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FGN observes 59th martyrs’ day at Jotsoma
Published on 19 Oct. 2010 12:47 AM IST
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FGN Monday observed 59th martyrs’ day at Zasibito memorial park, Jotsoma village, Kohima and paid rich tribute to all those who had laid down their lives defending “national rights.”
Speaking on the occasion, the FGN “kedahge” “gen. (retd.)” Viyalie Metha called upon every Naga to recall the first Naga leader, Zasibito Nagi, who was killed by Indian armed forces in the heart of Kohima on October 18, 1952, as he stood by his people in defense of Naga rights, a statement from NNC said.
Maintaining that Naga history clearly indicated that “our forefathers” were never found short on their part for maintaining peace and harmony, the FGN “kedahge” said Naga leaders took much troubles and hardships to journey to India and talked with Mahatma Gandhi, C. Rajagopalachari, Gopinath Bordoloi, etc. and established mutual understanding and respect between India and Nagaland. “But it was demolished by the up-coming rulers of the newly independent India, after assassination of Mahatma Gandhi,” he said.
When “various veiled threats failed,” Metha said India “blatantly” provoked Naga people by manhandling Naga civilians, adding Zasibito Nagi had fallen the first victim to “Indian arrogance.”
“This was followed by the invasion of Nagaland in 1954 by the Indian Army,” asserted Metha and said thousands of patriots and civilians perished in the ruthless hands of Indian armed forces. He asserted that it would be the endeavor for every Naga to stand on their “patriotic sacrifice and truthful purpose for the freedom of the Naga people.”

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