Nagalim Voice September 2023
THE “INTEREST” CONFRONTING AGAINST THE “RIGHT” OF THE NAGAS
I truly appreciate this insightful article that delves into the complexities surrounding the Naga’s rights and historical context. It’s clear that the author advocates for unity among Nagas, grounded in their historical and political rights, rather than mere constitutional provisions.
The article emphasis on embracing the principles of historical agreements, such as the 1929 Simon Commission Memorandum and the 1947 declaration of Independence, offers a starting point of unity. By focussing on common historical foundations, Nagas can foster shared sense of identity and purpose. Initiatives that spotlight history could help bridge gaps and promote understanding among the different factions within the Naga community.
Furthermore, the author’s call for a responsible approach aligns with the goal of reconciliation. I believe encouraging respectful conversations across various perspectives can lead to finding common ground. Organizing discussions involving representatives from different organizations, tribal groups, and generations could help break down barriers and build a pathway towards unity.
The article also raised a pertinent question about indigenous identity and the enforcement of the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN). This provides an opportunity to address identity-related concerns and work towards a unified definition of ‘indigenous’ that resonates with all Nagas. Collaborative efforts to define their indigenous identity could lay the foundation for shared values and stronger unity.
In conclusion, this article resonate my ideas and intuition that Nagas cannot afford to continue swimming in the ocean of ideological differences or discord when the historical context of the Naga political movement is clear to everyone. The sooner the Naga political groups come to realize that they are inadvertently complicating the Naga political issue by being complacent and unwilling to admit historical facts driven by personal egos and goals, the better.
It is high time the Nagas come together, transcending these obstacles, and focus on the common ground they share through their historical foundations. By fostering unity based on their political rights and engaging in open, respectful conversations, Naga can pave the way for a more harmonious and productive future. This article offers valuable insights into the potential for a positive shift in approach, reminding us that that by collectively embracing their shared history and identity, Nagas can works towards a more unified and prosperous tomorrow.