WOMAN A SPECIAL CREATION OF GOD

It’s a special gift of God to mankind
Indefinable the woman in simple words
She is more beautiful than any other creatures
Deeper you go in, deeper meaning you find

Women a special creation

Women a special creation

She is incomparable with any other creatures
Her sacrificial love and patience never dies
Her noble character epitomizes God’s love and empathy
She eases everyone’s life
But her owns is untouched

She is suppressed and dominated by human tradition
She toils and sacrifices for other from dawn till dark
Yet no word of tiredness and anger whisper
Yet the world unrecognized and shows flippancy
She is indeed a special creation of God

Other human beings often complain her
But never once, did she ever complain
Her motherly love, compassion and understanding
Incomparable with any other love on earth
She is indeed a perfect creation of God

She deserves to receive the best gift on earth
No human being is as sacrificial as her
Except the woman, the special creation of God
Respect her and learn from her
For she is a special creation of God

(This poem was earlier published in Naga Women Union, Manipur, Magazine in 2005)
@R.B. Thohe Pou 2005

This War of Words Must End!

By Rokovilie ChakhesangIntroduction:
Of late, I have been through certain topics in the forums of http://www.kuknalim.com, some of which have been published in some local dailies in Nagaland. I’m a newbie (new user) in http://www.kuknalim.com but I would like to share a few thoughts which I believe would be contributory towards bringing a solution to end the ongoing war of words…

The real world has always been and will always be full of conflicts of varied intensity. The Naga people have been witness and victim to inhuman, unthinkable and sadistic atrocities perpetrated upon us by the Indian Armed Forces. The past more-than-half-a-century has been the bloodiest period in the history of the Nagas. The Indian Armed Forces have inflicted grievous wounds not only on the physique of the Naga people, but also on our psyche. After all these decades of bloodshed, there has been an attempt to resolve the longstanding conflict between the Nagas and the Government of India.

Recognizing each other’s uniqueness:

In February 1993, when the then Prime Minister of India, the late P.V. Narasimha Rao, came to Nagaland, he actually said that the Naga issue is a political issue which needs a political settlement. In pursuance to the desire of successive Governments of India and the Nagas to come to the negotiating table, the NSCN (IM) entered into a formal ceasefire agreement with the Government of India (GoI) effective from August 01, 1997 while the NSCN (K) also entered into a formal ceasefire agreement with the GoI effective from April 28, 2001. The road towards attaining lasting peace and an ultimate honourable solution is long and winding. Both the Nagas and the Government of India continue to pursue the desired goal for permanent peace and an honorable settlement acceptable to all sections of the Naga society. When the then Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited Nagaland in October, 2003, he recognised the uniqueness of Naga history which has gone on record. In the course of his public speech, delivered on October 28th, 2003 at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima, Vajpayee further said (and I quote), “Who can forget that in critical times of war in 1962, 1965 and 1971, Naga undergrounds did not fire on the Indian Army.” The wars are an obvious reference to the Sino-Indian war of 1962, the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and The Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. This proves that the Naga people are a valiant yet respectable foe. The crux of this issue? Recognizing each other’s uniqueness!

My point here would also conform to the saying, “One good deed begets another.” Throughout a long history of violent struggle, there have been chivalrous moments such as those mentioned in the preceding paragraph and that is exactly what has sown the seeds of trust and hope towards attaining a permanent peaceful solution to the vexed Naga political issue which has graduated from a jungle war to the negotiating table. A small step taken from each side has led to the progress towards finding a solution to the age-old conflict.

Case Study of Cause(s) and Effect(s):

I have noticed that the ongoing issue in http://www.kuknalim.com has stemmed out of differing views and opinions of the members and guests vis-à-vis the Naga political issue. I understand and respect an individual’s right to freedom of thought and expression, but it is unfortunate when he/she should choose to arrogantly express his/her thoughts at the expense of the pain and suffering of other people! I have noticed certain member(s) quoting the Naga “freedom fighters” as “gun totting extortionists” besides making fun of the Oral Tradition of the Nagas by terming it as “hearsay”. When a member expresses his/her views without understanding the CAUSE which led the Nagas to take up arms in the first place, and dwell only on the resulting EFFECTS (as to why they carry guns), I cannot help but perceive such a member to be intellectually bankrupt when it comes to the Naga issue. Every cause has an effect, and every effect has a root cause. I have also noticed some member(s) relying/banking heavily only upon the writings about various Naga underground organizations posted on http://www.satp.org (as quoted by them) without attempting to understand the ground realities the other side(s). I find this part amusing. Why do some members harp only on the writings there? Now some member(s) are so pathetically bankrupt intellectually that they have turned into parasites who feed off the highly questionable intellectual integrity of some retired Indian Police Service Officer vis-à-vis the Naga issue.

Since the member(s) concerned have openly declared the source of their self proclaimed knowledge over the Naga issue, I can’t but help think that they are more or less mere parrots, repeating the voice of a bigoted system to undermine the Naga political issue. I am sure that the license to extreme violation of human rights under the guise of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 cannot bring about any superficial or realistic calm over the Nagas. The views of the member(s) concerned would be more substantial if they themselves would come to Naga inhabited areas and do a case-study. First hand views of any issue hold more weight rather than diluted accounts aimed at negating the facts. Or in simple words, come, see and study the ground realities and then judge.

Coming to the case of Oral Tradition of the Nagas being referred to as “hearsay” by the particular member, I deem it as charity to feed the knowledge-starved mind of a pseudo intellectual. Oral tradition is the transmission of cultural material and other knowledge through vocal utterance handed down from generation to generation with the intent to keep the culture and tradition vibrant and safe from erosion or obliteration. Are not the epic poetry of the Iliad and the Odyssey examples of the combined oral literature and oral history of the Greek Civilization before it was recorded in writing? Whereas, on the other hand, “hearsay” is pure and simple rumor or gossip with the intention to indulge in mere idle talk which creates more damage rather than bringing about any benefits.

Comments, from a particular member, who has the traits of a pyromaniac hell-bent on igniting the wrath of the Naga people with seditious comments, are found in many topics relating to the Naga issue. Perhaps the most demeaning comment towards the Naga people and the Naga political issue which I have come across till today is a comment from that particular member which reads like this: “I jeer the idea of sovereignity based on the power-hungry ambitions of a few, imposed on their larger ethnicity (which is but ONE of MANY ethnicities in this country) under the garb of a “difference” based on superficial grounds of race and religion (both of which are to be found in good measure amidst the “others”).
and It is my RIGHT to jeer….as long as Im not making personal attacks on anyone.( which is more than what I can say for a lot of the people “posting” in the threads)
I doubt if that right to jeer will be guaranteed in the “promised land” of the divinve-right-invoking insurgents.”

Now, let’s try to assess the brazen display of mental dysfunction from some of these lines:
(1) “…… power-hungry ambitions of a few….”: Who are those few? Care to name them? If the concerned member can’t name those “few”, his claim is no more than an erroneous perception.

(2) “…imposed on their larger ethnicity..”: Imposed? What does the concerned member know of the solidarity towards the Naga political issue? To use the word “imposed” means that the concerned member must have conducted a plebiscite or poll as to how many Naga people actually support the Naga political issue and how many don’t. I seriously doubt he conducted a poll on the matter which compels me to aver that his view is another instance of parasitic feeding off diluted information.

(3) “…….(which is but ONE of MANY ethnicities…): Whoever disputed the fact that there are MANY ethnicities “in this country”?

(4) ….under the garb of a “difference” based on superficial grounds of race…”: Difference on superficial grounds? Ever heard of Article 371 (A) of the Constitution of India? Does the concerned member understand why it was incorporated into Constitution in the very first place? Ever tried reading it? If the particular member has read it, it proves his incapacity to understand. If he has not read it, then it proves his ignorance as well as his arrogance. Further, it’s an irony that the concerned member thinks that the “uniqueness” and the Naga “political issue” is superficial when former Prime Ministers of India like late P.V. Narasimha Rao and Atal Bihari Vajpayee have acknowledged the Naga issue as “political” which needs a “political settlement” and recognized the “uniqueness of Naga History.”

(5) “…….It is my RIGHT to jeer….”: Some definitions of “jeer” are “make fun of”, “deride”, “scoff” and “taunt” etc to name a few. So the concerned member is hell-bent on contemptuously provoking the Naga political issue at the cost of all the blood spilt and the pain and suffering faced for more than 50 years. Is this “RIGHT,” which is bereft of any humane approach, but rather fuelled with sarcasm, justified? SARCASM IS THE GREATEST WEAPON OF THE SMALLEST MIND.

(6) “….as long as Im not making personal attacks on anyone.”: Very true. This line proves my point. The concerned member is not making personal attacks on anyone. He is attacking the entire Naga people with his verbal tirade!

It is precisely such kind of successive, egocentric propelled comments on a variety of Naga related issues by irresponsible member(s) which CAUSE dissension in http://www.kuknalim.com while the reactions of the other members are the resultant EFFECTS. I would like to ask those perpetually cynic member(s) some few questions. “Have you ever been caught in a crossfire and have had to run for your life?” “Have you ever turned a dead body over only to see his brains spilling out and a dead eye staring at you in the face?” “Have you ever seen a man struggling for his life even though his head has been partly blown apart?” The pain that I have felt after witnessing these incidents myself has been more than enough for me to understand in depth why our society needs healing. If I, an unknown person unrelated to the unfortunate victims, can feel this way, imagine the hurt their family members must have felt. Only God knows why He destined their fate to be so, but as a Naga, it pains me to know that the fratricide goes on. Its easy to comment from a distance, but to actually understand and feel what the system is like, you have to be there to witness first hand, live through it, and continue to survive. I hope logic will pierce through the thick veils of conceit worn by some particular member(s) so that they refrain from committing similar mistakes henceforth.

Solution-based approach:

Let us be pragmatic and adopt a solution-based approach to the various issues particularly the ongoing War of Words. Hence this post is necessitated because THIS WAR OF WORDS MUST END. Let us find the solution instead of pointing fingers. Let us try to heal the wounds instead of picking at the scabs. This suggestion goes out to all responsible, matured and understanding members in general and some member(s) in particular who constantly provoke our sentiments in various unwarranted ways as cited above. The solution to the ongoing war of words lies within ourselves. While I respect every individual’s freedom to comment, I request that he/she be responsible and maintain atleast a modicum of decorum while posting their comments. On the other hand, we have numerous challenges to face in the contemporary context. The Nagas have had to bear the onslaught of bullets, ill effects of drugs and alcohol, and in addition to all these problems, the present generation faces the biggest challenge whatsoever to the very existence of mankind: the scourge of HIV/AIDS. The answers to these issues are not easy to find. Let us put our heads together and be the harbingers of change in our society. Put your opinions across, but kindly do not revive the long suffered wounds or racially discriminate your fellow friends. Let’s be diplomatic and humane in our approach and accommodative in spirit. The battery of hate posts directed towards the Maos and the Tangkhuls and others (if any) is totally unwarranted and uncalled for. Let’s refrain from being misanthropic and work cohesively to do away with the thorns of tribalism. As for the Site Administrator and the website being blamed for “promoting” tribalism, I would negate that allegation because it is only meant to create more confusion. If the site was promoting tribalism as alleged, no right thinking person would have continued to be a member. So, on a positive note, I want to suggest a more comprehensive formula. Since http://www.kuknalim.com represents a community, every member should participate in the tedious task of identifying and weeding out the inflammatory posts instead of leaving the responsibility entirely up to the Site Administrator or the topic Moderators. The basic concept of community participation, in this case, being empowerment of the kuknalim community members to conduct effective policing against anti-social elements besides constructively utilizing the various facilities provided by the site. LET’S JOIN HANDS TO KEEP KUKNALIM CLEAN.

Bottom-line: We are pointing fingers at each other because of certain members who believe in Chinese whispers! I believe that it lies within our power to be more responsible members with our comments and inculcate a positive outlook towards finding solutions to all the issues that plague our contemporary society. Let not the future generations question us.
I believe that God has created everyone differently with a purpose. Like an artist, he has painted us in various hues and colors. I believe that it has always been and is the honest intention of the founders/administrators of http://www.kuknalim.com to project us as a beautiful bouquet of wild flowers. Instead of pointing fingers, let us join hands together towards keeping our home on the net cleaner and free from discrimination. Instead of taking a step back, let us come forward in unison towards a common goal – to make http://www.kuknalim.com an even better home for Nagas on the net.
Let us remain beautifully united in our diversity. Let us put the theatrics to an end and allow good sense to prevail. To err is human but to forgive is divine, it is said. I believe that to err is human, but to admit and rectify one’s own mistake(s) makes one a better person. A wise man learns from his own mistakes. A wiser man learns from the mistakes of others.

P.S: THE POINTS MENTIONED ABOVE ARE NOT MEANT TO IGNITE A HATE CAMPAIGN AGAINST ANY MEMBER(S) IN ANY WAY BUT IS INTENDED AS A CASE STUDY AND THE QUEST TO BRING AN END TO THE ONGOING BARRAGE OF VERBAL ABUSE SO AS TO FACILITATE A BETTER AND HEALTHIER ATMOSPHERE.

source:kuknalimcom on 20/07/07

Debunking Thohe’s Kuknalim

Debunking Thohe’s Kuknalim

2.3 lakhs topics and more. 40,000 hits a day and counting, 5, 600 registered members and expanding, 6 years and still growing

These are the Kuknalim numbers I know. Now let’s get to the insides for some more insights to look for that number from where everything originates. Zero. All you need is to ask, “What are the chances for all these many people to have and share the same thought?” Zero. Zilch. Is it any wonder then that a certain Mr. Thohe has his own point of view (POV) too? And just as every Kukker (anyone who visits Kuknalim) tolerates his POV, every other Kukker’s POV has to be given the same treatment. As a registered Kukker, I would like to put across my answers to the questions he has posed in his article “Is it www.kuknalim.com promoting tribalism & in favor of the Non-Nagas?” published in Nagaland Post, 7th August.

1. Promoting Favoritism: Just a few days back, I visited a man of prayer. It was early in the morning. Some people were already there. So I along with my friends awaited our turn. Sitting on a bench, I stared blindly ahead of me. A thick fog had created a boundary and I couldn’t see beyond some few meters. As I continued gazing, the breeze blew away the fog and Kohima became visible. There is existence beyond the fog. Similarly, there is more to the world than just exotic Nagaland. “Nagaland for Christ”, if God was for favoritism, Nagaland would be Eden permanently demarcated by a fog.

Here, I want to question the usage of the word “Non-Naga” to remove the ambiguity it puts in me. Does Non-Naga mean Mainland Indians? European? American? Would Thohe still pick the lines if Ratatat had been either a European or an American? If we really have to take history into account, shouldn’t we have a chip on the shoulder against the British Raj? Isn’t AFSPA a by-product of their regime? But then since Thohe claims that we don’t even know history, perhaps, he can enlighten me here.

2. Naga Issues: I wasn’t born a Naga. I was born a girl-child. My individuality is my identity. God made me an individual first, not a Naga. As individuals, we all posses personalities. “Naganess” is not our essence. Being a Naga is an extension of our identity. Thus, it is obvious that there is more to an individual than him just belonging to a country, place or community. Just because I cease to write about “Naga issues” doesn’t make me any less a Naga. From my POV, I am greatly encouraged when I see young writers contribute love, hope and life through their writings, acknowledging one another’s achievement, providing moral support to young achievers, pushing people to excel lest they turn out to be “issues” instead. For all we know, people still write when even to be alive for a day is a miracle.

3. Promoting Tribalism: Kuknalim represents a community to me. When there is participation, nobody is a stranger. It is important therefore not to make only friends and acquaintances but to forge relationships. When your intention is to build relationships the keyboard knows no creed. Issues come into the picture only when a friend is attacked or discriminated because s/he belongs to a particular tribe. The bond however makes us defend the tribe to protect the friend. Bonds make us sensitive to people’s situation. Friendships and relationships should precede tribal fences. I can proudly say that I have lots of Kuk friends who have even hosted me when I travel, filled up my exam forms, got my tickets done. Tribal factor never came into play. Sometimes, I wish we can all have a word with God prior to birth to negotiate what tribe we can be born into.

4. Promoting Hatred: Every paper, magazine, broadcast station, website has a disclaimer which states the content does not in anyway reflect the views and opinion of the message medium. When an individual writes, it is a personal POV and not necessarily a world view. Everything becomes subjective as well as relative. Therefore, what you read, hear and see has to be taken in as education. It also means the Editor, Proprietor, Administrator has the final say as to what goes for public feeding. Every medium has its own Operating Policies. So, if a particular user is disabled, it must be for a reason and not necessarily because the Administrator promotes Tribalism or Favoritism.

Message for Kukkers: Considering the numerical fact that there are over 2.3 lakhs topics in Kuknalim, we have to responsible with our words. A lot is being written and the Moderators don’t have enough time to go through each and every word. Let us learn to tolerate instead of reacting. At the same time, it amuses me that only a few string of lines have been picked. It could mean a lot of things. But what bothers me is why do hunt only for the negative? Why do we pay so much respect to it? And for those who forum a lot in “Issues concerning Nagaland” forums, for a change, lets stop blaming our Outfits for all our failed ventures. It’s easy to be outside Nagaland and talk a lot about taxes you don’t even pay and haven’t even paid once. To beat the system, you have to be in the system. Cause and Effect.

Sophy Lasuh

Statement in response to Thohe Pou’s

Statement in response to Thohe Pou’s

Kuknalim.com’s doors have been opened to all Nagas across the globe irrespective of their likes and dislikes. We have successfully ran the largest forum with over 2.3lakh topics for the Nagas over 6 years. Members have a chance to express their views openly and honestly. The moderators work hard to maintain edit the forums based on the feedback from other members.

All Kuknalim.com members agree to the websites policies by registering in the website and the administrators take no responsibility for the forum content.

Nagas from Tankghul, Zeliang, Lotha, Angami, Sema and Ao are involved in managing and maintaining Kukna-lim.com except with the involvement of our Technical Administrator who himself is ‘Anglo-Indian’ and married to a Naga.

In Thohe’s article, he blames Kuknalim.com’s site administrator for promoting tribalism and in favour of Non-Nagas.

Thohe commented on a member slandering the NSCN. Kuknalim.com has disabled the particular member from logging onto the system as according to the websites policies. We have warned the member over the past year. We are on the look out for others like him and we heavily rely on feedback from the other 5600 registered members.

Thohe also accuses that Kuknalim.com “ignores” articles based on “Naga issues” and is ignorant about the importance of Naga issues.

We do not “ignore” all articles. On the other hand, Kuknalim.com encourages its members and guests to submit news articles. Kukna-lim.com publishes articles from Nagaland dailies, Naga organizations and groups.

Thohe accused Kuknalim.com about a picture posted in its Picture Gallery about a Naga girl was killed in 2005.

That was one picture that displayed gore. If there are other Naga issues, members like yourselves have not taken the initiative to upload pictures. Pictures and articles that are constructive in nature are appreciated.

Inhumane pictures like these WILL NOT be published for any reason.

Thohe, Thank you for pointing out forums that were written by guests in 2005. As the face of the internet and information changes so rapidly, old forum messages are archived and removed from the website.

Moreover, that topic has been removed a long time. It is not advisable to base your article on out dated topics like these.

The Kuknalim.com site administrator has procedures in place to control articles of this nature on a regular basis.

While it is impossible to monitor the site in real time due to constraints, moderators spend significant time on the forums to weed these articles out.

If you have more suggestions, Kukna-lim.com is happy to communicate with you to better its website rather than raising popularity for Kuknalim.com in this fashion.

While we have a policy that Site Administrators are not responsible for comments on the website, we do appreciate your concern.

Naga leaders need to know that this article is misleading and false as it is based on already corrected measures in Kuknalim.com Whilst this discussion has taken place, the popular giant Kuknalim.com continues to receive articles from all Organizations, Groups, Newspapers across the globe on Nagas across the globe.

N. Yan Murry,

Co-founder and Site Administrator,

kuknalim.com

Debunking Army officers perception of Nagas

Nagas are subhuman and filthy and due to this consideration a big gap was created between the Nagas and Indian government after the British left. Nagas are subhuman and filthy but do you know who consider you as subhuman and filthy?

According to Concise Oxford Dictionary, subhuman means “less than human in behavior and intelligence. And filth means disgusting dirt, which means the Nagas are very dirty.”

Do you need to know others’ perception on you? Some people say that let others think and say whatever they like – its okay for us if we are not.

So what is your perception? One of the Indian officers who served in Naga Hills in 1953-57 truthfully writes what the Indian officers’ perceptions were on Nagas. They (Indian officers) considered the Naga people as subhuman, filthy and not worth mixing. I believe that what he writes was right because many Indian army officers had displayed through their actions after 1956 when the Naga Hills was declared Disturbed Area; the Indian army started moving to Naga Hills and on March 27, 1956, section 144 of the Indian Criminal Procedure Code, was enforced almost in entire Naga Hills.

When the Indian military forces came to Naga Hills, “the military forces went on burning almost all the villages with all contents in the Naga Hills District and the village were regrouped in a central place and confined under strong stockades and the inhabitants not allowed to go out from the stockades so that the underground Naga workers were cut off from their families communication and supplies.

The church leaders were persecuted by the Indian Military Forces, churches were desecrated which were used as rest camp of Indian forces. The inhabitants were collected in the church and tortured there, girls and women were molested, raped and beaten by the Indian forces sometime inside the church.” (Op.cit.Vashum: 81). Till late 1990s the Indian army officers were showing that the Nagas are subhuman and filthy through their action in violating the Human Rights in Naga Hills.

The Indian army officers considered that posting to Naga Hills was a punishment and they did not want to mingle or study about the Nagas. Kanwar Singh was an Indian officer who served in Naga Hills from 1953-57 writes the perception of the Indian officers in his book, “The Nagas of Nagaland”. To quote, “None of the officers from Assam stayed for any longer period with Nagas as they considered it as a punishment posting.

They naturally were always keen to get out and often managed it through contacts. The question of studying Naga way of life, mixing with them, knowing them and their customs etc therefore did not arise with them. In fact, they considered these people as subhuman, filthy and not worth mixing. Therefore, naturally a big gap was created between the Nagas and the government after the British left.” (Kanwar:194).

Even before Kanwar truthfully writes about the Indian army officers’ perception on Nagas in his book – the ill-treatment and Human Rights violation to the Naga people was conspicuous, which was reported by Jasokie in 1954. The Naga National Council sent Publicity Secretary Jasokie to Mokochung to study the situation and submit a first-hand information report. An extract from his report read as follows:

“They (the plains people of Hindustan) believe that their way of life is the right way; but such way of life horrifies us. They are disgusting to us.(they Hindustani) are not prepare to accept us a human beings and, therefore, it is easier for them to go out of all human decency in their dealings with us.

I say this not to agitate the emotional feelings of our people but that they have such an attitude towards our people is an undeniable fact..they think that by harassing the people they have done a great service to India, but actually India lost the friendship of the people.” (M.Zinyii:32)

Well, why they consider Nagas as subhuman and filthy? If we study the tribe of Assam and some tribes in Bastar region in central part of India – these tribes are still very backward as compare to Nagas. Why such kind of attitude and understanding was created among the Indian army officers and commenced to torture the Nagas and violate the human rights? Are they considering the Nagas as subhuman and filthy because they have different food habits?

The people in different geographical location have different food habits; religion and personal likeness also make us to vary in food habits. So because of Nagas’ food habits, they should not consider the Nagas as subhuman. Nagas are not only the people who practiced headhunting; headhunting was practiced worldwide. There was headhunting in Indonesia, Africa, Europe, Philippines, Malaysia etc.

Therefore because of headhunting practiced by the Nagas cannot be considered them as subhuman and filthy. In fact, there was a great essence of headhunting and the modern people still practicing headhunting in different ways or forms.

Should we consider that the Indian officers were ignorance about the Nagas and because of this, they considered the Nagas as subhuman and filthy? But the Indian officers are well-educated people and they do not consider the other human being as subhuman.

We need to know the others perception and treatment on us otherwise we will be like some one who always assume that the other people also eat what we eat. I do not know if any Nagas had earlier rise any question regarding the erroneous perception of the Indian Army officers on Nagas.

Even if our elders or seniors had rose earlier – today our youngsters also need to know others’ perception on us. It cannot say that today the Indian officers (civil or army) have not such kind of perception on Nagas but definitely we can say that the Indian officers are gradually learning the culture and customs of Nagas and who Nagas are. One of the serious problems with the Indian officers is that they do not mingle and study the nature and customs of the Nagas.

I am sure that Nagas are very honest and amicable people. The Indian officers posted in Naga Hills still need to study the Nagas’ culture and customs so that they can work together peacefully with the Nagas. Some of the Indian officers like Kanwar Singh, Maj.Gen. Sardespande, Mullick, B.N., Rammuny Murkot etc had studied the Nagas’ culture and custom and had written their books on Nagas.

The Indian officers (civil or army) who mingled with Nagas and studied on Nagas have very positive attitudes towards the Nagas. One of the Indian Army officers, Maj.Gen. Sardespande writes about the Nagas as,

“Nagas are magnificent. You have to see and live amidst them to believe this simple statement. A very large majority of us know little about them. The little that we know is about their nakedness, headhunting and anti-national, hostile, underground, insurgent activity for the last thirty years of independence India’s consciousness of it northeastern periphery.

By nature they are suspicious, sensitive, wary, distrustful, inward-looking, volatile and very very proud. There cannot be a better friend than the Nagas once he identifies his friend; there cannot be a worse foe than the Naga once he feels deceived or let down. Deep inside his inscrutable exterior and penetrating eyes there is tremendous warmth, great geniality, sharp intellect and immense good will” (Sardespande: vii)

The Indian officers study on Nagas in 1980s had brought some changes in their wrong perception and apathetic attitude towards the Nagas. However the human rights violation is still reporting in some parts of Naga Hills even after the Cease-fire with the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India was declared in 1997. The recent 15 Case studies on “Violations of Cease-fire Agreed Ground Rules” by R.N. Kumar with L. Murthy for Civil Society Initiatives on the Naga Peace Process – shows the Human Rights violation in Naga Hills that in September 2000, at Khongsang village in Tamenglong District, Manipur, the Army Screened Video Films, which was suspected to be pornographic.

The church building and school building were occupied by the Indian army. The churches in many villages were occupied and desecrated. What would be the sentiments of the Hindu people if the temples are desecrated? Again in the early of 28th December 2000, a unit of the 15 Jat Regiment patrolling the State Highway in Tamenglong District, Manipur was attacked by suspected Naga underground.

In this attack – one officer was killed and four others were wounded. To avenge the attack by the underground the Jat Regiment – led by Lt.Col. K.S. Madan trekked down to Tabanglong village and randomly picked up ten persons and shot them down in different location in the village. Eight of them died instantly while two persons survived with serious injuries. (Ram N.K.: 152).

Whenever the underground attacked the Indian army, to avenge the attack – the Indian army tortured, raped and killed the innocent villagers which became the customs and culture of the Indian army like the Nagas killing the innocent wild animals in the jungle. The above cited human rights violation and illegal occupation of buildings and churches are just some examples of recent occurrence during cease-fire.

The Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958 (AFSPA), which is still in force allowed a person of any rank in the Armed Forces to shoot to kill for the maintenance of public order to destroy any position or shelter, to arrest, without warrant any person and enter and search without warrant any premises, without fearing prosecution, suit or other legal proceedings. Not only given Armed Special Power to the Indian Army Forces – most of the Indian Army officers also have apathetic attitude and misunderstand about the Nagas, which lead to more Human Right violation.

Do the Indian officers still consider that Nagas are subhuman and filthy? Do they still consider that posting to Naga Hills as punishment? We may believe and trust our educated Indian officers and all the Armies that they will now not consider and have such kind of attitudes towards the Nagas in this century. It is very easy to consider the other people or community as low or high unless we know them. But in fact all the human beings are same and equal; there is not such human being as low or high or subhuman.

For better co-existence, administration and to remove Human Rights violation in Naga Hills – the AFSPA needs to be removed and change the apathetic attitude of the Indian Army. The apathetic attitude and misunderstanding on Nagas can be vanished only when the Indian Army officers and politicians mingle with the Nagas and study the culture and customs of Nagas.

The Indian and Nagas need to study and know the cultural difference in order to build a better relationship. The Indian government denied to have talks with the Naga Insurgent leaders without condition till 1997. However after the Indian studied the Naga history and recognized the unique history of Nagas – the Cease-fire was declared between NSCN (IM) and the Govt. of India in 1997 to have talks unconditionally.

There were many round of talks between them but nothing concrete solution is brought till date due to some reasons. To speed up and to bring Peace and Concrete Solution for the Nagas – the Indian politicians and masses need to study more the Naga history and recognize the unique history of the Nagas.

Reference:

1. Kanwar Singh (1987): The Naga in Nagaland: Desperadoes, Heroes of Peace, Delhi: Deep and Deep Publication.
2. Mhiesizokho Zinyii (1979): Phizo and the Naga Problem, Dimapur: Nagaland Times Press.
3. Ram Narayan K.& L.Murthy (2002): Four Years of the Cease-fire Agreement between NSCN: Promises and Pitfalls, New Delhi: Civil Society Initiatives on the Naga Peace Process.
4. Maj.Gen. Sardespande S.C. (1987): The Patkoi Nagas, Delhi: Daya Publishing House
5. Vashum R., (2000): Nagas’ Right to Self-determination, Delhi: Mittal Publications

Is it www.kuknalim.com promoting tribalism & in favor of the non- Nagas?

Is it http://www.kuknalim.com promoting tribalism & in favor of the non- Nagas?

Doubtless that Kukna-lim.com was launched with a good intention to expose the Naga culture and customs and to interact with the people around the world. However, do they still have their good intention? The site administrator seems always supporting the view point of non-Nagas regardless of their ignorance about the Naga history, culture, custom, pain and feeling that exist in the heart of the Nagas. One of the important aspects is the promotion of tribalism in the site. When we go through the forum in the site, we find the criticism of one another tribe instead of trying to promote oneness or unity amongst the Nagas.

Firstly, one of the main members, nick name “Ratatattat” writes about the NSCN as, “Gun toting extortionists….the only thing they’ve learnt is how to stay in power. What betterment has the outfit done for the people?…. apart from a anti-crime bureau?!! …..funny…i though extortion was a crime.”

Secondly, Kukna-lim.com is one of the sites, which was hosted some years back and many Naga people visit the site and there are many young writers who write for the Nagas. But they seem so ignorant about the important of Naga issues. Today if we go and check it in their site, we’ll find that most of the articles posted in that site are not related to Naga issues and they do not accept the articles related to Naga issues. We don’t have any problem whether they have only one contributor or many contributors. However ignoring all the articles which are related to Naga issues and not posting any article related to Naga issues clearly show their true color.

Thirdly, one of the http://www.kuknalim.com members posted a picture in a thread under the title “Funny Pictures”. The picture carries the incident of 2005 in Mumbai where a Naga girl was killed instantly and another girl was wounded very badly with knife by an alleged lunatic. But the site administrator claimed that it is a gross picture; it should not be posted such kind of Naga picture. However there is not any problem if we post such kind of similar International or National pictures. Here the question arise with the members is that why we can’t post any Naga picture and related Naga issues picture when we can post similar national and international picture, which have nothing to related to Naga issues?

Fourthly, promoting tribalism through criticizing one another tribe is commonly found in the site. Outspoken one of the Naga intellectual persons from Delhi writes, as …. “u ass Tangkhuls blood thirsty fanatic, murderous, extortionist and land grabbers.. get out and forget integration before its too late and take Muviah with u when u go out. and all the Tangkhuls in Nagalands.. sala the Tangkhuls have their own colony in Dimapur,…they r becoming richer (through their means of livelihood-extortion) now they have reached Kohima too…beware of the tricks of Tangkhuls..”

In reply to above post, another Guest writes as, “hey man, your write up is great…..i appreciate your truthfulness. The Tangkhuls are for no good to the Nagas. They are bunch of thugs, murderers, extortionist…..”

Another Guest writes on Tangkhul and Maos as, “who said Maos are Nagas?…in Kohima all the thieves are Maos and no one wants them…look at them thieves, and Tangkhuls are no better too. Thieves and murderers…Tenyimi did not include Maos, but they forced themselves into the union. and we reluctantly let them into the union.. and now they claim to be one of us. Bull shits. They Meities don’t want the Tangkhuls and Maos and the Nagas don’t want them either… where will they go?”

A thread under the title “Why I hate Tangkhuls?” had started again by Tangkhul_basher and writes as, “Just who the hell you think u r guys??? i cant stand u guys anymore… u rob us, kill us, extortionists… creating trouble in our land… destroy our properties… rob our hard earned money….what is naga integration??? fck the integration issue… no chance in hell… get out of Naga-land…murderers..rapist …thief….extortionist..lets also take a poll …how many Nagas of Nagaland want integration of Nagalnd with Tangkhul and Maos???” These are only a few citing the example, however if we go to their site, we can find many things more posted by different persons.

Well, why such kind of hatred is promoting in this site? Is that promoting hatred or just a freedom of expression to criticize one another tribe? Do you think we need to discuss like, “Why I hate tangkhuls?” Tangkhuls! Oh no not again” etc

One of the latest burning topic discussions is “Is Tangkhul belongs to Naga?” Do we need to discuss such kind of discussion in the forum? Yun Newbie writes, “Well, I am quite shocked to find many people out there who have an unhealthy attitude, living in total hatredness with their fellow-Nagas.. Its because there are crooked people among Nagas tribe that infect other brothers with their deadly viruses.. Its a childish things to talk about who are Nagas and who are not.”

Another person Xyls-Ajax, writes, nom, we are Nagas to decide whether or not the Tangkhuls are Nagas*! *I believe Tangkhuls are NOT Nagas”

In conclusion, I write this as I feel that there is too much promotion of tribalism. However it is up to our respected Naga leaders whether they should take if there is any necessary action to be taken on site administrators. Or we should continue to encourage such kind of unhealthy discussion in the forum. I don’t have any personal problem with the site moderator and I am writing this for the good of the future Nagas.

R.B. Thohe Pou, thohepou@rediffmail.com.source:http://nagalandpost.com/arcdesc.asp?arcid=44816&category=Leisure&arcdate=8/7/2007

07/08/07