The Naga Nation has been observing October 18 every year ever since the martyrdom of the renown Naga National Leader Zasibito Nagi in 1952, and a Naga Martyrs Day in grateful acknowledgement of all Her sons and daughters who had paid the supreme sacrifice in defence of Her Sovereignty. This year happens to be the 69th and the Naga National Council hereby pay the most heartfelt honoured tributes to each and every martyred soul in profound solemn reverence. May the God of all comforts most abundantly bless all the near and dear ones of the departed with peace and solace; and the Naga Nation with much invigorating blessings.
There had indeed, been plenty of pleasant years when this Day was most solemnly observed as one closely knitted entity. But most regrettably, of late, after the unfortunate fragmentation some groups are said to be not observing this sacred occasion in befitting manner. Ka!, allow me to most rudely awaken you all; where do you think we the present National functionaries would be, had not our pioneering forerunners sacrificed their very best – even up to shedding their life blood? In the good old days of perfect unity, our loyalty had been one most impervious, unshakable solid tower of strength. But after the unfortunate divisions, loyalty has come to suffer most pathetically. Now the “party” commands top priority and the “Nation” has been relegated to the back-seat most lamentable.
Then there is this ugly detestable scenario of needing to categorise the deaths of our people who perished not at the hands of the enemy but from our own internecine warring factions. I charge all the faction leaders to most seriously ponder this very real facet hard and deep. Be sure that you are not misled and fooled by others; and also that you do not mislead and fool others yourselves. There is no commodity costlier and more valuable than sweat, tears and blood. I, as a veteran and seasoned campaigner of many battles of both physical and psychological warfare; most earnestly entreat all lovers of our Nation: please do not play with precious God-given lives. The consequences are much too heavy.
Please do not betray your country, your people, your comrade and yourself. For traitors has no place in this world or in heaven. Be a Nationalist.
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