Liberal Democratic People of Nagaland
It is for certain that the Indians and the Nagas are two different sets of people with distinct identity, ethos, culture, heritage etc., with each’s natural right to self-govern. And it was due to the intervention of the British imperialism, Nagaland was introduced for annexation under the Indian Union territory – this is clear for all. Even the conception of Nagaland state was the brainchild of a handful of Nagas and Indian emissaries, without the consent and mandate of the people en masse. Also, prior and after the induction of Nagaland as the 16th state of India, parallel governments existed and exist till date.
Hence it is relevant that the contemporary Nagas are not under the perimeter of a legitimate government (s) synonymous with conscious and wishful choice and contract. And with everything that followed it is not travesty to claim that our present way of life hasn’t been affected because of the anomalies of the past. With all the perturbed problems at hand, the Nagas today need a solution of kind, that will encompass the realities and address root causes of all the problems, to solve it and ascend towards normal way of life, synchronized with peace and progress.
Nagaland today is under a colonial rule in modern times, unless there could be a clear arrangement of coexistence with the GoI based on mutual understanding – to hatch out a settlement be it in stages, for the Naga solution to ensue. The Naga solution has elements comprised of sovereignty, integration, equality, liberty, economic freedom and sustainability, corruption-free governance etc.
Despite the intensity of the present hot-debate, election or solution, the commencement of election is irrelevant to a political settlement for a Naga solution, with the GoI. Be that as it may, election happens or not, the ongoing political settlement is a threshold for a new development of relationship with the GoI and the assertion of the contemporary Nagas … that we are aware of our rights and may we be given justice. The only matter of concern is the toll it would take on the resources of the political parties (excluding purchasing of votes).
The current political crisis of Nagaland is complexity at its best and has earned itself as one of the unprecedented and dynamic political fallouts of issues in the history of political conflicts. It is through a mere application of common mind, we can come to an understanding that the framers of the Indian constitution could not have predicted or determined the political deadlock and saturation that would have arisen between the Nagas and the GoI as of the present context. It is preposterous to assume so. Human conflict may as well channel across close to infinity and no volume of written texts can supervise inch detail of arguments – the development of ground factors and human sentiments involved could only be assessed by discerning humans, present at the times of conflict. Also the Naga solution falls out of the purview of the Indian constitution, one of the reason being, even after having obtained statehood in the Indian Union territory, the inconclusive Naga oriented political aspiration existed before and even today, and presently it will not see the light at the end of the tunnel until a realistic political settlement is hammered with the GoI.
As per the Indian constitution, President’s rule could be implemented if there is a constitutional crisis, however though in practice, President’s rule has been imposed under different circumstances, one of which being elections postponed for unavoidable reasons. Thus, a coincidence or accumulation of events; the juncture we are currently in, needs to be thoroughly revised with the whole elements of reality by all parties. At this juncture, implementation of a President’s rule wouldn’t mean to construe the public in the strictest of manner for subjugation, but only to make room for a successful discourse of political negotiations encompassing the whole lot and inhibiting dispensable incurring of time and resources.
To quote Bob Dylan, “times they are a changing” (also previously endorsed by our PM Modi), we may as well get used to changes every often.