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WHEN Donald Trump declared his candidacy for the President of the United States of America in 2016, he said he will make “AMERICA FIRST” his policy and make America the most powerful Nation in the World again.
This he said from the background of Russia earlier in 2014 at the time Barak Obama was the President of the USA and the whole civilized democracy of the World sat silent as hooded Russians acting Crimean pro-Russians, barged into the Assembly and seized Crimea.
‘America First’ is Donald Trump’s Cardinal Policy for USA above all of his other Policies. This Policy covers every government actions on Education, on Medical Health, on Security, Industry, Trade & Commerce, Home & Foreign Affairs and others. All subjects that affect America including Emigration and Immigration come under the cardinal policy of ‘America-First’.
Similarly Chief Minister of Nagaland may declare a ‘NAGALAND-FIRST’ as the Mother-of-all Policies affecting the State of Nagaland and this mother of Policies of Nagaland should set all Policies of Government of Nagaland in one and the same direction of ‘Nagaland First’.
It is now a foregone conclusion that the amalgamation with Nagaland of the contiguous Naga areas in the neighboring States is not possible and a Constitution with separate political Flag of the Naga demanded by the IM is not agreeable to the Government of India. The WC of 7 NNPG of Nagaland reported that their final draft of concord with the Government of India is already ready.
So then, the whole gamut of finalization of the Naga political problem has now narrowed down to only the settlement of the Naga of the three States of Arunachal, Assam and Manipur in Autonomous Council in their own respective States and this rests with the GoI and the IM alone. It is outside the State of Nagaland and the people of the States should decide for themselves.
Nagaland has all the good wishes for our brothers and sisters of outside Nagaland that they would come to a tolerably acceptable peaceful settlement in their respective places.
The only wish of the people of Nagaland is that on final solution of the political case in the State of Nagaland, the Leaders of the violent NSCN[IM] Revolution and their armed Cadres leave Nagaland so that the peaceful civil indigenous can live in peace with peaceful civil Tangkhul brothers and sisters and others in Nagaland in tranquility.
It is unsettling that the NSCN [IM] is floating a socialist Organization called Pan Naga Cultural Hoho to cover all the Naga inhabited States of the Northeast and invested with Statutory Role on Education and Development in the States with direct funding for each State from the Union Government at Delhi.
All the Northeast States have their own Government Department of Arts & Cultural under specific Minister in charge of the portfolio. No State would like to have an outside NGO in an Advisory role to meddle in its State Government on Education and Development, more so with separate and direct funding from Delhi.
Nagaland is already a separate and oldest Hill State of the Northeast with separate Governor, separate High Court, separate Territory, separate Accountant General and democratically elected Chief Minister with his council of Ministers to administer every sector of the State with the help of trained Nagaland Cadre AlS Officers and its own State Cadre Officers.
The introduction of a Pan Naga Hoho to Nagaland with a statutory support for structure of the Hoho does not help Rule of Law and Democracy in any way. It may even lead to dissipation and weakening of the legal net of the Article and if the legal net of the Article 371-A is weakened, the fabric of cultural strength of the Naga Society in Nagaland will surely suffer.
I am not a legal expert, what I am expressing is only a premonition that the sword of Damocles is hanging over the head of the people of Nagaland. The Government of Nagaland should surely consult its legal Experts if it had not already done.
The State Nagaland had long ago its own ARTS & CULTURE Department of the Government with a Minister in charge. The State has innumerable Cultural Organizations of each Tribe, each District and of every Community. The Culture, Customs and its practices even within a Tribe have subtle differences in each and very of the many Naga Tribes. Baring constraints of finance, the State alone is the best manager and Mentor of it own Culture.
Nagaland has almost sovereign freedom in its Cultural Domain.
The Constitution of India Article 371-A, has:
(1) Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, –
(a) no Act of parliament in respect of-
(i) religious or social practices of the Nagas,
(ii) Naga customary law and procedure,
(iii) Administration of civil and criminal justice involving decisions according to Naga customary law,
(iv) Ownership and transfer of land and its resources,
Shall apply to the State of Nagaland unless the legislative Assembly of Nagaland by a resolution so decides;
Unfortunately, the only thing the Legislators of Nagaland say is to prompt the Negotiators to finalize the Talk possibly in December for Christian Nagaland to have a happy Christmas!?
The finalization the Agreement between GoI and the NSCN [IM] of the secret SUBJECTS or “COMPETENCIES” -as they call- some 30 in number, is not yet gone over fully. What they decide are going to impact everyone in Nagaland perhaps for many generations.
In view of the Paramouncy of Article 371-A: “no Act of Parliament in respect of religious and social practices, Naga customary law, ownership and transfer of land and its resources………. shall apply to the State of Nagaland unless the legislative Assembly of Nagaland by a resolution so decides.”
The details of the Agreement before it is concluded must have to be brought to the legislative Assembly of Nagaland for perusal and even modification if article 371-A is found violated.
Thepfulhouvi Solo