Jack T Chakhesang
Senior leader in the NSCN/GPRN-U Kughalu Mulatonu has resigned from both Government and Party as of Sunday (Nov. 26). The primary reason so cited was “personal.” He has, however, reiterated that he is still committed to the Naga National Political Cause, having served for almost three decades.
Mulatonu’s timing comes at a time when there is an apparent stalemate in the Watershed of the Naga Political issue. NSCN (IM) had been insisting on Flag and Constitution in the talks with Government of India (GoI). To this, the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) has put forth that this was not put on board when the talks first began and had been inserted only recently. Once the negotiations are finalised and agreed upon by all the stakeholders the matter of Flag and Constitution will follow.
The NSCN (IM) has also put forth views contrary to the clauses in Article 371(A) through which Nagaland attained Statehood on political grounds. It is to be noted that most of the NSCN (IM) cadres are located within the territory of Nagaland State and it would not be an exaggeration to say that they are also benefitting from Nagaland’s Statehood.
At this very point of time/impasse (even though perhaps hectic parlaying may be going on without publicity), perhaps it is also understandable that any Naga National Worker would need or like to take a break from full time responsibility of keeping the Naga National Cause alive and active albeit with dialogue and diplomacy through peaceful means. So it is about time to concentrate on personal family affairs which are important too; like for instance, taking overall welfare and care of children and dependents, their education as also imparting the values of Naga History, cultural traditions and customary laws and inter alia, land rights and resources. These aspects are more relevant now as India is surging on many fronts not the least being digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) with their pros and cons.
So, Good Will and Good Luck for our Naga National Cause.