Many join Muivah to condole Khaplang’s demise

10 June 2017

Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR |June 10
Many organisations and leaders expressed their shock and condoled the demise of NSCN (K) leader, SS Khaplang who passed away at Takka, the outfit’s headquarters in Myanmar yesterday evening.
NSCN (IM) general secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah, who was late SS Khaplang’s comrade one time, in his message condoled the passing away of the latter and shared grief with bereaved family members.
“The NSCN invokes the blessings from the Almighty to give comfort and sustenance to the saddened and pained hearts of the bereaved family and grant eternal rest to the departed soul of the leader”, the condolence message said.
Also sending out his condolence message, Chief Minister of Nagaland, Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu said that he was saddened on learning the sudden demise of SS Khaplang.
The Nagaland CM continued that “such an important Naga leader like Khaplang has expired considering the fact that the protracted Naga political problem is on the verge of being resolved, and the need for all different Naga political groups to come together to air our views and aspirations to the government of India in one voice is absolutely imperative.”
According to the CM, after the group abrogated the ceasefire with the government of India in 2015, in consultation with the Centre, the government of Nagaland has been sending delegations to meet the NSCN (K) leadership in Myanmar in recent times to convince the group to re-enter into the peace process.
 It was encouraging to learn that Khaplang had, a few months back, conveyed his willingness to have dialogue with the government provided ‘issues of substance’ were discussed. However, before things could be taken forward to its logical conclusion, it is calamitous that the Naga leader could not live long enough to see the proverbial promised land,” he added.
Further Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu said that in memory of the departed soul, and before the mortal remains are interred below ground, “I appeal to all grieving Nagas to resolve and dedicate ourselves to endeavour with renewed vigour and determination to find a solution to the Naga political problem which is honourable and acceptable to all stakeholders; and that this protracted problem be resolved during our lifetime and not to bequeath it to the future generations”.
 He also stated that in memory of the departed leader “who had dedicated all his life to the cause of the Naga people, let all Naga people dedicate ourselves to strive for peace, harmony and well-being of the entire Naga family so that we and our children can march ahead with the rest of the world as equals in the 21st century and for ever more”.
Joining the condolence, Naga Hoho, said life of SS Khaplang was marked by trials and tribulations wherein he stood tall building the Naga nation. SS Khaplang was a man who dedicated his entire life for the cause of Nagas till his last breath. It further said that he safeguarded the Naga nation against massive adversaries and thereby his life and leadership transpired inspiration and conviction to uphold the Naga nation.
The United Naga Council (UNC) said that the demise of the leader is a “great loss to the Naga nation to whom we affectionately called him Baba Khaplang”.
It shared the grief and pains of “Baba Khaplang’s famiy, his near and dear ones and everyone who stood by him always and prayed to the Almighty and wish that his soul rest in peace.”
The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) in its condolence message said that it “is deeply” saddened and grieved by the sudden demise of SS Khaplang, “one of the tallest Naga National leaders at Taka, Myanmar on June 8. “The departure of our legendary leader at this critical juncture in the history of Naga National Movement is a great lost for the Naga people as a whole”, it stated.
“The vacuum created by his demise is immense and cannot be filled for a long time to come. May his legacy continue to inspire and cherish by the Nagas for generations,” it also said.


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