Nagaland

CM, NSCN, NNPGs condole Gen Kohle Konyak’s demise

Dimapur, December 13: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has expressed grief at the demise of Gen. (Retd) Khole Konyak, vice president of NSCN/GPRN, who passed away on December 12 at Fortis Hospital, New Delhi.
Late Gen. Khole joined the Naga movement in April 1956 and sacrificed his entire life for the Naga political movement till his last breath. His life of dedicated service towards the Naga cause and aspirations is a rare quality which will be difficult to match, he said.
“He was a leader of stature and his contributions towards the Naga cause will be remembered for generations to come. His support towards the ongoing peace talks was testimony of his leadership and his belief that Nagas desire to live in peace for a better and brighter future,” Rio said, adding in his demise, the organisation in particular and the Nagas have lost a great leader whose absence will not be easy to fill.
The CM prayed that Almighty God will give the bereaved relatives solace and strength in this hour of grief, and for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.
NSCN (IM): The Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN) has expressed deepest pain at the sudden demise of Gen. (Retd.) Kholi Konyak, vice-president of the GPRN on December 12 at Fortis Hospital, New Delhi.
Late Kholi Konyak was from Wangshu village in Konyak Region. He was born on February 3, 1928 and joined the National service in April, 1956. He was the Commander-in-Chief of the Naga Army from 1981 till May 2011, and later became the President of the NSCN (Unification) in June 2011. He left the NSCN (U) and joined the “mainstream” in March 2016 and was elected as the vice-president on May 17, 2016.
“Having served as the Vice-President for two years and a half and having traversed for more than sixty two (62) years to liberate the Nagas from the yoke of the occupational forces, his 62 years contained all the extremities a National Hero could ever imagine and carry, and bore the burdens willingly to liberate his proud Naga people who never give up their human dignity and freedom from suppression come what may. He was a humble man who stood his ground to the last. His demise is a great loss not only for the GPRN but for the entire Nagas and the revolutionary fraternity of the North East region and other parts of the world. The GPRN regrets that the late General had to pass away when the Nagas are about to reap the harvest which he and his countrymen had sown together,” it said.
“(L) Gen. (Retd.) Kholi Konyak will forever live a perfect example of dedication and sacrifice for the generations to come and to be emulated.”
The GPRN conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved families, comrades and well wishers of the vice-president who are left behind. It proudly saluted one of its bravest sons and prayed to the Almighty God to give the noble soul of the Naga revolutionary leader eternal peace and rest.
WC NNPGs: The convener of the Working Committee, NNPGs, N Kitovi Zhimomi along with co-conveners namely, Zhopra Vero, Kiumukam Yimchunger, Hozheto Z Chophy, Y Wangtin Naga and Toshi Walling have expressed pain at the demise of veteran Naga revolutionary leader Gen. (Retd.) Khole Konyak at Fortis Hospital, New Delhi, on December 12.
“A very down to earth human being, possessing tremendous self control and tolerance, he served the Naga Nation wholeheartedly for almost six decades. He was a father figure to many younger Naga national leaders,” the WC NNPGs in a condolence message.
“WC Convener N Kitovi Zhimomi and Gen. (Retd.) Khole Konyak shared more than twenty years of very close association as national workers. In 2016, when health issues cropped up, Gen. (Retd.) Khole Konyak, then President of the GPRN/NSCN, in written, handed all responsibilities to Ato Kilonser till his return from treatment. Sadly, he defected to NSCN (IM) while under treatment in New Delhi. Nevertheless, all along he believed in the unity of Nagas. He advocated and participated in many FNR led reconciliation meetings prior to his joining NSCN (IM). In his demise, Nagas have lost a simple and straightforward leader,” it said.
Saluting late Khole for his endurance and commitment, the WC NNPGs said, “Our ideology is one, the difference is only our approach. May the living fulfil the vision of late Gen. (Retd.) Khole Konyak.”
The WC NNPGs prayed to Almighty God to grant heavenly comfort and solace to the departed Naga leader.
NSCN (R): The NSCN/GPRN (Reformation) has also expressed deep shock and pain at the unfortunate demise of Gen.(Retd.) Khole Konyak, vice-president NSCN (IM) on December 12.
Late General Khole is one of a few selfless Naga leader who can be called a ‘true patriot’ who gave everything he had for the Naga National cause, and served the nation for more than 60 years till his last breath, it said.
The MIP NSCN (R) conveyed heartfelt condolences and prayed to God to provide solace to the bereaved family members and loved ones during their time of grief.
NSCN/GPRN: The NSCN/GPRN and the entire Naga Army have expressed grief at the sudden demise of Gen. Khole Konyak, vice chairman of NSCN (IM) in New Delhi on December 12.
“From a humble private to the rank of Commander-in-Chief, he serves the Naga Army with incredible spirit and unbending devotion. His faithful service and contributions towards the Naga National struggle will be cherish for the generations to come,” said a condolence message issued by Maj. Joseph Lamkang, MIP in-charge, NSCN/GPRN.
The NSCN/GPRN expressed heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul to find peace with the Lord.
Indigenous orgs: Seventeen indigenous organisations gathered in Kolkata to discuss indigenous peoples struggles and movements in India have expressed grief at the passing of retired General Khole Chetkoh Konyak, vice president of NSCN-IM on December 12 at New Delhi.
“The great strides taken by him in bringing us closer to peace in the region and to the Naga people shall never be forgotten,” the 17 organizations said in a joint condolence message.
His contributions and leadership in the struggle of Naga people echo in the struggles and hearts of all indigenous people across Asia, it said.
The organizations mourned the loss of a great leader, and expressed solidarity to the struggle of the Naga people.
The 17 organizations are Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP); Johar, Jharkhand; Adivasi Gotra Maha Sabha, Kerala; Indigenous People’s Forum Odisha (IPFO), Odisha; Adivasi Mahila Maha Sangh, Chhattisgarh; Chattisgarh Tribal People’s Forum, Chhattisgarh; Adivasi Mahila Jan Jagriti Sangh, Chhattisgarh; Gram Sabha Adhikar Manch, Chhattisgarh; Zilla Mahila Samithi, Jharkhand; Land Rights Resource Center, Jharkhand; Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights, Nagaland; Indigenous Women’s Forum of North-East India (IFWNEI), North-East India; Samajik Seva Sadan, Odisha; Karbi Human Rights Watch, Karbi Anglong; Borok People’s Human Rights Organization (BPHRO), Tripura; Adivasi Women’s Network, Jharkhand and ANGNA, Odisha.
NSF: The Naga Students’ Federation has expressed grief at the sudden demise of General (Rtd) Kholi Konyak, vice president NSCN/GPRN at Delhi on December 12.
General (Rtd) Late Kholi Konyak has sacrificed his entire life for the cost and right of the Naga people. With the demise of our leader, the Nagas have lost a great son of the soil, it said.
“Though he is no more physically with us, his vision and great work will never be forgotten and will ever remain with us forever and the younger generation will continue to take forward his legacy.”
The federation mourned with his family at this time of sorrow and prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.
CNTC: The Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) has condoled the passing away of Gen. (Retd)Khole Konyak.
“His passing away is a great loss for the Nagas. Late Khole was a tall and an eminent figure in the Naga National movement whose whole life was dedicated for the Naga cause and his death is an irreparable loss for the Naga people at this juncture,” it said.
The CNTC conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.
Ao Senden: The Ao Senden has expressed deepest condolence over the sudden demise of Gen.(retd.) Khole Konyak, vice chairman of NSCN/GPRN.
“Khole dedicated his entire life in the service of the Naga Nation shouldering every responsibility, delivering his best. His active participation for Naga reconciliation and unity will be ever remembered,” it said.
The Ao Senden conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that Almighty God grant solace to them at this darkest hour of grief.
BJP Nagaland: The BJP Nagaland has expressed grief at the demise of Gen (Rtd) Khole Konyak, vice president, NSCN-GPRN.
His untimely demise has left irreparable vacuum not only to the NSCN-GPRN but also to the Naga people, especially at this critical juncture when the Indo-Naga political talks is headed for an honourable solution, it said.
The State BJP conveyed deepest condolences to the family and prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.
CL John: MLA from 45 Tehok A/C, C.L. John has expressed shock at the demise of NSCN/GPRN vice chairman Gen. (Retd) Khole Konyak on December 12.
Late Khole Konyak was a dedicated and most promising nationalist leader, who devoted his whole life for the cause of Naga national movement, he said, adding it would be very difficult to fill the vacuum caused by his death and his service to the Naga national movement in particular.
He shared deepest sorrow and sympathy with the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul.
MHN: The Mao Hoho Nagaland has extended condolences to the bereaved family members of Gen. Retd. Khole Konyak, vice-chairman of NSCN-IM.
Late Khole Konyak was a stellar Naga leader who rendered his service to and for the Nagas in different capacities unto the last. His demise is a great loss to the Nagas in general inhabiting across various boundaries, it said.
The hoho prayed that the Almighty grant eternal rest to his soul.
DGBN: The Dimasa GBs of Nagaland has expressed grief at the demise of Gen (Retd) Khole Konyak, vice chairman, GPRN, on December 12.
It is a great loss for the Naga nation, it said.
The DGBN also conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members.
(Page News Service)

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