Muivah calls for repentance
DIMAPUR, Mar 21 (NPN): “The sins of Isak, the sins of Muivah and the sins of NSCN can only destroy our nation and we will be responsible,” said NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah addressing the 30th Republic Day celebration at Hebron. He asserted that the Naga nation would only be destroyed by God’s punishment and not by Indian or Burmese forces.
He called upon the patriots to realize the true meaning of “Nagaland for Christ” and forsake self-righteousnes.
He expressed doubt if the NSCN could continue in God’s will even after independence, if things continued the same way as it was now. “I will stand for Nagaland for Christ” he affirmed.
Muivah said that the Naga nation was not for anyone else but Christ.
He said Naga people have land and their rights like every other nation in the world. “You are lost nation if you don’t understand the rights given to you God” he said. Thanking God for providing leaders such as Phizo, Imkongmeren, Khodao and others with wisdom, Muivah pointed out that it was only after the Britishers left Nagaland that the Naga people had to make their own decision and after which the NNC was formed. Lauding the decision taken by the NNC leaders not to be part of India or Burma but be an independent nation, Muivah said it was due to their decision that the Naga people was surviving till now. “Others who couldn’t take the decision during that right time have vanished” he added.
Expressing sorrow over the death of Khodao Yanthan, he extolled the unwavering support for freedom struggle by the late vice-chairman of NSCN (I-M) and described him as a man who was “clear-cut, selfless and visionary.” “His death is a big loss to the Naga nation” he added.
Pointing out that the decision to form the NSCN was made only after the Shillong Accord, Muivah said that the Naga people were standing on God given rights which cannot be altered or changed. He also pointed out that even former Chief of Army Staff, General Choudary, had admitted that it was not possible to solve the Naga problem militarily but it was rather a political issue.
Giving an account on the stumbling blocks faced during the initial talks with the government of India, Muivah informed that the ceasefire was not prevalent in Manipur as promised by the then prime minister and for which he had expressed discontentment. He also added that the forced pre-condition of accepting Indian constitution was rejected. “I have pointed out to them, if there is no sincerity then where is the solution” he said.
On the ongoing talks, Muivah said that both the prime minister and home minister were very sincere in their approach. He informed that when the past mistakes were pointed out to the prime minister, he replied “Mr Muivah, I have given my promise and my commitment…and that is solution must be there and that solution must be honourable and acceptable to both the parties.” When the issue of contradictory statements issued through the media was also pointed out, the prime minister replied that past was past and asked him to look to the future.
Informing that the pre-condition of imposing the Indian constitution and ceasefire jurisdiction within Manipur was also pointed out to the home minister, Muivah disclosed that the minister had promised that a solution would certainly be hammered out through negotiations. He also revealed that the point has been made clear to the government that if they did not respect the aspirations of the Naga people then there would be no solution and that the NSCN should not be blamed. He expressed hope that government of India would keep up with their promise.
Kitovi calls for unity
GPRN/NSCN ‘Ato Kilonser’ N. Kitovi Zhimomi during his speech at the 30th republic day celebration programme at Khehoi, Sunday and also speaking to media persons later, gave the call for unity among the all the Naga political groups before seeking any solution.
He said that the Naga public should ask the NSCN (I-M) leaders to stop negotiating with the government of India and first talk with the Naga people and work towards unity. “Our mind and heart is very clear, so we are expecting them to have the same mind,” he said.
Kitovi also said that there was no greater or smaller Nagaland. He said whoever was talking about integration was only disintegrating the Nagas. Asked whether his statement meant that the GPRN/NSCN was disclaiming parts of neighbouring states which Nagas have been claiming, Kitovi said that all the Naga inhabited areas were still parts of Nagaland.
He said that the ultimate goal of the GPRN/NSCN was to attain sovereignty which was not negotiable.
“Not more than that (sovereignty), not less than that,” he affirmed.
Kitovi said that the 16-point agreement signed by the Naga People’s Convention in 1960 sowed a lot of mistrust and distrust while the Shillong Accord - signed for joining up with India caused a lot of bloodshed.
He said Nagas were fed up with inter-factional killings where bloodshed followed after every other agreement. “Enough is enough,” he said about the past mistakes of the Naga people and the fratricidal killings. Stating that Naga unity should precede any solution to the Naga issue, Kitovi said it was also time for the Naga public to sincerely and actively involve themselves for the cause of the Nagas. In this regard, he urged the public not to hesitate but to always feel free in sharing their opinions about the Naga issue. “We welcome your opinion,” he added.
Kitovi also assigned what he termed as ‘homework’ for the Naga public to start thinking on what they thought about the Naga political issue and how it should be solved adding “we will come seeking your opinions.”
Also speaking to media persons, ‘chaplee kilonser,’ C. Singson said the unification process of the Naga political groups was started based on the interest of the people. He said the GPRN/NSCN was very clear about what it was doing and that there was no way out for the Nagas unless they united. “We’ll do things based on Naga people’s will,” he said.