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NSCN (I-M), FGN observe 63rd Naga Independence Day
Staff Reporter HEBRON/DIMAPUR:
Published on 15 Aug. 2009 12:25 AM IST
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GPRN (NSCN-IM) Yaruiwo (president) Isak Chishi Swu Friday reminded the people that Nagas’ fight for more than six decades for “our legitimate right” was not for compromising “our Naga political right” under neither the constitution of India nor constitution of Myanmar. In his address to “citizens of Nagalim ” during the 63rd Naga Independence Day celebration – read in absentia by NSCN (I-M) “kilo kilonser” – the Yaruiwo said the 12-years negotiation with government of India for political settlement through peaceful means was still going on and maintained that Naga people would not accept any solution under duress. “It has to be very clear that Naga people will not accept any solution under the duress but will accept only negotiated settlement that is mutually honourable to both the parties,” Swu spelled out. The 63rd Naga Independence Day celebration was held at Hebron (CHQ) with “kilo kilonser” Kedutsü Tsuzuh as chief guest. He hoisted the National flag and read out the Yaruiwo’s speech. Asserting that Nagas have suffered enough and sacrificed more than 300,000 lives, the NSCN (I-M) Yaruiwo said: “Nagas will not accept three things: imposition of others laws, suppression of our right and division of our territory.” Recounting that destruction brought about by invasion of Nagalim was incalculable, the Yaruiwo of Government of People’s Republic of Nagalim said the fabric of Naga political and social life has been shattered into several pieces. “Myanmar-occupied Nagalim is sub-divided into several pieces merging with other states. India-occupied Nagalim is also further shattered into several states and districts merging with other states of India. Our economy is in ruin,” the NSCN (I-M) president averred. He also advocated that Nagas’ journey to the destined land cannot be reversed in exchange for temporary peace. “Temporary hardship must not be allowed to stand in the way of freedom. We must march on to reach the destined land where all the Naga people will live together in peace and prosperity without fear,” Swu stated in his Independence Day speech. Condemning in strongest terms of the horrifying crime of rape committed in Nagalim, the Yaruiwo said: “NSCN shall not tolerate the increasing rate of crime against women and shall explore every means to safeguard the honor of women.” Swu also called upon the international communities to condemn aggression, suppression and oppression and help Nagas to resolve “our political conflict” within the justice system of the world. Further, he said that the role of church leaders and civil societies for tirelessly working in an effort to bring reconciliation among the warring Naga groups through “Forum for Naga Reconcilation” was highly commendable. Swu also saluted the “sons and daughters” of the soil who performed most selfless act by sacrificing their priceless lives for defending the “sovereignty of Nagalim.” Meanwhile, the NSCN (I-M) “kilo kilonser” Kedutsü Tsuzuh delivering his speech, asserted that Naga political issue was sacrosanct to every Naga. However, he maintained that today there were some groups and individuals in the disguise of Naga National workers acting at the behest of adversaries. Naga people, the NSCN (I-M) “kilo kilonser” said should guard against such “treacherous elements” who were trying to misuse the Naga political issue for their selfish end. The special emissary to the Collective Leadership, “Gen (Rtd)” V S Atem, who also spoke on the occasion, reiterated that Indo-Naga problem is not a constitutional problem but a political problem. Pointing out that NSCN (I-M) had never, at any point of time, suggested to amend the Indian Constitution, “Gen (Rtd)” Atem said that this kind of propaganda was designed to confuse the Nagas. Representatives from ENPO, NPMHR, Tirap Students’ Union (TSU), Arunachal Pradesh and Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur also spoke on the occasion Highlights of the programme included various songs and cultural presentations. Declaration of military decorations of Naga Army personnel was also carried out during the ceremony. Earlier, the programme began with an invocation prayer by CRC Zalukie Zangdi pastor Zeneizolie. CHQ Church pastor Honikhu pronounced the benediction. Announcers for the programme were FEM secretary TA Rao and joint secretary Joseph Kyong. CHEDEMA: “God bless Nagaland, land that I love, land of hills and valley that drinks rain from heaven” they sang with their undying spirit of hope as the Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) observed the 63rd Nagaland Independence Day on Friday. Hundreds of villagers and well wishers joined the peace camper in the celebration which was held at the Peace Camp Hall, Chedema Village where FGN Kedahge (President) Gen. (Retd) V. Metha unfurled the Naga National Flag. “As we celebrate our historic national day, we are also obliged to look back in remembering our past National leaders and heroes who brought about Naga Unity under one umbrella as a nation, defended and nurtured Nagaland ..,” the president stated in his address on the occasion. He also acknowledged the ranks and files of the national workers in the Naga National Council (NNC), FGN and the Naga Army who steadfastly stood by their selfless commitment and unfaltering loyalty towards nation building. The journey of the Naga nation is filled with poignant memories of sufferings and sacrifices of martyrdom and the nightmarish atrocities meted out to the people of all age and sex since 1954, he reminded. However, all those sufferings, failed to daunt the spirit of the Nagas. Rather, it remains testimony of the price people paid to protect God given inalienable right of freedom. On the present scenario, Metha said that Nagas are confronted with harmful and destructive forces both externally and internally. He appealed and challenged the elite and rational Nagas to come forward to reason together for the nation instead of remaining naïve and lose ones own future credibility. Expressing his happiness that the Nagas are gaining more and more awareness in the International arena in the fast changing world today, Metha attributed it to the mandate given by the Nagas to the NNC in the voluntary Plebiscite of May 16, 1951. He also called upon the people to be vigilant in curbing the existing social evils and cropping up of alien culture in the Naga family. “Material gain must not distract our attention from the national responsibilities nor should evils paralyze or destroy us.” Reiterating that the Indo-Naga issue is purely a case of aggression by India, Metha asserted that Nagas will never become Indian or India no matter how long India continue with its forced occupation in Nagaland. “India ought to realize from her misadventures during the past 60 years the futility of interfering in Naga internal affairs”, he added. The president of FGN reiterated that the FGN having entered into Cease-Fire Agreement with the Government of India in 1964 has no intention to revive further violence in the land but alleged that India unilaterally abrogated the agreement in August 1972 and is taking advantage of their tolerance. This will not serve any benefit to a country of India’s stature in the present world, he reminded and at the same time asserted that Nagas will remain steadfast till they achieve their goal of being a free people. Message from NNC President Adinno Phizo was also read out by Lhouvitsu, Speaker Tatar Hoho. The celebration was also marked by presentation of Hero’s Awards to five brave Naga army personnel and announcement of promotions of five senior Naga Army officers holding the rank of Colonel to Brigadier for their dedication and on merits. Cultural shows, dances, songs and display of kick boxing were the attraction of the celebration. V. Phutoi Zhimomi, Sumi Midan Peyu- cum- Chaplee secretary led the function while Col. Vephi Dozo, Head Chaplain gave the Bible reading and led the prayer. Vote of thanks was proposed by Killo Kilonser (Home Minister) Shevohu Keyho and Razouvolie, Pastor CBC pronounced the closing prayer. Meanwhile, Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) also joined the rest of the Nagas and celebrated the 63rd Naga Independence Day at the Naga solidarity park here today. The formal celebration was followed by a grand feast. (Correspondent) NNC Central: The NNC Central has thanked all different regions in Naga homeland for celebrating August 14 Independence Day in their respective regions in remembrance of the National Day in prayer and solemn observation. NNC Information & Publicity Wing in a press statement stated that Lotha Region NNC in particular, celebrated the occasion in their respective villages despite a ban on celebrations by NSCN IM Kilonser of Lotha region. The region hoisted National Flag in different villages and in place like Wokha Town in remembering the day. According to the statement, the Day was also celebrated in a big way in Tuensang region hosted by Yimchungru region with graced by the oldest and longest region chairman Lakhum Yimchungru (a Naga pioneer) as chief guest on the occasion. In Oking (HQ) officials and members celebrated the occasion to remember the Nation in prayer with Naga feast. Further, the statement added that the occasion was celebrated and remembered by Sumi Region, Ao Region, Konyak etc. The NNC in the homeland also thanked President Dr. Senka for dwelling on one land, one nation, one people in unity, peace and liberty message in his speech to the Naga Nation. NNC Lotha region: Lotha region Naga National Council (NNC) members celebrated its 62nd anniversary of Naga Independence on Friday at Wokha town with Rhanlamo Tungoe Midan Peyu as chief guest. Many villages with the Lotha region also celebrated the Naga Independence day with prayer and thanksgiving.

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