SC Jamir and economic sovereignty

Appropos to the news item carried by some local papers on S.C. Jamir’s “First important comment on the protracted Naga political problems after being appointed to the gubernatorial post in July 2004...” the Naga people should congratulate him for clearly spelling out his political stand on the Naga political struggle. That, a) it is limited to present Naga state, that, b) it is within the Indian constitution, thereby reducing the freedom struggle to a mere law and’ order problem and that, c) some financial package is all that need to be negotiated thereby meaning we should demand some blood money from the government of India in lieu of Naga lives lost, Naga blood, Naga shame and pain. What we have suspected all along today we have heard from the horses’ mouth and in black and white. We should be grateful to him for his candid confession in the twilight of his political career.    

S.C. Jamir also confuses us with talks about Economic sovereignty of Nagaland. If there is an accepted political term or an economic term as economic sovereignty, it has to be a status after attaining sovereignty, a league or, association of sovereign states as in European Union (EU). In fact the term economic sovereignty was coined by the media in the midst of conflicts of opinion of sovereign nation members of the EU. In political thought, philosophy or theory and practice and in economic theory or principles the term economic sovereignty has no place or mention. In the history of the world no people or nation ever fought for economic sovereignty. If Mr. S. C. Jamir thinks that economic sovereignty equals economic package he is living in a fool’s paradise.

The Government of India used military force to subjugate to the Naga people, having failed in that they employed the economic package line and poured money to the Nagas, having failed to win over the Naga people with that ploy they employed both means simultaneously but their efforts proved futile. After 50 years, the Government of India finally realized that the only way to resolve the Naga problem was through dialogue and negotiations without pre-conditions which places the ongoing peace process beyond and outside the Indian Constitution. The Naga people are not so gullible nor the Government of India so foolish therefore to believe that economic package is the final solution, however much Mr. Jamir may wish. Such rantings are in no way going to affect the peace talks nor the firm aspirations of the Naga people but only serve to bring down the linage of such a senior politician as S.C.Jamir in the eyes of the Naga people.

P. Modoli
Tusii Nganii Village,
Tahamjam (Senapati)