PIPFPD shares solidarity with Naga People; reiterates progressive politics

Dimapur, August 22 (MExN): The Pakistan India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) has stated has reiterated the value of progressive politics and noted that the Naga People have a unique history of doing this.

Sharing solidarity message on the occasion of 77th Nagalim Independence Day celebration organised by the Global Naga Forum, PIPFPD Coordinator Vijayan MJ noted this is imperative against the backdrop of “post-colonial, feudal, casteist, patriarchal, and now increasingly communal India.” 

“Progressiveness demands us to leave aside statist diplomacy, tactics, and political manipulation. We must be amidst the people, fighting against oppression, injustice, inequality,” he noted. 

“The Naga People have a unique history of doing this. Whether in our midst or our neighborhood, it is important to carry forward the politics of progressiveness, as ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," as Martin Luther King believed,’ he added. 

Meanwhile, the PIPFPD Coordinator further noted that in the politics of solidarity, reaffirming people and the path they have shown is essential and said that there were active comrades, soldiers of civil societies that participated in “building dialogue between the perpetrator community and the oppressed community, in this case, Indian People and the Naga people.”

Accordingly, he cited some of past stalwarts such as Tina Dayalan, Dinesh Mohan, Surendra Mohan, JB Aswal, and Ram Narayan Kumar, who did a complete documentation of the Naga Peace process in 2003 and also brought wishes from Tapan Bose and Gautam Navlakha, among others. 

Further, organisationally and individually, Vijayan flayed “state-sponsored violence in the Naga neighborhood.”

“We cannot commemorate the Naga Independence Day without condemning the brutal sexual violence and murders that are happening in our neighborhood, entirely state-sponsored,” he asserted.