Post Mortem

11th Naga Unification anniversary speech of Gen.(Retd) mb Neokpao

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/22/2018 12:01:06 PM IST

 Dear Comrades, friends, ladies and gentlemen. I thank our Almighty God for enabling us to celebrate this eventful historic day once again. I feel Naga history is much richer because of what happened politically eleven years ago. I salute the brave men and women, many of whom are no more with us today, for playing a crucial role to bring the Nagas together. 

22nd November 2007 marked the day when overwhelming number Naga leaders and followers of different factions truly realised the futility of indulging in fratricidal warfare within Naga family. All the battle hardened leaders with their arms and men chose to heed to the crying appeal of the Naga civil societies for reconciliation. On the evening of Nov. 21, 2007, leaders and men from different Naga political groups nervously started entering the village gate of Hovishe Village under Niuland. The grand reconciliation among different Naga political groups thus made a very promising start. 
GPRN/NSCN leadership, from the very beginning, believed that unity of the Nagas was the most crucial ingredient preceding any future political solution. All the Naga tribes swear by this fact. All the civil societies know this truth. All Naga National political leaders recognise this lofty slogan. Nagas are one people and hence reconciliation, unity and political solution were the desire of the people. Unification move on 22 Nov. 2007 was the unprecedented, long felt desire that finally materialized with a great collective effort of true patriots. 
Very unfortunately, It is also a historical fact  that many Naga political group leaders and even prominent civil society leaders, in due course of time smoothly changed their tone and contradicted their earlier position from heartily welcoming the new development to accusatory stance and which is why, sadly, many innocent Naga national  workers lost their lives. 
Eleven years down the line, Nagas have lost many precious sons and daughters to forces inimical to Naga unity. GPRN/NSCN’s basic political principle remains unchanged. God created Nagaland. God wants Nagas to reconcile and unite. If any Naga leader feels Naga unity is not unity if not done on his terms, it goes against the basic principle and foundation of Naga nationhood.
Today, GPRN/NSCN is an equal partner in the NNPGs Working Committee and holding political negotiations with the GOI. GPRN/NSCN is not a superior entity on the table. All NNPGs share the same ground because Naga political issue belongs to all Nagas. It is the agreed principle of all NNPG leaders that talks shall be inclusive and no political group shall be a back bencher. It is unconditionally inclusive in letter and spirit. GPRN/NSCN, as a partner to other NNPGs shall warmly welcome Nagas comrades from those political groups who are yet to participate in the political dialogue with the GOI. 
The positive step taken by Naga patriot eleven years ago has galvanized the Naga people so much that there is a great hope that the Naga political problem will be solved. Honourable and acceptable solution is our people’s desire. We shall, as an equal partner in the ongoing political negotiations, strive towards this goal. 

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