Thursday, July 7, 2022

Speech of Adinno Phizo, President, NNC on ‘Naga Plebiscite Day’

Ladies and gentlemen,
Greetings on behalf of the Office Bearers of the Naga National Council (NNC), to every Naga member on this auspicious day.
May 16 is a red letter day in the annals of the Naga nation. For on this day, a Voluntary Plebiscite was launched by the Naga National Council with the main purpose to dispel the Indian propaganda that “the talk of Naga Independence is the voice of only a few educated Nagas”. Participation in this voluntary Plebiscite was undertaken from the age of 16 years and above. And the response of the Nagas for this rightful call to stay an independent nation was overwhelming.
On an occasion like today, it is proper to revisit the historic event. Where, I would like to quote from the inaugural speech of the then President of NNC, A.Z.Phizo, where he stated the very purpose of this voluntary Plebiscite of the Nagas;
This is not whether Nagaland should become a part of India or not. This is to show India and the world of Naga unity as one effective nation in order to let INDIA know the position of NAGALAND.
Again, I quote;
Lastly, let me state that the Nagas stand for independence, that is, the continued existence of Nagaland as a sovereign state, is not a challenge to India. We stand on, and try to re-affirm, our own right as a nation. Nagas are not against Indians. We never want enemies. We only hope that India shall not become our enemy.
Nagas are united and very clear from day one as far as the Naga national stand is concerned. Since the submission of memorandum to the British India Statutory Commission, popularly known as Simon Commission in 1929, the formal declaration of the Naga Independence on 14th August, 1947 and the Voluntary Plebiscite of 16th May, 1951. And thereby, the formation of the Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) on 22nd March, 1956. All these landmarks of the Naga nation sealed the Naga nationhood following the due process, at the right time that no one can refute and challenge. So, when all is established and accomplished, any Naga preaching another gospel or singing another tune is tantamount to sacrilege.
We are thankful to the Almighty God for giving our nation the pioneer Naga national leaders who had gathered the Naga families into a nation state through the Naga National Council. We are indebted to them. NNC leaders had laid the firm and irrefutable Naga national foundation. Where NNC is the author and the keeper of the Naga sovereignty which is not bequeathed to any other person/group. This must be understood by the Nagas in general and by the Government of India in particular. No amount of trickery on the part of India can alter the mandate given to NNC.
It is much regretted that the occupation of Nagaland by India is the greatest impediment to our national growth and development. Where we are not free to choose and live our way of life, chart the course of our developmental activities and enter into friendly relationship with other nations for our advancement. India’s unreasonable occupation of Nagaland amount to the worst crime on the Nagas – which is against humanity.
Therefore, on this solemn occasion, I call upon every Naga to dedicate their thoughts and minds, energy and resources to protect and safeguard Nagaland from the occupational forces of India which comes in varied forms.
May God Bless Nagaland
Urra Uvie.

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