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A book on ‘Tadingpou Gangmei, the man with A.Z Phizo in Pakistan’ released

DIMAPUR, DEC 3 (NPN)(Staff Reporter)
Published on 4 Dec. 2012 12:07 AM IST
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A book entitled “Tadingpou Gangmei, the man with A.Z Phizo in Pakistan” published by Naga National Archive and Research Centre (NNARC), Dimapur was released on Monday by Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) president, Savi Legiese, at Indigenous Cultural Centre, near Clock Tower, Dimapur.

Speaking after the book release, Savi said it was fortunate enough that NNARC was making research finding document which was  availed to the present generation. He termed the document as precious and a gem for Nagas and expressed hope that the document would give light and hope for the coming generation.

Giving a brief introduction on the book, executive director, NNARC, Gwangphun said that the book was about a brief account of a living person of Major (Retd) Tadingpou Gangmei who led A.Z. Phizo to East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) paving way to Naga National Council for Indo-Naga political issue to international arena.

He said the book was necessitated as there were hidden assets, unrecorded and untapped contributions of Gangmei to Naga national movement.

He explained that Major (Retd) Tadingpou Gangmei had silently served Naga nation since 1956 in his capacity as border intelligent inspector in the 1st and 2nd Alee Mission Command to East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and 1st Brigade with a new assignment as “executive officer” in the Federal Government of Nagaland.

Describing Gangmei as a simple man, quiet in spirit, talked less, obedience and dutiful, he said Gangmei was a man of confident and A.Z. Phizo trusted him and related all confidential matter relating to Naga struggle.

It may be mentioned that Gangmei was awarded by Federal Government of Nagaland at the Kilonser Conference at Poche Camp for his sincere and daring service to the Naga nation.

He felt that this piece of personal historical account documented should be preserved as one of Naga national documents.

The book described how there could be no nation without making sacrifices of many individuals who has contributed in many different ways and in whichever way he/she may render. Tadingpou Gangmei believed Naga nation would progress and prosper only when one possess an unselfish and national sentiment in the work of building the nation.

“This man has wrought a legacy that the future generations may reap in joy of what he has sown in sweat and tears.
His contribution may appear insignificant just as a drop of water in the ocean but without which the greatness and strength of the Naga Nation would tasteless”, a brief note on the book highlighted.

In the programme, Rev. Dr. V.K Nuh, NNARC chairman chaired the function, invocation by administrator, NE-India OM Books, Buruga V. Sridhar, a comment on the book was shared by T.A Rongmei, former president, Rongmei Council (AMNI).

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