Speech of Yilow Humtsoe, Acting President of Naga National Council, on the occasion of the Naga National Plebiscite Day
Dear Naga People, today, I once again take this occasion to greet all the Naga people in the Homeland and all those residing in far and near countries of the world as we honour and observe the 16th May Naga National Plebiscite Day. We also pay tribute to our leaders, elders and people who conducted this democratic sovereign rights of the Naga people seventy one years ago on this day of 16th May 1951. I salute and honour all our heroes who conducted and physically participated in this referendum for Naga freedom and for the future generations. This Plebiscite is one of the main Pillar of our democratic sovereign rights and we ought to stand firmly by this for the attainment of our legitimate freedom of sovereignty.
At the outset I on behalf of the NNC (Parent Body) with gratitude support the Global Naga Forum for presenting and bringing light to the Naga political problem in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. This is a historic and remarkable episode for the Nagas as a people and nation, and also a strong step forward in our fight for freedom of recognition. We encourage and wish the Global Naga Forum more success in their future course of pursuit of the Naga democratic right of freedom in the international sphere.
I also acknowledge and appreciate the gesture of the Maharashtra state cabinet minister who in her official capacity openly stated in a conference that Nagaland is not a part of India, mentioning how Naga boys and girls used to be deported back when coming to the state of Maharashtra. This is true in reality that Nagaland is not an integral part of India politically and geographically nor is India an integral part of Nagaland.
The Naga people as a whole also embrace the Naga flag hoisting along side with the American flag in a prominent meeting organised by the Sikh Community (Khalistan) around the world wherein Mrs Grace Collins the honorary Ambassador also addressed the meeting on behalf of the Naga people. These are significant welcoming steps of recognition of Nagaland as a Nation state.
We are also happy to see the Chinese media releasing and screening a documentary on the history of Nagaland and Manipur of the North East region in recent times. These are indeed all welcoming political developments around the world for the Naga people as a nation.
The political situation around the world presently are favouring support of the plight of the Naga people and the Naga political problem. Therefore, at this crucial juncture the Naga people especially the National workers of all groups must unite to stand together to achieve our freedom of recognition as a people and nation in the best interest of our people and homeland as political necessity and situation demands.
Therefore, seeing all the political developments in favour of Naga people at this crucial stage none should compromise the Naga political sovereign rights for freedom. If any groups or individual compromise the Naga political rights at this given opportune time of support around the world will be condemned by the people and future generations for their betrayal to the Naga cause. May our living God bless and help the Naga people.