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GPRN/NSCN observes ‘9th Unification Day’

Correspondent KHEHOI, NOV 22 (NPN)
Published on 23 Nov. 2016 12:53 AM IST
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GPRN/NSCN on Tuesday observed the ‘9th Unification Day’ at the Khehoi designated camp. More than two thousand delegates from various Naga and non-Naga communities attended the celebration programme.
GPRN/NSCN president ‘gen.’ (retd) MB Neokpao Konyak, in his short address, extended greetings and gave a clarion call for “unity and reconciliation”.
He further urged the leaders present to speak up their mind and contribute ideas towards the GPRN/NSCN for the wellbeing of the whole Nagas as a whole. 
Earlier, Neopkao unfurled the “National flag” and took salute from four Naga Army parade contingents.
In his speech, GPRN/NSCN ato kilonser Kitovi Zhimomi queried who was responsible for the divisions and disunity amongst the Nagas by various tribal organizations.
Kitovi maintained that each Naga should introspect and retrospect the elements that led to the division and disunity amongst Nagas.
Kitovi said that “Nagaland State creation was just political game and politics of the Indian Union”.
Dwelling on the Naga women reservation issue, Kitovi stated that the Naga women were much advanced in all fields. “Naga womenfolk are excelling more than the male counterpart and it is the male who are desperately in need of such reservations”, said Kitovi on a lighter note.
Lambasting the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and AADHAR card policies of the government of India,
Kitovi asserted that such policy (s) should be scrutinized through proper channels/terms and should not be politicized upon keeping in mind of the unique Naga customs and traditions.
Accusing the contemporary Naga politicians, elected for five-year tenure, of doing nothing for the common Naga goal, he said they were rather prolonging and hampering the Naga issue for another five centuries.
While concluding his speech, Kitovi cautioned that “we are prepared to face any eventualities” and reiterated on the inclusive solution.
Earlier, the programme began with the “arrival of the collective leadership” followed by invocation by Senior Pastor Chakhesang Baptist Church Kohima Rev Dr. Vevo Phesao.
Highlights of the programme included unfurling of ‘National Flag’, drill display by Naga Army units; presentation and introduction.
On the occasion, GPRN/NSCN calendar 2017 was released by veteran Naga leaders namely ‘Brig” (Retd) Kakiho Tuccu, Heqheto Zhimo and “Lt Gen” (Retd) Mohpa Konyak. 
Special numbers were presented by Coloured Keys and Tetseo Sisters while Lotha and Konyak troupes enthralled the gathering with cultural presentation.
Solidarity messages were delivered by NTC president Lendinokdang Ao; ENPO president Koiwang Konyak; CNTC vice president R. Yanthan; NGBF president Shalem Konyak; senior citizen and former SH president Dr Hokishe Yepthomi respectively.
GPRN/NSCN Kilonser and convenor organising committee Akato Chophi extended note of appreciation while senior pastor Sangtam Baptist Church Kohima, Rev Y Imtipa Sangtam said the benediction prayer.

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