Could Phizo have won the Nobel Peace Prize?

By: Joel Nillo Kath.:    24 Dec. 2013

Nelson Mandela entered prison a terrorist and emerged a statesman. The transformation was nothing short of remarkable. His 27 years of incarceration taught him many things, including the power of forgiveness and the need to shed bitterness.  The Mandela Moment came when Nelson Mandela, the statesman, donned the shirt of the all white South African Rugby team and supported the team of his former white oppressors. His country won. It is indeed  remarkable that prior to 1963, Mandela was considered a militant, a terrorist, a bomber, not different from many of the revolutionaries of that time, including Nagas, and he entered jail as the leader of MK, the armed wing of ANC, convicted for life. However, Mandela’s time in jail was a blot on the conscience of the free world. Apartheid white South Africa caved in.
It is nothing short of amazing that Mandela transformed his core values, from that of a raging, ranting, militant black leader into a Dalai Lama type personality oozing forgiveness and reconciliation. Is it possible for our Naga revolutionary leaders to restructure their core values? Is it possible for them to truly forgive, forget and overcome the bitterness of the past? Can Muivah truly hug Khaplang (or Kitovi) and say, “The bitterness of 1988 does not linger anymore, comrade.” Nagas know that despite FNR, despite the “Covenant of Reconciliation”, the NSCN (IM) is still the most embittered organisation out there. Can a new Nagaland on the lines of a new South Africa be forged based on forgiveness and genuine reconciliation? Can the NSCN (IM) truly don the shirt of unity and embrace the other factions? Can Isak and Muivah truly discard the contempt they have for the other Naga political groups? At the core of the NSCN (IM)’s argument that it is the sole legitimate heir of the Naga movement is nothing but arrogance and contempt for the other groups. It was Mandela, representing the newly emancipated majority blacks who magnanimously reached out to the whites, not the other way around.

Every cause needs a hero, every revolution a martyr. If Mandela could galvanise world opinion through his imprisonment, for Gandhi, jail was a means to an end. In fact, along with his non-violence philosophy, Gandhi’s most potent weapon against the British was his time spent in jail. In White South Africa, he tasted jail 6 times. In British India, he was jailed 7 times between 1920-1944. With the mass support he carried, Gandhi optimized his time spent in jail by regularly channelizing the popular sentiments against British Raj into potent political weapons.  Tens of thousands of ordinary Nagas have sacrificed their lives for the cause. Ten thousands more Naga soldiers have died too. Phizo, no doubt is the undisputed father of the nation but Phizo’s self-imposed exile in London did not serve the purpose of the cause. Isak and Muivah jaunting in foreign lands did not serve the cause. For some reasons, Nagas have a very disillusioned view about jails. Jails serve the cause of revolutions or any cause by allowing the jailed leaders to appeal to the emotional sentiments of the oppressed and use them for the furtherance of the cause. The pain and angst of leaders in jail fires the imaginations of followers like no other and galvanizes the cause further. This is very far from the present trend, where, the leaders of the Naga revolutionary groups are perceived as stretching in comfort at the cost of the followers.
Time in jail serves to highlight the plight of the oppressed groups and keep the momentum going in front of the world community. Unfortunately for Nagas, such a thing could not come to pass. By the 70’s, the Naga cause had more or less ceased to create a flutter in the world’s conscience except for China which was guided by its self-interested India containment policy. Jail also serves to give birth to political philosophies. Mandela’s apparent shedding of his militant side in jail for forgiveness, non-violence and reconciliation between whites and blacks is truly landmark.

It created a moral giant against which the white regime had simply no answer. Aung San Suu Kyi was in jail for 15 years between 1990 and 2010 and this created world sentiment against the Burmese junta. Martin Luther King Jr went to jail 30 times for the cause of black civil rights and he won, eventually. Vaclav Havel, the scholar president of Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic experienced communist jail many times in his fight against communism in the Soviet Bloc. Andrei Sakharov was a jailed dissident of the Soviet Union. Both of them helped demolish the “Evil Empire” of Soviet Bloc as described by Ronald Reagan. Xanana Gusmao, the first president of East Timor was once a jailed bird of the Indonesian regime. The list of this tribe is endless.
To add credence to their cause, most of these leaders won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 so that he could help the cause of democracy in China. He is still in jail. US President Barack Obama was awarded one too in 2009 so that he could usher in ‘world peace’ following the turmoil of Bush wars. Could Phizo have won the Nobel Peace Prize and helped keep aflame the Naga cause flickering in the world’s conscience, if not for the self-imposed exile? Most importantly, could he have settled the Indo-Naga imbroglio in his lifetime? Does Isak, Muivah, Kitovi and Khaplang have it in them to become transformational leaders?

From a third Party Observer’s views on ACAUT

I think the concept, the philosophy and ideas of Action Committee Against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT)  is good. However, I personally believe that we cannot extinguish ‘a fire’ by ‘a fire’. I think, EVERYONE likes the ideas of ACAUT and I also appreciate the leaders behind – the architectures of ACAUT.

Who wants to pay tax? (if possible I do not want to pay any tax) Who wants to pay multi-taxation? Who wants to pay at gun point when the extortionists come to your house? 100% people will say a big “NO”.

Then, why many of the Nagas are skeptical on ACAUT?

ANSWERS: 
1. The ACAUT’s strategy is lacking to embrace the whole Naga people. (Illegal taxation, extortion, multi-taxation is not just a problem of a family, village, tribe or a state; problem is also not involved by a single or particular faction – it includes all the factions)

2. The ACAUT may need to go back to the initial stage and follow step by step. (Talk first to all the Naga factional leaders and secondly, give awareness or educate the public first)

3. Free from any political links or with any other organisation which will hinder the Naga National Movement. (this is only incase if there is any political link or having link with any other organisations; help the pubic to know the true and pure intention of the ACAUT, let the public and factional leaders free from their skeptical or suspicious mind)

4. The ACAUT can work together with all the factional leaders through peaceful dialogues instead of directly going with public rally again against the national workers. (if the ACAUT has already had a dialogues with all the factional leaders, and if the factional leaders opposed the ACAUT’s appeal, the public need to give support the ACAUT movement and go public rally).

@Dr. Thohe Pou /23.12.13

GPRN/NSCN celebrates 6th unification

GPRN/NSCN celebrated its 6th unification anniversary and the 60 years service of its president Khole Konyak Friday at the Khehoi designated camp attended by hundreds from civil societies, public, well wishers and Naga Army.

Khole Konyak and Kitovi

Khole Konyak and Kitovi

Speaking in Konyak as interpreted, Khole Konyak said he joined the movement at a young age and continued to serve even till today, despite not being able to walk properly. Khole reiterated that though were many “big Naga leaders” today, yet none initiated the feeling of “oneness” among Nagaland and reiterated that unless Nagas unite nothing could be achieved.  He lamented that Nagas today were shedding blood of “our own brothers” and hoped the spirit of nationalism would not leave Nagas.

GPRN/NSCN ato kilonser N Kitovi Zhomimi, speaking in Nagamese, said that time has come for the Nagas to be practical and to decide what they want. He said time has come to decide whether to continue with the armed struggle against the Indian government or settle for an acceptable solution. He reminded that Naga national workers unified on November 22, 2007 after hue and cry from all sections of the society but asked, what people want them to do now?

Kitovi asked people whether they were prepared to continue with the armed struggle, despite losing seventy to eighty Naga soldiers then public should also be ready to provide voluntary soldiers and acquire arms and ammunition for the Naga national workers to continue the struggle. He asked people as to what steps they wanted GPRN/NSCN to do since the government of India has rejected sovereignty including integration of Naga areas.

Kitovi asserted that any political solution with the government of India would be only through consent of people so it was upto them to decide.  He however reaffirmed the stand of the GPRN/NSCN,  that “sovereign independence” cannot be compromised and could be achieved “tomorrow, day after or even after 100 years” and the door was always open. Kitovi however pointed out that if the stand was to be followed,  “there was no future for the younger generation.”

Analyzing the present situation in the state, Kitovi said that Nagaland cannot accommodate the ever increasing young educated youth  and if the  trend continued, the educated youth would resort to killing and stealing for livelihood.  He said the top priority for the GPRN/NSCN was to safeguard and protect the welfare of the young generation. Kitovi said: “ for political problem we have to take political solution and political solution is any solution that can be good for the people.” He said that for the GPRN/NSCN  “anything” meant good for the people and which ensure “bright future” for the younger generation.

Reiterating that GPRN/NSCN would not “rush” to Delhi and initiate a dialogue with government of India without consulting with the people, Kitovi informed GPRN/NSCN has constituted a consultative committee to interact with the Naga leaders and intellectuals on their opinion.

He informed that the committee would meet at least three people from each tribe of Nagaland  chosen by their own community to seek the opinions. He then asked each tribe to be prepared to endorse their opinion to the committee without fear. “Every tribe should be involved because this is a common issue, it is not for a particular tribe, and every Naga has equal right so equal participation is needed.” said the ato kilonser.

He said it was time to make “our approach” practicable and that in this juncture the “Naga political formula” was to give “top priority” to the Nagas of the present Nagaland. He said that it was “beyond imagination and out of question” to gather all the Nagas into Nagaland and move forward.

Kitovi asserted “we make our stand clear and prepare ourselves. Our approach should be practical; if our approach is not practical then we cannot achieve anything.” He reiterated that Nagas of Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh were not being “discarded”, Kitovi said it time would come for them but until then it was not possible for all to gather in Nagaland and have feuds with each other.

No Naga leader is initiating oneness: Khole
Time for Nagas to be practical: Kitovi

“Instant peace to maintain peace and tranquility is to take up Nagas and Nagaland issues as priority number one and after achieving it we should focus on other Nagas on priority basis.” said Kitovi.

On formation of Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC), the ato kilonser said he do not see why Nagas of Nagaland should not have their platform if Nagas of Manipur could have United Naga Council (UNC) in Manipur.

He said people from Manipur, Assam and Arunachal must not “decide the future of the Nagas of Nagaland”, and no objection should be raised when Nagas of Nagaland formed a platform to address their problems.

On formation of ACAUT, Kitovi said that it was “shameful” on the part of the Naga national workers when ACAUT came out with their resolution to pay tax to one government.

He said it should be taken as a challenge by the all the Naga national political groups to realize “our fault” instead of threatening ACAUT.

He then said that since people were paying tax they have every right to know why they are paying tax and how they are benefiting from it.

Applauding ACAUT for standing for the future of the younger generation, Kitovi also cautioned them not to be in a hurry lest they fall and are unable to rise again.

On the issue of NSF and GPRN/NSCN having a “distant relation”, these days, Kitovi cautioned that NSF as student body and “children” should not take advantage of being a child.

On NSF demand not to deduct tax from teachers, Kitovi said that his government has agreed to do so provided NSF provide proof that the concern teachers was dedicated and sincere while discharging their duties.

Appreciating a certain page in social networking site, Kitovi applauded young minds of Nagas coming together and discussing issues. He however cautioned them to be careful and use “modern language” as the whole world was monitoring the same.

On the event of the unification day, GPRN/NSCN also released political prisoner NSCN (K) education kilonser, ‘maj’ (retd) Kiwongkhum Yim.

Earlier, guest of honour president Naga Mothers Association (NMA) Abeiu Meru acknowledged the continuing struggle for a political solution to the Naga issue.

On the unification day, Meru also reminded the Naga national workers on the importance of peace and reconciliation amongst “brothers.”

“We make an appeal that no matter what factions, all political prisoners(s) must be unconditional released in the true spirit of reconciliation said Meru.

Meru also hoped that as an organization, the leaders of GPRN/NSCN would support the international principles of gender equity both within the ranks of their organization and different spheres of the society.

She also lamented that the Act passed by the state assembly to empower women through reserved seats in towns was again revoked by the same assembly under “flimsy excuses.”

Stating that Naga society was changing so fast in the midst of globalization and the wave of changing mindset especially among the younger generation, Meru urged the national workers to listen to the voices and cries of the people for peace.

She then reiterated the slogan of NMA i.e. “shed no more blood.” amongst the brothers.  Envoy to the collective leadership, Alezo Venuh read out the presidential address which called for Naga unity without which peace would remain elusive and the past sacrifices would remain. -NPN

Naga Nationalism and the Present Naga Generation

By: D.Neli Koso, Kohima

Naga Nationalism was borne out of our wise Naga elders’ hearts. Their vision to let the Nagas stay a free people should remain as what our elders intended it to be. But what has become of our movement for freedom today? We have so many groups claiming to represent the Nagas’ aspiration. There is no denying the fact that multiple – taxations needs to stop sooner than later. We have divided ourselves into different groups, fighting each other to the advantage of our adversary. All the groups need to get back on same track as one single entity to deliver the so called final lethal upper cut to the opponent’s jaw. When can all the groups get back on track to do that? The sooner the better no question about that.
Who will do the necessary ground works for such a venture?  Will it finally be FNR which has tirelessly been pursuing for reconciliation of the different factions and the possibility for the formation of a Naga National Government? Or will the recently formed ACAUT’s initiatives in some ways force the different groups to come to some kind of understanding amongst them? Can one Naga National Government be formed and one Naga Nation and the One –Tax slogan become a reality?

The recently held rally by ACAUT in Dimapur was attended by thousands of people which included a large number of youths. The youths are the pillars of tomorrow, so the saying goes and the youths today are rightly worried about their economic survival tomorrow. So, when multiple -taxation was imposed, they rose up as one protesting against the perceived wrong.

However, except for this show of emotional outpouring at the rally, our youths today seem to lack the knowledge of how the Nagas’ struggle for political sovereignty was necessitated and the reason why the Nagas had to take up arms to defend themselves from the aggressor India and this lack of historical perspective among the young participants may well become a contributing factor for many a participant who might opt out of ACAUt’s movement in the future as the phrase “little knowledge is dangerous”  dawns upon them.

When one is familiar with the historical background of an issue, it becomes easier to surmise the cause of a problem and the remedial measures thereof needed to solve it. However, the -inter- factional Naga -family issue is complicated because blood has been spilled and many lives have been lost.
Today, I think parents have a duty to educate their children on the issue of Indo-Naga conflict. Parents would be failing in their duty as a Naga if our Naga history which is a story of suffering and sorrow is not made known and told to our children so that they can know the cause of the problem and be in a better position to solve the problem.

The past has led to the present and the present will lead to the future. Therefore, for the future to be good the present will have to be corrected by looking at the past mistakes. Without historical knowledge of the Naga movement our children would be ill-equipped to fight the good fight and mere knee-jerk reactions would just be short term remedies at best.

As narrated to me by some elders, during the 1940s to the 1960s Naga nationalism was at its peak and the majority of Nagas supported the Naga National movement in one capacity or the other.
A good number of the educated Nagas in the 1940s and 50s had joined NNC then, as it was the political body of the Nagas at that point in time. However, from the 60s onwards, the educated class became more inclined towards joining the new government of the newly created state for jobs, as avenues for jobs became available after Nagaland attained statehood.

Today, we often tend to shrug off and ignore our brothers – in – arms as a bunch of illiterates who are good at nothing except at extorting and sometimes brand them as misfits of society. But, are we justified in branding them so, although we sometimes do so understandably at the spur -of -the -moment emotion or in a fit of anger?  As is the case in every organization there are bound to be rotten apples in the basket, no doubt about that.

However, to all those National Workers who are and have been tirelessly sacrificing everything for the just cause of the Nagas, they will be rewarded one day for their sacrificial service. We the Naga public would be failing in our duties if we also only look and point at their mistakes (no doubt mistakes should be pointed out and ultimately rectified) but we also do need to acknowledge the sacrifices of the National Workers. The hardships faced by them in the line of duty will never be able to be comprehended by us the public.

Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches and therefore both the Public as well as the National Workers only knows where their shoe pinches them! In the end, let both the Public and the National Workers learn to understand and appreciate each other’s difficulties and begin to respect one another’s point of views in the days to come: On the other hand, let bygones be bygones and may all the different Naga factions forge into a single Naga National Government for a brighter future of all Nagas as per the wishes of the Naga people. -NPN

Appeal to business community of Dimapur and elsewhere

By: Khekiye K. Sema Ias (Rtd), Forest Colony, Kohima

ACAUT has begun an honourable task of addressing a gigantic issue against “Multiple taxation”, “unabated taxation”, “Syndicate taxation” etc. that has had a crippling impact on all the business houses and all the consumers alike in Nagaland. This deadly cancer is an affliction all are suffering across the board and we need to fight this with everything we’ve got. It is here that this  appeal is being made to all the conscientious and responsible business community members of Dimapur and elsewhere to consider coming forward to liberally support the cause with your financial contribution.

Understand that ACAUT members are a bunch of brave young dreamers without any stable income source and without any selfish intent. Their strength lies in their belief that all of us deserves a better life than what we have. They have dared to stand for what is JUST, despite the threats. The task ahead is not an easy one. We have miles to go before we see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Though they have sustained this movement with their own limited resources thus far they need all the help they can get to go a step further. They need to keep up the momentum to generate Dimapur like public rally in all the Districts to create awareness and endorsement. Other important agendas are also on the anvil.

Please do not neglect and demean their efforts by making them beg you for contribution. However much they may believe in the validity of this just cause, they would perhaps prefer to quietly fade away than beg you, because such a movement cannot be sustained for long without financial support. If each of you believe that this is a worthy cause, lift up this burden as you own and HELP THEM AS BEST AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN.

Understand that I am not a member of ACAUT but I strongly believe that they are on the right path towards a more saner, fairer future and each of us who believe this must do our share with courage and honour. I am trying to do my bit by creating this awareness which no one else would want to do. Remember Dimapur rally! Remember, no change can happen without our doing! PLEASE BE A DOER! ACAUT NEEDS YOU! YOU CAN BE THE CHANGE! YOU CAN MAKE THAT DIFFERENCE! -NPN

NSCN spills tax reason

Kohima, Nov. 10: The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) has revealed for the first time that it has hundreds of members and several offices in foreign countries.

Reiterating its stand on collection of tax from the people, the group said it had to collect tax from the Naga-inhabited areas of Nagaland, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Myanmar to support its members in foreign countries. The outfit also warned the Action Committee against Unabated Taxation of Naga Council Dimapur. The committee had asked the people not to pay tax to the militants.

The NSCN (I-M) alleged that the action committee was hand-in-glove with its adversaries to undermine Naga nationalism and the outfit would never tolerate this. The outfit said it has regional offices all over the Naga-inhabited areas to protect the Naga people. “Hundreds of our forces are in alee command (foreign command) in various countries for mobilisation and sensitisation purposes,” a release said.

The NSCN (I-M) has a strong base in Bangladesh from where arms are supplied to the outfit’s camps in the region. It also has offices in the US, Germany, Netherlands, China, Thailand, Japan, the Philippines and the UK.

In Nagaland, the NSCN (I-M) has several battalion and brigade headquarters, apart from its council headquarters, general headquarters and special task force battalion, 30km from Dimapur. The release said the outfit is the member of a number of international organisations. It is a permanent member of Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organisation (UNPO) in The Hague. According to intelligence sources, the outfit spends thousands of dollars to maintain its offices abroad.

“The peace process has been under way since 1997 and more than 83 rounds of talks have been held in different parts of the world. Socio-cultural promotion and political activism has been on through different channels,” the NSCN (I-M) release said. “Taxes levied are used for these reasons other than many classified areas of investment,” it said.

The outfit questioned why the anti-tax committee and some people chose to question the NSCN (I-M) for tax collection rather than questioning those militant outfits, which collect money from the people in the name of Naga nationalism and do nothing in return.

It said some militants were talking of Naga nationalism within Nagaland, but it represented all Naga-inhabited areas. The NSCN (I-M) said taxation is imposed to show loyalty to the outfit’s authority and legitimacy, to sustain its movement. It also helps to mobilise support across the world and to protect, supply basic requirements for thousands of standing NSCN (I-M) members and to protect the rights of Naga people and their territory. The outfit’s annual budget has increased manifold as a result of heavy recruitment and procurement of arms from foreign countries, to over Rs 100 crore per year.

According to intelligence sources, there are nearly 25,000 NSCN members. The salaries of the members range between Rs 2,000 and Rs 15,000, according to their rank. ( The Telegraph, India)

ACAUT clarion call to Naga people

Issued by Media Cell, ACAUT.:    10 Nov. 2013

The Voice of the People is the Voice of God: Unknown
The 31st October “Public Awareness Rally” organised by the ACAUT was an outcome of the felt need to gauge public mood on the issue of unabated taxation and illegal collections levied by the Naga Political Groups (NPGs) and government agencies/departments respectively and carry forward the ACAUT movement to the next level. That it turned out to be one of the biggest rallies in recent memory is voice enough that the Naga people are tired of the present state of affairs and the verdict for change is crystal clear. Given the circumstances, the ACAUT had to take to task all the 3 entities responsible for the welfare and security of the Naga people, namely, the Naga Political Groups (NPGs), the Government of India (GOI) and the Government of Nagaland (GoN) and therefore, a 3 (three) point resolution was passed by the tens of thousands of concerned citizens at the rally which we believe is representative of the opinions of the citizens of the whole state.
Resolution 1: THE NAGA PUBLIC RECOGNIZES “ONE GOVERNMENT ONE TAXATION” ONLY AND THE NAGA PUBLIC HAS DECIDED TO PAY ONLY ONE TAX TO ONE ENTITY. THIS ALSO MEANS THAT AS LONG AS FACTIONALISM EXISTS, THE NAGA PUBLIC SHALL NOT PAY TAX.  This point is self-explanatory. The Naga people insist that as long as the NPGs are divided, no tax shall be paid. This also means that every individual who took this pledge on the 31st October rally is MORALLY BOUND NOT PAY TAX IN ANY FORM till “ONE GOVERNMENT” is a reality. In plain terms ONE GOVERNMENT ONE TAX means that every household in every village (and towns) in Nagaland shall NOT pay HOUSEHOLD TAX unless ONE GOVERNMENT is a reality. It also means that every government servant from the senior most bureaucrats to the humble peon shall not pay SALARY TAX unless ONE GOVERNMENT comes to fruition. This slogan shall mean that no Naga businessmen or entrepreneurs or any non-local businessmen residing in Nagaland shall pay TAX to any factions unless ONE GOVERNMENT becomes tangible. The ACAUT appeals to every individual in Nagaland to do his or her duty and comply with this resolution at all cost. The phrase “ONE GOVERNMENT ONE TAX” has been the clarion call of the Naga people for a long time. The signatories of the Naga Concordant themselves have dedicated themselves to “One Naga National Government” which taken to its logical conclusion means ONE TAXATION only. Therefore, any organisation party to Naga Concordant feigning ignorance as to the real meaning of the term “ONE GOVERNMENT ONE TAX” is amusing. All said and done, the ACAUT is not concerned with how this One Government is to come about. It’s also not propagating that the such and such groups should come together and this and that group should be left out since this is not our lookout and beyond our scope but it is the bounden duty of the NPGs to come together and form this ONE GOVERNMENT.

The ACAUT is simply saying in plain simple English that:
a)    Factionalism is the cause of unabated taxation and unabated taxation the cause of factionalism.
b)    Factionalism is the cause of turf war (over taxation) and bloodshed. Factionalism is the reason why the GOI is not interested in solving the Indo-Naga problem much less an honourable one.
c)    Factionalism has all but destroyed the Naga movement irrespective of the debate about the legitimacy and illegitimacy of this and that faction.
Therefore, the ACAUT is simply saying that unless the factions unite the people will continue to suffer and since the people have been suffering for a long time, the time has come to say ENOUGH is ENOUGH. If ONE GOVERNMENT ONE TAXATION cannot become a reality, the NPGs should understand that their inaction is anti-people in nature and they shall be solely responsible for killing the Naga movement and the peace talks, not the ACAUT. Members of the ACAUT and Naga Council have been branded as traitors and anti-Nagas for undertaking the task of reforming this land but the Naga people shall know who the real traitors are and shall be branded as such in due time.
Resolution 2: THE NAGA PUBLIC RE-AFFIRMS ITS SUPPORT FOR NAGA MOVEMENT AND STRONGLY URGES THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA TO SETTLE THE INDO-NAGA IMBROGLIO AT THE EARLIEST. Probably no government in the world is unmindful of the plight of its citizens as the Indian state is. Is it surprising that the only nation in the world to have an institutional form of racism in the form of caste system has allowed the Naga conflict to drag on for more than 60 years putting untold misery on ordinary folks? The people in this region yearn for peace but the non-committal attitude of the GOI is blatantly racist. Isn’t Nagaland a part of India? Is this how its citizens are treated in the so-called world’s largest democracy? If the NPGs are responsible for the sorry state of affairs of our state the GOI is also equally guilty of abandoning its citizens. If the Indian government has taken advantage of the ACAUT movement, too bad but what did the NSCN (IM) expect? Is the GOI is really serious about solving the Indo-Naga imbroglio? Why is the GOI-NSCN (IM) peace talk dragging on for 16 long years?  As touched upon, isn’t factionalism in the movement the only plausible reason which India has gleefully seized upon? Is it a co-incidence that India is probably asserting itself in every fore including undermining Article 371A? Perhaps, the day is also not too far off when the GOI is ready to throw Art. 371A into its constitutional dustbin and reduce Nagaland to an ordinary state minus its special status?

 

Resolution 3: THE GOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND SHOULD CONSTITUTE A HIGH POWERED COMMITTEE WITHIN 15 DAYS TO STUDY THE WHOLE GAMUT OF UNABATED TAXATIONS AND ILLEGAL COLLECTIONS INVOLVING THE NPGS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES/DEPARTMENTS. THE COMMITTEE SHALL CONSIST OF ATLEAST 5 (FIVE) MEMBERS HEADED BY A RETIRED JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT OR HIGH COURT WITH ATLEAST 2 MEMBERS FROM THE ACAUT. THE COMMITTEE SHOULD SUBMIT ITS REPORT WITHIN 2 MONTHS WITH ITS FINDINGS PUBLISHED IN ALL THE NEWSPAPERS. IN THE EVENT OF THE GOVERNMENT FAILING TO CONSTITUTE THE COMMITTEE WITHIN THE SAID PERIOD, THE ACAUT WILL INITIATE FURTHER ACTION IN CONSULTATION WITH PUBLIC. MRP tax (another ingenious tax) is levied by underground cadres ostensibly on goods without MRP labels.
It is obvious that the MRP tag cannot be tagged on pipes, nails, nylon ropes, CGI sheets, Chinese toys, etc. However, this hasn’t stopped the cadres from accusing businessmen of unfair trade practices and levy tax. This is the form of harassment experienced on daily basis by the businesspeople and common man. Does the GoN still believe that cracking down on day-light robbers and extortionists will lead to break-down of peace talks?  Does it still believe that enforcing the rule of law will undermine the Naga political issue? Is streamlining DMC and stopping the police and government departments from undertaking illegal collections related to ‘fragile’ Naga peace talks? At the end of the day, the state government is responsible for the security and lives of its citizens. No amount of justification can wish away the fact that the government has done nothing to address the issues raised by the ACAUT. It’s obvious the Naga people are taken for fools by all the 3 entities, the NPGs, the GOI and the GoN.     -NPN