Will defend Naga political issue at all cost: NSCN

IMPHAL, 18th Aug: While asserting that the NSCN will take a stand to defend Naga political issue at all cost, NSCN Steering Committee convener major (retired) Hutovi Chishi declared that the Naga nation ‘Nagalim’ is God’s gift to the Naga people and no force on earth can take it away or destroy it.
In a release, Hutovi Chishi recounted that Nagas have come a long way, the travails that had touched the 74th years ever since declaration of Naga Independence on August 14, 1947. God never fail them though they failed to meet His calling in many ways.
“We have gone through two ceasefire agreements with the Government of India. The second Indo-Naga ceasefire is still in operation that is taking the Indo-Naga political talks to the crucial stage. We give immense thanks to our Almighty God for bringing us this far,” he said.
Hutovi Chishi observed that at the international level, Nagalim is not alone. Inspired by the leadership in the hands of the UNPO that stoutly stood behind NSCN they have many well-wishers across the world that played their roles in different capacities.
“We are grateful to them. We are happy that our Naga brethren abroad stayed connected with the Naga issue. That is the spirit we value the most because they are our ambassadors abroad,” he added.
“We appreciate our fellow Nagas who stood firmly behind Indo-Naga political issue bearing with us through thick and thin. We need to sail together leaving behind petty divisive politics as prodded by certain forces. Let us keep in mind that if we mishandle the ongoing Indo-Naga issue we shall be answerable to the future generations because the Naga issue will never die at the hands of any force on earth,” Hutovi Chishi said.
Calling as unfortunate that there are many black sheep under the guise of Naga national freedom fighters but have nothing good to show other than devalue the political sanctity of Naga issue, the convener also alleged that the vile attempt made by RN Ravi to pull the clock back over 70 years of the Naga issue will go down in the Indo-Naga history as a great mistake.
Despite such naked exposure of Ravi’s deceitful agenda, a few selfish Nagas allowed themselves to be carried away by his scheming tricks to destroy the Naga political issue by desperately trying to force it into “law and order problem.”
“After India unleashed its security forces to occupy Nagalim from the year 1956 in the most ruthless manner more than 2 lakhs have died as Naga people refused to surrender their God-given rights as a nation. We the living Naga people can never forget the sacrifices to save our tomorrow. Our great leaders like Khodao Yanthan, general (retired) Kholi Konyak and Isak Chishi Swu died without seeing the fruition of our long struggle. We have to honour them as we intensify our struggle under the Collective Leadership of Q Tuccu, Tongmeth Wangnao and Th Muivah,” he stressed.
Hutovi Chishi also reminded that the Nagas are passing through the most decisive moment and have to choose which way to go, either to allow themselves to be carried away by the wave of anti-Naga forces in collusion with the Ravi-led forces or choose to stay active defending the historical and political rights of the Naga people.
Stating that the decision will be crucial as the enemies are at work sleeplessly, he said: “We are taken aback with great dismay as some of our respectable Naga organisations cheated themselves and Naga nation as they treacherously ignored the historical and political significance of defending the Naga flag and constitution.”
For the past more than 70 years we have gone through blood, sweats and tears fighting under the banner of Naga flag. Our Constitution (Yehzabo) guides us who we are and how we function as distinct people who will go to any extent to defend our lands, he affirmed.
Hutovi Chishi further emphasised that any organisation or individuals who are falling in line with Ravi are to be classified as anti-Nagas.
The Naga people will not forgive those who are trying to kill the rights of the Naga people by supporting India’s suppressive policy, while adding “We will never sign any agreement that affects the freedom of our future generations. We will not betray our God who gave us the right and conscience to live as a free nation. That was the reason why we adopted the slogan Nagalim for Christ”.

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