Post Mortem

68th Plebiscite Day speech by Z Royem (president NNC, Parent Body)

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/15/2019 11:36:21 AM IST

 Dear Countrymen,

As we commemorate the 68th Plebiscite Day, we salute all the Nagas who have sacrificed their lives and their families for the freedom of the Nagas. On this day, May 16th 1951, Nagas in one accord and in one spirit have declared that we are a ‘Sovereign Nation’. This covenant has withered numerous political and social storms yet its flickering flames continue to burn until today. The flame of the Naga plebiscite remains alive because of the Nagas who continues to remain firm to the covenant.

Over the past few decades, Nagas have been divided by ideologies, factionalism and political differences. Our political aspirations have been sabotaged numerous times, thereby delaying in fulfilling our national goals. Like a cancer cell, our Naga society was crippled by the malicious tumour of suspicion, hatred, dissensions, division and ism. Nevertheless, God in his grace gave wisdom and strength to our civil societies. Under the leadership of various Naga organizations began to tirelessly broker for peace and reconciliation between political groups. Their sacrifices and efforts came to fruition in the year 2016 with the formation of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs). NNPGs, a conglomeration of seven Naga Political Groups came together for one common Naga political solution.

During the last 3 years, after many rounds of talks and negotiations with the Government of India, the Indian Government has finally recognized the “historical and political rights of the Nagas to self-determine their future in consonance with their distinct identity”. Over the years, NNPGs have reached out to various civil societies and organizations had evaluations and discussions with Naga scholars and experts to critically examine and revise the ongoing political talks with the Government of India. The contents of the talks have been made known to participants and their valuable reflections and suggestions have been incorporated during the talks.

My dear countrymen, the progress is slow but not stagnant. Our charter of demands is not scripted in closed-door by few but in consultation with the Nagas. We do not strive for an NNPGs solution but a comprehensive solution for all the Nagas. Your unfeverent support and contributions will be in the chronicles of Naga history. Let us not dance to the tunes of alien ideologies nor allow the spirit of ism and the propaganda of the dissents to create dishevel amongst us. Let us remain firm in one accord and true to our covenant. May God continue to give strength to all the Nagas to finish the race that our leaders have their lives for our future.

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