Depressing Uncertainty: Nagaland

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 In the aesthetics of ‘beauty,’ certainty is beautiful while uncertainty is romantic. Conversely,the Nagas are going through a certain kind of uncertainty which has created crises and put the Nagas in a very depressing situation. This depression has somehow blinded and overshadowed the form and content of the crux of the issue with a need for quick answers and fixes; at least for the time being, so as to ease the disturbed minds searching and waiting for answers from a situation of uncertainty. Some quick fix answers are needed as temporal measures to ease the emerging tension as a step towards delving into the larger root aspects concerning the ‘provisions’ under Article 371A of the Indian Constitution which is yet to get necessary warrant.

 Like a satirical ritual, in the controversial turn of events surrounding the ULB elections, the sights and sounds of those basking in the glory of blind celebration; and the ‘ayes’ and ‘hurrahs’ to emotionally charged statements makes the situation more depressing. These are clear identifiers that informs of our inability to engage the merited issues analytically which lie at the core of our identity, of rights and life.

 The tussle between the Apex bodies and the Government continues, and in its latest move, the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) has issued an ultimatum to the Government of Nagaland to defer the ULB elections in Nagaland State by January 26 and thereby fulfill what it considers as the “will and aspirations of the people.” On the other side, the Joint Action Committee on Women Reservation (JACWR) has said that women empowerment is real grudge for those opposing polls and that Naga women’s right to participate in the electoral process has been violated.

 Considering the direction of the present crisis, it is important that the government listen and respond by way of postponing the ULB elections, not necessarily to the “will and aspirations of the people,” but on a more pressing note, to the demands of the situation in view of the perceived threats and danger that has the potential to spark violence.

 Even as the people wait for the response of the government, a quick fix is necessary to have a proper re-evaluation of the root issues and knowing the situation and circumstances under which the state of Nagaland came into being. It is time for Nagas to critically analyze the various facets of identity and the predicament that makes one a ‘Naga.’ A discursive review is thus paramount to sincerely address the ‘provisions’ under Article 371A of the Indian Constitution. A lot of conceptual clarity is desired in order to study the present crisis.

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