ReThinking

Although many Nagas are sure of their aspirations and have demonstrated their yearnings through public expressions, the challenge is to translate their aspirations become reality. This condition creates a gap between aspiration and reality that separates them from reaching their goal; thereby contributing towards a vicious cycle of confusion. In other words, what is missing is an agreed upon common pathway to a shared future. This viewpoint suggests that the ingredient required to take a people forward, involves creating a common – united – pathway to fulfilling aspirations that includes reconciling with each other.

In the midst of this present confusion where every leader is advocating a path according to their own perspective, it is even more essential for Naga leaders to inspire and empower the people to break this destructive cycle of confusion by collectively thinking and acting together. This will require the full participation of people in a manner that promotes dialoguing with each other to create and foster a common – united – approach towards a shared future. Naga leaders are called to adequately exhibit their will to respect and actively listen to people’s needs and jointly find new ways towards a shared future.

A renewed and evolving consciousness is imperative to forging a common – united – pathway with a unity in purpose. Such a consciousness calls for self-realization and re-examination of the Naga way of life, culture and worldviews, faith, belief systems and their shared future. Such an evolving consciousness will expose the hypocrisy of injustices and supports a process to enable a political imagination that empowers the idea of a shared humanity. In essence, this consciousness should result in empowering the people’s self-determining capacities to assume greater responsibilities that emerge from this consciousness. Eventually, the people will take ownership of their destiny.

The common – united – pathway will relate the Naga history to the present and reject the attempts by the powers that be to perpetuate a deliberately arrested image of Naga culture and aspirations. In doing so, it demonstrates a historical and political evolution of the modern Naga and creates the opportunity to rise and attain the envisioned existence of the collective self. By forging a common – united – pathway, it allows the space for Nagas to “agree to disagree,” and where everyone need not all be the same. Rather it generates a critical solidarity that originates from a common heritage of shared values, common experience and a common envisioned future.

When a common and united pathway is created, the Nagas will neither compromise their future, nor be chained to their past.