Month: March 2010

Nagaland and sovereignty

NSCN-IM general secretary Thiungaleng Muivah is in Delhi for talks with the Government of India. There is demand for Nagalim or Greater Nagaland and sovereignty for Greater Nagaland. It is unlikely that both demands will be granted.
A cease fire is in place between NSCN-IM and India since 1997. There is an elected government in Nagaland.
Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur will oppose their territory being given to Nagaland. There is talk of a council for Nagas in those states.
Article 371A of the constitution of India has special provision for Nagaland.
When India became independent many Nagas wanted to separate and had taken up arms. To meet many of their demands Nagaland was separated from Assam. Many Nagas continued their fight. The ceasefire agreement in 1997 brought peace but the demand for sovereignty did not go away.
India’s constitution has no provision for allowing states to secede. Nagas who want sovereignty are not powerful enough force separation from India.
Agreeing to sovereignty for Nagaland will lead to demand for sovereignty from many other states. Mizos wanted separation for many years and gave up their claim in 1987. In Kashmir there are people who want to join Pakistan or become a separate country. Even states where there had been no problem will demand sovereignty.
NSCN-IM is not the only group that represents Nagas. All groups that claim to represent Nagas should be asked to contest elections in Nagaland and show they have popular base.
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India, Qatar and democracy

Some feel M. F. Husain should not have accepted Qatar nationality because Qatar is not a democracy. They have not considered the reality. Qatar has better rule of law than India. M. F. Husain felt safe in Qatar. In India people who call for murder of someone are not arrested. Is that democracy? Having elections once in five years or so is not democracy. Law has to take course and guilty need to be punished. People who call for murder of someone and announce reward need to be prosecuted and punished. Victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, 1992 post-Babri Mosque demolition riots, 1993 Bombay riots, 2002 Gujarat riots and many other riots have not got justice. That is mobocracy. Films certified by CBFC are not allowed to be shown in theatres by hooligans and they are not punished. That is mobocracy. Policemen who molest get medals and awards. Is that democracy? To prosecute government officials who commit crimes you need government sanction. Is that democracy? Frequent disruptions take place in Parliament and Legislative Assemblies. Some MPs justify disruptions saying disruptions are covered by the media and their long speeches are not covered. Disruptions are not supposed to take place and should not take place. When votes of confidence take place some legislators switch sides betraying the people who elected them. People who go on rampage and destroy public and private property, uproot railway tracks, disrupt transport, engage in arson and other destructive activities are not punished. There is no fear of the law. Where is democracy? Link to e-book King – a novel: