DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 2: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has expressed gratitude to Governor RN Ravi for honouring Dr Imkongliba Ao, first Chairman of the Naga Peoples’ Convention (NPC), by way of presenting a bust to the people of Nagaland.
“As one of the early educated persons who grew with the Naga political movement, Dr Imkongliba Ao gave his life for the people,” said NPPC president K Therie.
Therie recalled that NPC was organized after Indian Forces advanced to defeat FGN that was raised after 1954 to resist aggression. “During 1956-57 many villages were burnt down, people tortured and killed. Many of us lived in the jungles for years, living off forest vegetation and wildlife.
“In this backdrop, NPC was organised to represent the voice of the people. We learn that in the beginning, NNC/FGN also joined in the discussions but later backed out,” he said.
“We owe them for all that we are today. We appreciated the wisdom of 16-Points. Words are insufficient to express our gratitude to Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru for providing Art.371-A.”
‘Nagas fighting against ego’
The NPCC admitted that Nagaland has not been able to develop like other states although it is the 16th State and has completed 58 years of Statehood.
“We are fighting against ego. People who cannot sacrifice time, health and wealth are talking more than people that are holding rifles. People who fear crackers are braving before nuclear power. People who cannot live without Grants and Finance Commission awards are talking of self-dependency. One is free to express but it should also be realistic and should not be misleading. We are supposed to be God’s children,” he stated.
Therie maintained that Nagas have no objection if someone can improve statehood, and that is how, he claimed, Congress offered talks with no conditions. However, he said “talks with no conditions” is not a means to live but to find solution.
Delay in solution has destroyed the opportunities of development and job creation in the State, he said.
“For people like me who cannot fight by giving time, health and wealth, must contribute wisdom in building statehood to provide education, generate jobs and develop a vibrant economy. I believe the vision of Dr. Imkongliba Ao and the founding fathers of Statehood, was to raise their children with abundance of opportunities,” added Therie.
(Page News Service)