ANSAM remembers martyrs on Remembrance Day

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CHANDEL, June 20 (Newmai): Joseph Adani, President of the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) said that in order to “secure a collective shared future the present Naga leaders should be cautious with those agents who are investing every effort to impress the younger Naga generations with a sole agenda to spoil the Naga campaign for dignity”.

The ANSAM chief was speaking at the ‘Remembrance Day’ on Tuesday, at Kapaam village in Chandel district to remember Shelly Chara (1958-1995), Ashun R. Jangvei (1961-1998), NG. Sainii (1920-1998), Namthiurai Abonmai (1966- 2005), Gemcliff Zimik (1972-2007), Neli Chakho (1990- 2010), Dikho Loshou (1990- 2010), Mayopam Ramror (1979-2014) and Ramkashing Vashi (1988-2014).

Joseph Adani said that the values of the ‘martyrs’ can never be buried but it has to be acknowledged. He further stated that the ‘toils and tears of the martyrs’ will not go in vain “but they are always huge inspirations in toiling towards our aspiration”.

Also speaking on the occasion, Dr Gina Shangkham, former President of Naga Women Union (NWU) and one of the pioneers of Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), said that the sacrifice of these people should be “ever valued and honoured at the highest…” Dr Gina Shangkham further stated that the Naga people should also take “such courage of the martyrs in providing leadership as we remember them”. According to Dr Gina, it is a story of the “suppressed people by the aggressors and oppressors, in course of struggles for ones’ identity and yet it is still continuing”.

Solidarity messages from various quarters were also read out on the occasion.

According to the ANSAM, it was during the tenure of Shelly Chara as President of the Naga student body the infamous “Operation Bluebird” was launched in the wake of the Oinam incident. Later, Shelly Chara became the Convenor of the Co-ordination Committee on Oinam Issue(COCOI). He was arrested under the Anti Terrorist Act in May 1988. In 1993, Shelly Chara became the Convener of NPMHR. According to the ANSAM note, he represented the NPMHR at various forums in India and abroad particularly on the issues of the peoples’ struggle for self-determination, justice and human rights. “Shelly Chara was assassinated on  June 19, 1995 by the non-state actors,” the eulogy prepared by the ANSAM said.

Regarding Ashun R. Jangvei, the ANSAM note said that he joined the 14th Indian Artillery in 1985 and left his service in 1989. He served the ANSAM as Social & Cultural Secretary in 1990. He was elected as President, Lamkang Students’ Union (LKK) in 1997 when the Kukis and the Nagas were at the peak of a violent inter-tribal conflict. He was killed in the conflict, the eulogy prepared by the ANSAM said.

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