DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 25 (MExN): As an immediate follow-up activity to the Global Mass Naga Rally held on February 23 demanding immediate Naga political solution which is honorable and acceptable to the Nagas, the Naga Students’ Union, Delhi (NSUD) organised a press conference on Monday at the Press Club of India in New Delhi.
According to a press communiqué issued by the NSUD, the press conference was attended by the media fraternity in Delhi and imminent Naga personalities including Dr. Rosemary Dzuvichii, Advisor, Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA), Dr. Yaronsho Ngalung, Chairman, ADC, Ukhrul, Neingulo Krome, Secretary Genaral, NPMHR, Leyri, Joint Secy, NMA, Prof. N. Venuh, Dept. of History, Nagaland University and Luikang Bruce, President, NSUD acted as panelists.
Addressing the press meet, Dr. Dzuvichii noted that the strong display of passion for the Naga issue and desires for immediate solution reflects the strength of young Naga generation. She also raised concern that not only oppressive laws such as AFSPA is imposed in the Naga areas, now the Government of India (GoI) is introducing repressive laws such as CAB and PRC in the Naga region, beside giving further assurance of immunity upon the Assam Rifles. This, Dr. Dzuvichii pointed out, is nothing less than an undeclared secret war upon the Nagas.
Dr Ngalung lamented that the Indian leadership are unable to take a conclusive decision on the Naga political issue even though the talks has covered almost all the subjects. Leyri said it is time both Nagalim and India realizes the loss caused due to the conflict and thereby arrive to an amicable solution at the earliest.
Prof. Venuh reminded that the history of the Nagas movement did not begin after the Indian Independence, and therefore has nothing against the Indian. Citing examples, Venuh mentioned that the Nagas submitted a memorandum to the Simon Commission to leave the Nagas alone in 1929. Also, during the British colonial period, the Nagas were under the “excluded areas” from their administration.
Krome substantiated that ever since the 2nd ceasefire was signed between India and the Nagas, NPMHR gave every effort to bring all the sections to support the peace talks by carrying out a journey of conscience and other initiatives. Stating that Modi has turned out to be no different from other Prime Ministers of India even though he was the only one who assured a solution, Krome observed that Indian leadership lacks the political will to bring about a solution.
Bruce asserted that the young Naga generation is very much with the movement, and the youths will continue the movement until Nagas achieves what they demand for. “Our cause is about our rights, our identity, our land, our culture and our very life,” he added.
Moderator of the session, Lakpachui Siro supplemented that political solution is equally important and beneficial to both Nagas and India.
The session concluded with an appeal to all the media fraternity to reach out to the world community with the message that Nagas want support for an immediate political solution, the press communiqué stated.