16th August 2019, a historic day as Nagaland accorded a warm and grand reception program in honour of newly appointed Governor cum Interlocutor R.N. Ravi. Maybe the grandest reception program ever held in Nagaland history in honor of its Governors.
Looking back now, its hardlya surprise to see the currentshow down between Governor on one side and the Nagaland Government, Naga Political groups and CSOs in opposite side.
If we refresh Governor reception speech, we can mutually conclude that he came to Nagaland with a huge ambitions, unlike his predecessors, he means to do more than discharge his official duties, build a new Nagaland as per Central Govt. version.
Now, lets take a quick glimpse of his reception speech for better understanding of the Governor moves and the effects likely to be felt in the days to come.
Governor Ravi remarked, “that when the country moving at a fast pace, a never seen before pace for growth and development, the country is sending missions to the moonand mars and the inspirational youth are dreaming big because of congenial atmosphere, in the midst of all these it saddens me when our people in Nagaland are craving for basic necessities?for a good motorable road, good education, access to proper health care, decent employment opportunities, it saddensme all the more because this land is richer in resources than many pasts of the country and the youth is more talented than larger part of the country”.
He further pointed out that the dark shadow of unresolved Naga political issue cast shadow on every aspect of Nagas life. This cloud must go because our people deserve sunshine.
He also said of substantive issues being resolved including powers belong to the people and that people are the masters. On few symbolic issues? options were offered and interlocutors were urged to explore. He also implored on the need to work out the best, dignified honorable solution.Besides the above points, Governor spoke on thePrime Minister expressed need for the peace process to be concluded withintime frame of three months and status quo which means the Nagas have to bear the burden of multiple taxations, fear of gun, dreams of Naga youth being choked and suffocated and way out to all these darkness by concluding the peace talks. He lastlyassured that Article 371A will not face the same fate of Article 370 as 371A is a solemn commitment and sacred to the people of Nagaland.
In reading the Governor speech, one can can summed up the positive and negative effects in having Shri. R.N. Ravi as the Governor of Nagaland. Where the positive effects and negative effects will be a contradiction in itself for its recipient?the Naga tribes.
As he accurately pointed out the backgrounds of Nagaland, he appears determined to take actions to push Nagaland forward in terms of building infrastructures, reducing government corruptions,increasing employment opportunities for youths, eradicate Naga Armed groups rights to collect taxesand thus push for state economic growth. Having said it, accomplishingit will be a herculean task.
The writingon the wall is clear now for National national workers and the public, whether we wish to see it or not.That as political analyst Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty pointed out in her article, ?Has Governor Ravi’s Bid to AssertControl Jeopardized the Naga Peace Accord?, The Wire,30.06.2020? thatthe past peace accords between the Centre and the armed groups andagitation leaders in Northeast have been of three broad kind, she put Naga peace talk in thethird category?the Centrefactionalizes its potential interlocutor before bring some groups to the table and tiring them out through a long peace process-during which their networks and sources of funding are weakened- so that a watered down peace accord may be handed overfor an honorary exit. In some cases, agreement may be not be necessary at all. It may prod some leaders to join state politics instead ?ULFA- pro-talks, Kuki groups in Manipur etc?.For good or worse, the fate of Nagaland will be decided by the decisions of the NPGs.
Governor’s letter dated 16th June may be the first move for now, but final checkmate to Nagaland government and NPGsis just a matter of time from now.
Almost one yearbefore Nagaland Govt., NPGs and some CSOsregister opposition to governor’s letter conveying to invoke provisions of Article 371A ?1??b?, Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty had hinted governor might try take the charge of maintaining law and orderas Governor is bestowed with power by the said article to over rule Chief Minister to maintain law and order.?With J&K status revoked, alarm bell rings in Nagaland, The Wire, 09.08.19?.
In the face of such political fiasco, the common man lives onunperturbedby the loomingdark clouds or sunshine.
Samziuram Village, Peren.
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