Are those in power and wanting the status quo to continue feeling threatened by the Naga Reconciliation process? Why?

Some of those who voted YES had this to say:

• Yes, our factional leaders, tribal leaders and politicians are benefiting most from our divided Naga society. They are all very busy building their own kingdoms and piling up their wealth. They have forgotten that even if they get away with their corrupt dealings, there is still a God to whom they are answerable to. Our society has become shameless.  

• Yes, many people do not understand reconciliation that is why they are threatened by it.  

• Yes. We have many leaders in the Naga political groups, state government, civil society, tribal organizations and NGOs who have acquire political clout and power during this two decades of ceasefire. They are now in power and are drunk with power. For them reconciliation is a threat and that is why they will keep on opposing the reconciliation process under one excuse or the other.  

• Yes. Unity displaces the lawless and greedy ones. They feel threaten by unity, those who opposes unity by their very nature are anti people and want to force their will on the majority.  

• Yes, very much. Those in power are afraid because genuine reconciliation means a change in the power system and so the people in power are against reconciliation.  

• Yes. It is obvious that those who are benefiting from this confusion and from this corrupt situation do not want any change. Reconciliation threatens all those who want to cling on to their power seat. This is the truth of the reality.  

• Yes, those in power do not want to change at all because they are profiting from this corrupt system.  

• Yes, we are not ready for reconciliation.  

• Yes, petty organizations politics and tribal politics is obstructing reconciliation because those in power feel threatened by Naga unity.  

Some of those who voted NO had this to say:

• No. Nagas as a whole are not ready for reconciliation. We are still stuck in factional and tribal politics. We are drowning in our own hate, jealousy and prejudice.  

• No. Reconciliation has nothing to do with politics.  

• No, because real reconciliation can come only after there is a solution to the Indo-Naga problem.  

Some of those who voted OTHERS had this to say:

• The sad part is that many of us in Nagaland do not know the meaning and concept of Reconciliation. We are swayed away by false slogans like forgive and forget.  

• Nagas today are divided into two ideologies – those who want Reconciliation and those who do not want Reconciliation. This is the real division, not factionalism.  

• When we are not prepared to speak and hear the truth, we cannot claim to be ready for reconciliation. It will still take some more time.