Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR | June 12
Condoling the demise of NSCN (K) supremo, SS Khaplang, NSCN (IM) vice chairman ‘General (Retd)’ Kholi said that the former had contributed what he could for the Nagas. “In spite of our human weaknesses and errors we all stood firm at all costs for the cause of the Naga Nationhood,” the vice chairman added.
While expressing that the news of the sudden demise of “erstwhile comrade” SS Khaplang on June 9 had come as a shock to him, Kholi said he saw SS Khaplang in his dream waving his hand at him. “I thought with heavy heart that I would die soon. But, it turned out the other way,” the message of ‘General (Retd)’ Kholi said.
Recalling what was said to have been discussed between him and SS Khaplang when the former had visited the latter in 2004, the vice chairman said that both of them had discussed that they “should not let leaders of our own Naga civil society organizations, bureaucrats, politicians, intellectuals to dictate and interfere in our long political struggle because those are the same people who had betrayed our leader Late A Z Phizo when they should just have faith in their leaders who are genuinely struggling for Nagas’ common cause”.
Kholi said that he honours the decision of SS Khaplang to struggle with arms for all Nagas again. “Similarly, I have decided to take up arms for the people but without bloodshed; through peaceful means. Hence, I joined the NSCN leadership led by Late Isak Chishi Swu and Th Muivah who have been consistently negotiating with the government of India for amicable solution to the Indo-Naga political problem”, Kholi added.
“I know you have left with fear that those self-proclaimed individual Naga leaders with Indian policy of divide and rule may disrupt Nagas’ common cause for one people, one nation, but before anything happens, Ato Kilonser Th Muivah and I, General (Retd) Kholi will not allow the Nagas to be divided as Arunachal Nagas, Assam Nagas, Manipur Nagas, Myanmar Nagas and Nagaland Nagas,” the vice chairman stated.
He then shared the bereaved family members of the late leader in “their sorrowful and painful” moment. “And pray that the merciful God Almighty would give them solace and also grant a blissful rest to the departed soul,” Kholi added.