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Nehru downgraded Tuensang: Muivah

NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th. Muivah arrives at Tuensang on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent TUENSANG, JUL 3 (NPN):
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Published on 4 Jul. 2010 12:02 AM IST
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NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th. Muivah on Saturday said Tuensang area which was a freeland was downgraded by former prime minister Late Pt. Nehru as “no man’s land” and described it as “wrong” on the part of Nehru. He said Nehru called Tuensang by that name as he did not want the land to be called Naga land but a land that anybody could claim. “This is disrespect to the Nagas and to the six tribes of Tuensang which must be corrected. We have to understand our history and our right that we are the master of ourselves,” Muivah said according to statement from the MIP of the NSCN (I-M).
He was addressing a mammoth gathering here at town hall on Saturday.
Muivah mentioned the names of NNC leaders like Phizo, Imkongmeren, Kughato Sukhai, Khodao Yanthan and others who saved the Nagas.
“Had NNC not taken the right decision at the right time the Naga would have been a lost people,” he said. The MIP said Muivah narrated the historical fact of how the Nagas proved Nehru wrong by standing against the mighty force of India and how the realization on the futility of seeking military solution came to take hold of India when Chief of Indian Army Gen. Choudhury openly declared, “military solution is no longer possible.”
He reminded the Tuensang people that Nehru was a person who showed no respect to the historical rights of the Nagas. He said Nehru was never able to crush the Nagas despite sending 200,000 troops into Naga areas.
Muivah also talked on the “tragic history” of NNC and Shillong Accord and how Phizo proved himself wrong by not condemning the Shillong Accord because it was not the decision of the Naga nation. As Shillong Accord was the conflicting point in Naga history Muivah explained in detail and how the nation was saved, the MIP said.
Muivah called upon the people of Tuensang to stand firm on the process of reconciliation which he said would bring a positive response in the near future.
Short speeches were also delivered by various tribal presidents including, Chang Khulie Setshang, Yimchungrü Tribal Council, Khiamnuingan Tribal Council, United Sangtam Likhum Bumji and GB’s Federation Tuensang district.
The programme was chaired by ENPO vice president, K. Khaming while the invocation was pronounced by secretary Pastor Union Tuensang Town.

 
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