Feb 04, 2014

Nagalim: Unity is a Necessity in Hope for Reconciliation

Acknowledgment of the entity of the Nagas, the situation, and the unique history of the Nagas are of great importance in order to resolve the current conflict.

Below is an article published by the Morung Express:

Chairman of the NSCN (IM), Isak Chishi Swu today [31 January 2014] asserted that “unity for the Nagas is a must,” and that “it should be for the cherished goal.” Swu was addressing the 34th anniversary of NSCN Day, held at Council Headquarters Hebron on Friday.

Stating that the NSCN (IM) is principle based, Swu said that “any reconciliation move that betrays the principle is a roadblock.” “Unity of people without orientation to the future is like a ship without radar. Unity must address the issue,” he added.  

Swu noted that of late, the Indian state has adopted “the neo-colonial policy of killing the Nagas through the Nagas and subduing the Nagas through the Nagas.” He added that all state machineries are set to “colonize” the Nagas in the name of development and security of India . . .” He further lamented that Nagalim has been made the “killing field of the Indian armed forces,” and as such, asserted that “resistance to it, in one form or the other, is a must, not a choice.”

While recalling former Prime Minister of India, PV Narasimha Rao’s statement that “military solution is ruled out,” Swu said that present peace process between the Government of India and the NSCN “on the basis of the three agreed terms is ground breaking.” “Recognition of the entity of the Nagas, unique history and situation of the Nagas are landmarks in history,” he stated. Swu iterated that “NSCN will not go for any kind of solution foregoing our principles,” and asserted that “It is for a negotiated settlement that respects mutual rights and interests.” He added that “No policy and no strategy will ever save our history, culture, identity, land and political future if our principle is murdered.”