Views & Reviews
What Legacy are we to Leave Behind
With all due respect to his excellency, the Governor and Interolocutor Mr. RN Ravi, yet considering the ‘Dual Personality’ of his role as Governor cum Interolocutor, I must say that all these reminds me of the story of ‘Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’.
It is a fact that all Naga people are eagerly anticipating and waiting (with fingers crossed) for an early and ‘Hon’ble Solution’ to the protracted Indo-Naga imbroglio, which had cost both sides, blood and tears but perhaps with Nagas on the recieving end. While admitting that Indian sides too have also lost many a brave and good soldiers, Nagas have lost not only brave sons and daughters in the Naga army but since Nagaland and other Naga areas were made the battlefields, thousands of Naga civilians, irrespective of genders, big or small, young or old has endured all kinds of sufferings, torments, tortures, rapes and death, which are way beyond comprehension. Period.
A glimmer of hope came with reflection on the views of Central leadership (both erstwhile and present leaders) who declared (at last) that ‘Naga Issue’ is Political, wherein it also recognised the unique history of the Nagas and for which, based on these facts, the interlocutor was understood to have expressed the same view in his meet with the NPGs at New Delhi regarding both WC NNPG’s Preamble and NSCN (IM)’s Framework signed between GoI/NPGs, which formally concluded on 31/10/2019, to be resumed and to inking the final settlement after Christmas and New Year break. But unfortunately, with the unprecended break-out of the Covid-19, everything came to a Lockdown mode, and perhaps, the Nagas were the most unfortunate, because it was during this time that Ravi (now as Governor) started to unleash all sorts of ludicrous attacks, by calling NPGs as ‘Armed Gangs’ and downgrading the almost a century old ‘Naga Political Issue’ simply to a ‘Law & Order Problem’
Now, some few writers all came gun blazing, in defence of the Governor. These amusing characters, with their usual rhetorics were claiming that he was just fullfilling his ‘Constitutional Obligation’ and ‘Gubernatorial Responsibilities’ and who never did mention any NPGs in particular. So, here’s my question
1. If the Governor was not reffering to the NPGs, then to whom was he reffering to, because if we do know some names of international dons, mafia and armed gangs and also in India, why not come out specifically, with the facts as to who are the gangsters and mafia running a parallel government?
2. If at all, the Governor was referring to NPGs as ‘armed gangs’, then why he (as the Interlocutor) is engaged in talks and maintaining ceasefire with the gangsters and why not with other gangs of big cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkotta or UP State (a hotbed of gangs/mafia)?
Nonetheless, the reflections shown through these calculated moves can be noted in the continued spate of unwarranted raids (even on Fathers’ day on 21st June) and arrests of national workers and immediately booking them under NSA which is nothing short of a well laid divisive plan.
Also the recent and unfortunate ‘murder and mutilation’ of six sleeping and cornered NSCN (IM)’s cadres by the Assam Rifles at Nginu Village in Arunachal Pradesh on July 11, 2020 speaks volumes of these hideous intents taking effect.
Again, the Governor directed through OM (July 7th 2020) to order all State employees to self-declare and to mention the games of family members and relatives who are in the UGs, which appears to be too ‘sinister, malicious, diabolic, insidious and pernicious’.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe there are no such rules even in ‘Indian Service Rule Books’ that except for the employee himself/herself, (both Central or State Cadres) none are ever subjected to such ludicrous and ridiculous orders to furnishing all details of family members and relatives. This, I feel is a blatant breach and direct infringement on personal privacy.
History has taught us and lesson has been learnt, that around two thousand years ago, Judas submitted the ‘same kind of format’ to the Roman Authorities. The rest (so they say) is history. Also, Adolf Hitler did the same against Jews. He collected all details of Jews, and when his time to grasp absolute power came, used the details to pinpoint all the whereabouts of the Jews and one by one decimated and anahilated them in millions.
Most of us may be too preoccupied with our personal works to even care, but we have already suffered enough and the adversaries are already at our doorsteps with our kids’ future at peril.
I beseech everyone to cut across party lines, groups/religious affiliations and to come out of our comfort zones to defend ourselves from being hit over and over again with foul blows ‘below the belt’.
Remember, this is our ‘Posterity’ being put on the ‘firing line’. This will not only effect NPGs, but everyone (directly or indirectly) including family members and relatives and most of all, in the long run will seriously jeopardise our children’s future.
What Legacy are we to leave behind for our Progeny? Milk and Honey or a Cursed bleak Future? That is ours to decide.
Nota Bene: The above statements are all written in my individual capacity, and does not reflect the views of any organisation that I may represent, and also not influenced by any political parties/groups in any manner, whatsoever.
Amento V. Chophi