Globally utopian, locally empty

By: Thepfulhouvi Solo

Some social Activists make dreamy and phony statement that Nagas should be integrated because the World is becoming smaller and smaller into a global village, that Nagas should think globally and act locally and so and so forth: These are beautiful Utopian Language but empty and hollow without meaning in local content! Nagas are nowhere near global material or anywhere in global condition but some of us behave as if he/she is talking to the G-7 at World Conference on Climate Change and on Economy.

Let us behave down to earth, rustically realistic, simple and practical; not swept away by unrealistic ideals of other people or by the conditions of other places. We don’t know of Germany’s but we know what Nagaland condition is today: Nagaland is still hand to mouth in Agriculture, its Industry is Minus Zero, illegal Tax collection by people from outside the State with threats of the barrel of the Gun is the only exportable Naga Industry; this is the Cross of Nagaland today and the Stafe Government is helpless! These are real basic conditions of Nagaland; we know where our shoe pinches; only the wearer knows where his/her shoe pinches.

On the question of Integration: Nagaland is very sure there can be no Integration of Nagas in the Indian State of Nagaland alone. We can integrate only in Sovereign State of Nagalim and that we know is not a possibility today: Not even Thuingaleng Muivah is talking about it now.

Some Nagas talk about some SUPRA NAGA STATE or PAN NAGA STATE. But when not an inch of Assam or of Arunachal or of Manipur or the ENPO can detach into a separate State: forget talking about Supra State or Pan Naga State; they are just Utopia talk or it is just like a grand Council of Rats discussing how to Bell the Cat!

Ponderous Nagas often say: “the British bifurcated the Nagas of Nagaland, Arunachal, Assam, Manipur and Myanmar into different Territories with their Policy of Divide and Rule without the consent of the People”. Any person saying such a thing has not the littlest knowledge of ancient life of the Nagas in the distant Centuries. Even as late as the 19th Century, the World never ran on anything called ‘Consent of the People’: violent Superior Force controlled the World.

The ancient Kingdoms in the North East were big and small. The Ahom and the Metei Kingdoms were the foremost and maintained a semblance of forced Peace through intimidation of superior barbaric actions like cutting off the Nose, the Ear, finger or hand for causing the displeasure of the whimsical despotic Ruler and by forcible conquest of People and their Territories.

With their superior handy metal Shield, the Sword, then with Matchlocks, followed by Muzzle loading Gun, knowledge of manufacturing Gun Powder and Smelting of Iron etc the Manipuri and Ahom Kingdoms gained the most dominant Power in the North East. Long before the advent of the colonial British Power, the Meiteis and Ahoms began to dominate the neighboring Tribes around them and subjected them under their domination.
The Manipur King invaded Kohima Village three times and even buried a small boy alive to set their Boundary of their Kingdom. “These People”, wrote the early British Officer in his Diary, “seem to respect the Manipuris more than us. We must do things they respect us”. The Manipuris claimed all the Catchments Areas of present Nagaland that drained into the Doyang River as their Territory.

And had it not been for the Manipur Royalty’s unending fratricidal elimination of one another in the family, of the Raja colluding with younger sons against the elder brother or the sons together against their father or the King collaborating with one of his sons in eliminating the other son aspiring for the Throne, has greatly weakened the Kingdom; and the providential arrival of a higher civilized Order of colonial British Power in the fullness of time, saved the Angamis, the Chakhesangs and the Zeliang Tribes; they the later would also have been under the complete domination of Meitei Manipur today.
The British refused to accept the Manipur and the Ahom Rajah’s claims and set the Boundary of their Kingdoms on a rational scientific reasonable position as it is today. It is not the Divide and Rule Policy of the colonial Power that dissected the Nagas without their consent, into different Territories.
The Roads in Turkey today follow almost the same ancient Road alignment Evangelist Paul walked from Tarsus to Ikonya or to Galatia in the days following the death of Jesus. The British mostly set in formal scientific order what was already in existence before them in the ancient. It is grossly wrong to allege the Colonial British dissected the Nagas into different Territories without the consent of the Nagas. They only scientifically formalized an already existing ancient practise.

Nagaland does not require any euphemistic Supra State or Pan Naga Council. These can not be real political STATES. They can be only Economic Councils to overshadow Nagaland State. Nagaland State must have an Independent Economic System itself and not form part of any other Council. We never wanted to join the NEC –North East Council: we were taken into it during President Rule in India. We had, for the last more than half a century, our own economic planning ourselves; we pulled on and on tolerably well without joining any other Commonwealth.

The UK initially faced serious objections from France in joining the European Commonwealth. Charles de Gaulle of France, the Cross from Lorain vehemently objected Britain joining the European Union; however Britain ultimately joined the Commonwealth. After more than 30 years now, the EU has become a SUPER STATE today and overshadows the Sovereignty of its smaller Economies. UK now finds its Space uncomfortable in the European Union and would not like its Sovereignty overshadowed by a Super European Union. The greatest political Issue in UK today is to pull out of the Super European Union and Prime Minister Cameron was forced to promise a Referendum on this!

The question of Naga Integration is not kid play. Nagas today are territorially in different Kingdoms, some in Arunachal, some in Assam, some in Manipur and a lot are in Myanmar. As of now there is no way these Naga areas detaching themselves out of their States and integrate themselves into a Naga People of single political Territory. Not even the UN or the powerful Security Council can do such a thing today.
Integration of Nagas cannot come into reality just by wishing or by folding hands and rubbing the hands together so that they rub the Magic Golden Ring in Aladdin’s finger and then suddenly some Genies come out of thin Air to carry out the wishes of the Nagas like in the Aladdin’s Fairy Tales.
There can be no integration of Nagas in the Indian State of Nagaland alone!

Think beyond your own State and Tribe

All the Nagas from all the present states and country of Nagalim (Naga land) – Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal and Myanmar have chances to be together in Facebook and outside the Facebook to work together especially the youngsters, and many Nagas from different states and country came together to share their views in Facebook. However, some of the Nagas youth assume that they are the only the ‘true Naga’ and have some superiority complex without knowing the fact and this is also hindering to unite the Naga youth. Peace cannot come alone solving a single problem or in a state in Nagalim – one needs to think beyond his or own state if peace want to restore in Naga land (Nagalim).

If we all consider that we are ‘Naga’ and from the same ancestor or have the sense of commonness in our culture, tradition etc, we can be more united and have more common goal for our future. Today many of our youngsters are changing fast – forgetting their past and running after enjoyment and easy earning without any sweat. Individualism, selfishness, greediness etc rule the heart of many people, which is adding more problem to the existing problem. However, I still believe and have faith in the strength of the Naga youth. Our youngsters need to think beyond their individual and fight against corruption, show a good example to others through their speech and living, fight against the socio-economic evil, which are in different forms – that may include both the activities of the overground and underground.

It is easier to talk other’s problem forgetting one’s own problem and strength to help the other problem. We may have our own problem but we can also help to solve our common problem depending on how much we understand and perceive the problem. Today, one of the greatest problem of our Naga youngsters is complaining or sharing the problem without trying to solve the problem. We the Naga youngsters know all the problem prevailing in Nagalim and we can solve the problem once we start to think beyond our own state, tribe and village. Once we start to think beyond ‘my own state’ and ‘tribe’ – our Naga youth will be united and work together to solve the present prevailing problems in Nagalim. Unless one has a broad-mind, vision and think beyond our own state and tribe, there will be always problem.

Thinking or considering only one’s own State, tribe or village is not only the problem to the existing problem in Nagaland, Manipur or NE India or India. Today there are many problem in this world as the people think only for their country, state and community. However, this world would become a better place to dwell when the people of this world start to think beyond their own country, state and community.

@Dr. Thohe Pou

The Need of the Nagalim to Strengthen

Nagalim‘s strengthening as a nation involves many things that includes its cultural, economic and political institutions in line with 21st century governance, a few are as follows through greater Autonomy/self rule :

The beautiful Naga Flag

The beautiful Naga Flag

1) A strong sense of awareness of Naga history and Naga present

2) Nagalim must be seen as a continuing society of inter-related sub tribes, not a created entity.

3) The right of Nagas to establish freedom of total movement throughout the entire Naga region and their right to strengthen bonds with all the Naga sub-tribes.

4) Recognition that “Naga” is a name given to make what was once “invisible” and existing as “visible” and defined in the context with the larger world. Naga therefore is not a “invented” concept, but a visible ethos of a continuing South East Asian Indigenous civilization sharing a common origin, shared ancestry and inter-related cultural systems.

5) Institutions that are elected, designed and developed by the Nagas in full freedom without any restriction from any outside entity.

6) Development of transportation infrastructure that connects to all aspects of Nagalim, ensuring national integration within Nagalim from a physical sense, and no barriers to that should exist. Establishment of atleast one international airport (minimum) and cheaper air transport via helicopter systems to helipads constructed in all the major Naga towns throughout the region to carry goods, services easily.

7) One Naga administration, elected by the Naga people to legally have the rights to represent the Naga people on the international stage, administer the region and govern the region as per national and international laws.

8) Strong internationally recognized educational institutions, universities, schools and collages within Nagalim.

10) One unified national ID system, Passports, Flag to govern the entire Naga region being visible governing symbols of a nation.

11) Strong telecommunication networks

12) Centralized Database systems that hold historical archives, can record births, deaths and marriages of Naga people .

13) Investment body that can interact with the greater world for investments in Industrial development and production, manufacturing of goods and services.

14) Rule of lawIndependent judiciary, fair police systems, territorial defense force, immigration enforcement, customs and excise.

15) Trade offices established in developed nations to promote tourism, import-export.

16) Protection for ethnic minorities within Nagalim (non-Nagas)

These are some of the things to strengthen and develop, some of it from existing ones .

BY: Global-Naga Initiative

Interview with Alemo Michael by Nagalim Times (NT)

Interview with Alemo Michael by Nagalim Times (NT)

NT: Congratulations on securing 61st rank in the Indian Forest Service (IFS) exam 2011.

AM: Thank you so much.

NT: What inspired you to join the IFS?

AM: I have always been very fascinated by nature and wildlife and have always wanted to work in this field. IFoS is one of the services that offer great opportunity to nature lovers and a service full of challenges and adventures.


NT: When did you start preparing for this exam?

AM: I started preparing seriously for this exam right after my M.Sc.


NT: How much time did you devote in a day for the exam?

AM: I devoted at least 6 to 8 hours a day. Consistency is the key to success. So one should be consistent and see that the time spent should be productive.


NT: Did you join any coaching class?

AM: Yes, I joined coaching at Rau’s IAS Academy for general studies and joined mock interviews at Evolution.


NT: Do you think it is necessary to join a coaching class to be fully prepared for the exam?

AM: Coaching institutes shows us the right direction and guidance and thus helps us to save a lot of time. The test series conducted keeps us updated and improves our writing skills. However, the benefit may vary from person to person. One can also succeed without any special classes if he is totally devoted.


NT: What were your Optionals and why did you choose them?

AM: My optional subjects were Forestry and Agriculture. As I did my B.Sc. in forestry and M.Sc. in Agroforestry, these subjects are my best options as I am well verse with them.


NT: How was the interview? Can you recall any interesting question from the Board members?

AM: The Board members were very cordial and friendly throughout my interview. Questions were mostly asked from hobbies, bio-data, my state, academics and current National issues. It is advised that one is well prepared on topics regarding our hobbies and bio-data.


NT: Who is the inspiration behind your success?

AM: The constant support I got from my parents, siblings, friends and most importantly the strength, patience and hope that God gave me throughout my preparation.


NT: Do you have a role model in life?

AM: None in particular.


NT: How do you plan to use this opportunity of a lifetime?

AM: This service offers a great scope with a much wider platform to contribute to the society at large in a variety of ways. So, this opportunity will enable me to deliver my responsibilities in protecting and preserving the environment and wildlife. It will help me to work and render my service for the development of the present and future generations.


NT: Your thoughts at this moment?

AM: I am so happy and excited at this very moment. I would like to give a quotation: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.”- Robert Frost.


NT: Had you not been selected what would have been your fallback plan?

AM: Efforts are never wasted even if it leads to disappointing results. So I will keep on trying and give my best in the next attempt.


NT: What advice would you offer to future aspirants?

AM: Do your work with your whole heart and you will succeed. All that one need is to be consistent with a focussed mind, positive attitude and faith in Almighty God.


NT: Any message to NTimes bloggers?

AM: Thank you all for your best wishes. NTimes is doing a great job in keeping our people informed and updated. Your efforts are highly appreciated. Continue to keep up the good work.


NT: Thank you very much for joining us. Wish you all the best in your Career & May God bless you.

Manipur cannot be cut into pieces : Dy CM

NTIMES 14Nov: Manipur cannot be cut into pieces : Dy CM

Imphal, Nov 13 : Amid the Naga integration demand raised by the NSCN (IM) and the renewed demand for a separate Kuki State by the Kuki State Demand Committee, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam has asserted that the State cannot be divided into pieces on the scaffold of any demand.

On the other hand, the United Naga Council (UNC), the umbrella body of all Naga civil bodies of the State, has been campaigning for an Alternative Arrangement for the Nagas in Manipur outside the State Government pending a settlement to the Indo-Naga political dialogue.

Demanding the creation of a separate Kuki State, the Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC) has called an indefinite public blockade on all State and National Highways passing through Kuki- inhabited areas in Manipur from the evening of November 15.

The Government will consider any reasonable demands, but any issue which would slice Manipur into pieces would not be enterained , said Gaikhangam and added that every section of community co-existing in Manipur will also not allow Manipur to disintegrate, said Gai-khangam.

“Both the Centre and the State will not entertain or consider any demand to break Manipur and the State Government has taken a firm stand to safeguard Manipur’s territorial integrity,” Gaikhan-gam told reporters at the sidelines of a felicitation programme on his being appointed as Deputy CM accorded by the Autonomous District Council (ADC) members of Tamenglong district at Langol Tarung in Imphal west today afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Gaikhangam was also similarly felicitated at Ragailong by the Zeliangrong Development Committee.

On being asked, the Home Minister, who is also the president of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, said the State Government has full confidence in the commitments given by the Central leaders that Manipur’s territorial integrity would be protected.

During a huge public meeting held in Imphal on December 3 last year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said that the Centre was committed to safeguarding Manipur’s territorial integrity.

The Prime Minister , in the presence of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, had said there was no proposal of ‘supra state’ structure for the Nagas.

The KSDC has threatened to launch ‘Quit Kuki land’ movement if the democratic demand of the Kuki people to create a State of the community is not heeded timely by the Government. TSE

Nagalim not on menu for settlement

NTIMES 18OCT: Lim not on menu for settlement

NEW DELHI, Oct 17 : The Centre and the formidable Naga militant outfit, NSCN (I-M) are inching towards a political settlement, ending over five decade long insurgency in the State. Political integration of Naga inhabited districts of neighbouring Manipur, Assam and Arunchal Pradesh are not part of the deal under negotiation.

The much elusive memorandum of settlement being worked out in consultation with the NSCN (I-M) includes a proposal to convert Nagaland legislature into a bicameral Assembly by creating a second House, autono- mous development councils, separate flag for the State, more autonomy, special status, formal recognition of the unique history of the Nagas, a slew of development pro-jects, among others.

The Naga militant group had demanded increasing the size of the 60-member Nagaland Assembly by 20 seats. The Centre reckons that bicameral legislature would take care of the demand to accommodate marginal tribal groups and sub-groups.

The only condition is that the Assembly would not be allowed to be called Parliament, as has been suggested, said sources.

The Government of India and the NSCN (I-M) entered into a ceasefire pact in 1997, following secret negotiations between intelligence sleuths and top leaders of the NSCN (I-M) in foreign countries.

Several Prime Ministers including ate PV Narasimha Rao, HD Deve Gowda, Atal Behari Vajpayee had met the Naga insurgent leaders before a ceasefire pact was signed.

Highly placed sources said that the other Naga insurgent groups including the rival Khaplang faction of the NSCN and Naga National Council are unlikely to be part of the settlement being worked out with the I-M faction.

The NSCN (I-M) had earlier submitted a 30-point charter of demand to the Government of India.

Meanwhile, under pressure the Nagaland Government and legislators, the UPA II is working overtime to hammer out a solution to the vexed problem by evolving a consensus among the three North Eastern States.

Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde has started consultation with Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh and had advised him to respond to the proposal within a specific timeframe. The Manipur Chief Minister has so far not reported back, added sources.

The Centre was earlier scheduled to hold simultaneous discussions with three Chief Ministers, but started the consultation process with Manipur Chief Minister, where the opposition to integration of the hill districts is fiercest.

Shinde is now likely to meet Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

According to sources, the possibility of political integration of Naga districts spread over the three neighbouring States has been ruled out and on offer instead is a proposal to create centrally funded autonomous institutions for safeguarding the identity and cultural preservation of Nagas in Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The demand for creation of greater Nagaland by integrating the hill districts in the three States had stalled the resolution of the vexed Naga problem.

The demand has met with stiff opposition from the three States, with Manipur Assembly even passing formal resolutions.

Assam has also opposed integration of Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong districts, as has Arunachal Pradesh.

Sources said that the proposed autonomous bodies would take care of the concern about the safeguard of the identity of Nagas and preservation of their cultures particularly of the Nagas living outside the political boundary of Nagaland.

The Government of India has also agreed to amend the Constitution of India to facilitate the solution of the problem.

The NSCN (I-M) had demanded secession from India and creation of a separate country. The NSCN (I-M) has since dropped the demand and agreed for a solution within the framework of the Constitution.

Sources said Government of India, which is negotiating through its interlocutor RS Pandey has offered to absorb all the NSCN (I-M) cadres in Central para military force and even the Army.

The NSCN (I-M) had demanded a separate Naga armed force comprising the cadres, but a compromise has been struck, added sources.

Meanwhile, State Home Minister Imkong L Imchen, denied reports that NSCN (I-M) has given any written commitment to the Government of India.

The State Home Minister, who is part of the delegation of 20 Naga Legislator currently touring the national capital told newsmen that neither NSCN (I-M) nor the Centre made such claims.

Media reports said that NSCN (I-M) has given an undertaking in writing that the Naga militant group would accept the Constitution of India thereby implying that the demand for greater Nagaland has been dropped. -TSE/Assam Tribune

From where the Indian Express get the news: NSCN-IM

NTIMES 15OCT: From where the Indian Express get the news: NSCN-IM

Today the Indian Express reported that in a major breakthrough in the Naga peace process, the Centre has secured a written commitment from the separatist NSCN (IM) that it will accept the Indian Constitution.

In order to confirm the news report, our reporter talked to one of the NSCN-IM leader, currently in Delhi for peace-talks. The NSCN-IM alleged that it is just a fabricated news report to derail the peace-talks in Delhi, and they are going to question the Indian Express from where they get the news.

“There is not question of Nagas accepting the Indian Constitution”, said the NSCN-IM. “From where the Indian Express get this kind of news? Are they also part of the GOI-NSCN-IM peace-talks?’, asked the NSCN-IM.

Source: Nagalim Times