Tamenglong celebrates 75th Naga Independence Day

Naga Independence Day celebration is not a universal declaration but it is self declaration Independence Day ahead of Indian Independence Day from the British colonial rule, Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim kilonser L Gonmei said.


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People of Tamenglong on Saturday celebrated 75th Naga Independence Day at United Baptist Church Tamenglong complex, organised by Zeilad Region.

Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim kilonser L Gonmei attended as chief guest of 75th Naga Independence Day celebration. To start the celebration the chief guest unfurled the Naga flag.

A silent prayer was observed for the departed souls who shed their precious blood for the Naga nation led by Jadonang Brigade Lieutenant Colonel Husimang.

Prominent leaders from Rongmei Naga People’s organisation, leaders Rongmei Naga Council, Rongmei Naga Baptist Association, Liangmai Naga Council, pastors, social organisation leaders and others attended the celebration.

In his chief guest speech, Gonmei said that Naga Independence Day celebration is not a universal declaration but it is self declaration Independence Day ahead of Indian Independence Day from the British colonial rule.

“This historic declaration has impacted and made the rest of the world known that the Nagas were a distinct race having their unique cultural traditions, socio-political and economic features. Unfortunately, though we were liberated on August 14, 1947, the colonial policy of India had suppressed and subjugated our birthright by dividing us with artificial boundaries within the states of India and Myanmar, which is why we are today, still struggling and suffering under the divisive Indian policy,” he said.

He informed that ‘Naga Talks’ was halted since March due to surging of COVID-19 in the country. However, the Centre and NSCN (IM) are planning to resume the talk after August 15 at the Prime Minister’s office.

He said that Naga peace talks are the longest in comparison to other countries in the history and it has reached 24 years.

Joint Tribe Councils of Rongmei Naga Council, Zeme Naga Council, Liangmai Naga Council and Inpui Naga Union secretary, Aku; Rongmei Naga People Organisation secretary, Achong Gangmei; Liangmai Naga Council vice-president, Namdinang Daimei; and Rongmei Naga Council Tamenglong Zone chairman, Luikham also attended the occasion and highlighted the need to be united among the civil organisations.

Naga Independence Day was also observed at Nungba town and Noney district.

First Published:Aug. 15, 2021, 1:52 a.m.

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