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NSCNs celebrate Republic Day

(From left) “GPRN/NSCN” kilo kilonser Azheto Chophy, NSCN (I-M) kilonser for war victim welfare and in-charge kilo ministry, Yanger Pongener and CNC NSCN (I-M) vice president, Rev. A. Puni delivering speech at respective camps. (NP)
Staff Reporter / Correspondent, DIMAPUR MRCH 21:
Published on 22 Mar. 2009 12:42 AM IST
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The 29th anniversary of NSCN (I-M) and the GPRN/NSCN was celebrated on Saturday in Dimapur and Mokokchung at their respective designated camps and various outposts. The NSCN (I-M) held its main celebration at its Hebron CHQ, with “Kilonser” for war victim welfare and in-charge “Kilo” ministry, Yanger Pongener as chief guest, who also unfurled the flag and took ceremonial salute from the parade contingents. NSCN (I-M) “Yaruiwo” Isak Chishi Swu in his message which was read out by the chief guest said the Nagas’ yearning for peace without first resolving the conflict was a “negative peace” and likened it to preparing landmine for the future generations. “If we seek peace negative peace today, our future generations will become the victims of negative peace. This is too selfish on our part,” NSCN (I-M) Yaruiwo said adding that that every Naga has a role to play. Asserting that “Nagalim” had been artificially and arbitrarily divided and sub-divided by British, India and Myanmar by “brute force” without any consent of the Naga people, Swu said no nation had the right to decide the future of other people without expressed consent of the Nagas. Pointing to the Nagas, Swu said the rights of the people over the land they inhibit were supreme and that the rights of the nation cannot be looted. “We always have the rights to determine our own fate,” Swu said. Stating that there was enough room for Naga women in the “liberation movement,” the NSCN (I-M) chairman said it was the right time for women to come forward and get proper representation. He affirmed that the Nagas would keep fighting for liberation until the “Nagalim” got liberated. He also called upon every member of the NSCN to renew their commitment to the righteous cause of Nagalim. Earlier, the programme started with an invocation prayer pronounced by council of Nagalim churches general secretary, Arsing Shangkhil while “Kilonser” ministry of religious affairs, PS Vaison Vemai released GFTO-Crusade’s CD. Declaration of higher ranks of NSCN/GPRN Naga Army was also carried out during the ceremony. Highlights of the programme included various cultural shows presented by cultural troupes of Ao, Sumi, Zeme, Tangkhul and Jangdi women society. Special songs were also presented by two Naga Idol artists Rokovotuo Angami and Kenei, Reformation Centre singers and Voice of Promise, Naga Army. Meanwhile, the GPRN/NSCN also celebrated the occasion at its Khehoi designated camp along with invitees from various NGOs, political leaders, student bodies, public etc where “Kilo Kilonser” Azheto Chophy was the chief guest. Reading out the GPRN/NSCN president, S. S. Khaplang’s address, Chophy traced back the genesis of the declaration of Naga Republic Day to March 21, 1980 based on the traditional, cultural, customary and democratic ethics and values as nurtured by “our” ancestors since times immemorial and bestowed down from generation to generation. Khaplang lamented that in contrast to the identity of the Nagas as ‘head hunters’ they were now “hunted and haunted” within their own frontiers for claiming their inalienable rights as a people. Khaplang also slammed NSCN (I-M) chairman, Isak Chishi Swu and general secretary, Th. Muivah for their futile attempt to find a solution to the “Indo-Naga” political issue without the unity of the Nagas and said it should be an eye opener. “Instead of bringing peace, harmony, unity, progress and an acceptable solution to the Nagas, they (Isak & Muivah) brought more blood flow and disunity in the land of the Nagas during their more than a decade old engagement of talks with the government of India. Their failure may be attributed to their illogical notion of ‘Integration, solution and then unity,” Khaplang alleged. He said the Nagas were always kept in the dark about the real facts of the NSCN (I-M)’s closed door talks with the government of India while they claimed that the talks were headed towards the right direction. “Their talks have today landed them at a deadlock” Khaplang pointed out. He said unification of the Naga people was a prerequisite to any political dialogue with “our counterpart.” The GPRN/NSCN president also called upon the Nagas to rise up and dispense one’s constructive contributions to save the ‘nation’ from destruction saying no force on earth could withstand the collective will of the people in harmony. “With peace and brotherhood, let us unite to work together … knowing that we with our children will be free and live in peace and harmony one day,” Khaplang appealed. Azheto Chophy later took the salute from the three parade contingents. Speaking on behalf of the Naga Hoho, its Federal Assembly Speaker, H. K. Zhimomi assured the support of the Hoho towards Naga nationalism. He urged leaders of all the Naga political leaders to unite under one political umbrella in the larger interest of the Nagas. Stating that the Naga political issue was the mother of all issues in the region, ENPO general secretary, Toshi conveyed the Organisation’s stand of upholding the principles of Naga unity in oneness. Earlier, “Major General” Neokpu, GHQ, Naga Army delivered the Army Genreal address. Various NGOs including the Naga Hoho, ENPO, FNR, DMC, Naga Council, BJP political party, Business Community Dimapur, Sumi Hoho, Kuki Hoho, Western Sumi Hoho, Western Sumi Kukami Hoho, Western Sumi Totimi Hoho, DNSU etc attended the programme. Around 1000 people attended the celebration coloured by various cultural items from Sumi cultural troupe, Yimchunger troupe, Kuki troupe, Rengma troupe etc and special numbers. Meanwhile, the NSCN (I-M) in Mokokchung also celebrated the Republic Day at Longkhum with Vice President CNC NSCN, Rev. A. Puni and “Deputy Kilonser,” Home Affairs GPRN, Tsichomong as the chief guest and guest of honor respectively. The chief guest unfurled the flag who also read out the speech of the NSCN chairman, Isak Chishi Swu. The guest of honour announced the promotion of “Lt. Col” Meyu of Hevuto Battalion to a full fledged Colonel. Presentations, short speeches cultural performances marked the celebration. The arrival of the 9 Assam Rifles at Longkhum created apprehensive atmosphere which was however diffused with the intervention of public leaders like Ao Senden president and others.

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