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FGN, NNC remember ‘Naga martyrs’
Published on 18 Oct. 2009 12:42 AM IST
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The ‘Federal Government of Nagaland’ (FGN) and the Naga National Council (NNC) have paid glowing tributes to the memory of Naga martyrs on the occasion of “57th Naga National Martyrs’ Day”. In a message received here Saturday, NNC vice president Kiumukam Yimchungrü, reminded Nagas that from 1946 till today, the NNC maintained its stand of non-violence. Asserting that non-violence was the best method and policy to achieve “our Naga freedom”, the NNC, on the eve of “57th Naga National Martyrs’ Day”, reiterated that it would pursue the policy of non-violence which was adopted by “our pioneers” since “the inception of our politics.” While affirming that “reconciliation and unity” was a prerequisite for “Naga political solution for freedom,” the NNC accused the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) of working in a “biased way” by dealing only with the NSCN (I-M), NSCN (K) and FGN and excluding NNC, Naga National Workers Support Group etc. Accusing the FNR of dividing Nagas, Kiumukam stated that even the NGOs and church bodies like NBCC, Nagaland Christian Forum, Tenyimia Union, DBs and GBs, etc were excluded from the meeting when the FNR formed its Joint Working Group at its meeting in Thailand. He said by excluding some groups from the reconciliation meeting, the FNR “instead of bringing all the Naga Political Groups together and the NGOs, the FNR are dividing the Naga people again intentionally.” Further, he stated that FNR’s work and efforts would never be successful but instead only “ruin the Naga people’s desires for real reconciliation and unity amongst the political groups and other NGOs in the Homeland.” Kiumukam said the Naga people faced two enduring obstacles on the “road to freedom,” such as -those residing within the Transit Camp of 1975 and the “Naga reconciliation and unity amongst the National Workers.” He said the “Transit campers”, have not vacated the camp of 1975 “even after 35 long years”. Stating that the other main enduring desire and demand of the Naga people at the home front and by international bodies of different countries was reconciliation and unity of Naga national workers of different political groups, Kiumukam however, said this also failed to materialise. The NNC vice president said it was imperative for “national workers” and Naga people overcome these obstacles, otherwise real peace and progress would not be possible. Saluting all “Naga Martyrs” and their families on the occasion of “National Martyrs’ Day”, the NNC leader also reminded government of India to recognise the rights of Nagas for sovereignty, instead of “harping on about their constitution” before it was too late. Meanwhile,in another statement, the ‘Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN)’ ,vowed that it would maintain peace in the land and embark on peaceful resolution of all conflicts so as to lead to peaceful co-existence “between neighbours.” Paying tribute to “Naga Martyrs who sacrificed their precious lives for the future of the Naga people”, the FGN ‘killo kilonser’ Shevohü Keyho, in a message to Naga people, urged them to rise up and rededicate “our lives in the foot prints of our past heroes” to protect and preserve rich culture, tradition and “our national right.” The FGN alleged that the government of India was attempting to create confusion in “our people’s mind” by using money power on some few “economically desperate sections of Nagas” against the “lawfully constituted Naga National Council (NNC) and Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN).” The FGN stated that “Naga national stand” was visibly becoming more crystallized as pressures were exerted through “evil agenda by the government of India.” Opining that the “war between India and Nagaland” could have been averted if the “Indian successor of Mahatma Gandhi” were not “too ambitious about being conquerors”, the FGN leader, however, said that policy of Jawaharlal Nehru proved futile as Nagaland could never be conquered by military might. The FGN also urged the Nagas to remember and pay utmost respect to Naga martyrs and observe the “Day” with prayer in respect of “our martyrs and our Nation.” Shevohü Keyho recalled that 57 years ago, on the day, an Indian armed officer killed Naga leader Zasibito Nagi in the heart of Kohima town in broad daylight when the Naga people were taking peaceful and silent procession against the severe torture on a Naga boy by the Indian armed forces without any reason. The FGN said this incident was followed by many killings of Naga patriots by the Indian armed forces. He recalled the massacres at Yampang villae, Chang region on November 15,1954;Longpha village, Ao region on June 6,1956; Settsü village, Ao region on June 16, 1956; gruesome killings in Matikhrü village, Pochuri region on September 6,1960 and murder of missionary Pelesato whose body was never found by relatives for according proper burial and many such cases. “For over half a century Naga people continued to suffer heavily in the hands of mighty India and Myanmar military tyranny where more than 100,000 men and women, young and old lives were lost only because of defending their homeland,” the FGN ‘killo kilonser’ stated.

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