Naga solution: State to witness ‘history’ very soon, says Rio

Naga solution: State to witness ‘history’ very soon, says Rio
Special Task Force personnel during a demonstration. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/1/2019 12:24:27 PM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio while greeting the people of Nagaland on the occasion of the 57th Statehood Day, expressed optimism that the long-awaited final solution to the vexed Naga political issue was very close.

Speaking on the occasion at Khouchiezie (Kohima local ground), Rio said negotiations between various Naga political groups and Government of India had concluded and history was on the verge of being made as they all could be very close to a final solution. He conveyed his government’s deep appreciation to all the negotiating parties for showing magnanimity, a spirit of understanding and foresightedness for achieving “breakthrough” in the talks and for being able to reach common ground on all the issues that were being negotiated for long.

Rio said this should make the Nagas realise the huge responsibility that was bestowed upon them to ensure that every step taken by them was with greatest honesty and in the right direction, so that their longing for peace became a reality without any further delay.

He also acknowledged the determination and commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and governor and Centre’s Interlocutor RN Ravi for carrying forward the peace process in a concrete manner, which had resulted in consensus among all the negotiating parties to successfully conclude the peace talks on a positive note.

The chief minister recalled the inauguration of Nagaland by then President of India Dr S Radhakrishnan as the 16th State of the Union of India on December 1, 1963. Looking back at the stupendous journey made by Nagaland to attain a worthy and admirable place among the various States of the country, he took pride, while reminding everyone of the momentous events and circumstances of the past that led to the formation of the State.

He also recalled the birth of first political organisation Naga Club in 1918, which was followed by submission of a memorandum to the Simon Commission in 1929 petitioning that the Nagas be excluded from the proposed new Union of India.

Rio said the subsequent events led to formation of Naga National Council (NNC), which demanded independence for the Nagas based on their unique history. And this demand for a separate homeland subsequently intensified after India attained independence, leading to an armed struggle that led to a series of military operations in the early 1950s, he added.

Amidst the turmoil, Rio said solemn attempts were made at various levels to resolve the demand of Naga people politically and eventually led to signing of the 16-Point Agreement between Naga People’s Convention and Government of India. 

This agreement signed on July 26, 1960 led to passing of the Constitution (Thirteenth Amendment) Act, 1962 in Parliament, by which Article 371(A) guaranteeing special provisions to the Naga people was incorporated into the Constitution of India, he explained.

As they celebrated the Statehood Day, he remarked that the Nagas were filled with reverence and gratefulness to all founding fathers and visionary leaders who, by their sacrifices and resoluteness, brought into reality the State of Nagaland.

Further, referring to the November 13 meeting of Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on Naga Political Issue, Rio appealed to all stakeholders to continue the spirit of unity and oneness amongst each other for facilitating the eventual resolution of the protracted Naga political issue.

On the occasion, Rio also highlighted the “achievements” of his government in sectors like roads, power, school education, health, agriculture, tourism, IT&C, law & order, etc. 

Host of legislators, senior government officials, civil society group representatives, tourists and others attended the event.

The 57th Statehood Day was celebrated with much gaiety and fanfare, drill display, march-past and playing of bands by police personnel. The skilful drill display by 15 Indian Reserve Battalion (IRBn) personnel enthralled the crowd, as did a thrilling demonstration on how to combat or tackle in case of terrorist attack by Special Task Force (STF) personnel.

Altogether eight contingents from DEF, NAP, 9 IRBn, 11 IRBn, 15 IRBn Mahila, STF and village guards from Meluri and Longleng presented a march-past, while another eight contingents – Mahila pipe band, 2 NAP pipe band, 3 NAP pipe band, 6 NAP pipe band, home guards & civil defence pipe band, PTS brass band, 10 IRBn band, 10 IRBn brass band and 4 NAP brass band – played bands.

Further 12 school children from Kohima town presented a special song “God bless Nagaland”. 

Book release: On the occasion, a book “Nagaland Police Uniform Code” was also released by chief minister Neiphiu Rio with an aim to standardise dress and appearance of all officers and other ranks in Nagaland Police.

Published by department of information & public relations, a coffee table book “Evocative Nagaland” was also released by the chief minister. The book contains valuable historical and contemporary photographs of the State, its people and their culture, places of interest, cuisines and the unique characteristics that define Nagaland.

Written by Assam Rifles on the battle of Kohima to commemorating the platinum jubilee of the epic battle, a book titled “Winning the Lost Battle” was jointly released by Rio and  Maj Gen PC Nair, inspector general of Assam Rifles (North).

Gordon Graham prize: On the other hand, the second Gordon Graham prize for Naga literature was also given away on the occasion to Dr Neikehienuo Mephu-o in fiction category for her book “My Mother’s Daughter”, while Dr Abraham Lotha bagged the award in non-fiction category for his book “The Hornbill Spirit”. Both received Rs 1 lakh each.

In another first, the chief minister’s speech and other activities on the occasion were interpreted in sign language by Catherine Thong from Tabitha Enabling Academy for persons with impaired hearing.

It may be mentioned that after many years, the Statehood Day celebrations were held at local ground in the heart of the State Capital that were otherwise held at Secretariat Plaza. However, the overall public turnout was poor on account of Sunday.

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