Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) observed its 32nd Foundation Day on September 9 at Tahamzam (Senapati) with well wishers from United Naga Council, All Naga Students’ Association Manipur, the Senapati District Students Association and Poumai Students Association.
Members reflected on the successes and failure in the course of its journey and recognized the contributions made by members in the past and present. The celebration also observed a two-minute silence in memory and honour of Wordsworth Zingkhai and Dr. U.A Shimray, members of NPMHR who passed away recently.
Recalling the journey of NPMHR, senior members shared the difficulties and challenges faced in its formation and growth as a movement.
A press statement issued by press liaison stated that when NPMHR was formed on September 9, 1978, it took upon itself the task of initiating an organised struggle for ensuring and safeguarding amongst others; the right to live together as a people; free access to all places of learning; maximum participation of the people in the making of decisions affecting their lives; freedom from socio-economic exploitation, political domination and military repression; against anti-democratic practices and the dismantling of institutions and social values which legitimize and perpetuate these within our society; against the imposition of undesirable alien legal systems and socio-cultural concepts and ways of life.
NPMHR also held its general assembly where it consensually elected a new secretary general with the completion of incumbent’s tenure. The incoming secretary general, Dr. Gina Shangkham is well known for her contributions to the cause of the Nagas.
In the past, she also held the post of the president, Naga Women’s Union. She took over the post from Dr. N. Venuh who had held the post since 2007 and whose contribution to NPMHR is worth commending.