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Khaplang’s expulsion a step forward: GPRN/NSCN
Published on 24 Jun. 2011 12:24 AM IST
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MIP Thursday said the over 60-year old Naga struggle was an expression of Naga people’s “anger against forceful occupation and division of their beloved homeland” and described it as “a blueprint of democratic tradition constantly at work within” that evolved through its national assembly (Tatar Hoho). It said GPRN/NSCN “is living legacy” of great Naga revolutionaries “who preached and practiced democratic principles” by convening the assembly whose decision was final when there was need for cease fire, bilateral talks or change in leadership.
It said expulsion and impeachment of former chairman Khaplang both from the party (NSCN) and the government (GPRN) at the emergency national assembly, was reaffirmation of the “superiority of the nation over an individual, no matter his position or status.”
MIP said on June 7, the choice before the national assembly was between chairman S.S. Khaplang or the Naga people. It said the Hoho “sided with the will of the Naga people” and unanimously chose ‘Gen’ Khole Konyak ‘command-in-chief’ as its new chairman.
It reminded that ‘Gen’ Khole a “veteran freedom fighter since the days of the NNC” was among the few who “vehemently opposed killing among the Naga brothers.”
It said while Khole endorsed the GPRN/NSCN’s participation at the highest level meeting at Dimapur on September 18, 2010 Khaplang “ordered not to attend”.
Prior to the September 18 meeting, MIP said one P. Tihak, on Khaplang’s behalf, declared withdrawal from the Covenant of Reconciliation (CoR) and “accusing IM group of insincerity”. While admitting to violations, it however expressed shock at Khaplang’s statement from eastern Nagaland which was “a slap in the face” on the FNR in particular and Nagas in general.
Affirming that people’s will cannot be dictated by an ever elusive man, absenting from “the scene of reconciliation”, the MIP lauded the local media for withholding the statement till it was “corrected and pruned” to go with the desire of Nagas. It said when the CoR was signed, Khaplang was expected to strengthen Naga peace and reconciliation but instead, he “threatened to unleash further bloodshed”
It accused Khaplang of covertly accepting the Burmese junta’s carrot when first ever elections were held in Naga areas recently, thereby making it impossible for him to participate in the Naga reconciliation process.
MIP said after the June 7 expulsion from both the party and government, any press statement on Khaplang’s behalf by Tihak be treated as having no value.
It advised Nagas not to be confused by the opinion of “P.Tihak, a Khasi” and former general secretary of Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) acting as Khaplang’s spokesman. It said an impeached leader has no moral authority to issue any statement to the Nagas and also declared “null and void” Khaplang’s appointment of military officers to various posts through Tihak’s statement on June 22.
To avoid confusion, MIP clarified “the party is NSCN and the government GPRN” and nomenclature ‘GPRN/NSCN’. It said GPRN/NSCN chairman ‘Gen’Khole and general secretary N. Kitovi Zhimomi assure Nagas that except those few expelled, the Naga army and civil authorities both in eastern and western Nagaland were intact and functioning normally. There was never a split but only removal of Khaplang “a self righteous leader” and an obstacle to Naga reconciliation and peace among Nagas, it said.
MIP said FNR’s efforts “must continue unabated” if future of Nagas was to be secured through an acceptable political solution adding, that priority for a man was to be prepared for any eventuality but the value was higher if he talked peace and not war.

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