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Khaplang greets Naga peace convention
Dimapur, Feb 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Feb. 2009 12:46 AM IST
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NSCN-K chairman SS Khaplang has appealed to all the Nagas to work as servants of the Naga nation and not as soldiers ready to kill. In his greetings to Naga peace convention held in Kohima from February 21 to 22, Khaplang asserted that there could be no freedom in an intolerant and divided society and no nation could survive by killing its youths. He stressed that it was time to stitch the severed state of our nation. “I have emotional scars, I have physical scars, I have hurt and I have been hurt beyond tolerance but to dwell on the bitter past only prolongs my bitterness against my fellow brothers. This I have decided to do away with,” he said in his greetings to the convention. The NSCN-K chief while expressing his pleasure over the attempt by the Naga brothers and sisters from all over Naga homeland to find a consensus towards achieving our rightful goal as a people and nation at the convention lauded all frontal organizations including the FNR, Naga Hoho and its constituent units, ENPO and its constituent units, Naga Christian Forum, DBs & GBs Forum, NSF, NPMHR, NMA, various Naga NGOs and civil societies, Quakers group, Naga well wishers from India and abroad. “Your solidarity towards the Naga people is deeply cherished. I thank our Almighty God for giving us the courage to come together in this manner,” he stated. Khaplang hoped that in our long political struggle towards finding our rightful place the next few days that we behold may perhaps be some of the most defining ones in our pursuit for oneness of body and spirit through reconciliation. He also urged the Nagas to rise to the occasion and seek a better destiny for the Nagas in its non-violent form. “I extend my prayer that God will work His miracles on the Nagas,” he hoped. Stating that he had fought and struggled with the enemies of the Nagas for a major part of his life, Kahplang regretted that killing among the Naga brothers was most painful and which also given our enemies the comfort and space to sow seeds of distrust amongst us. He observed that the commonness of our struggle had suffered because of our domineering attitudes. “Amidst the tall claims of my fellow Naga brothers on the Indo-Naga political issue, evidently, the Government of India has not raised its eyebrows in the last ten years,” Khaplang said and reminded all Nagas that any political settlement with the Government of India is subject to which path we Nagas decide to walk today. “A solution without consensus of all Nagas is a mere wish. What Nagas witness today is a further fragmentation of our society owing to inflexibility and rigidity of our earthly wisdom,” he said. The NSCN-K chief said he believed that revolution begins from the minds of the people and not from the barrel of guns and that fear is a mere tool to delay the inevitable. The will of the people is supreme, he explained and observed that a leader who failed to heed the voice of the people becomes a people’s tyrant. “Such politics become impractical. Leaders opposing the cry of the people become recluses in their own rigid world. Let us not become victims of impractical philosophy or principles.” “Future Naga generations await our pragmatic choice today,” Khalang added.

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