The brutality and savagery of India’s divisive politics over the Nagas is clearly manifested in the decision of India in connivance with the then Burma to divide the Nagas and their land with an arbitrary line. That the line was an inhumane arbitrary line of administrative convenience is apparent from the fact that the alleged and so-called international boundary line passes through and inside of the house of the Chief of Longwa village in Mon district of Nagaland.
That India under the Modi-Shah leadership continues to uphold Nehru’s legacy of arrogant aggression against the Nagas is again manifested by India’s decision to end the Free Movement Regime (FMR). What makes the present dispensation of the Govt of India even more cruel, inhumane and criminally inclined is that it has decided to end the FMR purportedly at the behest of the Chief Minister of Manipur- Mr Biren Singh, who is already infamous for the alleged ethnic cleansing orchestrated on a section of its tribal Christian population, thus making the present ruling dispensation in Delhi a partner in crime that the dispensation in Manipur is accused of. What makes it more sinister and ominous in the policies of India is that it purportedly decided to end the FMR on the strength of the justification by Biren Singh who accuses the existence of FMR to justify the occurrence of violence of unfathomable crimes committed on a section of the tribals under his watch. Two wrongs don’t make a right. The Nagas cannot remain mute spectators while Manipur CM blames the FMR to cover up his crimes and manipulates Delhi to abrogate the FMR. Any such move therefore shall be vehemently opposed.
Long before India was granted Independence following a prolonged subjugated rule under British colonialism, Nagaland had submitted the Memorandum to the Simon Commission in 1929, desirous to be left alone as in ancient times of its existence as independent republics without external dominion. This was again reiterated in the declaration of 14th August in 1947 as the Naga Independence day, a day ahead of India’s Independence, in consultation with Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Indian Nation. Even as India tried to suppress and subjugate the Naga voice and its political rights, the free and indomitable Naga spirit had demonstrated its sovereignty and its desire to be left alone through the Naga Plebiscite of 16th May 1951. These three landmark events amongst many others are enough proof of the legitimacy of the Naga Political rights.
The Nagas shall oppose any restriction of movement of its people in its indigenous ancestral lands as well as oppose the erection of any physical barrier that is built on arbitrary and imaginary lines devised to divide and separate the Naga ethnic tribals who were already in homogeneous existence long before India came into being and long before any arbitrary line was drawn by India’s Nehru and Burma’s Unu.
The scrapping of FMR shall only serve to push the wedge of mistrust deeper into the Indo-Naga political conflict that refuses to heal because India refuses to acknowledge the ground realities of its occupational aggression. May wisdom prevail over the leadership in Delhi, before the so-called northeast burns again with greater intensity over a greater geographical distribution.
Issued by: Information and Publicity Cell, Naga Club.