45th Raising Day Message Of NSCN (Unification) Chairman, GEN. (RETD.) M.B Neokpao Konyak - Eastern Mirror
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45th Raising Day Message of NSCN (Unification) Chairman, GEN. (RETD.) M.B Neokpao Konyak

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By EMN Updated: Jan 31, 2024 9:38 pm

I give all Glory and Honour to our Almighty God Jehovah, the Creator of Nagaland for His mercy and sustenance.

I acknowledge all Naga tribes, Churches, Apex Civil societies for the unceasing support.

On 11th November, 1975 Shillong Accord was signed which betrayed the trust of the Naga people. The foundation of Naga political history and identity was shaken to its roots. Naga political movement was dishonoured. For this, On 31st January, 1980, the formation of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) was necessitated in order to rejuvenate and sustain the Naga political movement. A new political thought process was the only way to take the movement forward. Redemption and restoration of national pride was needed after the political debacle. The Naga movement had a political rebirth on 31st January 1980. It was a fresh initiative Naga political right and pride was restored.

Soon, ideological differences among the leadership emerged. Ill Treatment of fellow Nagas in eastern Nagaland and within the organisation became an open wound. Factionalism and tribalism broke out from its shell. Reconciliation among Naga revolutionary leaders became a self inflicted burden. Hatred and mistrust seeped into once formidable force and lead to the eruption of 1988 crisis.

From 1980 to 2024, disastrous division among the Nagas and consequent fratricide killings have left thousands of widows and orphans. The Government of India (GoI) has taken maximum advantage of the discord within and continues to exert hegemonic rule in Naga homeland.

Dear friends, The Working Committee (WC), Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs), to which GPRN/NSCN is a partner, signed the “AGREED POSITION” with Government of India (GoI) on 17th Nov. 2017, there is a clear political stance in which a passage declares, “The Government of India recognises the historical and political right of the Nagas to self determine their future in consonant with their distinct history and identity…” This clear political statement and understanding set the tone for a political negotiations between the Working Committee of NNPGs and GoI interlocutor. No authority, be it preposterous Naga elements or GoI, can dismiss this historical document even in a thousand years!

The Naga people are patient practitioners of ancient democratic values. Negotiations have officially concluded as of 31st October 2019. We demand the Indian political leadership to walk the talk on the Naga issue. GoI has the moral responsibility to act since negotiations have completed.

Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi is a committed leader but he is yet to prove himself to the Naga people on the unresolved Indo-Naga political issue. Indian electoral politics and Naga History are two different matters. Political conflict in India’s eastern flank should not be reignited. To say it will be detrimental to GoI’s look east policy will be an understatement.

I thank God for allowing our people to observe the 44th NSCN raising day, Let us recommit ourselves to the sacred cause. It is my prayer and hope that the GoI leadership will not procrastinate any further. May God’s leadership, His authority and justice prevail over human wisdom.

GOD BLESS NAGALAND!

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By EMN Updated: Jan 31, 2024 9:38:07 pm
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