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Nagaland Elections

Nagaland Elections Udayon Misra In the elections to the Nagaland assembly it was the Congress(l) which strongly appealed to regional, even chauvinistic, sentiments. In line with Congress(I) tactics in other north-eastern states, the party not only showed its willingness to make-up with forces it has long been describing as anti-national, but also encouraged inter-state differences and tensions. Even the prime minister did not consider it unwise to add to the tension between Nagaland and Assam provided this brought immediate electoral gains for the party THE Nagas have always prided themselves as an honest and straightforward people and a statement attributed to A Z Phizo runs thus: "Truly, we are a peculiar people. We are all equals. Men and women have an equal status. We have no caste divisions. . . no high class or low class of people... We believe in that form of democratic government which permits the rule not of the majority but of the people as a whole. We have no land tax, no wine tax. no water tax. Forests, rivers and woodlands belong to the people for their exploitation without paying taxes. .. We have no beggars.. , And, wonder of wonder, we have no jails. We do not 'arrest' or "imprison' anybody... We fear nobody, individually or collectively. We are a healthy people and fear corrupts the health of man... We talk freely, live freely and often fight freely too. We have no inhibitions of any kind. Wild? Yes... But free. There is order in this chaos, law in this freedom. If I were to choose a country, it would be my Nagaland, my fair Nagaland

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