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Seminar on ‘Retrospection on Naga Integration’

Seminar on ‘Retrospection on Naga Integration’
Mhiesizokho Zinyü speaking at the seminar. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima, May 31 (NPN): | Publish Date: 6/1/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Any Naga whether living in Nagaland or Assam or Manipur, or Arunachal Pradesh or Burma (now Myanmar) is a Naga by identity, said former Angami Public Organisation (APO) president, Mhiesizokho Zinyü on Friday. He made this statement while speaking as resource person at a seminar on ‘Retrospection on Naga Integration’ for Angami Region Leaders at Hotel Hut, Kohima on organised by NSCN (I-M), Angami region.  

He said Naga politics has been all inclusive, and there has never been any connotation such as insider or outsider. 

According to Zinyü, Naga population was about four million, scattered over an area of 120,000 square kilometers and as per the Britanica Encyclopaedia the Naga inhabited areas originally extended from Lumding in Assam in the west to Uyu River, an eastern tributary of Chindwin River in Myanmar in the east, and from China in the north to Mizoram and south-east tip of Manipur and Chin Hills in the south.

He said the aspiration of the Nagas to live under one umbrella of political and administrative entity as one people, one Nation has been the driving force in the national movement. 

He therefore said that the concept Urra Uvie (Our country, our Own) was deeply rooted in the ethos of Naga nationalism and reiterated that instead of weakening the stand and dimming vision, “we too should be treading in the footsteps of our fathers and forefathers more vigorously than ever so as to strengthen the unity and integrity of Naga nationhood.”

Enlightening the leaders on the Nagas unique history and nationality, Zinyü said, from days of yore, the Nagas lived in their own village-states undisturbed by any foreign aggressors throughout the vast expanse of Naga Territory.

The Nagas have never been conquered or subjugated by any power or nation before the British took over South East Asia. The Nagas had no treaty with any nation nor had Nagas never bartered away any part of their territory to any nation. No socio-political treaty ever encroached on the Naga territories, said Zinyü.

While observing that there seem to be a wrong notion elsewhere that the Angamis today no longer stand by the sworn-in Naga stand on One People, One Nation, Zinyü, firmly reiterated that the Angami community was still resolute on the patriotic belief and stand of its fathers and forefathers “who had sworn in the unity and integration of Nagas with the motto Urra Uvie (Our Country, Our Own)”. 

Though the Naga sovereignty and nationality existed much before the British came to Asia, Zinyü recounted that sensing the fast moving political developments in South Asia, the Naga National Council, which was the only Naga political organisation at that time, resolved to proclaim to the world the historical existence of Naga Territory, the unique Naga Nationality, and the Naga Sovereignty. 

Subsequently, he said “The Naga Plebiscite” was the historic mandate and commitment of the Nagas in modern political terminology and added that throughout its history, the Nagas have upheld their unique history, and their nationality as one people in one voice.

Following the proclamation of the Naga Independence to the world in Kohima on August 14, 1947, Zinyü stated that the Angamis and neighbouring tribes took up the responsibility on their own shoulders and have travelled far and wide across Naga country to educate their Naga brothers and sisters across Naga Territory that “all Nagas are one family and all Nagas when integrated are one big nation.” 

Members of collective leadership GPRN Rtd. Lt. Col. Victor Angami, KK Angami, Zenietuo Pienyü and others in their speeches also reiterated its resolute stand on the integration of Nagas.

Angami said “we will never and are never going to be defeated under the decisive force’ and therefore urged the people not to be disheartened with the process.  

While Pienyü affirmed that Nagas were integrated and are still integrated he however, claimed that the Indian government was trying to disintegrate the integration of the Nagas attributing the Shillong Accord as the foremost and greatest divider of Nagas. 

The programme was moderated by Dr. P. Mor, Kilonser ministry of education and welcome address was delivered by Helie Zumu, central Administrative Officer, Angami Region.

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