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Various Naga political groups celebrate ‘Naga Independence Day’

Various Naga political groups celebrate ‘Naga Independence Day’
Correspondents/Staff Reporter KOHIMA/DIMAPUR/MON, AUG 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/14/2018 11:48:28 AM IST

Various Naga political groups (NPGs) Tuesday celebrated “Naga Independence Day” with patriotic fervour at their respective headquarters. Besides, Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) and Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) also commemorated ‘Naga Independence Day’ at CBCK, Cezo Mepu, Billy Graham Road, Kohima and Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) office Dimapur respectively.

NNC, FGN the only ‘nationally-mandated’ institutions: Metha

Addressing the 72nd Naga Independence Day celebration function held at Peace Camp, Chedema on Tuesday, the Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) Kedahge ‘gen. (retd)’ Viyalie Metha asserted that Naga National Council (NNC) and FGN were the only two “nationally-mandated institutions” and established government of the Naga people to uphold the historical and political rights of the Naga nation.

He said NNC and FGN did not and would not recognise any faction or organisation that might commit Naga citizenship to any other country. Metha affirmed to stand in protecting Naga sovereignty and independence.

Commenting on the issue of integration of contiguous Naga areas, Metha remarked that “Nagas were an integrated nation even before the official proclamation of their Federal Republic on March 22, 1956”.

In this connection, he said Nagas had always been “an integrated nation occupying a continuous Naga territory throughout all the aeons of human history.”

Kedahge said that NNC and FGN would consider any acts of integrating Naga territory under the constitution of any foreign country as “acts of treason against the nation.”

In her presidential message, NNC president Adinno Phizo said the national foundation was laid by her organisation and, with the national foundation in place, Nagas had been able to uphold “our right up to this day.”

Whether others acknowledge it or not, Nagas have a unique history because they never entered into any treaty that has bound them in any legal connection to any other country, she claimed.

Earlier, Metha unfurled the Naga national flag which was followed by the anthem. The cadres were presented with awards of recognition while various cultural troupes presented folk songs and dances on the occasion.

Final solution as and when God is pleased with us: Khole

NSCN (I-M) vice president ‘Gen. (Retd)’ Kholi, in his speech on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, has asserted that final solution to the Naga political issue “will come as and when God is pleased with us.”

Kholi’s speech was read out by NSCN (I-M) Kilo Kilonser, Hukavi Yepthomi, during the 72nd Independence Day held at Council Headquarters (CHQ) Hebron on Tuesday.

Stating that Naga political struggle began with God and would be accomplished with God, NSCN (I-M) vice president said they had done what they could in all these years of political negotiations with the Government of India, and there was not much to be done now. 

He, therefore, called upon the Nagas to examine their lives and see whether or not God finds reasons to be pleased with them. “Let us remind ourselves of the Gospel truth that, with God everything is possible, and that God is the answer to every problem of a believer,” he said. Reiterating that Naga history and political rights have been acknowledged and recognized by the government of India, Kholi, however, said the problem that still remained to be resolved was the danger of self-destruction. “Nagas are bound to perish together until and unless we realize that our greatest enemy is within ourselves in the form of egotism, jealousy, selfishness, hatred, self-righteousness etc,” he remarked.

Naga Plebiscite will be basic foundation of any political solution: Neokpao

In his 72nd Independence Day speech, GPRN/NSCN president, “Gen. (Retd.)” MB Neokpao, asserted that the Naga Plebiscite of May 1951 would be the basic foundation of any political solution. 

Stating that the essence and spirit of Naga plebiscite was duly acknowledged by the government of India, Neokpao said “It is with this strength that we signed an Agreed position with the GOI on 17th Nov 2017.”

Further, he stated that the November 17, 2017 Agreed position document bears testimony that the two entities, firmly retaining the essence of Naga plebiscite of 1951, were determined to take the “Indo-Naga” issue to a logical conclusion.

Neokpao maintained that “a prolonged conflict like ours” cannot be resolved through piecemeal solution. He said there had been agreements in the past which did not have the “approval and consent of the Naga people.” GPRN/NSCN president also stated that a political problem cannot be solved through economic considerations. (Full text on p-6)

Nagas are not lost people: Wangtin

NSCN (Reformation) president Y.Wangtin Naga, on the occasion of the “Naga Independence Day”, asserted that Naga people are not lost people and their History cannot be erased.

NSCN (R) celebrated the 72nd Independence Day at Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB) office, Mon with NSCN (R) president Y.Wangtin Naga as chief guest.

After unfurling the Naga national flag, the NSCN (R) president delivered his speech, in which he stated described the coming together of six NNPGs as fulfilment of the aspirations of the Naga people for unity among Naga revolutionary groups. 

Wangtin stated that the ‘Working Agreement’ signed between government of India and NNPGs stood taller than any political agreement signed thus far between government of India and Nagas. He said through that agreement the government of India has ‘officially recognized the historical and political rights of the Nagas and their distinct identity to determine their future’.

He also informed that NNPGs and government of India have jointly worked out a formula for peaceful co-existence between the two entities and was likely to ink final deal before autumn season of Indian Parliament, provided the situation and time favours.

Earlier, a silent prayer in remembrance of the fallen Martyrs was also observed.

The programme was chaired by NSCN (R) deputy secretary Mansham, invocation prayer by Chaplain, vote of thanks by Omnyei Konyak, Advisor to the collective leadership and benediction by mass. The celebration was attended by rank and file of NSCN(R), civil society leaders, various NGOs and business community members.

KSU expresses solidarity with Naga movement

Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) has expressed solidarity with the Naga movement. 

Addressing a gathering of student leaders and members of Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) at Dimapur Naga Students’ Union office, Dimapur on Tuesday to commemorate the 72nd Naga Independence Day, KSU general secretary Donald V Thabah remarked that while rest of the country had been celebrating Independence Day since 1947, people of the Northeast were still struggling for their right to self-determination. 

In his solidarity message, Thabah recounted the sacrifices made by earlier generations, but he said he was saddened that no one knew the history of Nagas’ struggle for self-determination. Citing an instance, he said, as Jallianwala Bagh tragedy was a part of history, the injustice and atrocities committed on the Nagas in their quest for self-determination too should be part of school curriculum.

The KSU leader recounted the gross violation of human rights during “Operation Blue Bird” at Oinam, a Poumai Naga village in Manipur, where villagers were subjected to inhuman treatment and extra-judicial killings, and where even churches were not spared. He said incidents like those in Oinam should be a part of history.

Talking about the attitude of “mainlanders” towards the Northeast, he pointed out that while the Northeast made an attempt to understand mainland India’s culture, the former hardly knew the region’s people and their culture. “They (mainland India) want us to assimilate and that is unacceptable,” he asserted.

To prove his point, Thabah expressed his displeasure at the recent comment on Naga headgear by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. He said it proved that people from mainland India knew very little of the Northeast, adding it was unacceptable that a symbol of culture was labelled “hilarious and outlandish”.

Urging the gathering to stir up the spirit of Naga nationalism, the KSU leader remarked: “Log drums were beaten earlier to announce new developments like an attack from the enemy. Now, they are being beaten to echo into the ears of people and invoke in them the spirit of Naga nationalism, brotherhood amongst various tribes, sacrifices for homeland and to etch a better future generation.”

Thabah ended his address by reaffirming that NSF and KSU would continue to strive for brotherhood and strengthen the bond existing between the Khasis and Nagas.

Earlier in the programme, NSF president Kesosul Christopher Ltu thanked KSU for being part of the celebrations and reminded those present that the struggle for Naga sovereignty was the bounden duty of everyone, including the students and youth.

The programme was chaired by NSF general secretary Imtiyapang Imsong and invocation was pronounced by pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Burma Camp, Neikholie Wetsah. The other highlights of the programme were unfurling of the Naga national flag and felicitation of office-bearers of both KSU and NSF.

Ex-national workers: Ex-national workers of Mangmetong celebrated 72nd Naga Independence Day Tuesday at Mangmeton village. At the programme, the Independence Day speech was delivered by I. Tia Imchen, Kilonser cum Caretaker CAO, Ao region while MBA Pastor I. Lolen Imchen shared the Word of God. One minute silence in memory of the departed souls was also observed on the occasion.

 

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