who can breathe life into a project that is perilously close to expiring in this unthinking generation. For now, they are nowhere to be found.

Today history is knocking at our door. So what will determine whether the Naga stalls in its Naga projects or moves forward? The current political negotiation with government of India narrative is unsure, fragmented and does not provide the necessary political foundation for extensive institutional capacity building. For now, the lack of consensus about the correct political formula for Naga seriously compromises any further progress. Today we are witnessing a rise of political intolerance. The histories of the Naga show that crisis often-but not always lead to increased disintegration. Now is the time for Naga to produce constructive result from crisis with strong political will and creativity to respond with decisive innovation. There has been a striking lack of coordinated political leadership across the Naga area in the face of political pressure. Dialoguing is the best way to unlock misunderstanding.

Lesson to be learned
Look at the history of how the European Union (EU) came into exist, the essential point is not only that cooperation is possible but also that it is more importantly desirable to improve economic development, political stability and social well-being. The fact that the European countries that had been involved into two bloodied devastating wars were capable of cooperating under the umbrella of the EU and the euro has become extremely significance on contemporary politics. The EU has excellent record of recovering from crisis and moving ahead even stronger than before due to firm political will.

It is astounding that, the states of Europe so long used to deals with each other with bayonets and tanks are now tightly bound together within a series of interlocking laws and institutions. This degree of integration of sovereign nation-states is unprecedented in modern times and has formed the basis of the peace and prosperity of Europe. In pursuing their political integration through institutional and market means rather than warfare and territorial acquisition the EU has created a new type of political entity in the global system. As the EU’s experience demonstrates, historical reconciliation is a critical element in developing the necessary political will for cooperation. In stark contrast, there has been no such effort in our struggle. Thus, Naga requires a fresh breeze of air to get the Naga ship sailing again. Only together can we generate the policies and institutions. NPN

A Tribute to Naga Army on Their Golden Jubilee Celebration

By: Kaka D. Iralu, 5 Jan. 2014

As a writer who had followed the Naga army right from 1956 to the present, I would like to present the following facts to the Naga public in appreciation of one of the most outstanding army in the world.

1. When the Naga army was formed in the 1950’s as the Safe Guards and then the Home Guards, it was only a rag tag army of courageous and determined soldiers. It became the Naga army only on 3rd Jan. 1964. At its initial stages, among its ranks of officers, there was not a single Military Academy trained officer who was trained in the modern arts of military warfare. Most of their officers were class six seven passed students instructed by some Naga soldiers from the Naga Regiment in Assam and elsewhere. They also did not have any modern weapons like Tanks, Artillery or even Mortars. But in spite of all their draw backs, armed with only some derelict Second World War rifles of a few Bren guns and Sten guns, they were able to hold back a modern army that was assisted by heavy artillery, light armored tanks and even Jet fighters. As to the numbers of this invading Indian army, even at the initial stages, their numbers were over 53,000 troops. The Naga army simply increased their armories with the seized arms of their slain enemies. This rag tag army subsisted in the jungles on almost half rations and starvations though out nineteen years of fierce fightings (1956 to 1975. In these 19 years of fierce battles, they slipped into East Pakistan and even China many times to bring back guns and ammunitions on their backs. They went in batches of hundreds and even thousands but always fought their way back to Nagaland across international boundaries.

Despite their heroic effort and sacrifices, they were not able to defeat India’s mighty armies. But the opposite is equally true- that the Indian army also was never able to defeat the Naga Army in the battlefield. Their fierce battles came to a stalemate when an inter-national Cease Fire was finally agreed to in 1964 by both the parties in conflict.
Now, for a rag tag army like the Naga Army to be able to achieve such an international cease fire with the second biggest army in the world is no mean feat of military achievement. Here, every Naga citizen should salute the personnel of the Naga army for their undefeatable spirit of patriotism to the nation. Never shall their names be ever forgotten in the annals of military history.

Other armies of other nations also have their own unique achievements. For example the Afghan guerrilla fighters under their War lord Sha Masoodh were able to force the Russian army back to Russia from Afghanistan. They were however able to achieve this splendid victory due to the heat seeking Stinger Missiles that were supplied to them by the United States. With these missiles, they were able to blow off the Russian Helicopters and fighter planes from the skies of Afghanistan. Equally splendid was the victory of the Vietnam soldiers who were able to drive out the mighty American forces from Vietnam. But here again, the Vietnam army was assisted by all kinds of modern weapons massively supplied by Russia. In the case of the Naga army whatever arms they could procure from other nations like the then East Pakistan and China were only the arms and ammunitions that they could carry across international boundaries on their bare backs!

2. Another great feat of our Naga army was their successful crossing of the uninhabited and unthrodden Hukwang valley in western Burma. This valley was feared for its impenetrable thick jungles and dangerous terrains. Even the Japanese army who were considered the best foot soldiers in the world was afraid to cross this valley in their quest for the conquest of India in the Second World War.

The Japanese army had conquered almost the whole of south East Asia mostly on foot by 1944, and the shortest route for conquest of India would be through the Hukwang valley. But fearing death through starvation, disease and hardships, they came through the Arakan. On the other hand, our Naga army, not only once, but several times hacked their way across this endless forest. On many occasions, they even had to fight all across the thick jungles for several months. Some of the Naga soldiers who trekked across this valley described their experiences as like walking across a spring mattress as the forest floor was so thick with centuries of decomposed leaves. They also told me that sometimes they walked for weeks not seeing the sun’s light even during daytime. This was because of the tall giant trees that covered the whole valley with their leaves and thick foliage. One of their heroic trips is mentioned in my book “The Naga Saga “under the title, “A journey into the jaws of death”

We Nagas as a nation have a courageous army of which we can all be proud of. At Sakraba, on 3rd January, it was indeed very moving to see all those elderly Generals, Brigadiers, Colonels and even Majors in full uniforms still refusing to surrender. Let us all remember that what we are today is all because of their sacrifices yesterday. NPN

Hurdles in Naga political talks

By: NSCN (K) MIP kilonser Y. Wangtin Naga:    4 Jan. 2014

My constant study on Naga political situation painfully led me to the conclusion that, the Naga people lost their way, becoming wilderness and plunged into political chaotic, likely to commit another political suicide. The Naga political movement began with great hope of achieving sovereignty which have gone in right track up to 1960 till Naga people convention unilaterally signed 16th points agreement with India government and created present Nagaland state which committed irreparable political mistake in the history of the Naga political movement. Even in signing the said agreement, the Naga leaders failed to include all Naga families in newly created State which became great hurdle in NSCN-IM’s talk. Similar problem awaiting us in Naga districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding of Arunachal Pradesh. The integration of Naga areas into a single administrative umbrella could have been done without any hindrances had our leaders seriously thought of when singing 16th points agreement which becomes hurdles today.

The second political mistake the Naga people have committed was signing of shillong Accord in 1975, by which the only political institution of that time NNC/FGN consciously surrendered Nagas’ right forcing SS.Khaplang, Th.Muivah and Isakswu to formed socialist government in the year 1980 which lasted only for 8 years due to our leaders overpowered by selfishness, arrogance and stubbornness. Their stubbornness and selfishness led the genuine movement to the world of fratricidal killings and murdering of thousands and thousands innocent Nagas.

The GOI ceasefire offering was rejected by NSCN (K) during 1995-1997 forcing the former to sign cease-fire deal with NSCN-IM in1997 without preparing what should be done for the inclusiveness of the Nagas. More over the NSCN-IM kept on threatening the GOI not to sign cease-fire agreement with any Naga group after which launching Assam Rifles nexus NSCN-IM operation against other Naga political groups followed by adopting open door policy by NSCN-IM. They also entrapped Naga Hoho to joint their chorus by shouting, ‘solution not election’ during 1998 only to pave the way for some Naga Hoho officials to become MLAs. The same Naga Hoho gone to the extent of shouting ‘solution first and then unification’ which gave birth to ENPO. The NSCN-IM talks was completely failed but continue to mislead the Nagas that, talks are serious and positive. On the part of GOI, every December was the cheating month to announce the Nagas that, Christmas gift would be Naga solution. And for the Th. Muivah, every talk was fruitful and progressing, yet nothing came out and will not come out anything. I am not trying to allege or malign Naga Hoho but only trying to draw their attention to the past activities, and lead the Nagas in the right track.

In the mist of such confusion, Khole and N.Kitovi blew heavy punches to the Nagas face by shouting for 16 tribes Nagas of Nagaland solution. To me even the creation of Nagaland state by 16th point agreement comprising only 16 tribes, leaving so many Naga families out side was a serious political blunder because it was mainly done to dwarf the Naga National movement for independence. The said two gentlemen (Khole and Kitovi) reduced their National outlook to the position of domestic status. The feelings of vengeance led us to the world of fratricidal killings and so called factional wars which is our own shame. We all talk about honorable and acceptable solution. Then what to we meant by honorable and acceptable solution when GOI ruled out sovereignty and integration? Shall we find honorable and acceptable solution minus sovereignty? If Naga people sought honorable and acceptable solution without sovereignty, then we are committing another political mistake. The only remedial to this problem can be found only when we come together and reason together.
When we retrospect the past history, there was no report or record where Naga publics gone against its National government but in 2002, the Ao community have gone too far against NSCN-K in Mokukchung districts HQ where NSCN-K workers houses and vehicles burnt down mercilessly followed by displacing of hundreds of Naga National workers. This incident seemed to me was highest crime ever committed by Naga civilians against its own national government. The NSCN-IM might have taken advantage of the situation of that point of time but it was symbolic challenge to the Naga national government. Today, the NSCN-IM was also haunted by similar ghost when Sumi publics decamped and displaced its camp and workers from Zunheboto districts which to me was also very unfortunate incident where Naga publics took laws into their hands and gone against Naga national workers. Whatever crimes the NSCN-IM cadres might have committed was also unfortunate, but action taken upon NSCN-IM was also beyond human comprehension. Now, who is to be blamed for our situation inviting humiliating condemnation? And who among us will stone the Samaria woman for her adultery when none of us is sinless ? Shall we all be blamed? I want our Naga national leaders to be far sighted whose thoughts and study goes beyond ordinary human being and overpower selfishness, arrogance and self pride.
I could foreseen that, the Naga national spirit for nationhood gone wither away and dried up day by day. Under such internal threats and external attacks, shall we continue our struggle? Is it not proper time for the Nagas either to stop our national struggle or re-affirm our commitment for our undisturbed sovereignty through national plebiscite? The Naga national workers have committed immeasurable crimes against our fellow Nagas, for which all Naga political groups should apology to the Naga publics. At the same time, the Naga publics should realize that, they have gone too far against the nation for few erring cadres. We cannot burry our past glory and its unmarked history. The Naga national movement was not against either India or any other countries. We are what we are and cannot surrender our rights and identity whatsoever under any circumstances. Let us burry our past bitterness and move forward to re-build our broken home which is one and only option for the Nagas.  NPN

Sumi and NSCN imbroglio

By: Kughaho Sumi:    4 Jan. 2014

Many of us might think that recent imbroglio of flushing out of NSCN (IM) from Zunheboto by the Sumi tribe was a result of the incidence that happened on 21st Dec. 2013 by NSCN (IM) Cadres but it was not. Nor was it a fight against the freedom fighters but was a “fight for justice”. Of late, many of our freedom fighters have somewhere, somehow lost the real meaning of being a “freedom fighter” and have started oppressing the defenceless publics; some to the extent of committing acts of terror and inhuman activities. The culmination of “fight for justice” was not merely because of an incidence but an eruption of pent up frustration by the public after numerous tyrannical acts by the undergrounds and their inability to control or justify those acts. To comply with the demands of the public to right the wrongs was ignored.

 

I remember the time when we the public used to go to church to fast and pray for our freedom fighters for their safety and well being. Today the irony is instead of doing so, many are ready to take up arms against them. It is getting late for our freedom fighters to retrospect on their activities over the past 10-15 years and see where they went wrong and how we can once again work together towards our common goal of freedom from foreign rule.

I sincerely hope and pray that this incidence will be an eye opener for the Nagas and the warring factions where machine guns and automatic rifles were no match with a few sporting rifles, shotguns, spears and daos when fought with unity. This flush out operation is the zenith of intolerance of public against the high handedness of the underground with tragic casualties on both sides. However, the Sumi public through unity won its “fight for justice” by flushing out the NSCN (IM). The result is clear that as long as the Nagas are divided into different warring factions, no group or faction can achieve honourable political solution.

ACAUT a mass based movement representing the public voice against multiple illegal taxation culminating into Public rally with the public turn out in tens of thousands defying the ban imposed with high handedness without listening the voice of the people whom they represent. Our freedom fighter has to learn a lesson that as long as they don’t join hand and take the public into confidence, walking together against our common enemy and as long as our Naga Political Groups continues their high handedness without revamping their image and action.

Today it was the Sumis but tomorrow it is going to be rest of the Nagas, who God forbid, will resort to arms. As mentioned earlier, the public once had deep respect for our freedom fighters and went the extra mile to contributing what they can towards our cause. Unfortunately, with rampant forceful extortion, our freedom fighters have drawn a huge gap between Nagas’ cause, the public and freedom fighters and it is high time that these matters are taken seriously. I hope that NSCN (IM) and the Sumis will soon come to table, settle their differences and work towards a better Nagaland. NPN