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Make people understand Naga issue: Muivah

NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th. Muivah greeted by a group of women on his arrival at Wokha Tourist Lodge, Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent TSEMINYU/WOKHA, JUN 25(NPN):
Published on 26 Jun. 2010 12:42 AM IST
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Stating that solving the first problem for the solution to the Naga political issue was to make the people understand the issue, NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th. Muivah said he undertook the ongoing journey to various Naga areas to make the people understand the same.
He said when most of the people can understand the issue, problems can be solved as the Naga history was very clear. Muivah was addressing media persons at the Tourist Lodge Wokha after coming from Tseminyu Friday.
“We will try to cover as many Naga villages because when people are clear about the issue, only then can we expect solution to arrive at,” he said.
Asked to comment on the response of the people during his tour so far, Muivah affirmed there was no doubt that Nagas were for and support the Naga issue and expressed happiness over the sincerity of the people.
To another query as to whether he has any concern over his age while pursuing for solution to the Naga political issue and at a time when the talks were dragging on for the last 13 years, Muivah exuded confidence saying “I believe we can manage.” ”We’ve confidence in ourselves that we can work out the best and acceptable solution,” he added.
Earlier, addressing a public reception organized in his honour by the Rengma Hoho at Tseminyu Town Hall while en-route to Wokha from Pugoboto today, Muivah called upon the Nagas to take a decision for the Naga nation.
He said the best time to take decision for the nation was while on earth and not in heaven.
“There’s time for everything, during your time if you don’t take the right decision, nation can perish. If you can’t take the right decision, sorry we’ll all perish together,” Muivah said.
He said the time has come for everyone to take decision for the Naga nation and be the master of history and nation.
Dwelling at length the turn of events in the Naga history, Muivah reiterated that the pioneer Naga leaders like late A Z Phizo, late Imkongmeren and late Whenha took the right decision that Nagas would not be part of India or then Burma. He said these leaders did not fail the Nagas.
Muivah pointed out that the Mizos, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Haryana and Jammu & Kashmir have fallen because they have decided to join India but that Nagas have not because of the wise decision of the Naga leaders.
He lauded the Rengma Naga tribe for being able to take the right decision. “Rengma may be small but the Rengmas are the people who can take the right decision and they have not failed in the Naga history even though the Naga society is ridden with different factions,” he said.
Big or small, Muivah said one would have the biggest history if they can stand for the right decision. He said the time has come the Nagas to search each other’s history.
On the Naga reconciliation, Muivah pointed out that it was the NSCN (I-M) who initiated the Naga reconciliation sometime in 2004 as both politically and in God. He said it was also the right time for the Nagas to reconcile because the government of India had recognized the unique Naga history. He, however, regretted that some people had started putting conditions for reconciliation.
“If one puts condition for reconciliation, it’s for their personal interest and not for God or politics,” he alleged and added that the people would know who was for reconciliation and who was for Naga nation.
He said the NSCN (I-M) can reconcile with anyone provided it accepted the reality of the Naga history. But the NSCN (I-M) would never reconcile with anyone who wanted reconciliation at their whims to suit their personal interest, he said.
Earlier, co-convenor, steering committee NSCN (I-M), Q Tuccu in his short speech at Tseminyu said, “We are not here to say we are right or we are wrong as the people know better.” He said that the ongoing journey of the collective leaders of the NSCN (I-M) led by the general secretary have been two months now.
Advisor, Rengma Hoho Kenyuseng Tep delivering short speech said that the Rengmas stood on the Naga political issue as the Rengma history stood clear. He said that reconciliation and unity among the Nagas was a must and that it should be in the spirit of forgive and forget and that one must accept and accommodate each other.
Former advisor, Rengma Hoho, Khillo G Rengma who gave a written speech on the detailed history of the Rengma and their contributions towards the Naga political struggle pointed out that the first Naga flag of independence was hoisted at Pharashen in Rengma country in March 1956 by the Federal Government of Nagaland.
He said that the Rengmas acknowledged and extended their unflinching support to the declared commitment of Naga reconciliation.
Meanwhile, Muivah who arrived at Wokha from Pughoboto was accorded rousing welcomes by both the Rengma people at Tseminyu and the Lothas in Wokha.
He was scheduled to deliver a public address Saturday at Wokha and halt there and then proceed for his next destination Mokokchung tentatively scheduled on June 28 next. After Mokokchung, he was likely to proceed for Tuensang though the date was yet to be fixed, sources said.

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