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FGN on historic declaration
Published on 22 Mar. 2010 10:35 AM IST
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On the occasion of the 55th Naga Republic day to be observed by the Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) on March 22, ‘Kedahge’ Brig. (Retd) S. Singnya said that the people’s strength lay on the historic declaration of independence of August 14, 1947 which was reaffirmed by the plebiscite of May 16, 1951 for a sovereign Nagaland. “Despite difficulties, the Nagas still stand on the plebiscite of May 16, 1951 where 99.9% of our people clearly showed their aspiration for complete independence,” he said.
Singnya said Nagas rejected the offer of autonomy by India in 1947 because they were a sovereign nation before the Indians became independent. Therefore, he said sovereignty to NNC/FGN meant complete independence. He said that the Naga nation became a Republic on March 22, 1956 when the first Naga Tatar Hoho session met and adopted the Naga constitution. He reminded that the sitting Tatar Hoho approved and “unanimously adopted Nagaland as the name of our country and our national flag was adopted in the same session of Tatar Hoho.”

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