Nagaland Centre for Human Development & IT (NCHD-IT) in collaboration with Naga Council Dimapur organized a formal screening of documentary film ‘Netaji with the Nagas-The Last Camp in India’ at Rotary Club auditorium Dimapur on Tuesday. The film was inspired by a book ‘Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose-Delhi Chalo: The Last Camp’ authored by Vekho Swuro, who is also producer of the film.
It documents Netaji’s arrival at Nagaland in 1944 during World War II and his association with Nagas. Addressing the gathering, Swuro recounted how he was inspired to write a book on Netaji in Nagaland. He said that he received support from a lot of friends, officials from both Nagaland and outside the state but lamented that few politicians opposed initially.
He stated that he carried on keeping in mind that truth cannot be suppressed and it will unearth itself in good time.
ADC Dimapur, Sedevikho Khro graced the screening as chief guest. He said that people needed to introspect that Netaji had done something for the nation, and challenge themselves that it is their time to do something for the nation. Khro stated that Vekho’s research for his book has unearthed a mystery about Netaji. He further lauded the organizers on documenting the association of the nation’s great patriot with Nagas.
Also present at the screening as special guests were All India Forward Bloc dignitaries Debabrata Biswas, Shyamal Roy, West Bengal minister for Agriculture & Marketing, Murtaza Hussain, and Rotary Club Dimapur president. AIFB general secretary, Debabrata Biswas also delivered a short speech at the programme and thanked the organizers on behalf of Netaji’s followers, Netaji Foundation and Netaji’s Party AIFB.
He pointed out that Netaji was not just a leader of India but also a great leader of South Asia. Biswas asserted that the film should be promoted such that the message it carries would reach ‘every nook and corner’ of the country. It may be mentioned that the film was released early this year by state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio at Kohima.
Speaking to this Reporter, NCHD-IT executive director PT Aienla Lemtor said that the screening has been organized in order to highlight and create awareness at imparting the history of Netaji’s association with Nagas and also Nagas’ contribution towards the independence of India.