- Dr. R.B. Thohe Pou
Every Naga in Nagalim (Naga-land) is waiting for a permanent solution to Naga political problem. When the news flashed in Indian national televisions and news paper on 3rd August 2015 about the historic Peace Accord signed between the GOI and the NSCN-IM representing the Naga people, the Naga people are over-whelmed with joy and tears. While some of them are skeptical and apprehensive to this Peace Accord as it may bring another kind of Shillong Accord in 1975.
Would the NSCN-IM sign a Peace Accord with the Government of India, which cannot be acceptable by the majority of the Naga people? What is an honourable solution to the Naga political problem? According to me, any kind of political solution, which will be acceptable by the majority of the Naga people, is an honourable solution. The Naga political problem is one of the serious problems to India integration, and the GOI cannot take it this problem very frivolously. The GOI knew that unless the Naga political and other insurgent problems in North East India are solved – the GOI would continue to encounter the same old problem. Secondly, the dreams of ‘Look East Policy’ would be a failure without solving the Naga political problem and other insurgent problems in North East India. Thirdly, the NSCN is the considered as the mother of all the insurgencies in North East India, and solving the Naga political problem would bring relieve to the GOI.
Why the NSCN-IM would bring an honourable solution? It is not only the NSCN-IM who is working to bring an honourable solution, but also the GOI is working to bring an honourable Naga political solution. The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh also said in December 2004 that he favours a “mutually acceptable and honourable solution that can ensure that the Naga people live a life of peace with dignity and self-respect”
- Will the NSCN take the risk to make another blunder like Shillong Accord in 1975?
- Will the GOI take the risk to make another blunder with the Naga people like the Shillong Accord?
In April 2015, Th. Muivah said, “While upholding the National political rights of the Naga people thousands sacrificed their lives but unfortunately in 1975 the Shillong Accord was signed by some members in the Naga National Council (NNC) as “Naga underground” which was totally against the rights and decision of the Naga people. The Accord was subsequently condemned as it was an act of complete sell-out of the Naga National rights”
I am optimistic that the NSCN won’t sign another like Shillong Accord. The Govt.won’t take another risk by signing another kind of Shillong Accord in 1975. What would be the consequences of another kind of Shillong Accord? The GOI knows. The NSCN-IM knows. EVERYONE NAGA KNOWS. RIGHT? Even if the NSCN wants to sign another like Shillong Accord, I do not believe that the Govt. of India will sign a Peace Accord that would bring disastrous to the Naga people also in the NE region of India. In April 2015, Muivah also said, “We therefore want to inform the Naga people and all others that the GoI and the Nagas represented by the NSCN are-in the process of working out an honourable political solution acceptable to both. We also reiterate our commitment that we shall come back to the Naga people for consultation on all important matters when the time comes to decide the final political agreement with the GoI”
As we waited so long with lots of patient, pains and tears in our eyes to get an honourable Naga political solution to bring a permanent political solution, peace and development in our land, let us be thankful to God and hope for the best for our future endeavour.