DIMAPUR, Aug 11 (Newmai): Rh Raising, Convenor of the Steering Committee, the highest decision making body of the NSCN (I-M), has sad that the sovereignty of the Nagas has never been compromised, “and will never betray the people’s trust and aspiration”. The NSCN(I-M) leader also said that the Naga outfit “survived the harsh attempt of the adversaries to annihilate the Naga political movement because our movement is a principle and issue based backed by the Gaon Buras (GBs) besides the benevolent Almighty’s will”.
Rh Raising was addressing the Nagaland Gaon Buras Federation (NGBF) in Dimapur in a ‘consultative meeting’ with the Nagaland Gaon Buras Federation (NGBF) and its district units on August 10, 2018 at Hotel Saramati, Dimapur. Rh. Raising also gave a brief description of the unique history of the Nagas and the long struggle of the Nagas with the Government of India, according to the NSCN (I-M).
The NSCN-IM then said that the president of the Nagaland Gaon Bura Federation, Shalem Konyak, expressed that Naga leaders and followers must unite and fight for the common cause, and extended their support to the Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015 and fervently hope for an early solution to the Indo-Naga conflict. “The GB federation president further said that they will come to the aid of the revolutionaries even if the road is less travelled or difficult to cross,” the NSCN (I-M) added.
According to the NSCN (I-M), Shikuto Zalipu, the General Secretary, NGBF, on behalf of the NGBF thanked the NSCN (I-M) for rendering their invaluable service and sacrifices made thus far for the Naga nation and endorsed the NSCN (I-M) to wage the political war while they look after the domestic affairs. “At any time and place, they are ready to respond to the call of the nation”, he assured, according to the NSCN (I-M).
‘Kilo Kilonser’ (Home minister of NSCN (I-M), Hukavi Yepthomi said that the solution to the ongoing peace talk which the Nagas patiently await is the only way to settle the Indo-Naga issue. He further said that the ceasefire agreement between the NSCN (I-M) and the Government of India came into effect in August 1997 during the premiership of IK Gujral. “In course of time, the Government of India in 2002 during the Premiership of AB Vajpayee recognised the unique history of the Nagas which he officially announced on India’s Independence Day speech on August 15, 2005,” Hukavi said, adding, “Therefore, any settlement of Indo-Naga conflict will be based on the political & historical rights of the Nagas”.
NSCN (I-M) Army Chief, ‘Lieutenant General’ Anthony Shimray conveyed that God has blessed our land and it is the fundamental rights of the Nagas to protect and secure the land. “He said the Nagas must cling to God as He is the only one who can give us what is rightfully ours,” the NSCN (I-M) stated. He further said that Nagalim does not belong to the Nagas, but to God, and the Nagas are the caretakers of the land. “In order to safeguard the God given land, both the Naga denizens and the NSCN needs a workable coordination. If God is with us and we are in Him, everything shall come to pass,” the NSCN (I-M) added.