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NSCN/GPRN celebrates 40th Republic Day

NSCN/GPRN celebrates 40th Republic Day
(L-R) Q. Tuccu and Th. Muivah addressing the 40th Republic Day. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/21/2019 12:04:47 PM IST

In his maiden speech on the occasion of the 40th Republic Day celebration at CHQ Hebron Thursday, NSCN/GPRN president /yaruiwo, Q. Tuccu said that nothing was final on the Naga issue until an honourable negotiated political settlement is agreed upon based on the August 3, 2015 ‘Framework Agreement’. 

He explained that after more than decade long negotiations under the leadership of its chairman late Isak Chishi Swu and chief negotiator Th. Muivah, NSCN and GoI mutually agreed and signed the historic ‘Framework Agreement’. It is the foundation based on which a new relationship between the two entities would be established and both parties were committed to abide by this agreement, he added.  

He further maintained that the group was “ready to understand together with our neighbours and prepared to take a realistic approach respecting each other(s) history”, and expressed gratitude to all well wishers and support groups from Nagalim and others supporting the ongoing political dialogue between Government of India (GoI) and NSCN (I-M).

Pointing out that the national movement was based on two core foundations of “Nagalim for the Nagas and Nagalim for Christ”, Tuccu said leaders in the past had declared the foundations and “we are guided by these principles that have brought the Nagas thus far”. (Full text on p-6)

A speech on political talks was delivered by NSCN/GPRN general secretary/ato kilonser, Th Muivah, in which he dwelled on different topics from the time of NNC, the peace process and the role of Naga people in Naga political movement, the 16-Point Agreement, integration of Naga homeland and solution of the Naga political problem. He also called upon the citizen to be serious about reconciliation, saying “We need to know how to claim our share and rights that we have been blessed with and, if we fail to understand that, we will all be losers”. 

He, however, said once the Nagas learn about their rights, then they would emerge strong. In this regard, he questioned the gathering whether they were ready to face the challenges and defend.

Pointing out that the Nagas were on a self-destructive mode, Muivah said it was “madness” on the part of people like S.C. Jamir to dismiss Naga integration on basis of the 16-Point Agreement. He said people were acting for their own interests and not thinking about the interests of the Nagas, for which India was taking advantage.

Reiterating that the history of Nagas was unique, he said resolution of Naga political issue and reconciliation too would be unique. He, therefore, called upon all to come together and reconcile to stand together for “Nagas for Christ”. He added that it was for the present Naga generation to understand the Naga history and stand up for it.

Opening prayer at the programme was pronounced by Nagaland Joint Christian Forum (NJCF) treasurer Rev Moses Murry and patriotic song presented by GFT Hq & GHQ, Naga Army. Folk song and dance were also presented on the occasion.

Other highlights of the programme included flag hosting by the chief host, silent prayer in remembrance of the martyrs presided over by CNC president Eustar Chisholm Swu, rank declaration by keya affairs GPRN secretary Romeo Sankhil and march past by ex-Naga Army (women), etc.

Leaders of various civil society organisations like Naga Hoho, Naga Students’ Federation, Eastern Nagaland People Organisation, Nagaland People’s Movement Human Rights, Naga Women Union, NJCF and United Naga Tribes Association on Border Areas delivered short speeches during the programme.

Later, vote of thanks was delivered by GPRN cabinet secretary M Daniel Lotha and closing prayer was pronounced by Naga Army head chaplain Lt Col Ph Daniel. 

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