Nagaland Republic Day message of Kedahge, Gen (Retd) Viyalie Metha, Federal Government of Nagaland on March 22 at Kohima Transit Peace Camp


Dear Countrymen,
I extend hearty greetings to each and everyone on behalf of the Federal Government of Nagaland on this auspicious day as we celebrate the 63rd Nagaland Republic Day today. We are thankful to Almighty God for by His grace we stand as a people and a Nation. At the same time, we remember our past leaders and dear ones who had suffered and sacrificed defending our land. We pay our respect and honour to our national heroes and their memory will remain in the annals of our National history.
On this occasion of historic national day, it is important that all citizens to recollect and be refreshed as to how history of the Nation began. Our Naga National history can briefly and precisely be enumerated as follows:
1. In the ancient time, our forefathers lived in comfort and happy in their own small domains depending mostly on agriculture.
2. In the 18th Century, the British intruded our territory from the South and South-West of Nagaland. Our forefathers in those Regions resisted and fought many battles from 1832 to 1880 and peace was brought in when verbal agreement was made that the British were allowed to stay on our land on the condition that they don’t disturb our people and our way of life.
3. In the year 1929 a proposal was brought by a British statutory commission called Simon Commission, which was politely turned down in plain written reply by the Nagas saying ‘Nagas will remain as before.’
4. After the World War II, when the British exit from South Asia was eminent, our leaders under the leadership of A.Z. Phizo, with intent to build up good neighbourly relation and peaceful coexistence, met Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Indian Nation in 1947 and many other Indian leaders of that time and told them Nagas and Indians are different people and Nagaland is not India’s territory and that there should not be any misunderstanding when India becomes independent.
5. On August 14, 1947 Nagas declared their independence to the world, one day before India attains its independence from their British Rulers.
6. The Naga voluntary Plebiscite was held on May 16th, 1951 where 99.9% voted in favour to remain independent and showed their solidarity.
7. On March 22nd 1956 the Federal Government of Nagaland was established at Parashen in Rengma Region. Thus today we are celebrating the 63rd Nagaland Republic Day.
Historical records: At all events of history the British and Indians statements were clear that Nagaland does not belongs to India. We can tell the world the records are clear. And it stands to proof that:
1. Nagas were not subjugated by the British, only they were allowed to stay in parts of Nagaland; British History record Book-Atchison treaties and Sanad it is written ‘no treaty was made with any Naga Tribes.’
2. No part of Naga territory had taken part in the treaty of Yandabo between the British and Burma.
3. Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Indian Nation, told Naga leaders when they met him at Bhangi Colony in Delhi, ‘if you say Nagas are not Indian and Nagaland is not Indian Territory, then the matter ends there.’
4. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru the first prime Minister defined ‘Naga Hills Excluded Areas are those long Frontiers of India which are neither part of India nor of Burma nor of Indian states nor of any foreign power.’
5. The Government of India under the Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru signed the International Cease Fire Agreement with the Federal Government of Nagaland in 1964.
All these historical facts stand clear and proofed that Nagaland is not part of India and Nagas are not demanding anything from India or other Nation.
Unlawful Activities of India: Meanwhile, India committed many crimes in attempt to annex Nagaland:
1. Knowing full well that Nagaland does not belongs to India, Mr. Nehru tried to divide Naga territories between India and (Burma) Myanmar.
2. In 1953 Mr. Nehru and U Nu, the then Prime Minister of Burma came to Kohima, Nagaland to address Naga public but said he would not listen to Naga opinion, as such the enraged Naga public walked out leaving the meeting place deserted.
3. India started war with the Nagas by 1955; see the Book ‘My Years with Nehru’ written by Mr. B.M. Mulik, Chief Intelligence Officer 1948-1964.
4. India promulgated and enforced its Black Laws in Nagaland such as Assam maintenance of Public Order 1952 and Armed Forces Special Power Act 1958.
5. Unilaterally abrogated the Indo-Naga Ceasefire Agreement in 1972 and enforced the so-called Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 1972 see Nagaland Gazette.
6. Set up the Secret Code ‘SAMPAT’ co-ordinating Armed Forces and Civil Administration to wipe out the Naga National Council (NNC), the Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) and the Naga Army (1972).
7. Set up renegade groups and used them with the objective to exterminate NNC and FGN.
India obvious actions were shown to all when India rescued Muivah from Thailand Jail in the year 2000, protects him and his group in Delhi and making big talks but fails to find a way out for a solution with a group. It is not possible to expose all in a day but India’s crimes shall be revealed in due time.
Today Nagaland stands where we stood in the beginning that is ‘URRA UVIE’ our land belongs to us. We want India to withdraw her occupational Armed Forces from our land peacefully, because India has no right to occupy Nagaland. The Federal Government of Nagaland maintains peace and continues to honour the Indo-Naga Ceasefire Agreement of 1964 hoping India will come to terms with rational and honourable settlement of Indo-Naga conflict without delay.
In conclusion, I would like to give a word of caution to our people because the enemy is trying hard to annihilate our people in all manners even our Religion is being put in danger. Let everyone beware and seek God’s guidance.
By the grace of God we have withstood all hardships so far and we shall overcome.
May God help Nagaland. KUKNALIM.

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