State-wide peace rallies urge upon PM for early Naga solution

State-wide peace rallies urge upon PM for early Naga solution
People taking part in the ‘peace rally’ held across the state on Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporters/Correspondents DIMAPUR/KOHIMA/MOKOKCHUNG/KIPHIRE/LONGKENG, MAR 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/9/2020 12:46:33 PM IST


Public numbering some thousands across Nagaland and from all walks of life took part in the ‘peace rally’ organized under the banner of Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) in demanding early solution to the decades-old Naga political issue. A representation to Prime Minister, signed by representatives from various districts was handed over through the respective deputy commissioners after the rally.

In the representation, NGBF pointed out that negotiations between the Centre and the Naga national groups ended on October 31 2019 and saw no reason to account for the delay in concluding the ongoing phase of Naga Peace talks.

NGBF also said its members were briefed by the negotiators that “all unresolved matters as on the date shall be left to be pursued through democratic Political processes under the new regime envisaged for Naga areas.” It opined that if the Prime Minister wished, would be a matter of brief discourse to streamline and finalize every resolved matter to conclude the agreement. “We trust that there will be no new subjects or reversals on any matter already negotiated and agreed upon,” said NGBF and urged upon the prime minister to announce whatever was in record as on October 31, 2019 to the Naga people and the world.

“An early signing of Indo-Naga political agreement will most certainly enhance your reputation as the undisputed leader of the world’s largest democracy,” NGBF stated. With acceptable and honorable political solution in the offing, NGBF said Nagas were prepared to begin an enduring peaceful co-existence after seven decades of conflict.

The federation urged Modi to accord utmost priority to its petition and also inform the Naga public about the date of signing the “Indo-Naga peace agreement”. NGBF said the decision to submit this petition was decided during the general meeting held on March 4, 2020 in Dimapur.

DIMAPUR: The rally was held at DC court junction in collaboration with the Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) and attended by various civil society organizations and students.

Many held banner and placards some of which read: “Announce honourable and acceptable Indo-Naga political solution”; “What has been agreed upon, bring it home, what remains pursue through democratic political process”; “GoI partner us or we will find one”; “GoI how long? How long? Do not test our patience” and “The world is watching and waiting let’s begin enduring peaceful co-existence” etc. while some also shouted out slogans like “Nagas need solution”.

Addressing the rally, former NLA speaker Z. Lohe stated that peace itself was just a word in Nagaland and that, there was no peace in reality. He maintained that if peace actually existed, no one would have to check or demand taxes from someone’s industry at gunpoint. He further said “Nagaland for Christ” slogan has now become just a motto and people were not actually living up to it.

On Pan Naga Hoho (PNH), Lohe was sceptical that such body was only a ruse to control Nagaland and reduce the indigenous people of Nagaland to second class citizens.

“This is why there should be solution without PAN Naga Hoho” and that Article 371 (A) will also become more insignificant under PNH scheme

Western Sumi Hoho president Dr. Kakheto Zhimomi expressed dismay that despite negotiations being held for the past 22 years, there were more faction rather than solution. “We hear that the talk is going in the right direction but we have no idea what they’ve been negotiating for the Nagas”, he said. “If you (GoI) do not give us what you promised when we are ready to accept it then we are sorry because this country will lose Nagaland,” Zhimomi added. He also held that “Nagaland has not only become a land of taxes but a land of organisations” and that everyone has become leaders and that was why the Naga public were also confused.

Naga Women Hoho Dimapur president, Sungsabeni Jamio in her speech said that Nagas have “lost many souls” and that, mothers do not need bloodshed anymore but “want peace and solution”.

While, Naga council Dimapur (NCD) president T. Bangerloba said that the ultimate goal of Nagas should be solution and no more of “lingering”, he also called for unity for early solution.

NGBF president Shalem Konyak lamented that due to disunity amongst Nagas, the Centre had been taking its time to solve the Naga issue. He urged the Centre to deliver what have been promised to the Nagas. Later, remark of the rally was made by former president NCD president Savi Liegise, who also chaired the programme.

KOHIMA: Along with other districts, the rally in Kohima was held at the premises of the state badminton stadium here Monday. At the rally, general secretary NGBF Shikuto Zalipu read out the representation addressed to the PM which was later submitted through the Governor at Raj Bhavan.

The Rally was attended by hundreds that included members of Kohima district GB association members, public leaders, students and others some who carried banners and placards that read: “GoI, delay signing agreement at your own peril” and “GoI, how long ? how long ? Do not test our patience”. 

Chakhesang Hoho Kohima president, Theja Therieh who chaired the rally said Naga people want to know as to how long they would have to wait for solution? He urged upon Nagas to speak out their minds without hesitation over Naga peace talks. Therieh also clarified that the rally was not against anyone but only to raise the voice of the Nagas to whoever are negotiating for all Nagas. 

He maintained that everybody wanted solution and urged upon the government of India to deliver what they have promised and not to take Nagas for a ride. He said that Nagas are yearning for honourable solution for the entire Naga inhabited areas.

Other leaders who also addressed the rally included president Kohima Lotha Hoho Pankathung, president Sumi Hoho Kohima Khevito T. Shohe, and president Pochury Hoho Kohima Atathu. They all expressed the concern for resolving the protracted Naga political issue that was honourable and acceptable, at the earliest in the interest of the Naga people. The leaders also expressed gratitude to the Kohima district GB association and NGBF for organizing such rally across the state.

Convener, mediation committee Yesonü Veyie and member mediation committee Vimedo Hibo also addressed the gathering. 

Later the Kohima district GB association members including various Hoho leaders and students from various institutions proceeded towards Raj Bhavan and submitted the representation to the state governor.


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