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God has a purpose for Nagas: Muivah
Published on 6 Jul. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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Explaining to the Sangtam people about the purpose of his mission, Th. Muivah Monday said that God has a purpose for the Nagas, and that Nagas must understand each other to solve the “Naga political problem.”
“We must decide what is best for the Nagas and be our own master,” he said and reminded the people of the historical fact of “Naga political struggle” while acknowledging the NNC, which he said saved “Naga nation” by taking “the right decision at the right time.” He was speaking at a brief meeting with Sangtam people at Longkhim council hall, while returning to Mokokchung from Tuensang Monday, a MIP statement said.
“The decision was not to join the Indian Union after the departure of the British, but Nagas to decide their own future,” he said, adding had there been no NNC, Nagas would have been a lost people.
Muivah, taking further dig at the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, pointed out that Nehru never showed respect to the historical rights of the Nagas and believed in doing away the Naga’s rights by use military force. “But Nagas stood their ground again to prove Nehru wrong. And Nagas were never crushed even after fifty years,” he said.
Further, slamming the decision of Nehru in declaring Tuensang as “No man’s Land”, which gave right to anybody to claim the land, he said the land that belonged to the Sangtam, Konyak, Yimchunger, Khiamnungan etc can never be called by such “derogatory name.”
He also narrated in detail about the “historical blunder” of Shillong Accord and “unfortunate events” that followed with no meeting point between the forces for Shillong Accord and those standing to save “Nagaland for Christ.”
The NSCN (I-M), MIP also stated that Muivah shared with the Longkhim people how he had put the challenge before Padmanabhaiah that “until and unless you learn to respect the historical rights of the Nagas there will be no solution”. Muivah pointed out how he warned Padmanabhaiah not to repeat the mistake of Nehru, it stated.
He also mentioned that solution of Naga problem would be on the basis of Naga history and not under Indian constitution as indicated by the recognition of the uniqueness of Naga history.
Reiterating on reconciliation, Muivah said it was initiated by collective leadership in 2007, and finally on January13, 2007 a “reconciliation proclamation” was made after three days fasting.
According to Muivah, no other interests except historical fact of the Nagas, which is already recognized by government of India, should be considered for understanding each other for reconciliation.
Attempting to set at rest propaganda by some certain church leaders during the early days that the NSCN during its formative years was “becoming a communist”, NSCN(I-M) general secretary Th.Muivah instead claimed that the NSCN had converted more than 50,000 persons in eastern Nagaland to Christianity. The MIP also quoted Muivah as saying that he along with other leaders who went to China didn’t go there to “sell Christ”.
Muivah said Nagas themselves had created the problem and therefore it is the Nagas who must solve it by understanding each other.

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