Rev. L. Suohie Mhasi
By the grace of God I have personal experiences of the political trauma since the beginning up to now as I am 97 years now. Though I am a mere ordinary man, in the exercises of my personal conviction as a Naga, for five times I was in Police and Military custody and I was summoned by two factional governments of the Nagas to their respective okings for my press statements.
Whether success or failures I do not blame the leaders because God has been doing anything at any time according to his own will.
Though Phizo was not the first President of NNC, he was the pioneer leader of the Naga Nationhood and he played his role as the leader of the Naga Independence Movement as far as he could. He was successful as the movement gained momentum throughout Naga inhabited areas.
The Nagaland Federal Government was set up on March 22, 1956 and a Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of India and Nagaland Federal Government was declared on September 6, 1964 and political talk was started but it came to a fiasco. After a lapse of 30 years, talk between the Government of India and NSCN(I-M) was started which continues inconclusive up to now.
The talk took more than 20 years and now it depends on the Government of India whether to expedite it or not and it is a matter of fact that the Nagas are impatient and frankly speaking if some ones from among the Nagas take an alternative decision and slip away the whole set will be disturbed and a great political crisis will crop-up. According to my observation this is true.