NPGN/NNC (NA) has greeted the people on the eve of 61st anniversary of Naga Republic Day and called for unity of all Naga Political Groups (NPGs).
According to MIP, NPGN/NNC (NA) president Tsanthungo Ovung in his message said that for unity, all political groups must eradicate the “ego” and “ism” by leaving aside the past mistakes and work together in the spirit of peace and harmony.
He therefore urged the entire bonafide Naga citizens and well wishers to support the national workers so that our long cherished goal could be achieved.
Ovung further maintained that “Nagas does not demand or request independence from the Indian Government but rather appealed to leave our country just as our ancestors had been living a life of free and sovereign nation from time immemorial.”
He also recalled how Nagas were tortured in the hands of the Indian military forces but never gave up their determination nor surrendered the rights to the Indians. Instead, Ovung said Nagas had chosen the policy of non-violence and non cooperation until the Nagas get freedom from the Indian domination. Therefore, appealed to the Indians to leave Naga country by respecting one’s own national rights. He further said that NPGN/NNC (NA) was not challenging the Indian government, rather wanted to live as good neighbour in a friendly manner to bring about permanent settlement on the Indo- Naga political issue.
Nagas will uphold inherent rights: NSCN (K)
NSCN/GPRN has maintained that Nagas would continue to fight for the nation and uphold our inherent right from various aggressive forces.
Conveying greetings on the occasion of the 38th Republic Day, NSCN/GPRN president S.S. Khaplang said that Nagas are friendly and peace loving people and wanted to have a peaceful co-existence with all her neighbouring countries.
However, the occupational forces, took advantage of the friendliness of the Nagas, intruded into our territory and forcefully occupied our land and subjected our people.
NSCN/GPRN also slammed government of India of playing “diabolical and divisive policies” to wreck the “Naga National Movement as a result many whimsical and fickle minded leaders and groups have succumbed to these conspiracies and their chapters disgracefully terminated and consigned to sad memories only”.
Despite of all this, Khaplang said NSCN/GPRN had successfully weathered all the political turbulences and managed to salvage the Naga struggle from decimation.
Therefore, Khaplang claimed that NSCN/GPRN was “the lone legitimate political authority fighting for the inherent freedom, identity and rights of the Nagas”, and vowed to carry on the fight to the last man standing. Khaplang also appealed to all Nagas younger generation especially the educated to join and strengthen the “National liberation”. He acknowledged the profound love and unceasing support it received towards the Naga national struggle since its inception.
He also made its position clear on the formation of United Liberation Front of Wesea (UNLFW) and said that “every subjected people with similar principles and ideologies in the region can become a member of the united front of Wesea”.
On the occasion, Khaplang also paid homage to the thousands of brave Naga heroes from the North, South, East and West, who have sacrificed their precious lives defending our “rights, honour and identity”. He further expressed the hope that Nagas would “sooner than later march hand- in- hand, with one voice and under the same banner towards ultimate national deliverance under the providential banner Nagaland for Christ”.
Khaplang also recalled the assistances NSCN/GPRN received from aboard in its initial stage and in 1960’s, when Nagas undertook Alee commands (foreign missions) to Pakistan and China, where they received military trainings, weapons, indoctrinations etc to fight and repeal the occupational forces from Naga country. He said Kachin brothers provided food and shelter and KIO/KIA escorted the Naga Alee Command groups and assisted them in every possible ways to and fro China while en-route Kachinland. “The unreserved love and support, the Kachin brothers extended to the Nagas remains recorded with deep gratitude”, he said.
Khaplang further said that Nagas lived as free, sovereign village republics and the status quo was further reaffirmed in a historic Plebiscite of 1951, where 99.9% Nagas voted to remain independent. However, government of India refused to acknowledge the sovereign existence and rights of the Nagas and “commenced outright military aggression upon the Nagas setting off thus, one of the most protracted and vicious political conflicts in the region”.