Organisations observe ‘74th Naga Independence Day’

Organisations observe ‘74th Naga Independence Day’
(L) Office bearers of NSF during the 74th Naga Independence Day. (C) RSU members after the Naga Independence Day celebration. (R) Office bearers of Naga Students’ Union Bangalore celebrates 74th Naga Independence Day.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/14/2020 12:16:29 PM IST

Various Naga political groups (NPGs) and student bodies celebrated the “74th Naga Independence Day” at their respective headquarters on August 14, 2020.

Dimapur: GPRN/NSCN observed the 74th Naga I-Day at council headquarter Khehoyi designated camp with strict compliance to health guidelines and advisories.

A release from its MIP stated that the symbolic day was celebrated with Jack Jimomi, kilo (home) kilonser as chief guest, who hoisted the Naga national flag and a military salutation with singing of the Naga national anthem.

An obituary moment was also observed with silent prayers for the departed national workers.

Azheto Chophi, advisor to collective leadership while extending his greeting also spoke and briefed the gathering about various historical accounts and prevailing issue of the Naga national movement. The programme concluded with a mass prayer for the Naga nation.

NSF: Naga Students’ Federation hoisted the Naga national flag at Oking NSF, Kohima.

According to a press release, NSF while extending Independence Day greetings to all the Nagas living in different parts of the world stated that the celebration was in furtherance of the Naga people’s legitimate rights based on historical facts.

The federation shared that as Nagalim celebrated its 74th year of its length and breath, “free from any occupational and imperialistic forces”, joined Nagas in taking their legacy forward. 

Further, NSF reiterated that its earlier appeal to the Nagas, i.e., “to love one another unconditionally, accept each other’s weaknesses, respect each other’s differences and together with Christ, strive towards our ultimate goal”.

RSU: Rengma Students’ Union (RSU) celebrated Independence Day at Parashen, Tseminyu where Naga national flag of the then formed Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) was first hoisted.

A release from president RSU, Heiko Kent and general secretary, Kegwalo Magh stated that while speaking at the occasion, Kenneth Kath, president Rengma Selo Zi (RSZ) reiterated that Rengmas remained steadfast in the political history of Nagas and would continue to press forward until aspiration of Nagas is realised.

Kegwayhun Tep, secretary, education while remembering those who had died, hoped that the younger generation would continue to remain indebted to sacrifices made by men and women who gave up their lives for the identity and sovereignty of Nagas. He further added that the occasion called for everyone to reflect on past leaders and martyrs on whose sacrifices they now stand today, while also extending solidarity to nationalists at present “who have dedicated their lives in pursuing the aspirations of the Naga people”.

Earlier, the programme was chaired by Heiko Kent, president RSU, Bible passage reading and prayer followed by unfurling of flag. 

Word of gratitude was delivered by Kegwalo Math, general secretary RSU. The programme was attended by officials from NSF, RSU, RSZ, students and well-wishers from Rengma community.

Wokha: Lotha Regional Council (NNC) parent body observed Naga Independence Day at Oking Wokha.

In a release from Lotha region, NNC (PB), on the occasion, Ekhyimthung Patton, president, LRC expressed gratefulness to God for His gracefulness to the people till today as they salute and pray homage to comrades, both death and alive, who declared the historic day as Naga Independence Day.

He appealed to the citizens and factions to remain united and work out the Naga political problem on the principle of 1929 memorandum of Naga Hills and 1951 plebiscite (a political referendum) for permanent solution.

He stated that “any political dialogue for final settlement should be based on the terms of the international ceasefire between the government of India and Nagas on September 6, 1964”.

Further, he maintained that under the leadership of Yillow Humtsoe, acting president and V. Nagi, general secretary, it resolved to reject any other agreement or accord of Article 371 (A) of 16th point agreement or any agreement below the historical and political rights of the sacrificial blood and tears of Nagas.

NPGN/NNC (N/A) Lotha region: NPGN/NNC (N/A) Lotha region celebrated Independence Day at Hono Hanku village, Wokha. A release from NPGN/NNC (N/A) Lotha region chairman, Yizamo Lotha stated that the celebration was held under the leadership of NPGN/NNC (N/A) Lotha region president, T. Ovung.  The ceremony was chaired by NPGN/NNC (N/A) Lotha region chairman Yizamo Lotha, invocation prayer by Tsenyimo Lotha and speech of president by R. Nchumbemo, kilonser law and justice, while benediction was pronounced by Adeno Lotha. Altogether, around 150 national workers attended the ceremony.

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