The insidious, prejudiced and incoherent press statements emanating in the name of Naga Hoho in recent times reveal that the seal, letterhead and the very soul of Naga Hoho has been sold and surrendered completely. Nagas are free spirited people and NH’s ignorance of reality, bankruptcy of purpose and vision is shocking. This is why the Naga tribes abandoned it one after the other. Without ENPO, NTC, CNTC and NGBF, Naga Hoho has no centre of gravity and disbands itself. Its sorry existence and paid activities shrink by the day!
The WC, NNPGs is extremely disturbed by the manner in which the good name of Naga Hoho is being misused by a handful of disillusioned men driven by personal ambitions. Initially, NH was for all and never for few. It was not meant to be a mouthpiece of one tribe, community or organisation. The founders of the Naga Hoho wanted it to be the cynosure of all eyes, drawing attention of all Nagas in matters of Naga history, identity and political struggle. Alas! Never has there been a mass based organisation in recent memory that degenerated, rot, decayed and died as quickly as the Naga Hoho. A gang of covetous men have destroyed the foundation and tarnished the great vision of the founders of the NH.
Naga Hoho, if it really exists, ought to peruse through “Agreed Position” signed between GOI and WC, NNPGs on 17th Nov. 2017. With due respect to all past agreements and accords, the “Agreed Position” or “Preamble Agreement” as it is also referred to, is the only historical document whose contents strikingly resonates the very comforting words spoken and assured by Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian Nation, to NNC leaders at Bhangi Colony, New Delhi in 1947. WC and the GOI went a step further and mutually agreed on the, “…Political and historical rights of the Nagas to self determine their future in consonance with their distinct identity…” Yet, the Naga Hoho could not find any political significance in this historic GOI/WC declaration! The painful reality is that NH has been reduced to a relic with little or no hope of being revived. The epidemic proportion of indiscipline has rendered it irreparable and irrelevant.
Since 2017, In the three years of intensive rounds of political negotiations between the GOI and WC, the Naga tribal hohos, legislators, intellectuals, concerned senior members of Naga society etc. have been briefed and also status paper presented. There have been no negative feedback from any quarter. All sections of our people have been receptive of the roadmap towards solution. Neighbouring communities have been reconnected and briefed as well. The Naga Hoho may not be aware since it is inside a cocoon. With a little sense of dignity and responsibility, the members may go through it and grasp the reality.
Naga Hoho President Mr. H. K Zhimomi, a bona-fide Sumi was directed by Sumi Hoho, the apex Sumi tribal body, to disassociate from the NH since the Sumi Hoho is not affiliated with the organisation. He went against his own tribe and crowned himself the Naga Hoho president. For this he was excommunicated for six years, implying he is an outcast in the eyes of Sumi people. Despite this glaring ineligibility Mr. H.K Zhimomi and few of his colleagues continue to seek misplaced glory using the platform of Naga Hoho oblivious to the fact that today the attention of the Naga tribes have shifted towards a comprehensive social and political unity outside the Naga Hoho. Naga tradition is clear that excommunicated members cannot represent even a village let alone representating Nagas.
If the remnant Naga Hoho desires to comment on the current Indo-Naga dialogue, it necessitates them seeking the advice and opinion of WC, NNPGs beside others. Simply parroting someone’s lines makes an organisation an object of ridicule. Naga Hoho is reminded that by mutual agreement and consent, since Oct. 31st, 2019, all formal negotiations with both IM and WC ended. This status quo is accepted whereby dialogue process and finalization of negotiated matters continue to this day.
The WC, NNPGs is of the opinion that Mr. R.N Ravi, GoI Interlocutor in the Indo-Naga political dialogue has exhibited serious concern and commitment with practical touch. Past interlocutors and negotiators, in mutual comfort zone, indulged in innuendos and political gymnastics with routine hyperboles and hypothetical assumptions to sedate the Naga people. As years ran their course it became an alibi, stale and redundant. It was a deliberate ploy to dwell more on impossibilities rather than possibilities which has left the Nagas feeling betrayed. For a change, having understood the genesis of Indo-Naga conflict, new interlocutor Mr. R.N Ravi redefined the dynamics, looked straight in the eye, met Naga civil societies, listened to tribes and put pen to paper. The present interlocutor’s commitment, depth and understanding of the Naga issue is second to none. With him at the helm, the Indo-Naga conflict has taken a pragmatic, proactive turn towards finding an acceptable and honourable political solution.
From day one, WC,NNPGs believed in inclusivity and transparency. Brainstorming on critical issues taking our people’s view into consideration has been a powerful ingredient in the ongoing political dialogue. We have negotiated at length and agreed in principle the proposed political arrangements, entrenching distinct Naga identity in all Naga inhabited areas. After all it is a Naga narrative and not of one leader.
To suggest a new interlocutor at this time is to rewind the Indo-Naga issue back to zero. A return to same old situation employing the same old trick: burn Nagaland, ransack it, strangulate and heap more misery and suffering on the Naga public in the name of political issue.
WC, NNPGs believes that Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah and current Interlocutor Mr. R.N Ravi, by now, realise that the Naga people have great hope in their future through enduring peaceful co-existence, as reflected in the Agreed Position of 17th Nov. 2017.
In the last few years Naga Tribal hohos, apex civil societies, the church and Nagas citizens at large have come to understand the factual position of GOI and Nagas. All negotiating groups agreed in principle that dialogues had completed on 31st Oct. 2019. There is little reason for any entity to veer off the track.
Regrettably, there are few hired mainland media people, without even setting foot in Nagaland and knowing nothing about our people’s sentiment on the ground, are conveniently lining up potential Interlocutors for Naga talks in the comfort of their air-conditioned rooms! These are people who live and die churning out fallacies through print and electronic media. They should come to Nagaland, meet the tribes and get their facts right. At home and from afar, the modus operandi is at play to destroy Nagaland again.
The WC, NNPGs will neither comment nor tutor Mr. R.N on how to play a gubernatorial role in the state of Nagaland. Naga people and history will judge him either as hero or villain over his dual role. WC, NNPGs commenting on the actions of Nagaland’s Governor will not serve the purpose.
Media Cell, WC, NNPGs
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