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NSCNs celebrate 29th Raising Day
Published on 1 Feb. 2009 1:54 AM IST
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NSCN (I-M) and the GPRN/NSCN Saturday celebrated the 29th Raising Day of the NSCN at their respective designated camps. The NSCN (I-M) celebrated the day at CHQ, Hebron with Convener Steering Committee, Qhevihe Chishi Swu as the chief guest. NSCN (I-M) chairman, Isak Chishi Swu in his raising day message which was read out by Qhevihe Chishi Swu slammed NSCN (K) chairman S. S. Khaplang by saying that the “Indian expansionist found a good friend in S. S. Khaplang through whom the bloodiest abortive coup attempt was made in 1988.” On the attempted unification, Isak said “recently we have witnessed another attempt made by the Indian state through some deserters to tear down the edifice of NSCN in the stolen name of unification.” Isak asserted “we have already officially declared the policy of unity through reconciliation and forgiveness. But the hard reality is that we are witnessing division between the patriots and traitors, loyalists of the people and deserters.” He said though Khaplang claimed he was for the people, yet he was “hosting all the anti-Naga elements at his camp”, besides “collaborating with the enemies of the people when people are fighting against them” and asked “where is his nationalism?” Isak said Nagas were “not begging freedom from India or Myanmar or for that matter from any others” but only reasserting their inherent right of freedom. He said Nagas were also not asking for land from other as they had their own territory inherited from the forfathers. He said the issue of wanting to “join the Union of India or that of Myanmar or be free” was left up to the Nagas” while pointing out that “we have been struggling under the banner of Nagalim for Christ” and reposed trust on the Lord whose “presence shall continue to go with us till to the last” An MIP release said the function was attended by the members of the Steering Committee, Council of Kilonser, Tatars, NSWON members, Longvibu, Naga Army, subordinate officers and all civil Secretariat staff. Steering Committee secretary, Rh. Raising spoke on “Why the birth of NSCN was necessitated? What are the achievements and failures of NSCN?” CNC Vice-President Rev. A. Puni in his speech recalled God’s marvelous works for the Naga people during the past more than 50 years of national struggle. The day was marked with the “confession and atonement for the transgressions of the Naga national workers past and present”. Meanwhile, the GPRN/NSCN also celebrated the 29th Raising day of the NSCN at its designated camp, Khehoi with its Kilo Kilonser Azheto Chophi as the chief guest. The 29th Raising Day message of GPRN/NSCN chairman S.S Khaplang was read out by Kilonser for National Social Welfare, GPRN Maj (Retd.) R M Lotha. Khaplang in his raising day message, asked his Naga comrades such as NSCN (I-M) leaders Isak Chishi Swu, Th.Muivah and Khodao Yanthan including NSCN(K) army chief ‘Gen’Khole Konyak, all “being seventy years or more” whether any lesson could be learnt from the “unrewarding internal conflict?” which he said devalued the political rights of the Nagas. He said though the ‘GPRN/NSCN’ was “well prepared with thousands of patriots ready to defend the Naga people’s aspiration” yet there was no thing to achieve in internal bickering as “only ultimate defeat awaits the Nagas in the broader spectrum.” He said the slogan “Nagaland for Christ” should exist not only on the GPRN letter heads but also “rule our hearts and deeds as well”. Khaplang said the “greatest question before Nagas” today was whether they are prepared “to seek a common future for the sake of our children or continue to hunt each other with vengeful hearts?” Leaders must “leave a legacy that is free of political domination and suppression from within or outside”, he said. Khaplang also lauded what was termed as “ the brave effort of Kilo Kilonser Azheto Chophi and other respected leaders, Civil Societies, Churches, Intellectuals and NGO’s who stood up to the challenge of bringing the Nagas together under one umbrella.” He concluded by making an appeal to the entire Naga family such as - the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), the Naga Hoho and its federating Hohos, DB’s & GB’s Forum, ENPO, NSF, NPMHR, NMA, Churches and other Naga NGO’s and Civil Societies “to continue the noble work of restoring peace, reconciliation and unity in the land of the Nagas, so that we share a secure and respectable future.” According to a press release issued by Convener, Organizing Committee Deputy Kilonser Vitoshe Achumi, military drill, march past from five platoons of the Naga Army, special song from the Naga Army etc were the highlights of the programme. The programme was moderated by National Tatar Hoho Secretary, Khekiho Chophy and recorded by G Jimomi, Secretary I/C MIP & Among Yimchungru, Section Officer, MIP. Deputy Kilonser Felix delivered the vote of thanks and Hotoli Chishi, CNC staff pronounced the benediction which was followed by a celebratory feast. (Full text of speeches on p 4)

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