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Naga groups observe ‘Naga Independence’ Day
Staff Reporter/ Correspondent DIMAPUR/KOHIMA/KIPHIRE, AUG 14 (NPN):
Published on 15 Aug. 2010 5:22 PM IST
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NSCN (I-M), FGN/USR, FGN and NSF on Saturday observed the 64th Naga independence day at various places.
At council headquarters Hebron, NSCN (I-M) ‘Yaruiwo’ Isak Chishi Swu stated that the NSCN had never closed the door on reconciliation.
Reading out the NSCN (I-M) chairman’s speech, steering committee executive member, Q. Tuccu said the NSCN was sincerely committed to Naga reconciliation at the highest level based on the historical and political rights of the Nagas and expressed gratitude to the Forum for Naga Reconciliation for their tireless efforts. “When I gave my signature in the covenant of Reconciliation as the Yaruiwo of the Republic of Nagalim, my heart was filled with great pride and hope. I still have not given up that hope because it is the only way for the Nagas to understand together,” Isak stated. The NSCN (I-M) chairman assured the Naga people that the NSCN had not compromised and would not compromise on the issue that would endanger the future of the Naga people.
“The National Socialist Council of Nagalim will never betray the National Principle …. Naga people ....God,” Isak added. (Full text of speech on page-4)
NSCN (I-M) ‘kilo kilonser’ Rh. Raising, who was the chief guest, asserted that the NSCN (I-M) would “never” accept the Indian constitution and added that solution within that parameter would not be acceptable to the Nagas. “Indian constitution is no solution. Rather, it is part of the problem, it is the crux of the problem,” Raising said.
He said solution has to be based on the unique history of the Nagas which the government of India has recognized. He said the NSCN (I-M) was the legitimate organization of the Naga people and also recognized by the government of India, UN and many other nations. Raising said the NSCN was committed for constitution of a sovereign state.
On the occasion of the 64th Naga independence day, the chief guest recalled how the Nagas stood their ground in the face of invasion, persecution, torture and destruction of villages where enemies came from many routes and in varied colours in the form of Assam Rifles, factions, communal forces, preachers and even civil societies and national workers. He said Nagas were innocent victims of this enemies.
Raising claimed that the NSCN (I-M) brought peace to the state when it accepted the invitation for talks from the government of India. However, he said peace alone was not enough and that it must carry a political message. Raising assured that the NSCN (I-M) would never give up working for peace and solution however tough, arduous and long the road might be. “For us peace is just a seed. Peace will come when there is mutual recognition of right,” he said.
Touching upon the Monyakshu conclave in which the GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN united unconditionally, the NSNC (I-M) ‘kilo kilonser’ alleged that the two groups since 1990s had been carrying out joint operation against the NSCN (I-M) which he added was clear in the eyes of everybody. He said reconciliation should also carry a political message for the people and that the NSCN (I-M) stood on the reconciliation under the FNR.
On the economic blockade imposed on Manipur, Raising said “we are not opposed to meiteis but opposed to communal forces of the Manipur government.”
The chief guest earlier unfurled the ‘national flag’ and took salute from the Naga army contingents.
Representatives from the Naga Hoho, FNR, NPMHR, UNC, Naga Council, NWHD etc also briefly spoke on the occasion.
Special numbers were presented by the Nagaland Chamber Choir, ‘2nd Lieut’ Mazat Daimai and others while Tolli Dance Academy Dimapur also performed during the programme. Cultural items were also presented as part of the programme. Promotions of cadres of different ranks and files were announced during the programme.
FGN/USR I-Day at Kiphire
Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN), United Sangtam Region (USR) celebrates the 64th Naga independence day at Hopongkyu Memorial Hall Kiphire town where hundreds of invitees, tribal leaders, students leaders and GBs attended the programme.
‘Dy. Kilonser’ law and justice and parliamentary affairs FGN, T.T. Sangtam who read out the independence day message of FGN Kedahge (president) ‘Brig.(Retd)’ S. Singya spoke on the positive outcome of the meeting at Monyakshu where the GPRN/NSCN and FGN reconciled. He said Naga reconciliation should be from the inner heart and appealed the NGOs, tribal leaders students leaders and church leaders to extend more cooperation towards the Naga cause. The programme was chaired by ‘dy. Secretary’ Alee (foreign) affairs FGN, Selithri Sangtam while C. Thripongse Sangtam Midan Peyu (Chairman) USR FGN delivered the welcome address. Some tribal leaders, GBs and others also spoke on the occasion while vote of thanks was pronounced by ‘dy. Secretary’ Rali Wali (MIP) FGN, Bendang.
India resorting to methods of illusion against Nagas –FGN
The Federal Government of Nagaland today castigated the government of India for what it alleged as resorting to methods of illusion against Nagas.
“India taking advantage of peace but cautious of imminent exposition by modern technology, resorted to methods of illusion against Nagas,” FGN kedahge ‘Gen. (Retd)’ Viyalie Metha alleged while addressing a mammoth gathering on the occasion of the 64th Naga independence day celebration after unfurling the Naga national flag at Mima village ground here Saturday.
In an oblique reference to the recent attempt by NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th. Muivah to visit his birth place Somdal village and his subsequent tour across different parts of Nagaland under Z plus security, the FGN Kedahge said India played a motherly role to carry around her child in a cradle of ‘Z plus security’ attempting to “legitimize an illegitimate child into Nagaland.”
Metha said that the Naga society had witnessed mushrooming growth of self styled and self aggrandizing individuals and groups trumpeting as national workers during the recent past. However, on little scrutiny, they were found to be only imposters who doesn’t represent their community but found either cast out or self exiled from their village, community or society. “Let no one any longer be confused but stride ahead for our national cause rather than meddling petty personnel conflict,” he urged.
He further said that the NNC and Federal Government of Nagaland were the “beginning of life and only foundations of Naga nation which has the authority of the people vested with it which are duly and wholly represented by all federating units.”
“The dawn is breaking for Naga freedom as the Lord has been truly guiding us all these years. Everyone, therefore, be courageous to march forward for the nation for we shall truly overcome,” he called upon the people.
Dwelling on the history of how peace was brought about in trouble torn Nagaland after the Indian invasion to Nagaland in 1954, he said that the war with India was forced upon the Nagas who had to defend their homeland. He recalled that peace was ushered in Nagaland following the signing of International Ceasefire Agreement signed between the government of India and the FGN on September 6, 1964 through the initiative of the Nagaland Peace Mission and reiterated that the FGN honored and held true to the agreement to the present day. Earlier, on the occasion, Metha also paid homage to all patriots who had sacrificed their precious lives for Naga nation and termed them as “heroes” and added that their sacrifices enabled the Naga nation to stand today.
During the celebration, message from NNC president, Adinno Phizo was also read out while speaker tatar hoho, Lhouvitsü exhorted the gathering. Victory certificate awards, bravery awards, military service awards and promotions of cadres also marked the occasion. Several cultural troupes representing different regions enthralled the celebration despite of the bad weather while NNC vice president, B. Pashen proposed the vote of thanks which was followed by grand independence day celebration feast.
Naga ID day keeps alive unity - NSF
The NSF which also observed the Naga independence day at Naga Heritage Complex Kisama stated the celebration was always keeping alive the unity and unique history of the Nagas.
The spirit of nationalism should remain alive in the mind of the young intellectual and it is time for the Naga younger generation to retrospect and introspect, the NSF message issued by its president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu stated. It also lauded the visionary Naga leaders who had declared Naga Independence Day on August 14 and stated that the patriot who had sacrificed their life for the cause of the Nagas should be remembered. The NSF statement also asked the intellectual Naga youth to avoid all the seeds of division from any forces which was trying to divide the Nagas.
It stated that the federation since its inception has been struggling for unity of Nagas and to live together under one administrative umbrella.
Upholding its motto–‘for greater lim and glory of Nagas,’ the NSF said it would always inspire the intellectual youth to bring Nagas under one administrative umbrella and expressed its wish to see that the remarkable celebration was brought to reality.

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