Community Platform, Convergence and Breaking the Deadlock: TNR Roadmap for the Naga Policy Issue | Morung Express

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Dimapur | August 10

A Church-initiated community platform, the convergence of Naga Political Groups (NPGs) and breaking the stalemate between the Government of India (GoI) and the NSCN (IM) were the 3-point proposal that The Naga Rising (TNR) presented on August 10 in its “Roadmap for a peaceful, honorable and speedy solution”, to the controversial Naga political issue.

In releasing the ‘Roadmap’ to the media here at Saramati Hotel, Manager Along Longkumer expressed TNR’s firm belief that the ‘Roadmap’ presents a ‘rational plan of action to reach a conclusion or a specific objective… of what all Nagas want… peaceful, honorable. and a quick fix….

The TNR, he said, is putting the roadmap in the public domain for the citizens of Naga to take ownership and help realize the 3-point proposal.

The first proposal is for the formation of a “community platform” with the representation of “all shades and opinions” of Naga-land and initiated by the Church.

This platform should be borderless, a TNR member explained, while interacting with the media after the official release, further informing that the roadmap would be shared with various stakeholders in the Naga political process.

The Naga Rising Convenor, Along Longkumer unveils the “road map for a peaceful, honorable and speedy solution” to the Naga political problem at the Saramati Hotel on August 10. (Morung Photo)

This would help complement the efforts of the Central Committee on the Naga political issue comprising Nagaland’s 60 legislators, the roadmap says.

Working towards the “convergence” of NPGs is the second proposal, based on the resolution adopted at its annual meeting on June 29, 2022. According to the TNR, this is imperative as the Indian government has announced that “there will only be only one solution for the Naga question.

The third proposal contained in the ‘road map’ is to help break the ‘impasse’ between GoI and NSCN (IM) over the ‘unresolved flag and constitution issue’.

Asked about the way forward to break the deadlock, a member further informed that the TNR initiative is ongoing, and while a final plan has yet to be made public, it has already been outlined. on the issue last month.

It should be mentioned here that the TNR, via a July 14 press release, informed that it had tapped into “the wealth of knowledge and experience of experts/thinkers” on “fresh ideas on the way forward for the peace process, ranging from the Naga flag, the Naga constitution, the notion of shared sovereignty and the issue of Naga inhabited areas.

Justification of the roadmap
Elaborating on the rationale and basis of the roadmap, TNR Convenor Along emphasized that resolving the Naga political issue is necessary to address the complexity of the current Naga situation.

This requires collective priority, unified attention and action, he said, adding that the Naga public has “become restless and losing faith in the 25-year long peace process”.

And so this roadmap, he said, while insisting that little needs to be “clarified” before reading it.
It is not a unilateral document for the benefit of “a single party, party or faction”, he asserted, but a “unifying project which can have a positive impact on the peace process In progress”.

Again, the TNR initiative should be seen as complementary, not contradictory, to the Naga public’s determination for a speedy and inclusive solution, he added.

“We acknowledge, support and respect the various public movements…platforms and voices working for the resolution of the Naga political issue,” the Convenor asserted.

However, the TNR is very “clear and firm in our understanding” that beyond calls for a quick solution or mobilization of the masses, the prevailing situation also demands a decisive plan of combined action and strategy, a he added.

Long further pointed out that Naga by nature can be “emotional and impulsive” in any given situation and as a result tends to get lost in confusion and create isms and divisions.

“We need to apply our minds more…to think critically and objectively,” implying that the “roadmap” is one such step, though it has emotional appeal.

TNR further noted that it appreciates and supports the determination of the Naga public for a speedy solution to the 25-year long peace process and recognizes the moral responsibility of all Naga to work collectively and prepare the ground for a political solution.

However, expressing his concern over the deep and unnecessary division that prevails in current Naga society, he said the way forward is for all Nagas to work together in the interest of a quick and peaceful solution.

Accordingly, the roadmap was proposed.

Why TNR?

With the motto “Guide Guard and Govern”, TNR was formed in part in 2019 with the overall objective of engaging with a wide range of issues and concerns facing the Naga community and describes itself as a platform who “seeks to bring people and issues together” and be a “catalyst for reform and problem solving”.

One of the main motivations for embarking on this journey is to build a better world and future for our children and the younger generation, the official said.

It is deeply rooted in the collective history of faith, freedom and brotherhood of the Naga people, he added, particularly the 1929 Naga memorandum to the Simon Commission as a “guiding light”.

Germinating from the seed planted on the ground long ago through the initiatives of our Naga elders and pioneers, but renewing the vision with the notion that new thinking is needed in keeping with the current context and times, the TNR was formed, he said.

A political party, the Rising People’s Party, was also formed to serve as a “catalyst for change”, among other things.

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