Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) achieved a milestone as they inaugurated their own printing machine for ‘Ao Milen’. The ‘Ao Milen’, perhaps one of the oldest vernacular papers in the North East, has been an official mouthpiece of AKM and has been surviving till date for the 78th year. Ao milen is an outcome of the general conference of AKM in 1931 at Waromung village where a resolution was adopted to publish a newspaper and was named ‘The Naga Messenger’.
However, it was not smooth sailing for the paper to be published as the then British government in India forced it to stop publication twice. Not only that, the British government objected to the name of the paper ‘The Ao Naga Messenger’. Subsequently in 1937, the paper was renamed ‘Ao Milen’.
After Nagaland attained statehood in 1963, Ao milen was rechristened and started publication. However, the declaration of Internal Emergency in 1975 in India led to the ban of ‘Ao Milen’ by the Indian government. After the emergency, efforts were made yet again for Ao Milen to be published. From then on, there was no looking back as publication continued. It was only from September 2006 that Ao Milen was published daily. Over the 78 years of its history, Ao Milen was published from various printing presses as it did not have its own.
With much dedication and sincerity of Ao Milen Committee headed by M. Bendangnukshi Longkumer, an offset machine was installed at the ground floor of the AKM building.
At a brief but impressive inauguration program today, the machine was inaugurated by Imkong L Imchen, Home Minister Nagaland. Home Minister lauded the efforts of Milen committee and AKM for their dedication for bringing Ao Milen thus far. He also urged the Ao Milen to focus on integrating the people and that the primary concern of Ao Milen would be to unify people.