Not the Wave but the Modi Fever
[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ot the Modi Wave but it is the Modi Fever that prevails in the region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins insurgency hit North East region tour from November 29. He is expected to address decades old issues of the region during his visit.
When he arrives in Nagaland the Nagas will observe and study every word he utters. The people here are eagerly waiting what packages Mr Modi has for the Nagas. When the Prime Minister graces The Hornbill Festival in the state capital Kohima on Monday he will definitely mention something on the Naga political issue. Mr Modi who is accompanying Naga peace talk interlocutor RN Ravi is also likely to spare time for the Naga civil society organizations. The Naga Hoho is reportedly preparing a lengthy and comprehensive memorandum to be submitted to the Prime Minister on November 30 in Dimapur. Expedition of the Naga peace process and the issue of racial discrimination of the North East people in the mainland Indian cities are said to be the theme-point of the Naga Hoho representation.Meanwhile, the euphoria is climaxing in Nagaland as the visit of Narendra Modi will coincide with the Christmas season and The Hornbill Festival. It is expected that Narendra Modi will draw a large crowd in Kohima. However, should the Prime Minister chooses to avoid the core issue, i.e. the Naga political issue in his speech the hype and euphoria that have been fast building will tumble flat on the ground within moments. What the people would like to know eagerly is the nature of Naga solution the Government of India is harbouring at the moment and they are on the line of thinking that the Prime Minister will give hints in this regard, if not clearly pronouncing it.
Another curiosity is about the economic packages by the Centre for Nagaland. The people will expect surprises from the Prime Minister. Interestingly, the two sitting Parliamentarians from Nagaland have put up various proposals before the Prime Minister on Thursday. Neiphiu Rio and Khekiho Zhimomi also expressed their confidence that the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the State will be ‘historic and will begin a new era for peace and development’ in the State.