Tuesday, August 16, 2022

GNF clarifies on ‘Solidarity Walk’

Global Naga Forum (GNF) has issued a clarification to clear the misconception of the ‘Naga solidarity walk’ scheduled to be held on July 28 and July 29.
In a statement, GNF said its members were conscientious Naga citizens who believe in the peoplehood of the Nagas and “refuse to keep silent at this critical moment in the long history of struggle for the human and indigenous right to self-determination in our ancestral homeland.”
“We defy the arbitrary and artificial boundaries of colonial rule that divided and fragmented the Naga family and which continue to this day in 2022 under India and Myanmar,” it added.
Therefore, GNF said there was an urgent need for ‘Naga Solidarity Walk’ to heal the spirits, to reassert the common destiny as one people, and to bridge the gaps amongst Nagas.
It said that the members of GNF consist of like-minded people from all walks of life and from different parts of the world who have come together with the sole purpose and vision of telling the Naga Story to the world and to facilitate the journey of our people in the struggle for human and indigenous rights.
While reminding that the forum does not owe loyalty to any political party nor a mouthpiece of any organization, GNF said the walk is being organized solely to break the artificial barriers separating Nagas. “GNF has no ulterior motives, it doesn’t wish to discredit any organization whatsoever,” it said.
The forum appealed to every right thinking Naga irrespective of tribe affiliations to participate in the solidarity walk, adding that the walk from Kohima to Senapati was the first leg of the ‘unity journey’ and shall continue in other parts of Naga Homeland in due course of time.
It also said that the solidarity walk is jointly coordinated by different civil society organizations and student bodies from different parts of the Naga homeland and beyond.


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