77th Nagaland Independence Day celebrated with unity and purpose: NNC Ao Region commemorates historic occasion

Mokokchung: NNC Kedahge affirms Nagas’ unyielding claim over their land

BY | Tuesday, 15 August, 2023

The 77th Nagaland Independence Day was observed at the Khensa Peace Camp, Yimyu Compound. Mokokchung, on August 14, 2023. The event, organized by the Ao Region of the Federal Government/NNC Oking Koridang, witnessed the participation of Naga national Council (NNC) members and distinguished guests.

The ceremonial unfurling of the Naga National Flag was conducted by Tongpangshilu, a respected CEC Member of NNC. Addressing the gathering, Tongpangshilu emphasized the significance of the day, noting that despite the emergence of various factions, this occasion united all factions towards a common purpose – celebrating Naga Independence preceding India’s own freedom struggle.

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Tongpangshilu read aloud a heartfelt message from General (Retd.) Viyalie Mehta, Kedahge, Federal Government of Nagaland, commemorating the 76th Anniversary of Nagaland Independence Declaration. In the message, Mehta expressed gratitude to the divine for guiding and safeguarding the Naga people. He paid tribute to the sacrifices of forebears, leaders, and colleagues who laid down their lives for the nation’s cause, underscoring their enduring legacy.

Continuing, Mehta praised the present Naga National leaders and workers for their unwavering dedication in upholding the nation’s rights. He urged all Nagas to recommit themselves to the cause, urging unity, wisdom, and vigilance against adversaries’ designs.

Reflecting on the 77 years since the declaration of independence on August 14, 1947, Mehta invoked the indomitable spirit of A. Z. Phizo, the Father of the Naga Nation, whose principles remain steadfastly ingrained in Naga identity.

In his address, Mehta called upon every Naga citizen to turn towards good deeds and solidarity, moving beyond past errors. He emphasized unity of purpose, invoking a collective voice for the nation’s future. Mehta affirmed Nagas’ unyielding claim over their land, standing resolutely against external pressures.

Highlighting contemporary challenges, Mehta acknowledged the influence of money, which has compromised Naga society’s moral fabric. He echoed A.Z. Phizo’s prediction that money, like a bullet, would weaken Nagas, emphasizing the need to rededicate lives to loyalty, honesty, and sincerity.

Addressing the historical context, Mehta asserted that Nagaland’s case is one of invasion, a war fought against India. He referred to the International Ceasefire Agreement of 1964 between FGN and the Government of India, and praised Nagas for maintaining peace and non-violence. Mehta urged young Naga talents to play a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s destiny, calling for their active involvement.

The event was chaired by Senli Imchen, President NNC Ao Region, and featured a warm welcome by Kiukum Pongen, Court Chairman. The program also included a Bible reading and prayer led by Pastor Yimyu Baptist Church, a vote of thanks by Tinu, Ao Tatar FGN, and concluded with a mass prayer.

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