NSCN (R), NPMHR celebrate 72nd Naga I-Day

NSCN (R), NPMHR celebrate 72nd Naga I-Day
Akato Chophi speaking at the 72nd Naga Independence Day celebrations of NSCN (R) on August 14.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/15/2018 1:00:13 PM IST

NSCN/GPRN (Reformation) celebrated the 72nd Naga Independence day on August 14, with its vice-president, Akato Chophi as the chief guest.

NSCN/GPRN (R) through its MIP stated that the chief guest in his speech said that “Naga Unity” was a pre requisite for the goal of a political solution. He called upon the Naga people to work hand in hand in oneness and solidarity. The chief guest was donned in a mixed Naga traditional attire as an example that no matter what tribe Nagas may belong to, they were all the same “One Naga family.” Akato called upon the people to stay united so that the Naga family may be a “Mighty fortress” that is formidable and impenetrable by any act of aggression from external forces and adversaries.

Aloke Yepthomi, winner of “You know you got it”, presented the song “Imagine”, while Hornbill Cultural Club of Lengrijan also enthralled the gathering with a cultural show.

The program was compeered by additional secretary, Akheli Yepthomi and joint secretary, Toshi; invocation was pronounced by kilonser followed by

“Oath of Allegiance” to newly inducted tatars and deputy kilonsers was administered by the speaker, Iheshe Aye; a short speech was delivered by Panmei, advisor to the collective leadership; vote of thanks was proposed by kilonser, Viniho Kiho while benediction was offered by kilonser, Newell Achumi.

NPMHR: The Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) commemorated the “72 years of the declaration of Naga Independence Day: Walking the Indo-Naga political talk” on August 14 at the India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi. 

A press release from NPMHR stated that, Neingulo Krome, secretary general of NPMHR, in his keynote address, said that the Nagas were a separate and distinct people. He also highlighted that the Indo-Naga talks had been going on for too long and the Naga public were losing patience and confidence in the process. 

Naga Hoho president, Chuba Ozukum reiterated that Nagas should be able to decide their future and further recounted the words of Mahatma Gandhi that “the Nagas have every right to be independent”. 

The president of UNC Gaidon Kamei impressed upon the people present that “we cannot appreciate the twist and turn policy of the GoI”. The presidents of Naga Women Union (NWU) and All Naga Student’s Association Manipur (ANSAM) also spoke on the occasion. 

While the Naga Students Federation (NSF) and Naga Mothers Association (NMA) sent their messages, members of Indian civil society organizations like Tapan Bose, John Dayal and Sanjay Kumar Singh also extended their solidarity. The event was attended by various civil society and student organizations both from Nagaland and mainland India. 

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