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Nagas will take their own decision: Muivah
Correspondent WOKHA, JUN 26 (NPN):
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Published on 27 Jun. 2010 12:29 AM IST
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NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th. Muivah Saturday said that the time has come for Nagas to take their own decisions. “Should Nagas still live in this world in confusion? Who should decide what’s best for us? Nobody can take our decisions for us. Only Nagas can take our own decisions. Otherwise, we will become a lost people,” he said addressing a mammoth gathering at the local ground Wokha.
He called upon the Kyongs to understand the history of the Nagas and to reason out and understand together the truths. He urged the gathering to follow the footsteps of past Naga leaders like A.Z. Phizo, Imkong and Khodao Yanthan who did not let down the Nagas as they took the right decision in refusing to be a part of India but to stay independent. Muivah said: “I am a proud son of their decision.”
Asserting that the Shillong Accord was a total sellout, Muivah recounted how he, NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu and around 400 NNC cadres (then in China) were devastated by the news which was broadcast all over including the BBC and Voice of America. He also came down heavily on A.Z. Phizo for remaining silent and not condemning the Shillong Accord.
Enlightening the gathering about the “Indo-Naga” talks, the process of which was on for the last 13 years, Muivah said the very recognition of the uniqueness of Naga history by India was an important step towards finding an honourable solution acceptable to both parties.
He said the uniqueness of Naga history was because of the unique situation where Nagas never accepted the authority of India unlike other Indian states which willingly acceded to India. “Because of this uniqueness of Naga history, a settlement with India must also be a unique settlement,” Muivah asserted.
With the recognition of the uniqueness of Naga history by India, he said, it was also time for the Nagas for reconciliation and unity in the name of God.
According to a statement from the MIP of the NSCN (I-M), Muivah disclosed that it was a frustrating experience talking with India in the beginning as no proper respect was given to the Naga issue. But after five years Padmanabhaiah was warned, “If you don’t show respect to the Naga history there will be no solution. Nagas have history. India have history. No reply was given to NSCN,” the MIP quoted Muivah as having said. Muivah said that later on Padmanabhaiah was reminded not to repeat the mistake of Nehru because India was not able to crush the Nagas even after more than 50 years of fighting. At last, Padmanabhaiah came to terms and said, “I did’nt understand the Naga history before, and now I fully understand….,” Muivah said according to the MIP.
Muivah also mentioned about his meeting with Padmanabhaiah in Amsterdam where India officially declared its recognition to the uniqueness of Naga history.
NSCN (I-M) steering committee co-convenor Q. Tuccu also delivered a short speech. Later, Muivah interacted with the Kyong Hoho and other civil societies while his wife interacted with the Kyong Eloe Hoho and other women groups.
Earlier, the function was chaired by Kyong Hoho chairman Yansathung Jami who also delivered the welcome address. The programme was marked by cultural items and special numbers.

 
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