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Organisations condole demise of first Naga flag weaver

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/7/2021 12:34:31 PM IST

Organisations expressed grief over the demise of late Lathon Kemp, one of the Naga women who weaved the first Naga national flag. Late Lathon Kemp reportedly passed away on January 5 at her native village Sendenyu under Rengma region. 

RSZ: Rengma Selo Zi (RSZ) in a condolence note through its media cell stated that late Lathon Kemp made a monumental contribution in giving life to the “beautiful rainbow flag” adorned with Bethlehem star and laid solid ground for Naga identity and brought collective aspiration of the people.

RSZ offered homage to the departed soul and conveyed its prayers to the bereaved family members, friends and loved ones as she rests in eternal peace.

CAO & Rengma region, NSCN/GPRN: Central administrative officer (CAO) and all members of the Rengma region of NSCN/GPRN expressed grief over the demise of late Lathon Kemp. 

A condolence note from CAO Rengma region, N.S Lorin (kilonser) stated that her contribution towards the Naga Nation would always be cherished. The Rengma region conveyed its condolences and prayed the Almighty God give comfort to the bereaved family members. 

The Naga Rising: The Naga Rising team in a condolence note stated that late Lathon Kemp helped keep alive the collective experience through oral tradition, thereby, paving the path for inclusion and visibility of the varied roles contributed by Naga women to the national movement.

It also stated that the role played during the nascent years of Naga political movement would remain a part of our legacy.

Further, the Naga Rising team expressed honour to have sourced a video detailing late Kemp’s experience as part of their “oral history project” prior to her demise.

RSU: Rengma Students’ Union (RSU) stated that late Lathon Kemp was the last surviving member of the four women to weave the first Naga National Flag.

In a condolence note by its president, Heiko Kent and general secretary, Kegwalo Magh stated that the flag was first hoisted at Parashen, Rengma region by Thongti Chang on March 22, 1956, thus affirming identity and establishing collective aspiration of Naga people. 

Meanwhile, RSU held a short service on January 7 at Oking, RSU office, Tseminyu by flying the Naga national flag at half-mast to pay homage. Short speeches were delivered by its president, secy. education, NSF, and general secretary, Rengma Selo Zi, Sokenye Kent followed by prayers. 

The union further extended its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members, friends and loved ones.

 

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