I have a dream: United States of Nagas

Dr. Dietho-o
South Corner, AG Road, Kohima

World history tells us that under the sun, no civilization nor nation and power/government is permanent. Change is the law of life.


Nagas are lively, colourful and war-like people and they love their culture and country. But we all know very well that they cannot survive or thrive at the cost of other peoples, especially their neighbours.


Being divided and scattered in different states and countries was not their choice, assimilation is not an option, hence unacceptable. But it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise provided they learn to live well and win over other peoples, ie., leading God-dependent lives.


The idea of a united people under a common banner was sounded by some of our former visionary leaders (a top retired bureaucrat had also mentioned this on the occasion of late Vizol’s funeral). Years from now, we could dream of such reality- a very good homework for younger generations. Presently, this could be an eye-opener challenge and a much needed workup of all strugglers. A mountain has to be climbed step by step and a book has to be written chapter by chapter. Ups and downs or rainy and sunny days together produce rainbows. Ours is not a fixed and stationary institution but a dynamic movement. A struggle needs dynamic minds.


“I have a dream,” echoed Martin Luther King Jr., a Nobel Peace Prize laureate at the age of 35 years. All Nagas have dreams. Can some Nagas at 35 or younger dream of such?


Ours is an interesting journey. Look beyond post-Election or post-Settlement scene. Life will go on while the earth remains (Genesis 8:22). Let us not spend all our time and energy on Elections or Settlement alone. Let us have a long view.


For Israel, there was a dark or silent period of more than 400 years between the Old and New Testaments, after their destructions and captivities on many occasions. For us Nagas, how long?


Pray, Work and Hope. I have a dream, of a United States of Nagas (USN).