The Indo-Naga National question in North-east India is a practical politics. This book is a study of Naga political theory and practice in making Naga history. Written by an indigenous scholar at the time of crucial juncture in Naga contemporary society, this book carries the collective viewpoints of the insiders in quest of solving the on-going issue. After tracing the origin of the Naga People’s Movement for freedom, it examines various stages of development inviting lessons that may be learned from the past events for achieving their desired goal. The book dishonors the occupational attitudes and speaks about the struggle, the dream and the determination of the Nagas to live as ‘People’ for love of freedom. As a positive writing, many controversial concepts like Human Rights violations, Naga Nationhood, Naga People hood, Indigenous People’s Rights, the question of self-determination; the Legitimate Rights of the Nagas and their claims are forcefully argued adding critical observations on the problem. The book further argues as to how long the Nagas would suffer because of that unsettled political issue between two parties, “India and the Nagas”. The author has high hope that this problem would come to an end one day. It argues why should it not be possible to bring a final settlement between them. For this end, the author gives a clarion call for the Naga National Unification for successful initiation of their problem with India. This volume carries a series of questions and answers paving the way for solution of not only the Naga issue but in re-organizing the whole North-east Region. Since it is a political issue, it requires academic debates and arguments. This makes the book too hot to handle, but easy to understand or to be misunderstood if wrongly interpreted. This book is thus, another welcome addition of volume in the field of Political Science, History, Sociology, Anthropology etc.; that could be used as a source of material in discovering peoples’ movement that are developing in the North-east India. This book will be immensely useful for the teachers and students, politicians, public leaders, councillors, patriots, policymakers, researchers and academicians. A must, for peace makers and conflict students addressed not only to India and the Nagas; but the people of Western countries who may like to know the real picture of the Indo-Naga political issue of invasion, which is one of the oldest unsettled political conflicts needing an amicable solution on human terms. The book speaks on Human Rights and Self-Determination. It is a millennium commitment writing.
Dr. A. Lanunungsang Ao, Professor of Sociology, did his M.A.; M.Phil; Ph.D.; from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. He is an active researcher in the field of rural development, tribal studies, gender and society and political sociology. Apart from a number of papers published in different journals and reference books, he is the co-author of Towards Poverty Alleviation Pogrammes in Nagaland and Manipur with Prof. B.K. Roy Burman in 1984. Three of his recent books are: Rural Development in Nagaland, 1993 and Naga Cultural Attires and Musical Instruments (ed.) 1999 and Naga Society and Culture, 2001 with N. Talitemjen Jamir. Presently, Prof. A.L. Ao is the Dean of Social Sciences and Professor Incharge, Nagaland University, Headquarters Lumami.
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