Views & Reviews
Nagas are One
Nagas Politics and Nagas movement for Sovereignty was spearheaded by Late. A. Z. Phizo Angami, who said that Naga Politics is to include all the Nagas inhabiting in different regions of the then undivided continuous Nagas areas, presently fragmented and scattered into Nagas of Nagaland, Burma, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam and to be governed by an Umbrella Naga Government. On hearing this statement of Mr. Phizo, all the Nagas living in different regions of the World got spontaneously united and supported overwhelmingly both physically and morally including all the Hills tribals of the North East. This dream of united Naga government of Mr.Phizo will be the best-suited principle and ideology which the Nagas can accept to survive as a distinct Nation. I say this because when the NNC was formed at Wokha, I was personally present in that very meeting and I could clearly recollect whatever was discussed by the representatives who equivocally expressed their desire that all the Nagas should be united as one Nation. All the tribes of the North East had lend their moral supports to the Nagas movement before the Nagas were compelled to take up arms. Only the Assam Government under the leadership of the former Chief Minister, Shri. Bishnu Ram Medhi had flatly stood against the Nagas movement. Former Prime Minister of India, Shri. Jawahrlal Nehru was completely misguided by Shri. BR Medhi, resulting in the launching of Military Operations against the Nagas by India. At that point of time, the Nagas were one wherever they were living but today, some Politicians and high officials are talking for Nagas of Nagaland only. This is evident from publications found in Nagaland Post on 07 October, 2019, wherein the Statements of Mr. Kitovi, the Hon’ble Ato Kilonser of GPRN/NSCN harping on for Nagas of Nagaland. I appeal to all the Naga Politicians not to change the ideology on Nagas Unity as it started from the beginning of Nagas movement. We have the responsibility to carry forward the unified Nagas regardless of poor or rich and uncivilized or civilized. The younger generations should not forget this but follow the principles and ideology of the forefathers.
Personally, I dont even like to hear the Slogans that divides the Nagas such as Northern Nagas, Southern Nagas, Eastern Nagas, Western Nagas or Central Nagas etc. The Nagas should be one and be united to live together as one cordial family.
T A Ngullie
Former Minister, Nagaland