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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

Economic independence key to Nagas: MC Konyak

Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Kohima, 03 May, (Asiantribune.com): Looking at the present global trend where interdependence becomes key, the question of sovereignty by any group is untenable. So also the idea of separating from the mainland India is practically not tenable as far as the present global trend is concerned, MC Konyak, Minister for Forest and Environment told Asian Tribune here today. He however pointed that the core issue what the people should thrust was for “economic development.”

Konyak said no matter the size of the country was, they were concerned for their economic independence. Although they could not undo what the Naga underground leaders had done in the past, the minister further opined that a “total sovereignty” for the Naga people was not viable when the economic freedom was taking a “center-stage” everywhere in the world.

He however regretted that present senior Congress MLA Chingwang Konyak when the latter was minister-in-charge of Tuensang and Mon in the Hokishe Sema ministry in early seventies failed to intervene when the “boundary pillar” was erected during that time. He (Chinwang Konyak) should have done something but no record was there whether it was justice or injustice, he added.

Supporting chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s idea of supporting Nagas in Myanmar, Konyak was of the view that such a move was nothing wrong. For Konyak people, though educationally and economically lagging far behind than their counterparts, they were still concerned for the well-being of those fellow Konyaks and other Nagas as well living in Myanmar, he stated.

He also disclosed that Konyak dialect was spoken up to Chinwind in Myanmar and the Konyak bibles were also used there. Even Nagamese have become a lingua franca in that place, he said. Yet it was simply unimaginable to think about the pathetic living condition of their fellow Nagas in Myanmar if one compared with that of Nagas in Indian side.

“It is not possible for the Nagas living in Indian side to help improve the conditions of those in Myanmar side unless such matter was diplomatically initiated by the leadership of India,” Konyak said. “And Rio as chief minister coming out openly to initiate toward this direction is a positive move.”

The minister also highlighted that there were various international agencies that could play important role for the development of the Nagas living in Myanmar. This could be done on “humanitarian ground and economic point of vie,” he said adding, in this way, they could build up understanding with the government of Myanmar too.

- Asian Tribune -

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