The yearning for peace and reconciliation within the Naga family had necessitated the formation of Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) in 2008, under which many unwanted nature of conflict/confrontation and hostilities has been reduced to an encourage-able level. The efforts of FNR members and the contribution made through prayers and moral supports from the Naga people consistently for six years is humbly appreciated.
Reconciliation process has now reached a crucial stage as it can be easily deduce from the open and frank discussion among the members that has taken place in the last couple of meetings held at Niathu Resort. It is interesting to note that, the Convener of FNR also mention about the positive transformation from the difficult stage of diplomacy to straight forward propositions and discussion. For too long we have walked the path of reconciliation process with extreme cautions without actually hitting the bulls’ eye.
The signing of “Lenten agreement” which in a way is the repetition of earlier concordant though has the inclusion of the most cardinal points which the past many agreements have wittingly evaded. The agreement to condemn the “past historical mistakes” is actually the “Achilles heel” for the FNR and now that the three nationalist organization has agreed to condemn the past political mistakes, it will be necessary for the FNR to spell out what exactly are the past political mistakes so that the door to misinterpret and misrepresent the agreed point by anybody in the future is sealed. The basic nature of differences amongst the nationalist groups is due to “political mistakes” committed in the past, therefore, reconciliation must be found after resolving the mistakes politically.
Firstly, as per the discussion before arriving to such concurrence, the 16 point agreement of 1960; mother of Nagaland India state creation 1963 deeply divided the Nagas territory, people’s emotion and her political movements. The urgency to establish a short term peace has diluted the traditional Naga ways of struggle and has greatly Indianised the Naga populace which is very natural when a drop of potable water decide to join an ocean of saline water. The creation of Nagaland state is officially the beginning of how the Government of India started to legally utilize their system by exploiting Nagas to counter Naga nationalist. The defecated by-products of Nagaland state creation are today shamelessly basking at the temporary glory, declaring their allegiance and satisfaction to being a part of India.
Secondly, the signing of Shillong Accord 1975, by NNC and the failure of A.Z. Phizo to condemn despite the sufficient time and opportunity to do so is the most indelible historical and political blunder to the God bestowed rights of the Nagas. Again what followed with the signing of Shillong Accord will never be forgotten as the old symbol of Naga nationalism fall grotesque without a fight, those returning from the east with new ideas, commitment and hope rebelled against the unacceptable capitulation and refused to comply with the surrendered authority. NNC henceforth lost all her glory crowned by the Naga people thereon.
Thus, a new political body endowed with the spirit of Naga socialism and her government whose ultimate authority reside on her people’s republic without any allegiance to kings and riches but only to the Almighty God positioned herself and formed National Socialist Council of Nagalim to be governed by the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim (NSCN/GPRN). The resilience of NSCN against all odds consistently for the past 35 years through thick and thin has made her stand tall in the comity of nations for “self determination”. The government of India and the world that knows NSCN knew that the future of the Nagas is safe in our hands. Hence, politically and ideologically NSCN/GPRN is the most authentic organisation for the Nagas to come together if pragmatic reconciliation has to take place leaving aside the long years of emotional attachment to one’s organization.
Thirdly, the military coup attempt of SS. Khaplang in 1988 though failed has to be condemned in unison. Hundreds of our most capable officers were gunned down in a most despicable ways in his thirst for power and madness; most of whom died shielding the bullets aimed to murder our Collective Leaders.
Fourthly, the Cease fire Agreement signed by any group that has accepted itself to be governed, subject to the “law of the land”, which means to be ruled under the constitution of India has to be condemned because political mistakes committed has to be rectified politically. Nothing must be left unturned.
These are the hard facts which the FNR must analyse and clarify to the Naga people in order not to let anybody distort the hard earned “Lenten agreement” today and tomorrow.
The word “equality” is a vague term which can cause immense harm to the term “justice” if it is not applied with adequate measurements and sensibility. A Cat and a Tiger cannot be termed equal just because both are carnivorous and belong to the same family. We must be very careful while using the term equality in the process of resolving conflict and finding reconciliation. Equality for one party could be a humiliation to the other party who is not equal.
What we seek today to reconcile is “Truth and Justice”. It is time for the Nagas to sincerely walk on the path of reconciliation. John Paul Laderach in his famous reconciliation play “the Meeting place” have to say about truth and justice that, one must restore the relationship but never at the expense of acknowledging and rectifying what broke the relationship in the first place. And when “truth” is ignored in the process of finding “peace and unity”, reconciliation will take a back seat. Such words of wisdom need to be followed while pursuing Naga reconciliation. Kuknalim.