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Tribute to Founding Fathers of Nagaland
For the first time in history, our Honourable Governor of Nagaland, Mr. R.N Ravi, initiated and paid tribute to the forgotten founding fathers of Nagaland. This wise and kind gesture touched many hearts including mine. I am grateful to the Governor for acknowledging the sacrifices made by our founding fathers. They would be so blessed and proud. I echo our Governor’s voice when he said “the members of the Nagaland People’s Convention (NPC) displayed extraordinary courage, political vision and strategic foresight in securing Statehood with Special Status under Article 371 (A) of the constitution of India.”
During a time of tremendous turmoil and uncertainties, our founding fathers dedicated their time and energy to protect the interest of the Naga people. They were at a crossroad seeking an alternative to war and bloodshed by finding a solution through working hard and negotiating peace between the Naga underground and the Indian Army. Our founding fathers were also the first generation Christians who accepted God’s love through the Gospel of Jesus brought to the Nagas by the American Baptist Missionaries. With their new found faith they sought God’s plan for the Nagas with their integrity, ingenuity and perseverance. Our founding fathers prayed and hoped and pressed toward the goal of living harmoniously together. They were wise, thoughtful, and visionary.
How wonderful to see the children and the grandchildren of the founding fathers of Nagaland to come together and celebrate the achievements and the fruit of their tireless efforts. Dr. S.C Jamir mentioned that being one of the pioneers of the State, he felt it was the right forum and occasion to reveal some truths and achievements of Naga People’s Convention (NPC) which has been suppressed until today. He further elaborated that “there were only two options for (NPC) during that time: either to surrender and remain as a district under Assam or find an alternative to safeguard the political entity of the Nagas.” According to Jamir, “the NPC opted for the second option, due to which there was now elected government to shape our future according to our choice and design.” We give our sincere gratitude to the pioneers and applaud them for their outstanding leadership.
We thank our Governor for bringing us together to celebrate the works of our Naga pioneers and reminding the next generation of Nagas to work toward the highest potential for Nagaland.
I would like to share this profound statement in the words of my father the late Mr. P.E Ezung, Ex I.B.M, Member NNC, Member NPC, Peace Chairman and member of the Nine Delegate Naga Representative to Delhi:
“Question of settlement of the Naga Struggle
The Naga Struggle is not cheap
The Nagas should know that it is very dear”
Mr. P.E Ezung. Ex I.B.M
Dr. Jan EzungNienu