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‘A Peoples Rally’ held at Delhi

Peoples rally

DIMAPUR, JUNE 11: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), in collaboration with Naga Students’ Union, Delhi, conducted ‘A Peoples Rally’ on the theme “Call for Peace” in New Delhi on Saturday.
NSF president Kegwayhun Tep, in his presidential address, underlined the purpose of the rally stating that “Nagas call for peace in its essence is simple; it is a prayer for harmonious and peaceful coexistence. It is a symbol of our inherent desire to pursue building peace, both within and without.”
Calling on the Government of India to honour its political commitment, he categorically stated that there should only be one solution as there is only one Indo-Naga political problem. He asserted that the proposed political settlement should be inclusive, honourable and acceptable that recognizes Naga people’s identity, which should be brought to its logical conclusion at the earliest.
In its message, Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) stressed on killings and atrocities committed by Indian armed forces in Naga homeland. “Today, we call upon the Government of India to honor the peace negotiations and bring about sustainable peace in our Naga homeland by an honorable, acceptable and inclusive solution, to the Naga people at the earliest”, it said.
The Naga mothers also called for recognition of Naga flag under which thousands have marched and laid down their lives and a working constitution that will protect Naga identity of social, cultural traditions and practices, basic Naga laws, land and resources.
NMA also reiterated demand for repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which has violated every form of human rights in Naga homeland.
K Elu Ndang, general secretary, Naga Hoho, called on the Prime Minister of India not to backtrack from his commitment in resolving the Naga issue.
Gentleson Vashum, on behalf of Forum for Naga Reconciliation, stated, “The experience of yesteryears has shown India’s ability to accept the Naga historical and political rights. This has resulted in what seems like an enduring stalemate where aspirations were conveniently side-lined and people turned to mute spectators. The Government of India’s quest for peace was fraught by political one-upmanship, political manoeuvring and political mismanagement which did not lead to any constructive, meaningful or transformative outcome. Rather, it led to a botched peace where Naga life was turned upside down and basic fundamental rights suppressed for decades.”
Dr. Kh. Pou of the Global Naga Forum underscored that “Nagas did not attack India or create problems for India. Nagas are not anti-India. What the Nagas have been doing, since the British left the sub-continent, is merely to stand up for our birth-rights as human beings.”
The GNF also stressed on “inclusive and honorable” political solution for the Naga people based on respect for Naga historical and political rights, official recognition of Naga flag and constitution, inclusive solution not part solution, but solution for all the Naga areas, repeal of AFSPA and demilitarization of the region and complete autonomy in governance over all ancestral Naga homeland.
Thirtung Wanglar, president of All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM), noted that the Nagas “were placed under two nations and put under four states on the other, arbitrarily divided the Nagas to suppress and repress our aspiration.”
Neingoulo Krome, secretary general of Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) reminded the various stories of human rights violations and atrocities committed by the Indian armed force. He stated that, “Naga history is written in blood, fire and ashes.” And “every Naga family has lost son, or daughter, or father or mother.”
“But in recent years Nagas has become stooges of divisive politics”, he said and cautioned the youths not to be “caught up with ego – tribal egos, degree egos”.
The rally saw the participation of all federating units of NSF and constituent units of NSUD along with the members of Delhi Eastern Nagaland Students’ Union, Delhi (DENSU), Nagas in Delhi, leaders, church pastors, elders, well-wishers and people from mainland India who supports the cause of the Naga movement.
The rally concluded with a mass sloganeering. The NSF also sent a representation to Government of India seeking urgent attention to the Indo-Naga political issue.
(Page News Service)