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FGN observes 69th Nagaland Republic Day

V Metha

Metha affirms not to allow fencing of Naga homeland

KOHIMA, MARCH 22: Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) Kedahge, Gen. (Retd.) Viyalie Metha has affirmed that not to allow fencing of the Naga homeland.
He made the assertion while addressing the celebration of 69th Nagaland Republic Day at TPC Kohima today.
“The latest attempt of India is to divide and weaken the Naga Nation by constructing a fence in the middle of Nagaland. Where there is no India and Myanmar boundary in Nagaland. The idea is absurd and ridiculous and a crime against humanity. On the part of the Federal Government of Nagaland this will not be allowed to happen”, he said.
Gen. Metha called upon every right thinking Naga citizen to steadfastly uphold the rights of Naga nation and resist such vile attempts of the enemy.
“On this auspicious day, let us remember the heroism of our ancestors who courageously defended our country and took the right decision at the right time and handed down the legacy to us”, he said.
He also called upon all to retrospect the past historical events of our people in the ancient time as beautifully described by AZ Phizo, father of the Naga Nation where every village is a small republic and has its own councils and assemblies established from time immemorial and it is dynamically alive.
This happy life of the Nagas was disturbed by the intrusion of the British when they intruded into Nagaland in 1832 and were consequently permitted to stay in some parts of our land through verbal agreement in 1879 after heavy warfare, he said.
When the British Statutory Commission came to Kohima, Nagaland, Nagas refused the British proposal and submitted a memorandum to the Simon Commission in 1929 stating clearly to remain as before, he said.
He recalled that when India was to be given independence, Naga leaders led by AZ Phizo went to India and met Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Indian Nation and other Indian leaders of that time.
“The Nagas, having made their position and intention clear to the Indian national leaders, declared their age-old independence on August 14, 1947. Then the republic of the FGN was formed on March 22, 1956 at Parashen in Rengma Region.
“In order to internalize her naked aggression on Nagaland and save her face in front of the world the policy of India change and used money to occupy Nagaland and made the so-called 16 points Agreement with some of its servants and some young educated Nagas to form a puppet Nagaland state in our country”, he said.
The FGN president also remarked that to destroy the Naga National Council (NNC) and the FGN, India used some Naga renegades through gun power and money power.
India in connivance with renegade groups had killed many Naga leaders and continued up to this day, he said.
In this, Metha appealed to people to refrain from all sorts of evil practices and turn to God and start doing good towards each other as true Christians and avoid embracing the anti- national activities in our land.
Chaired by FGN kiloner, V Phutoi Zhimomi the celebration commenced with prayer by ABCC president Rev Savito Nagi while folk songs were presented by Chakhesang, Shepoumaramth and Zeliangrong regions.
(Page News Service)