NSF to commemorate 100th year of Naga Club in Kohima

NSF to commemorate 100th year of Naga Club in Kohima
NSF officials along with members organizing committee for commemoration of 100th year of Naga Club pose for camera after press conference in Kohima on September 19, 2018.
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Kohima, September 19: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) is all set to commemorate 100th year of Naga Club – the first political and social cornerstone of Naga Nationalism – on October 31 at Naga Solidarity Park, Kohima on the theme “Celebrating the legacy.
Naga Club was formed in October 1918 as an outcome of the socio-political consciousness amongst members of few educated Nagas in the Naga homeland, which heralded the formation of Naga Club in 1918, the first political and social cornerstone of Naga Nationalism, as we understand today.
This was stated in the concept note released during a press conference by Convener of NSF organizing committee for the commemoration of 100th year of Naga Club, Neingulo Krome in presence of the committee members and NSF officials at NSF Conference hall here today.
Krome said the more than 5000 Naga people from 17 tribes will be coming from all over Naga inhabited areas including Myanmar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur and celebrate the occasion with the different traditional items.
NSF president Kesosul Christopher Ltu said that the NSF senior leaders during its consultative meeting felt the importance of celebrating 100 years of Naga Club and the same was tabled in the first federal assembly of the NSF incumbent team.
The 2nd federal assembly of NSF in 2017 endorsed the Federation to form a committee and see the feasibility of commemorating 100 year of Naga Club.
In line with the resolution of the 2nd NSF federal assembly, a 15 member committee was formed with Neingulo Krome as convenor and Vipopal Kintso as member secretary along with 11 members including incumbent President and general secretary as ex-officio members.
Organizing committee member secretary Vipopal Kintso informed that in no way the NSF is trying to claim the ownership of the Naga Club by celebrating the 100th year of Naga Club.
He said the NSF felt that it is the bounden duty of the federation to carry forward the legacy left behind by the elders and also safeguard and protect it.
Through a concept note, the NSF organizing committee for the commemoration of 100th year of Naga Club appealed “to our people to reaffirm the pledge of our ancestors on this occasion of the 100th Year Celebration that our struggle for our identity and dignity is just and right and must be pursued till we attain them.”
The concept note stated that over a hundred years ago, “our ancestors, who have been living fiercely independent and self-sufficient in a world of peace with themselves, had to participate in the First World War at the behest of Colonial rulers under different Companies of “The Naga Labour Corps”, travelled to Europe thousands of miles away from home. On their return, having seen the world, they began to share a vision of a collective Naga Voice. Simultaneously, there was in circulation a socio-political consciousness amongst members of few educated Nagas in the Naga homeland. This consciousness at various levels heralded the formation of Naga Club in 1918, the first political and social cornerstone of Naga Nationalism, as we understand today.”
Looking back a hundred years, for a young Naga Nation, it is only a short period of time. But by organizing the Naga consciousness, the Naga Club ensured that Nagas are one amongst equal of nations. The Naga Club not only protected our proud Naga identity but also planted the growth of organized movements, which is today known as the longest running political conflict in South and South East Asia as Nagas unwaveringly fight in their search for an honorable and peaceful political solution from neo-colonial states like India and Burma, the concept note stated.
Having laid the foundation of Naga-ness in a history of orally transmitted form of communication, the Naga Club undertook the first written political statement in 1929, wherein, the status and position of the Nagas as a distinct peoples and an independent Nation was clearly laid before the world in their Memorandum that was submitted to the then visiting Indian Statutory Commission appointed by the British Government more popularly known as the Simon Commission, it stated.
It stated that this Memorandum of the Naga Club is believed to have influenced the enactment of British-India Act of 1935, the most comprehensive legislation leading to the liberation of the Indian sub-continent from British rule and to declare all Naga areas as “Excluded areas”, in the background of the Britisher’s own experience where they could never subjugate a large majority of Naga areas under their colonial rule for over a hundred years. How India ever since its Independence in 1947, perpetuated a cycle of historical lies and state sponsored atrocities against the Nagas is all together a different issue.
“And it is in the light of this legacy, which our ancestors left to us, that the Naga Students’ Federation is celebrating the 100th Year of Naga Club, to salute them as we mindfully hold that torch which we believe they have handed down to us, as today’s generation of Nagas who stands at the threshold of the future our ancestors had envisioned for us.”
“We remember our struggling and less fortunate brothers and sisters across the world who have completely lost their land and cultural practices and numerous lives as well as their history and identity,” the concept note stated. (Page News Service)