44th NSCN Raising Day
Speech of His Excellency, Ino Q. Tuccu, Chairman NSCN (IM), 31st January, 2023, CHq, Hebron
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
On this historic NSCN Raising Day, I greet you all in the gracious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
First of all, I pay homage to all those beloved brothers and sisters who have laid down their lives for the cause of Nagalim for Christ.
I am bound to give thanks to all the proven NSCN members big and small from both civil and military setups, who have taken all the necessary troubles in bringing the national issue thus far.
I am also thankful to all the civil societies in Nagalim and abroad that has been with the Nagas in all weathers.
I am obliged to give thanks to our Churches and all the prayer warriors who have been praying for the issue without ceasing.
I on behalf of the Naga people would like to say a big thank you to the international community and friends of the Naga people, who have been standing with us in our struggle. We are deeply indebted to you. We are also a part of the world family. The phantom of colonialism is still haunting the weaker nations everywhere in the world today, which I feel, should be stopped with collective efforts.
It was on this day the, 31′ January, 1980, the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) was formed and mandated by the National Assembly to salvage the nation from getting lost in the hands of the enemies and traitors. How wonderful is our God, the Jehovah! Let us give glory to Him at all times as we take the courage to follow the path guided by Him to save our land and people.
Ever since NSCN came into being we NSCN have proved ourselves as the bona fide Naga national workers who fought for the historical and sovereign rights of the Naga people. I salute you all of you who stand courageously to uphold the national principles with revolutionary conviction.
My dear comrades-in-common cause
Let us keep in mind that NSCN was built on the foundation of Naga national principles. We have to stand guard that we do not deviate from what NSCN stands for. The objectives of the manifesto of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) is mainly to safeguard and maintain the fundamental principles of Sovereign Independent Christian Socialist Democratic Republic of Nagalim founded on solid ground of our centuries old social system and modern socio-political scenario.
In the past years we have lost many faithful members who died in defense of the national principles. This is, therefore, an occasion to pay our highest respect to the brave hearts. We have come this far because of their courage and sacrifice in upholding the national principles at the cost of their precious lives. They went through horrendous times amidst tears, sweat and blood to show the way for the future of Naga nation.
Let us continue to exercise our revolutionary responsibility in order to fulfill the high level of faith and trust reposed in us by the people. NSCN is indeed mandated by the Naga people to negotiate with the Government of India for bringing an honourable solution to the long-drawn Indo-Naga political problem. So far, we have not wavered in defending the sovereign rights of the Naga nation. This is well reflected when we signed the historic Framework Agreement the on 3rd August, 2015, in the presence of the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.
The past year 2022 was a challenging year for NSCN. We were placed in an unpredictable situation as the Government of India failed to respect the commitment to solve the Naga issue based on the Framework Agreement. We shall hold the ground and never surrender our sovereign right, our land and our people at any eventuality.
Let me be very clear that in the course of pursuing Naga solution on the basis of the Naga national principles, we shall uphold the recognised unique history and sovereign right of the Nagas at all cost, and no other agreement should come in between. We cannot afford to dilute the sanctity of the Naga political issue under any pretext.
Ever since NSCN brought Nagalim as a bona fide member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) on January 23, 1993, the world has been watching the unfolding development between the Nagas and the Indians vis-à-vis the Indo-Naga political talks. Significantly, Naga political issue came into the world focus when the historic Framework Agreement was signed on the 3rd August, 2015. However, the Government of India is yet to fulfill its commitment to the Naga people. The world at large is the witness.
As a faithful soldier of the people, NSCN have stood the acid test of time and brought the issue thus far. NSCN is principle-based organisation. Our confrontation with the aggressors is principle-based; our negotiation is principle-based and solution is also to be principle-based. Our stand on unity and reconciliation is also principle-based. Any move for solution or unity and reconciliation betraying the principle is treason. No one should doubt about it that NSCN is definitely for unity of all Nagas, but in the line of the principle.