Dimapur, February 2: President of Naga National Council (NNC), Adinno Phizo today said that NNC is not a political party, but a political institution of Nagaland, which has always to uphold and defend the right of the Nagas.
Speaking on the occasion of 73rd Naga National Council Formation Day at Peace Camp, Chedema, Adinno said from February 2, 1946 onwards, NNC became the voice of the Naga people. She said for the past 72 years, the Nagas have wonderfully upheld the rights of their nation in conflict with India.
“We, the Nagas are living in our own land from time immemorial and have never had any connection with India ever since the foreign occupation started in our country from 1880 to 2018. For one hundred thirty eight years, the Naga people have continuously defended their right of freedom. This is a known historical fact,” she stated.
She also recalled how NNC representative declared Naga Independence on August 14, 1947, a day ahead of modern India after they refused the offer of the Constituent Assembly of India to join Union of India.
Adinno also informed that when A Z Phizo became NNC president, he organized to have a voluntary Plebiscite whether to join India or stay independent and the result was 99.9% not to join India. The Plebiscite was conducted on 16th May 1951.
She said after Plebiscite, Phizo went to meet the free Naga people in the East to join the mainland and they agreed. “Thus together the Federal Government of Nagaland was established on 22nd March 1956 with our Yehzabo (constitution) and our rainbow flag. After we hoisted our flag, we became a republic nation on 22nd March 1956,” she added.
Adinno further stated that India invaded Nagaland in 1954 and continued till Ceasefire was initiated by NBCC and arranged by Peace Mission and signed the International Ceasefire Agreement between the Federal Government of Nagaland and the Government of India in 1964. But India unilaterally abrogated the Ceasefire Agreement in 1972.
“During the war from 1954-1964, many Nagas suffered and died. Villages were burned down to ashes; the people escaped but returned with community spirit and helped one another to rebuild their villages again instead of running away and becoming refugees,” she stated adding Nagaland is still under Indian military occupation and the Government of India recently extended the so-called Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958 for six months on December 30, 2018 in Nagaland. (Page News Service)