Dimapur, October 16: The Kohima Village Council (KVC) has expressed dismay over the proposed move to celebrate the centenary of Naga Club separately by the Naga Club and the Naga Students Federation (NSF).
“When the main objective in observing the Centennial Celebration of Naga Club remains the same for both the Naga Club and NSF, the Kohima Village Council fails to see any reason why there could not be a joint celebration of this great event,” KVC said in a statement.
The KVC regretted that the Angami Public Organization (APO) could not broker peace between the Naga Club and the Naga Students Federation (NSF), two of the most experienced and intellectual Naga bodies. Amongst other details, KVC said the twin celebrations involves formal ceremonies which are almost replications of each other including unveiling of respective monoliths to mark the momentous occasion.
“Save the formal programs, the very act of commemorating 100 years of Naga Club by erecting two monoliths makes a mockery of the vision of the Naga Club and also diminishes the solemnity of the occasion,” it stated.
The KVC informed that in its meeting held on October 5, the council decided not to participate in either of the celebratory programme of NSF and the Naga Club. However it expressed hope that good sense will prevail and the two organizations will come together in the spirit of maturity, give and take and preserve the vision of the Naga Club and Simon Commission, encompassing all the Nagas before causing further permanent damage.
On the history of Naga Club, the KVC said it must be factually recorded for posterity. It pointed out that there is an erroneous understanding that the Naga Club was formed by Nagas who were in the Labour Corps and fought in the World War I (1914-1918).
According to KVC, the Naga Club was actually formed by a few salaried people comprising of masters, interpreters, clerks of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office of the then Naga Hills before the arrival of the Naga Labour Corps.
The Naga Club was formed on 7th January 1918 while the Naga Labor Corps arrived from France only by June 1918 and they formed Naga Elders Union. Therefore, the Naga Club was not formed by the returnees of Naga Labor Corps. However, the signatories of the representation letter to the Simon Commission included Captain Dr. Khosa Zinyü who was a Labor Corps returnee, said the KVC.
The KVC said the Naga Club sans Simon Commission would have remained simply a club only in the manner and style of British social clubs. However on receiving news of the arrival of the Simon Commission, the members decided to write a representation which was drafted by Ruzhükhrie Sekhose. “Needless to say, this simple, visionary and inclusive document, asking to be left alone to determine their future by themselves and not to be included within the reformed scheme of India, set the political aspiration and goal for the Nagas for the first time,” it added. (Page News Service)