Naga community unites on 73rd Independence Day celebrations
Nagas are not part of India : Krome
IMPHAL | Aug 14
The Naga community came out with a united voice of “One goal, one destiny,” at Kataomei public ground, Senapati district today celebrate the 73rd Naga Independence Day. Thousands thronged the public ground and leaders from Naga civil organisations, women groups, student bodies and leaders from all 20 village attended the mega event organised under the aegis of the United Naga Council.
The celebration started with hosting of the ‘Naga National Flag’ by the special guest of the event, Neingulo Krome, secretary general Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), speeches from the leaders of Naga civil bodies, singing of ‘Naga National Anthem’ among others.
On August 14, 1947 , Naga rebels declared the day as Independence day in the Naga inhabited region and since then, Naga community or mainly the Tangkhuls scattered across the region including Myanmar have been celebrating the day.
Secretary general of the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights, Neingulo Krome addressed the crowd, “I do not think the Centre will have the courage to treat the Nagas in the way the Kashmiris has been treated, scrapping of article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir is a first step for the Kashmiris to fight for their freedom”, while responding to queries by reporters whether Naga people may face the same fate as those of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said whether the government scraps Article 371(A) from Nagaland does not make any difference for the Nagas because Nagas were never a part of India and do not recognize the Indian constitution. The Naga national movement for independence did not budge and firmly stood as an independent people.
He added that the Naga National Council had conducted a plebiscite on May 16, 1951 where 99 percent voted for an independent Nagaland and the first Indian general election was boycotted except for those who were willing to go against the cause of Nagas, thereby openly sowing the first seeds of division among the Nagas.
What followed next was the birthing of the political curse or the disease causing all kinds of sufferings, political conflicts, social disharmony and all other evils that continue to create havocs leading to creation of the State of Nagaland in 1963 through the so called 16 point agreement of 1960.
President of Naga Peoples Organisation, Solomon Arow stated that the Centre recognized the unique history of the Naga in 2002 and later the Frame work agreement which was signed between the NSCN IM and the government of India is now in a process of inking the last solution.
Solomo said, “Though Nagas are scattered everywhere, they are one and they will leave as one people and nation. Many forces and adversaries are trying to divide Naga nation but Nagas should stand firm as one after leaving aside the differences, he added.
Nokpai Konyak, who led a team of Myanmar Naga Students to attend the celebration here said, “We are very happy to celebrate the 73rd Naga Independence day and to show our support to the on-going peace talk. It is our long cherished dream to live under one administrative umbrella and are very honoured to be here at Senapati”, he said.
The celebration ended with the final football match ‘Independent Cup’ between Ukhrul and Chandel districts.
Our Ukhrul Correspondent added
The Naga Youth Locomotive For Peace observed 73rd Naga Independence Day at Kachai Village under the theme “Expedite Framework Agreement” today.
ADC Members, Thuingahan Pheirim and Thanchipem Jagoi, youth leaders Tuireisem Muivah and HL. Phanitphang were the exhorters.
Around 11 am, hundreds of youth and leaders drawn from a dozen neighbouring villages in western part of Ukhrul, gathered glad in traditional attires and hold symbolic Naga National flags at Kachai public ground for the observance.
Recalling signing of ceasefire agreement between GoI and NSCN-IM in 1997, Thuingahan Pheirim questioned as to why the solution is being delayed for such a long period. Even then, he urged the public not to lose heart but to keep hoping for the best to come out of the ongoing peace process.
“Youth is a prime period. Dreams, hopes and struggles all belong to youth,” Jagoi enthused the youngsters, telling them that it was time for young people to look forward and ensure a future, without which youth is doomed. While urging the gathering to carry forward the Naga aspiration collectively till the same is achieved, he also exuded hope for an honourable solution at the soonest.
HL. Phanitphang , 87, retold the memories of meeting Th. Muivah and Masasui of NSCN in the 60s. They were coming back from China after ensuring all the hardship of travelling hundred miles and fasting for many days he added. He continued that they have come back for the purpose to meet and interact with their fellow Tangkhuls and to seek guidance and blessing from God.
“It is a privilege for the youth to have been granted this opportunity to gather here for a noble cause. We hope this celebration will serve as a clarion call for the Naga people, Indian Government and the whole world to bring an end to the existing political issue,” NYLP Convenor Kahangpam Vashum said.
The procession culminated with another public gathering and a prayer programme at Talui village.
“With several unforseen hurdles coming in the way of a solution, we need to fully submit to the Almighty who is the ultimate authority over everything,” senior educationist, Judgeson Rungsung remarked, adding many precious lives have been lost in the struggle, they cannot go in vain.
While lauding the participants, Teinem Youth president Manean YS appealed to the youth to come forward and join the chorus of demand for expediting the ongoing peace parley for an amicable settlement in line with FA.
Chihansing of Hao Riders said that members of their club participated in the rally, adding that the motive behind their participation is to encourage youngsters to develop concern for the cause of Naga issue. “We are taking part in this event because we feel that it is a bounded duty of the youth to take the common course for a better future,” Wungsem Shimrah of Dirty Bikers stated. The gathering march off from Kachai Ground and shouted slogan for peaceful solution and early settlement.
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