NSCN-K president Yung Aung calls for unity on 41st foundation day

Nagas’ lawful and moral right to defend ourselves cannot be interpreted as terrorism, Yung Aung said.

NSCN-K president Yung Aung has stated that the Nagas must come united together and make a right decision for the common future while stressing that the national struggle has arrived at a pivotal moment, on the occasion of the organisation’s 41st foundation day which falls on January 31.

He conveyed his revolutionary salute and best wishes to all the fraternal revolutionary organisations and freedom loving people of ‘Western South East Asia (WESEA)’ in his message.

“I salute the indomitable courage and spirit of our brave Naga comrades who are duty-bound and ever-ready to defend every inch of our God’s given United Nagaland,” it stated.

The organisation honours and pays tribute to the wisdom and strength of the ancestors who fiercely fought the foreign invaders and to all the thousands of Naga martyrs who made the ultimate sacrifices upholding the sovereign birth-right, it stated.

It stated that the journey being continued today draws strength and inspiration from the sweat, tears and blood of these brave Naga patriots whose selfless sacrifices are well documented in the eternal history of the nation.

All the Naga national workers who have been injured and maimed, and all those presently held in various prisons for the national cause are remembered, it stated while adding “we reaffirm our clear and unequivocal support in their national movement for self-determination.”

Today, the world has moved on from the era of colonization and suppression into the new era of liberation and progress, but the sad fact remains that India and Myanmar still continue to dominate and subjugate the Naga country and its whole region, his message stated.

”My fellow Nagas, during the last seven decades, our Country was under constant state of siege and surveillance and these occupational forces have applied all possible tools of oppression and nefarious policies to subdue the struggle and destroy our one Naga identity. Yet the God whom we serve is mightier than their combined forces, and by his grace we have traveled this far and have never let us down,” Yung Aung stated.

History stands witness to the fact that Nagas on both sides of the imposed boundary strongly refused to be included in the Union of any country, it stated. As a free people they are fully aware of their rights. However, their aspiration to remain free as in the ancient time was met with brutal force, it stated. The Nagas thereupon, took up arms to defend themselves. Every Nagas tribes have equally participated and sacrificed in this armed-struggle for independence, it added.

It stated that India, through her continual propaganda, is trying to incite falsehood and portray NSCN/GPRN in a bad light. Her assertion to link NSCN/GPRN as a terrorist organisation is just a vain attempt to conceal her aggressive policies and mislead the world from the core issue i.e. Naga Independence, it stated. As a perpetrator of unabated terrorism in the Naga country, India has absolutely no legal right to accuse Naga nationalists of terrorism, it added.

Further, it stated that Nagas’ lawful and moral right to defend ourselves cannot be interpreted as terrorism.

“In order to distort historical facts and wipe-out our struggle, our adversaries planted seeds of distrust and enmity, creating ideological differences among Nagas thus complicating our issue,” it stated.

Let us not confuse the genuine struggle with those Naga political groups who have abandoned their national pledge in exchange for power and comfort. In connivance with these Naga groups, India is working to finalize the issue to a mere solution under her constitution, it stated.

The Naga national issue is too dear to us, too much blood has been shed and the struggle has come too far to be given up midway. “We have jointly inherited the national burden and the choice we make today will determine the future for the next generation. We started the resistance with sovereignty and will end with sovereignty” it stated.

“We the Nagas are not alone. The world is watching over us. Moreover the Lord’s presence is with us always and nothing can stand our way or slow us down. NSCN/GPRN will continue to remain firm on our commitment till we reach our promised land,” it mentioned.

His message ended with an appeal to all the patriotic Nagas, especially the younger generation to join and strengthen the national movement, “because together we can make a difference for a better tomorrow.”

First Published:Feb. 4, 2021, 1:32 p.m.

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