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Editorial

Public wish, speaking plain

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By EMN Updated: Oct 26, 2014 6:18 pm
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[dropcap]B[/dropcap]etter sense should prevail among the ‘Naga political groups’ so that the festive mood is not spoilt. Whether it is for the festive season or not, no one likes violence. It may not be wrong to say that apprehension in the public psyche is already there due to the stray incidents witnessed in the past few days. The quit notice and that of counter act by rival groups are quite disturbing. We hope the situation does not blow out of proportion.The authorities concerned and Naga civil society organizations cannot afford to remain mute over the situation. They should engage heartily to douse the potential flame before it turns into wild fire. The Naga society has seen enough of such situations where an insignificant incident often leads to something else. By now, we should be wise enough not to ‘lose our walking stick again’.
Reaching out to these groups by the Naga civil society organizations to end factional feud is not a new thing. We have seen the Naga Hoho making effort to end violence. We have seen the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) crying for peace. The tears of our mothers continue to roll down from their cheeks. We have also seen the various student organizations including the NSF and ENSF giving out the messages of peace. The church has been taking an active role in this regard. What more do we have to do?
Sadly, today the Naga frontal organizations are not vocal as they used to be. The Naga intellectuals too have retreated to their cozy homes mutely watching the situation. There are reasons for these Naga intellectuals choosing to remain aloof. However, true intellectuals speak their mind. The Naga society needs a Noam Chomsky at this critical juncture.
Noam Chomsky in his book ‘Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy’ talks of the actions of the United States violating human rights. Chomsky ridicules the United States for going against all democratic norms. The American intellectual single handedly created big waves while terming the dealing of things by the United States as ‘double standard’. Noam Chomsky says the United States’ principal mission is said to be to spread democracy all over the world but on the contrary it has overthrown the democratic governments in Iran, Chile, Guatemala and in many other countries. He also strongly opposes the policy of the United States pertaining to the Middle East issue. Noam Chomsky then criticized the United States for its failure in the healthcare sector.
Today, we Nagas need a Noam Chomsky who perceive situation above the ethnic lines. We need a Chomsky to voice what has not been spoken.

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By EMN Updated: Oct 26, 2014 6:18:40 pm