‘Enemy of my enemy is my friend’

Peter Rutsa


The old proverb ‘Enemy of my enemy is my friend’ is no stranger to Nagas. It has through the decades been tested and proven in the course of the Naga national movement, Naga politics and Naga society.


In relation to the recent attacks and counter-attacks between the Indian government and the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagaland (Khaplang), the PRO (Defence) of the NSCN/GPRN, Lieut. Col. Isak Sumi stated through the media that a Major in the NSCN/GPRN IM led the Para commandos along with few NSCN R cadres in the cross border raids on them. The attacks reportedly took place across the artificial political boundary dividing Nagas into Myanmar and India.


In addition, the PRO named an NSCN (IM) Under Secretary by the name of Stephen Makuimai for indulging in similar activities. Based on writings in the social media the PRO indicated that the Under Secretary has been writing on the current firefights presumably from the battlefield.


The charges are being leveled against the Major, Under Secretary and the cadres by the NSCN (K) through its PRO. Hence in the interest of the Naga people, the NSCN (IM) and NSCN (R) need to publicly respond.


If at all the Major was taking part in the raids without the knowledge of his government. NSCN/GPRN IM should take action.


Also the ‘unofficial actions’ of the Under Secretary on social media should also be explained ‘officially’ by NSCN IM. The NSCN R too should come out with a statement regarding the involvement of its cadres.


I choose not to speak of past similar acts committed by governments, individual cadres and civilians. Neither do I wish to speak of the deceit, espionage and killings between Naga National groups in collaboration with the Indian Army and other neighbouring non-Naga revolutionary groups which occurred during our turbulent blood soaked history. But one is aware that there have been many instances in the past where cadres of various Naga National groups have aligned with the Indian paramilitary forces for cash and personal benefits. The same goes for Naga civilians, and while some paid the price for it yet others still do.


The fact remains that no group/faction can claim to be innocent! So, let us all mend our ways. Let us refrain from falling prey to old designs and from repeating past mistakes.


Therefore, once and for all, the various Naga National Groups and the NSCN groups in particular who are currently in ceasefire with India should not allow itself or it’s cadres to be prostituted by the enemies of its enemy for factional gains or individual benefits.