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Peace For Nagalim And Mayhem For The Rest

If Minister of State for Home I D Swami’s view that “destabilizing three states to bring peace to one being not wise in the larger interest of the country and the North-East” is any indication of the mood prevailing in New Delhi, then perhaps they might have probably started thinking for once.

It is a fact and it is being played out with bandhs, sit-ins taking place and the most unfortunate of all- loss of precious lives. No one can deny that there is going to be mayhem if the ‘Ceasefire Agreement without Territorial Limits’ is implemented.

Looking at the perspective from the Nagas, they also have their issues. Their issues will pretty much remain the same as faced by all sections of society in the North-East. The Nagas complain about the struggle of the Nagas as if the people of the North-East are not struggling. They talk of discriminating treatment meted out to Nagas residing in other states, which in my opinion needs to be looked at a second time. The Nagas in Manipur are having the best times of their lives for the simple reason that they are something like dual citizenship holders. If they can’t find a job in Manipur, they can check out Nagaland and vice-versa and I don’t understand why they have to complain.

It may also be mentioned that if the Nagas are so much for peace- then it should not be a big deal if the Ceasefire is not extended to this area or that area? But unfortunately, it is the Nagalim concept that is the culprit. The Ceasefire would have been embraced wholeheartedly by the people of the North-East  if not for the troubling political overtone.

As per the agreement and specifically the ground rules, there is one thing that was certain- which is not to target each other- meaning between the Indian Government Forces and the cadres of the NSCN (IM). It is basically the doing away of arms and violence and returning to peace. If that is the case, I don’t think there is any issue of having to deal with any specific coverage of the Ceasefire area. Its like- okay we are on a Ceasefire Agreement and we are not going to fight anywhere. Be it Amsterdam or Bangkok or Manipur or the North Cachar Hills or Tirap! It just does not make sense the way both the Parties approach this Ceasefire.

But then, no one is stupid enough not to know the political overtones of this whole deal. The NSCN (IM) wants a Greater Nagaland and that will be its Nemesis. For starters, Self-Determination is one thing and political, economic and demographic reality is another, but perhaps related.

Can we envisage for one minute that Manipur will be left with just the Valley districts and Churachandpur district? Of course not. It will be economic, political and demographic suicide. Nagalim has Moreh, Nagalim has Dimapur and on to Senapati. And from the Tamenglong side, what do we have ‘“ Nungba as our Check Point! This is utter ridiculousness and this can never happen.

And we are talking about a handful of people who are dictating this scenario to the people of Manipur and that is the biggest blunder that could ever be committed on the part of the NSCN (IM). This could very well be the demise of this much-maligned Organization. Self-Determination of the Nagas is not achieved this way. Political and Economic superiority is not achieved this way. This is an age of co-operation without which nothing much can be done.

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