Kohima, December 12: Veteran Naga nationalist and vice chairman of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN), Gen (Retd) Khole Konyak passed away Wednesday afternoon in New Delhi.
Sources said Gen (Retd) Khole died Wednesday afternoon around 3 pm following complications after a massive heart attack this morning.
Late Khole was one of the few surviving veteran Naga nationalists who had served in different Naga militant groups in various capacities. He was also vice president of Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN), the underground government of NSCN (Isak-Muivah).
Before joining the NSCN (IM), he was Commander-in-Chief of the armed wing in the NSCN (Khaplang). Later he was chairman of NSCN (Unification) for a brief period, before he joined the NSCN (IM) in 2016.
Late Khole was known for his honest and steadfastness to serve the Naga people for self-determination.
On joining the NSCN (IM), late Khole had said he supported the current Indo-Naga talks as the only acceptable foundation for Naga people.
“It is a fact to be acknowledged that the NSCN is the authentic organisation of the Naga people recognised by many countries, including the government of India,” he then said.
“I have realized and taken the right decision to join the only correct National line under the leadership of Chairman Isak Chishi Swu and General Secretary Th. Muivah of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim.
No one should doubt about it that I am also one of those who are looking for the future of the Nagas and I am fully convinced that NSCN led by Chairman Isak Chishi Swu and General Secretary Th Muivah is the only future- oriented organization of the Nagas,” he said in a statement after joining the NSCN (IM).
The body of Khole is likely to reach Dimapur on December 14 and taken to Camp Hebron. He would be laid to rest at Tobu, his native village in Mon district.
With the demise of Khole, the NSCN (IM) is left without chairman and vice chairman.
Chairman Isak Chishi Swu died on June 28, 2016 also in New Delhi.
Condolences: Meanwhile condolences have poured in from political leaders, parties and organizations condoling the demise of NSCN (IM) vice chairman Khole Konyak.
DyCM: Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton has expressed pain and grief at the demise of Khole Konyak, vice chairman of NSCN/GPRN.
“A man of integrity, Konyak dedicated his whole life to the call of Naga Nationalism for self-determination. His impeccable image as a true patriot and a Nationalist can never be erased from the minds of the people. His death is indeed a great loss and will be felt deeply specially during a time when the Naga peace talks has reached a crucial juncture,” he said in a condolence message.
Patton, along with State BJP legislators, conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family.
LoO: Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang has expressed grief over the demise of NSCN (IM) vice chairman Gen (Retd) Khole Konyak today at New Delhi.
As a Naga National Worker, Late Khole Konyak was a tall Naga leader who rendered his service in various capacities and was sworn in as the Vice-Chairman of NSCN-IM on May 17, 2016. His dedication to the cause of the Nagas and support for the Indo-Naga peace talk as the only acceptable foundation for survival of the Naga people will be ever remembered. His demise is a great loss to the Nagas and the vacuum created by it will be difficult to fill, Zeliang said.
The Opposition leader extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that the Almighty grant peace and solace to all his near and dear ones during this time of pain and grief.
NDPP: The NDPP also expressed grief at the demise of Gen. (Rtd.) Kholi Konyak, vice chairman of the NSCN (IM) at Delhi after a brief illness.
“Late Gen. (Rtd.) Kholi Konyak joined the Naga freedom movement in the early 1950’s and dedicated his entire life in the service of the Naga Nation shouldering every responsibility given to him in humility and loyalty, delivering his best,” it said.
The NDPP conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace!
FNR: The Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) also expressed grief over the demise of Gen (Retd) Kholi Konyak, saying he advocated and stood for Naga reconciliation and unity till his last breath and today we are reaping his commitment to Naga reconciliation.
“The legend has gone! One of the most decorated Naga freedom fighters, who from a young age, spanning over seven decades, gave everything for the Naga nation has written Naga history by the life of the Gen (Retd) Kholi Konyak. Indeed, a testament for the Nagas of all generations. He is gone but his spirit is alive and will live until Naga aspiration becomes tangible,” it said.
The FNR saluted late Gen (Retd) Kohli Konyak and with deep respect prayed for his eternal rest in the arms of the One whom he loved and remained faithful.
KTC: The Kachari Tribal Council Nagaland has expressed grief at the sudden demise of Gen. Retd. Kholi, Vice Chairman NSCN(IM).
The KTC said that late Kholi was someone who had a great vision and understood the pulse of all sections of people and worked accordingly.
Stating that his demise is a great loss and his absence would be felt genuinely, the KTC prayed that God Almighty would give strength, comfort and wisdom to his family members and loved ones.
DPON: The Dimasa Public Organisation, Nagaland has expressed pain at the demise of NSCN (IM) vice president Gen. Kholi, who it said is known to be one of the front runners of the Naga Independence movement.
“Although he could not see the light of the day, he did his part in the struggle and the legacy left behind is enormous that needs to be followed by the younger generation,” it said.
The DPON conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members and the Nagas as a whole, while also saluting the departed leader.
(Page News Service)