NPGs celebrate ‘Naga Republic Day’

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/22/2021 1:40:32 PM IST

Naga Political Groups (NPGs) including Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) and Niki-led NSCN (K) celebrated “Naga Republic Day” at their respective headquarters.

Speaking at the “66th Nagaland Republic Day” at TPC Kohima, FGN president “gen. (retd)” Viyalie Metha recalled that 66 years ago “God gathered our Naga National Council (NNC) leaders from their respective regions to the historic place of Parashen in Rengma Region, on March 22, 1956 our leaders inaugurated the formation of the Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN).”

He said that the creation of the state brought more turmoil and conflict so the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) took initiative and formed the Peace Mission which eventually succeeded in negotiating a Cease-fire Agreement between the Federal Government of Nagaland and the Government of India in 1964. (Full text on p-4)

 Niki-led NSCN (K): In his address at the “Naga Republic Day” celebration held at CFSB office, Padumpukuri, Dimapur, ‘gen’ Niki Sumi said that the “sacrifices of our forefathers” culminated in giving “us the distinct identity whether it be individual or collective political identity that we have inherited as a Nation and people.” 

Stating that history was a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Nagas, he said that despite numerous hurdles “we shall defend our political rights with steadfast determination and strength.”

Further, asserting that true peace has always eluded Nagas, Niki, however, said that “here we stand at the threshold of a new beginning of at least achieving peace in our lands which we have never really enjoyed since we as a Nation came to being.” (Full text on p-4)

GPRN/NSCN: GPRN/NSCN celebrated its 42nd Naga Republic Day on at Council Headquarters (CHQ), Khehoyi designated camp where kilo (home) kilonser, Jack Jimomi hoisted the Naga national flag. Jimomi read out the presidential speech of M.B Neokpao Konyak.

Addressing the programme as guest speaker, ‘maj.’ (retd.) R.M. Lotha, advisor to collective leadership GPRN/NSCN brief the gathering about the Naga political scenario. He dwelled upon how the most arduous aspirational task of uniting the various Naga political groups and building cohesive relationship with the voice and desires of the general Naga people for early resolution of the Indo-Naga political negotiation was made possible under the collective leadership of ato kilonser N. Kitovi Zhimomi, and president ‘gen.’ (Retd.) N.B. Neokpao Konyak. 

He stated that the God given wisdom of the collective leadership in building better relationship and understanding not only amongst the Naga populace but also with neighbouring communities and states have ridded the constant flakes of apprehensive precognition towards the Nagas political determination. He therefore encouraged the gathering to stand strong and optimistic in coming days.

Earlier, invocation prayer was said by Rev. Zutovi, convener of CNC followed by obituary moment in 

GHQ band presented the jubilant hymn on the occasion.

Rank declaration of the Naga Army personnel promoted to the next higher ranks was also read out by the Ministry of Keeya Affairs (Defence). 

The programme concluded with a thanksgiving benediction by Vikato Aye, pastor Council Headquarters.

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